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ST 3123

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3123

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 29 Aug 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. Dada has given us an excellent puzzle this Sunday and I enjoyed solving it and thereafter writing a full review for your kind perusal and significant feedback.

‘Lieder’ as the answer to the clue of 11a reminded me of some of the memorable evenings of 2012 at Goethe-Institut, Kolkata where I was learning the German language. I passed the A1 and A2 levels that year, but could not enrol for B1 level as I was transferred by the bank where I worked to a place in the rural area which entailed a six-hour journey from Kolkata and I had to remain far from home for more than four years and a half. I was aware that ‘lied’ was the German word for song and its plural was ‘lieder’. For more information on ‘lied’ this time due to inquisitiveness, I searched the net and found out that although ‘lied’ is used indiscriminately for every kind of song in German, the term has a long history and wider range of description from setting poetry to classic poetry to ultimately polyphonic music, encompassing, namely, 12th-century ‘Minnesang’ (troubadour songs) via ‘Volkslieder’ (folk songs) and ‘Kirchenlieder’ (church hymns) to 20th-century ‘Arbeiterlieder’ (workers’ songs) or ‘Protestlieder’ (protest songs). However, it was with the flowering of German literature in the Classical and Romantic Ages that composers found inspiration in poetry that sparked the genre known as the ‘lied’. ‘Lieder’ are, typically arranged for a solitary singer and piano, but the accompaniment of orchestra happened as a much later development.

Andes, the answer of 26a, are also known as the Andean Mountains. They are the highest mountain range outside Asia and extend from north to south through three sections and seven South American countries, namely, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador of the Northers Andes, Peru and Bolivia of the Central Andes and Chile and Argentina of the Southern Andes. One of their plateaux, Altiplano, is the world’s second-highest after the Tibetan plateau. The highest mountain outside Asia, Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua, rises to an elevation of about 6,961 metres above sea level. The world’s highest volcanoes are in the Andes, including Ojos del Salado on the Chile-Argentina border, which rises to 6,893 metres. Finally, the word ‘Andes’ has come to be accepted, following the consensus of the majority, as having derived from the Quechua word ‘anti’, which means ‘east’, as in ‘antisuyu’, which in the Quechuan language denotes ‘eastern region’, one of the four regions of the Inca Empire.

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1a    Ultimately, holiness affected devil (5)
SCAMP: The ultimate or final letter (ultimately) of [HOLINES]S is followed by an adjective meaning deliberately exaggerated, theatrical, pretentious or CAMP (affected)

4a    Speedy writer (5)
SWIFT: Double definition; the first being an adjective meaning rapid or expeditious that cryptically leads to the second being the name of the Anglo-Irish writer who is famous for his Gulliver’s Travels

10a    An older, funny old artist (8)
LEONARDO: An anagram (funny) of AN OLDER followed by the abbreviation O (old) leads to the first name of the Italian painter, much celebrated for his Last Supper and Mona Lisa, who was also a sculptor, engineer, scientist and architect and considered the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance

11a    Songs principal heard? (6)
LIEDER: LEADER (principal) as a homophonic sound picked up by the audience (heard), leading to the definition of German songs, especially of the romantic period, typically for solo voice with piano accompaniment

12a    Wife bitten by a hawk too (2,4)
AS WELL: The abbreviation W (wife) is firmly held (bitten) by a combo of A from the clue and SELL (hawk) goods by carrying them about and typically advertising them by shouting

13a    A pro wearing long apron (8)
PINAFORE: A combo of A from the clue and FOR (pro) is having as a clothing or cover (wearing) PINE (long) or yearn for, taking to the definition of a sleeveless apron-like garment worn over a young girl’s dress, typically having ties or buttons at the back

14a    Judge terribly irate with gutless barrister (7)
ARBITER: An anagram (terribly) of a combo of IRATE and (with) B[ARRISTE]R without the inner letters (gutless)

16a    Key: one of two in first (6)
OPENER: Double definition; the first being a piece of metal cut into a special shape to fit into a lock where it can be turned to open something and the second being the first of one of the two opening batsmen who faces the bowling in cricket

17a    Lack of action in vampires is at sunrise, on reflection (6)
STASIS: Part of or hidden inside (in) vampireS IS AT Sunrise in a reverse order (on reflection)

19a    Show lips quivering during hours of sunlight? (7)
DISPLAY: An anagram (quivering) of LIPS is placed inside (during) DAY (hours of sunlight)

