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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2886

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 12th February

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1a Child including effect of sunshine as part of nature study (6)
BOTANY – BOY (child) including TAN (effect of sunshine)

4a Audibly disapproves of private accommodation? (8)
BARRACKS – shouts of disapproval or accommodation for privates in the army

10a Trounce, however absurdly, by fifty minutes (9)
OVERWHELM – An anagram (absurdly) of HOWEVER goes by or next to L (Roman numeral for 50) and M (minutes)

11a Married available husband, say (5)
MOUTH – M (married) OUT (available) H (husband)

12a E.g. local broadcast assembled work of artist (7)
COLLAGE – An anagram (broadcast) of EG LOCAL

13a Silly people coming from North a lot (7)
NOODLES – N (north) OODLES (a lot)

14a Spill out of bed, ready to go (5)
UPSET – UP (out of bed) SET (ready to go)

15a Unqualified to use lab otherwise (8)
ABSOLUTE – An anagram (otherwise) of TO USE LAB

18a Son moved in gas meter — that’s better (8)
GAMESTER – Someone who bets – Move the S for Son in GAS METER along the word a bit

20a Shout about ringleader in fight (5)
BRAWL – BAWL goes about R (the leader of ring)

23a Liberal following European vote, for instance (7)
EXAMPLE – AMPLE (liberal)follows E (European) and X (the mark you make when voting)

25a Tenacious fighter has row about blunder (7)
TERRIER – TIER (row) goes about ERR (blunder)

26a Left Red Sea port with cargo aboard (5)
LADEN – L (left) ADEN (Red Sea port)

27a Small low object seen in evening out (9)
SMOOTHING – S (small) MOO (low) THING (object)

28a Still proceed in a more direct way (8)
WINDLESS – split this word meaning still 4, 4 and the rest of the clue is explained

29a With short notice, check about new arrival (6)
ADVENT – AD (short abbreviated advertisement, notice) followed by VET (check) which goes ‘about’ N (new)


1d Literary group’s bad luck covered by mistake (4,4)
BOOK CLUB – An anagram (bad) of LUCK covered by or inserted into BOOB (mistake)

2d Indicate one’s holding end of ladder as support for climber (7)
TRELLIS – TELL I’S (indicate ones) holding the ‘end’ of laddeR

3d City renovated home for Englishman? (9)
NEWCASTLE – NEW (renovated) CASTLE (because an Englishman’s home is his ….)

5d Good person in commercial vehicle helping management (14)
ADMINISTRATION – ST (good person) goes in AD (commercial) MINI (vehicle) and RATION (helping)

6d Ill-fated Italian seeing his capital brought to nought (5)
ROMEO – ROME (his capital) O (nought)

7d Lovers with little time for piece of poetry (7)
COUPLET – COUPLE (lovers) T (time)

8d Major split as church is beset by extremes of sectarianism (6)
SCHISM – CH (church) and IS (from the clue) ‘beset by’ or inserted between the ‘extremes’ of SectarianisM

9d Female supporters having been awful over fine players (14)
BENEFACTRESSES – An anagram (awful) of BEEN goes over F (fine) ACTRESSES (players)

16d Released learner I rebuked (9)
LIBERATED – L (learner) I (from the clue) BERATED (rebuked)

17d Adequately, or very well! (3,5)
ALL RIGHT – Adequate and OK are two of the many definitions of this solution

19d Lack of inhibition in a group of musicians performing (7)
ABANDON – A (from the clue) BAND (group of musicians) ON (performing)

21d A thing such as envy, in its origin, is stupid (7)
ASININE – A SIN (a thing such as envy) IN (from the clue) E (the origin of envy)

22d Hue and cry that’s painful! (6)
YELLOW – YELL (cry) OW (that’s painful)

24d Location of instruments from crashed plane (5)
PANEL – An anagram (crashed) of PLANE



1 comment on “ST 2886

  1. Thank you Sue, started well by getting 1a then toddled happily through the rest of it. Paper gone to paper bank so cannot recall whether or not I made any comments.

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