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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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.
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.