Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2945
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on 1st April 2018
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! – Quite a quick solve for me (whilst on a plane to Benidorm) and a lot of insertions!
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1a Looked for modified sawn-off shotgun? (6)
SOUGHT – Remove the last letter (sawn-off) from SHOTGU(n) and then make an anagram (modified).
4a Protection for knight and queen in love (6)
ARMOUR – R for Regina (queen) inside AMOUR for love.
8a Result of splitting atom? That’s only half of it (8)
ALPHABET – If you split atom as A to M you get half of the ALPHABET.
10a Salesman making effort to improve image about crooked deal (6)
PEDLAR – An anagram (crooked) of DEAL inside PR (an effort to improve a company’s public image.
11a Result of cut that’s frightening, with no end of austerity (4)
SCAR – Remove the Y (the end letter in (austerity)Y from SCAR(y) or frightening.
12a Bound to come home, I have returned with piece of furniture (10)
INEVITABLE – In for home, then a reversal of I’VE (returned) and finally a TABLE for a piece of furniture.
13a Demanding to hold person in prison? That’s erratic (12)
INCONSISTENT – Place a CON (lag/prisoner) inside INSISTENT or demanding.
16a Minimal time allowance for each boy and you (6,6)
SECOND PERSON – A SECOND or minimal period of time followed by PER (for each) and a SON/boy.
20a Contributor returned puzzle, including small copy (10)
SUBSCRIBER – Reverse (returned) a REBUS puzzle and include S for Small and CRIB for copy.
21a Moreover, taking in capital of Ghana or neighbouring country (4)
TOGO – G (the capital letter in Ghana) taken in by TOO (mnoreover).
22a Possible location for better company full of pride, say (6)
CASINO – A SIN (of which pride is an example) inside CO for Company.
23a Widespread complaint as before, for citation in big story (8)
EPIDEMIC – Place IDEM (as before from Latin when citing previous work or reference) inside EPIC or big story
24a Temporary dwelling housing an occupant (6)
TENANT – AN from the clue inside a TENT (temporary dwelling).
25a Lear, for example, as English king (6)
EDWARD – The first name of LEAR the poet and some kings of England (but not King Lear!!)
1d Without pressure, making cuts as part of editing process (8)
SPLICING – Place SLICING (making cuts) outside/without P for Pressure.
2d Escort person taking drugs around hospital (5)
USHER – H for Hospital inside a drug USER.
3d Philosopher’s absorbing current pastimes (7)
HOBBIES – Place I (the SI symbol for current) inside (being absorbed by) Thomas HOBBES an early English philosopher.
5d Traveller put on hat for nasty person (7)
REPTILE – A REP(resentative) or travelling salesman on to of (ON in a down clue) a TILE/hat.
6d Possible producer of awful art? Seldom (3,6)
OLD MASTER – An awful anagram of ART SELDOM and a nice &Lit.
7d In fact, form strategic partnership again? (6)
REALLY – The cryptic part is to RE-ALLY oneself with a strategic partner.
9d Disloyal — after leader’s ousted, it’s OK (11)
TREASONABLE – If you remove the leading T you get RESONABLE or OK.
14d Thing former pupil produced before meeting (9)
OBSESSION – AN OB (abb. for Old Boy/ex pupil) and then a SESSION or meeting.
15d Bring crackers into part of ground for lark, perhaps (8)
SONGBIRD – A crackers anagram of BRING inside a SOD of earth.
17d Skill and love put into study, preliminary drawing (7)
CARTOON – Place ART/skill and O for Love inside CON/study.
18d Enjoyed revelry, left about one (7)
PARTIED – PARTED or left around/about I for One.
19d Hold-up after this country initially upset another (6)
KUWAIT – Place WAIT or hold-up after a reversal (upset) of UK (the initials of United Kingdom).
21d Is deleted from this Greek letter or another (5)
THETA – Delete IS from TH(is) and add ETA – one Greek letter.
I’ll be back tomorrow.