Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2593
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This puzzle was published on 27th May 2018
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! Another very satisfying puzzle.
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1a Happy after pawn’s taken in game (6)
PLUCKY – LUCKY for happy after P for what must be ‘Pawn’s taken)’ from a chess abb. Otherwise the ‘taken’ is superfluous.
4a Heroic changes for person who’ll likewise succeed? (2-4)
CO-HEIR – A change/anagram of the word HEROIC.
8a What’s up, possibly, outside ring for unusual boxer (8)
SOUTHPAW – An anagram (possibly) of WHATSUP outside of O for a ring/zero.
10a In first act, I carefully established plan for play (6)
TACTIC – A hidden word IN firs T ACT I C arefully.
11a Low river berth (4)
MOOR – MOO for low (as a cow does) and then R for River.
12a At home, somehow courted daughter and proposed (10)
INTRODUCED – IN for ‘at home’ then an anagram (somehow) of COURTED followed by D for Daughter (an abb. from a heraldic tree).
13a Aim to irritate people ahead of time, creating hazard (12)
ENDANGERMENT – A charade of END/aim, ANGER/irritate, MEN/people all in front of/ahead of T for Time.
16a Setting English novelist, as announced, for part of course (7,5)
PUTTING GREEN – PUTTING for setting/placing and then a homophone (as announced) of Graham GREENE the author.
20a Hat in style in certain fashion — or not (10)
HESITANTLY – An anagram (in certain fashion) of HAT IN STYLE gives the antithesis (or not) of ‘in certain fashion’.
21a This part of body is in foot? Yes and no (4)
FIST – Yes, the IS is inside FT (for foor length) but no, a fist is not in the foot.
22a School embracing popular conclusion (6)
FINISH – Place IN (popular, hip) inside some FISH (or a school of fish).
23a Celebrated British rugby player transformed side (8)
LIONISED – A British LION (a touring rugby player) and an anagram (transformed) of SIDE.
24a New way to introduce service (6)
MODERN – A MODE or way goes in front of or introduces the RN or service of the Royal Navy.
25a Lead, perhaps, holding end of mission in mind (6)
MENTAL – A METAL, of which lead is an example/perhaps, including the end letter in missioN.
1d Deeply significant, as expert discovered (8)
PROFOUND – A charade of PRO/expert and FOUND/discovered.
2d Without any reservations for express (5)
UTTER – To definitions – completely and also to say/express.
3d Writer having half a fish for breakfast, then another (7)
KIPLING – Half of a breakfast KIP(per) then a LING – a common crosswordland fish.
5d Emerge with parts switched, as result (7)
OUTCOME – To COME OUT or emerge with the two elements switched in order.
6d Fight opponents at bridge with noble monarch (9)
ENCOUNTER – the E(ast) and N(orth) are opponents at bridge. Follow that with a COUNT or noble and ER – Elizabeth Regina – our monarch.
7d Resistance over crackpot ideas brought up (6)
RAISED – R for Resistance and then a crackpot anagram of IDEAS.
9d Small weapon for jet fighter? (5,6)
WATER PISTOL – A jet of WATER for a fighter would be in a WATER PISTOL.
14d A politician was untruthful about condition being strengthened (9)
AMPLIFIED – A MP (Member of Parliament) and then LIED (was untruthful) about a conditional ’IF’.
15d One thing female tries to dispose of on beach? It’s hard to say! (8)
SEASHELL – A cryptic definition of the hard thing to say that she sells on the seashore.
17d Member of staff a head interrupts after start of term, mostly (7)
TEACHER – EACH (per head) interrupting most of TER(m).
18d Supporter in camp is fellow central European? (3,4)
GUY POLE – A GUY for a man/fellow and then a POLE for a European national.
19d Film, for instance that’s neither rare nor well done (6)
MEDIUM – Film is an artistic MEDIUM and MESIUM is a way of cooking stake that is not rare nor well done.
21d Deceptive move by boxer that’s weak, we hear (5)
FEINT – A homophone/we hear of FAINT or weak.