Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3080
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This puzzle was published on 1st November 2020
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! A Very enjoyable puzzle this week with some fairly tricky clues (particularly those with short definitions!)
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8a Good Lord, what’s seen on election of new Pope? (4,5)
HOLY SMOKE – The Crptic definition refers to the white smoke dispayed on the election of his new Holiness.
10a Competition number, neither the first nor the last (5)
EVENT – Start with the number SEVENTY and remove the first and last letters.
11a Do use fingernails when on surface? (4,2,2,7)
COME UP TO SCRATCH – To SCRATCH or use fingernails after having COME UP to the surface.
12a Just purchaser is aware of broadcast (2,1,4)
BY A NOSE – My favourite clue of the day. A homophone (broadcast) of BUYER KNOWS or ‘ the purchaser is aware’.
13a Rule more flexible: article written on it (7)
THEOREM – Make a flexible anagram of MORE after THE (an article) is placed/written before it.
15a Spread isn’t shifted behind features in US flier (5,3,7)
STARS AND STRIPES – Place an anagram of SPREAD ISNT after STARS or features in (in a movie for example).
19a Reach mountain path after brief search (7)
COMPASS – Place a mountain PASS after COM(b) or search briefly (i.e. the last letter is curtailed).
22a Scientist accommodating wife in Basildon, say? (3,4)
NEW TOWN – W for Wife inside Sir Isaac NEWTON.
24a Picture gag on ref, say? (9,6)
WHISTLERS MOTHER – TO SMOTHER or gag after a WHISTLER (a referee, cryptically).
26a Deep inside China, economy in recession (5)
OCEAN – A reversed hidden word – it is inside (hidden) chi NA ECO nomy and reversed (in recession).
27a Object to going into work in a minute (9)
PRESENTLY – To RESENT or object going into PLY for work (as in ply one’s trade).
1d Cold, white wine unfinished — a little sweet (4)
CHOC – C for Cold and then an unfinished HOC(k) white wine.
2d US co-ed forged old currency (6)
ESCUDO – A forged anagram of US CO-ED.
3d Throne decorated with navy line (8)
NORTHERN – An anagram (decorated) of THRONE and then RN for the Royal Navy.
4d A-listers living the high life? (3,3)
JET SET – A cryptic definition of those celebs and notables that can afford to charter a private jet.
5d Catch after catch — yes! (4,4)
HEAR HEAR – A repetition of HEAR (catch after catch).
6d Jelly, perhaps, for dog (6)
SETTER – A jelly is a SETTER (something that sets) and also a make of dog.
7d Score in cricket changed (4)
ETCH – A hidden word IN crick ET CH anged.
9d Tibetan priest embracing wicked dance (7)
LAMBADA – A LAMA or Tibetan priest containing/embracing BAD/wicked.
12d Key is in vehicle, turning 180 degrees (5)
BASIC – A reversal (turning 180 degrees) of IS inside a CAB (vehicle).
14d Child sat on by parent, one laying down brick (5)
MASON – A SON or child underneath (sat on in a Down clue) LA for mother (parent).
16d Damage seen in wound, feeling pain (8)
SMARTING – To MAR or damage placed/seen in STING or wound.
17d Relative hiding in dark (8)
SINISTER – IN from the clue is hiding inside SISTER/relative.
18d By the sound of it, financial gain inspired teacher (7)
PROPHET – A homophone (by the sound of it) of PROFIT/financial gain.
20d Runner lapping a US writer (6)
MAILER – A MILER or runner going around/lapping A from the clue for Norman.
21d Tired mole gobbling fish up (6)
SLEEPY – A SPY or mole containing a reversal (gobbling and UP) of an EEL/fish.
23d Court office stiff as a board (6)
WOODEN – A charade of WOO/court and DEN/study.
24d Bark falling off oak, willow initially upright (4)
WOOF – A reversal (upright of the initial letters in F(alling) O(ff) O(ak) W(illow),
25d In audition, increase light (4)
RAYS – A homophone (in audition) of RAISE/increase.