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ST 3002

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3002

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This puzzle was published on 5th May 2019

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Crosswords don’t come easier than this one – probably because there are so many repeated clue types. My favourite Across clue was 20a and my Down favourite, for the reasons I give below, has to be 4d

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8a    Sweet mug (4)
FOOL – Double definition – A food can be a pudding (sweet) I always associate with gooseberries or an easy dupe

9a    Head wants barrel rolled over (3)
NUT – A reversal (rolled over) of TUN (barrel)

10a    Sore carer? (6)
TENDER – Feeling sore or someone who cares or looks after you

11a    Oxford accent (6)
BROGUE – An Oxford is another name for a BROGUE shoe; it can also mean a lilting Irish accent

12a    A can coated with dark red metal (8)
PLATINUM – A (from the clue) TIN (can) ‘coated with’ or inserted into PLUM (dark red)

13a    High street with random pet shop (10,5)
DEPARTMENT STORE – An anagram (high) of STREET with RANDOM PET

15a    English politician drawn and drained (7)
EMPTIED – E (English) MP (politician) TIED (drawn)

17a    Careless on foot? Just the opposite? (7)
OFFHAND – OFF HAND being the opposite of ON FOOT

20a    Happy as a polar bear, but not as a penguin? (2,3,2,3,5)
ON TOP OF THE WORLD – Polar bears living in the Arctic (at the top of the world) and penguins living at the bottom of the world

23a    Beauty drunk and I found in people (8)
RADIANCE – An anagram (drunk) of AND I ‘found in’ RACE (people)

25a    Change last of letters: bad speller? (6)
SWITCH – S (the last letter of letters) WITCH (bad speller)

26a    Each dish eaten by one (6)
APIECE – PIE (dish) ‘eaten’ by ACE (one)

27a    Child star on the radio? (3)
SON – A homophone (on the radio) of SUN (star)

28a    Basic unit in half the dictionary? (4)
ATOM – A TO M being the first half of the dictionary


1d    Croaky animal, we hear? (6)
HOARSE – A homophone (we hear) of HORSE (animal)

2d    Shocking colours joining rave (8)
FLAGRANT – FLAG (colours) RANT (rave)

3d    Possible location of panic button, illegal (5-3-7)
UNDER-THE-COUNTER – without the hyphens a description of where you might find a panic button

4d    Old king has put foot down over broody female (7)
STEPHEN – This reminds me of teaching no 1 son how to spell his name – with a STEP (put foot down) over HEN (broody female)

5d    SOS! A first mate in stormy waters off Italy (6,2,7)
STRAIT OF MESSINA – An anagram (stormy) of SOS A FIRST MATE

6d    Join up squiggly lines, ending in portrait (6)
ENLIST – An anagram (squiggly) of LINES followed by the T at the end of portrait

7d    Beloved possession of Robin Hood, did you say? (4)
BEAU – Another homophone (did you say?) of BOW (possession of Robin Hood)

14d    Manage string of performances (3)
RUN – Double definition

16d    Rising shortly, dub knight, perhaps? (3)
MAN – Truncate (shortly) a reversed NAMe (dub)

18d    Tough rotting in gaol under house (8)
HOOLIGAN- An anagram (rotting) of IN GAOL goes under HO (house)

19d    Finally grasping conclusion of debate, if nothing else (2,5)
AT LEAST – AT LAST (finally) ‘grasping’ the E at the conclusion of debatE

21d    Extract of ‘Chicago’, live rehearsal for musical (6)
OLIVER – Lurking in an extract of ChicagO LIVE Rehearsal

22d    Reader sees voter blowing top (6)
LECTOR – Blow the top off or remove the first letter from eLECTOR (voter)

24d    Mountain range spread endlessly upwards (4)
ALPS – Take the end off SPLAY (spread) and then reverse (upwards) what’s left

3 comments on “ST 3002

  1. Agree with the opening statement. I know setters can’t please all of the people all of the time, but in all honesty, slightly disappointing for me. Thanks setter and CS

  2. Pleased that you had the good taste (4d) to give your “no 1 son” such a fine Christian name Sue

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