21a    Man after map in wood (8)
PLANKING: KING (man) as the most important piece or chessman in the game of chess is preceded by or following (after) PLAN (map) or a large-scale detailed map of a small area, leading to the definition of a series of long pieces of timber, thicker and narrower than a board

22a    Supportive framework required, test on horse backfiring (6)
GANTRY: TRY (test) is placed before (on) NAG (horse) in the form of a reversal (backfiring), arriving at the definition of a bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, signals or cameras

23a    Little growth in a bison after mutation (6)
BONSAI: An anagram (mutation) of A BISON gives the definition of a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot

24a    An actor I cast, European (8)
CROATIAN: An anagram (cast) of AN ACTOR I leads to the definition of a native or inhabitant of the European country that shares its borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro

25a    Best two or three, for example? (5)
PRIME: Double definition; the first being an adjective meaning excellent or of the topmost quality and the second being a number divisible only by itself and unity

26a    Range analysed, naturally dropping back somewhat (5)
ANDES: Part of or hidden inside (somewhat) analySED NAturally in a backward or reverse order (dropping back), leading to the definition of the longest continental mountain range in the world, running the length of the Pacific coast of South America and extending about 4350 miles


2d    Otherwise dunked in tea, buns served here? (7)
CHELSEA: ELSE (otherwise) is immersed (dunked) in CHA (tea) as the colloquial term for tea, taking to the definition of an area of London once having a bakery by the name Bun House on its periphery noted for the rolled buns filled with currants and raisins that bear its name

3d    Chicanery a concern for primates? (6,8)
MONKEY BUSINESS: Company or BUSINESS (a concern) following or preceded by (for) MONKEY (primates), leading to the definition meaning mischievous or deceitful behaviour

5d    Monster story? (7)
WHOPPER: Double definition; the first being a thing that is extremely or unusually large and the second being a gross or blatant lie

6d    One is foul, wicked criminal (9)
FELONIOUS: An anagram (wicked) of ONE IS FOUL takes to the adjectival definition meaning relating to or of the nature of a serious crime

7d    Test right, scratching head (4)
ORAL: [M]ORAL (right) striking off (scratching) its top or first letter (head) in the down clue leads to the definition of a spoken examination or test

8d    Carried by old cook, starter of fillet coming up, meat dish (4,10)
BEEF WELLINGTON: Taken inside (carried) by British cookery writer Isabella BEETON (old cook) a combo of the starter or the first letter of F[ILLET] and rising up to the surface and being about to spill or WELLING (coming up), leading to the definition of a dish consisting of beef coated in pâté and wrapped in puff pastry

9d    Order without charge, unopened after month (6)
DECREE: [F]REE (without charge) not having the opening or first letter (unopened) and preceded by or following (after) December in its shorter version DEC (month) in the down clue, leading to the definition of an official edict or dictum that has the force of law

15d    Witness provided, one residing in another street (9)
TESTIFIER: A charade of IF (provided) and the Roman numeral I (one) staying inside (residing in) an anagram (another) of STREET, arriving at the definition of a person who testifies or gives a deposition

18d    Fat, everyone aboard tug (6)
TALLOW: ALL (everyone) is into (aboard) TOW (tug), leading to the definition of a rendered form of particularly beef or mutton fat, primarily made up of triglycerides

19d    Snapper, like one on river (7)
DIGICAM: DIG (like) as a colloquial term meaning to appreciate or understand is followed by the Roman numeral I (one) that is placed above (on) the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England CAM (river) in the down clue, leading to the definition of a digital camera

20d    A cart drawn up on outskirts of Grasmere, distance measured (7)
YARDAGE: A combo of A from the clue and DRAY (cart) as a reversal by going up (drawn up) in the down clue is placed above (on) the outermost letters (outskirts) of G[RASMER]E

22d    Pure gunk on top of dustbin (4)
GOOD: An unpleasantly sticky or messy substance or GOO (gunk) is placed above (on) the head or
the first letter (top) of D[USTBIN] in the down clue

Both anagrams and reversals, full or partial, were specialities of this puzzle. There were several clues that I liked such as 1a, 11a, 13a, 16a, 17a, 21a, 22a, 25a, 3d, 5d, 6d, 8d, 18d, and 20d, with topper being 2d. Thanks once again to Dada for the entertainment and to BD for the encouragement. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.

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