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ST 3045

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3045

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This puzzle was published on 1st March 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I very much enjoyed this dspite the plethora of double definitions.

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Across

1a           Money made, paid well (6)
PROFIT – A charade of PRO(fessional)/paid and FIT for well.

5a           Musician in suit, flat unfortunately (8)
FLAUTIST – An unfortunate anagram of SUIT FLAT.

9a           They say a dad, for example, should be in work (10)
APPARENTLY – Start with the A from the clue and then place PARENT (Dad, for example) inside PLY for work.

10a        Average — or low? (4)
MEAN – A double definition with a type of mathematical average and base/low as an adjective.

11a        Drop iron? (8)
DECREASE – The second (cryptic ) def. meaning to remove creases from e.g. a shirt.

12a        Mahler played in part of Manhattan (6)
HARLEM – An suitable anagram (played) of MAHLER.

13a        Double jackpot winner collects (4)
TWIN – A hidden word collected by jackpot T WINner.

15a        Plot against part of church (8)
CONSPIRE – CON for against and a church SPIRE.

18a        Nothing in order if ridiculously way out, possibly? (4,4)
FIRE DOOR – Place O for nothing inside a ridiculous anagram of ORDER IF.

19a        Novel exploring manners mostly, Austen’s first of all (4)
EMMA – The first (letters) of all of Exploring Manners Mostly Austen.

21a        Kid ending in East — China (3,3)
TEA SET – Tease for kid and the ending letter of (eas(T).

23a        Officer requires agents organised to protect queen (8)
SERGEANT – An anagram (organised) of AGENTS around (protecting) ER for Elizabeth Regina – the Queen.

25a        Gorgeous source of entertainment (4)
FAIR – Two definitions, the second being a fete.

26a        Equip ancient teacher for final battle (10)
ARMAGEDDON – A charade of ARM (equip for war) AGED/ancient and a University DON for teacher.

27a        Perfect foxtrot, riotous (8)
FLAWLESS – F for Foxtrot on the NATO phonetic alphabet and then LAWLESS for riotous.

28a        English artist key, for example? (6)
TURNER – Another double def, a key turning in a lock.

Down

2d           Regret investing peso: not so — for another currency? (5)
RUPEE – Place PE(so) without (not) the SO and place in RUE for regret.

3d           Scent bait entering country (9)
FRAGRANCE – to RAG/kid/bait inside FRANCE.

4d           Old Greek article on prohibition (6)
THEBAN – THE (definite) article on top of a BAN/prohibition.

5d           Annual visitor in cavalier charms at first: that man welcomed in (6,9)
FATHER CHRISTMAS – A cavalier anagram of CHARMS AT FIRST with HE (that man) welcomed inside.

6d           Unspecified object: hang it loosely round nanny’s shoulders (8)
ANYTHING – An anagram (loosely) of HANG IT around the outside letters (shoulders) of N(ann)Y.

7d           Monkey drops in West Country river (5)
TAMAR – Remove/drop the IN from a TAMAR(in) monkey.

8d           Rub out answer that’s written the wrong way — one’s beaten (5,4)
SNARE DRUM – A reversal (that’s written the wrong way) of MURDER/rub out/snuff and ANS – an abb. for answer.

14d        British government a little bit sorry? The lot of them! (9)
WHITEHALL – A lovely charade of a WHIT/little bit, EH? For sorry/come again and ALL for the lot of them.

16d        Fraud prior to bid? (9)
PRETENDER – Prior to a bid might be PRE-TENDER.

17d        Grass covered by couple in annual competition (4,4)
BOAT RACE – OAT/grass is covered by a PRACE/pair.

20d        Fear primarily? Correct! (6)
FRIGHT – The primary letter in F(ear) then RIGHT for correct in this all-in-one clue.

22d        Sandy-coloured growths coming up (5)
WARTS – A reversal (coming up in a Down clue) of WARTS for (facial) growths.

24d        Length of rope shortly lifted over head of equine (5)
NOOSE – SOON for shortly is reversed (lifted in a Down clue) and is followed by the head letter in E(quine)

Thanks to the setter! I’ll be back tomorrow.