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ST 3065

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3065

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This puzzle was published on 19th July 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! – This didn’t take too long to solve but I did find it a bit samey in the constructions. particularly when reviewing.

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9a           Power drops from the sky, it’s said? (5)
REIGN – A homophone (it’s said) of RAIN/drops from the sky.

10a        I appreciate that natural gambolling in hairy creature (9)
TARANTULA – TA for ‘I appreciate that’/thanks and a gambolling anagram of NATURAL.

11a        Film partners when playing tough (7)
WETERN – The Bridge paying partners of W(est) and E(ast) followed by STERN for tough/strict.

12a        Cook, good poser! (7)
GRIDDLE – G for Good and a RIDDLE or poser.

13a        Very dear soak (5)
STEEP – Two definitions – pricey and to stipple/soak/infuse.

14a        Musical composition that may go to one’s head? (9)
HAIRPIECE – The 70’s musical HAIR and a PIECE or composition.

16a        Contrary to what is expected, unlikely to drink whisky? (7,3,5)
AGAINST THE GRAIN – The second (cryptic) definition refers to someone who shuns whisky (made from grain),

19a        Pleased day is left to escape competitors (9)
SATISFIED – SAT(urday) and IS from the clue and finally L for Left is gone/escaping from a FIE(l)D of competitors.

21a        Capital I invested in large containers (5)
TUNIS – I inside/invested in TUNS or large containers/vats.

23a        Bacon: artist she reveals on the periphery? (7)
RASHERS – RA for Royal Academician/artist then SHE from the clue and the peripheral letters n R(eveal)S.

25a        Spinning of spider catching insect finally — like a bumblebee? (7)
STRIPED – An anagram (spinning) of SPIDER containing/catching the final letter in (insec)T.

27a        Strong binding (9)
STRAPPING – Two definitions – A strapping son and a bandage/binding.

28a        Figure removing coat for competition (5)
EVENT – Remove the outer letters (coat) of the number/figure sEVENTy.


1d           Pull charge up (4)
DRAW – A reversal (up) of a WARD or small child charged into care.

2d           Wipe new suits with end of sleeve (6)
TISSUE – A new anagram of SUITS with the end of (sleev)E.

3d           Nuns depart after duffing up boxers, say? (10)
UNDERPANTS – An anagram (after duffing up) of NUNS DEPART.

4d           Initially, smelly fish stink (6)
STENCH – The initial in S(melly) and then TENCH for fish.

5d           Smug: as a swine entertaining king (8)
PRIGGISH – PIGGISH (as a swine) entertaining (taking in) R for Rex/king.

6d           Challenger in sportswoman, tiring (4)
ANTI – A hidden word IN sportswom AN TI ring.

7d           Potential flower perhaps ideal for developing bloom (8)
BUDDLEIA – A BUD or potential flower then an anagram (perhaps) of IDEAL.

8d           French cakes prepared, then mixed in eels! (10)
MADELEINES – MADE for prepared then a mixed anagram of IN EELS.

13d        Pressure beneath same cracked sewer? (10)
SEAMSTRESS – STRESS for pressure underneath a cracked anagram of SAME.

15d        Master under servant in great book (4-6)
PAGE-TURNER – TURNER the Master artist under a PAGE or servant.

17d        Skill shown, I start to weave line (8)
ARTISTRY – An anagram (to weave) of I START and then the TRY line in rugby.

18d        50/50 chance: fix sudden descent of aeroplane (8)
TAILSPIN – TAILS is a 50/50 chance on the toss of a coin. Add PIN for fix.

20d        Party learned how much medicine to prescribe (6)
DOSAGE – A charade of DO/party and SAGE/learned/wise.

22d        Baby crab? (6)
NIPPER – A simple double definition.

24d        Clock where time speeds up gradually, all concluding (4)
ESPY – The last letters (all concluding) from timE speedS uP gradually.

26d        Take out dried fruit (4)
DATE – Another simple double def. to finish.


1 comment on “ST 3065

  1. Thanks, Gnomethang. As I said on the day, I really enjoyed this one.

    With 24d I initially parsed it correctly, followed the wordplay, ended up with the correct collection of letters … then idiotically decided they weren’t a word, after I tried pronouncing them with the stress on the first beat (as in with ‘testy’, or ‘Eskimo’ without the ‘mo’).

    Thank you again to everybody who explained about wine, ale, gallons, hogsheads, and tuns.

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