Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3024
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on 6th October 2019
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! Some fine clues uoon reviewing and some very solid clue creations to commit to memory for the beginner. The solving time was fairly quick for me but a couple of clues did pull me up for a while.
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1a Level throw (5)
PITCH – Two definitions – The level of a musical note and also a chuck/shy/cast.
4a Without humour, are you joking? (9)
SERIOUSLY – The first is the straight def., the second the irony-laden amazed question.
9a Very little cutting, calculating nicks (9)
SPARINGLY – PARING or cutting is contained in (nicked/stolen by) SLY for calculating.
10a Hint, in fact, in German (5)
TINGE – A hidden word inside fac T IN GE erman.
11a Currently hot, flex burning (7)
INTENSE – IN for currently hot/fashionable and then TENSE for flex.
12a One’s spotted sign recorded initially in notebook (7)
LEOPARD – Start with the star sign of LEO and then place the first letter of R(ecord) inside a PAD or notebook.
13a Sort of car, say, behind back of bike (6)
ESTATE – Place STATE for say after the back letter in (bik)E.
15a Radio set broadcast speedy item from outer space (8)
ASTEROID – An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO SET.
18a Actor, this person featuring in ‘The Bridge’ (8)
THESPIAN – I for the first person singular (this person) inside THE SPAN for the bridge.
20a Last of owls has best hoot! (6)
SCREAM – Start with the last letter of (owl)S and then add the CRE$AM/best.
23a Something offered, this time (7)
PRESENT – Two definitions – An offered gift and also the here and now (this current time).
24a Welcomed by minstrel, earnings pick up again (7)
RELEARN – Another hidden clue inside (welcomed by) minst REL EARN ings.
26a Way revealed, very reliable (5)
STOUT – A charade of a ST(reet) or a way and then OUT for revealed/in the open.
27a Furious directors, those owed money (9)
CREDITORS – An anagram, indicated by furious, of DIRECTORS.
28a More fashionable than the rest, stop in northern Italian city briefly (9)
TRENDIEST – Place END or stop inside all but the final letter (briefly) of TRIEST(e), a N, Italian city.
29a Cute daughter in woollen material (5)
TWEED – TWEE for cute and D for Daughter.
1d Deadly piste negotiated: fast time? (9)
PESTILENT – An anagram (negotiated) of PISTE and then LENT for a time of fasting in the RC church.
2d Characteristic paintings turned over onto it (5)
TRAIT – Reverse (turned over) ART or paintings and then add IT from the clue.
3d Musical number coming up — might that go over one’s head? (7)
HAIRNET – The musical HAIR and then the number TEN coming up/reversed.
4d Band’s ‘Ugly Duckling’ on the radio (6)
SIGNET – A homophone (on the radio) of a CYGNET or baby swan/ugly duckling from the Hans Christian Anderson tales.
5d Cavalier attitude’s beginning with Liberal in story, I suspect (8)
ROYALIST – the beginning of the word A(ttitude) and L for liberal inside a suspect anagram of STORY I.
6d Away from home, get to this place in effect (7)
OUTCOME – OUT for ‘away from home’ and then COME for ‘get to this place/arrive.
7d Nation in hole: upset about that! (9)
SINGAPORE – SORE for upset about IN from the clue and GAP for hole.
8d Surrender all that’s produced (5)
YIELD – Another double def. – To surrender or cede and also the YIELD from a harvest or chemical experiment.
14d Consequently the judge rushed, having doffed cap (9)
THEREFORE – Start with THE REF(eree) or judge and then add (t)ORE or rushed with the leading letter/cap removed/doffed.
16d Action taken around start of week is vilified (9)
DEMONISED – A DEED or action taken around the outside of MON(day – the start of the week – and IS from the clue.
17d Jot some writing at bottom of page (8)
PARTICLE – An ARTICLE in a newspaper (some writing) underneath (at the bottom of in a DOWN clue) P for Page.
19d Surprisingly deep, a cloth evenly folded (7)
PLEATED – An anagram (surprisingly) of DEEP A and the even letters of c L o T h – so DEEP A LT as an anagram.
21d Player needing room is first to tackle (7)
CELLIST – A CELL or room (in a monastery for example) then IS from the clue and the first letter in T(ackle)
22d Minister sticks his nose in over closing of parliament (6)
PRIEST – PRIES for ‘sticks his nose in’ over/above in a DOWN clue the closing letter in (parliament)T.
23d Stake keeps one in place (5)
POSIT – I for one kept within a POST or stake.
25d A gorgeous woman appeared (5)
AROSE – A from the clue and then an English ROSE or beautiful woman.
Thanks to the setter and to CS for continually covering for me!. I’ll see you tomorrow.