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ST 2967

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2967

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This puzzle was published on the 2nd September 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Solved after a lovely day out and this crossword added to the day’s pleasure – lots to enjoy – I particularly liked the ‘start of barking’ in 4a and the surface reading of 24d

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Across

1a    Piece in job lot totally smashed (6)
BLOTTO – Lurking in a piece of joB LOT TOtally

4a    Angry start of barking? Armorer might make a bolt for it (8)
CROSSBOW – CROSS (angry) BOW (start of bow-wow, barking)

10a    E.g. bloody weapon put over wardrobe (5-4)
SWEAR-WORD – SWORD (weapon) put over WEAR (wardrobe)

11a    Person who has minimal basic education about West (5)
OWNER – ONE R (minimal basic education, only one of the 3 Rs) goes about W (west)

12a    Improperly obtains part of castle that’s outstanding? (7)
BASTION – An anagram (improperly) of OBTAINS

13a    Survive, like person asked to turn off light? (7)
OUTLAST – Would the last person to leave the building – OUT LAST – please turn off the light

14a    Source of mast that’s come ashore, we hear (5)
BEECH – Mast being the fruit of a beech tree – the solution sounds like (we hear) BEACH (come ashore)

15a    Correctly wrapping parts of it separately, beyond doubt (8)
AIRTIGHT – ARIGHT (correctly) ‘wrapping’ I and T (parts of it), separately indicating that they aren’t together in the solution

18a    Fish restricted area around island, one in Med (8)
SARDINIA – Almost all (restricted) of a SARDINe and A (area) into which is inserted I (Island)

20a    Enjoyment from third of August onward to first of October (5)
GUSTO – The third, fourth, fifth and sixth letters of auGUST and the ‘first’ of October

23a    Problem with hearing organ — people finally are dispersed round a church (7)
EARACHE – EAR (organ) and E (people ‘finally’) dispersed round A (from the clue) and CH (church)

25a    In a word, suggest piece of music to study first (7)
CONNOTE – NOTE (piece of music) CON (study) goes first

26a    Intend to silence everyone (5)
SHALL – SH (silence) ALL (everyone)

27a    Revolutionary, ensuring changes ahead of time (9)
INSURGENT – An anagram (changes) of ENSURING goes ahead of T (time)

28a    Almost spring and time to retire? Almost (4-4)
WELL-NIGH – WELL (spring) NIGHt (almost all of time to retire)

29a    Musician with piano accompanying film (6)
PLAYER – P (piano) LAYER (film)

Down

1d    President with term of endearment for tree-hugger (4-4)
BUSH-BABY – BUSH (President) BABY (term of endearment)

2d    Keep an eye on poems in Old English (7)
OVERSEE – VERSES (poems) in O (old) E (English)

3d    Blemished hotel covered by awful red stain (9)
TARNISHED – H (hotel) covered by an anagram (awful) of RED STAIN

5d    Play, for example, we hear, with appropriate set (5,9)
RADIO BROADCAST – A play being something often broadcast on the radio

6d    Call that’s close — nothing in it (5)
SHOUT – SHUT (close) with O (nothing) in it

7d    Not worthy of hospital, after instruction to avoid untidiness (7)
BENEATH – H (hospital) goes after BE NEAT (an instruction to avoid untidiness)

8d    What’s wrong about part of our navy showing friendliness (6)
WARMTH – An anagram (wrong) of WHAT goes about RM (Royal Marines, part of our navy)

9d    Badly ruining one team sport for upwardly mobile types (14)
MOUNTAINEERING – An anagram (badly) of RUINING ONE TEAM

16d    Usually popular military leader (2,7)
IN GENERAL – IN (popular) GENERAL (military leader)

17d    Navigational aid provided by some Europeans sailor follows (4,4)
POLE STAR – POLES (some Europeans) followed by TAR (sailor)

19d    Highly moving letters from survivor he heard (3,4)
AIR MAIL – A homophone (heard) of HEIR (survivor) MALE (he)

21d    Ostentatious when receiving royalty? It’s not always clear (7)
SHOWERY – SHOWY (ostentatious) receiving ER (the regnal cipher of our current Queen, royalty)

22d    Observes a weight go up and down (6)
SEESAW – SEES (observes) A (from the clue) W (weight)

24d    Look into prisoner that may be part way through sentence (5)
COLON – LO (look) inserted into CON (prisoner)

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