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ST 3146

Sunday Telegraph No 3146

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 6th February 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

One of those crosswords that took a while to get on Dada’s wavelength, but once I was typing the review, I couldn’t really see why it did

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8a    Boss cancelled leave (4,3)
HEAD OFF – HEAD (boss) OFF (cancelled)

10a    Cool mission ends in hard battle (1,2,4)
A LA MODE – Cool in the sense of fashionable – ALAMO (American mission where a battle in the Texan Revolution took place) and the ends in harD and battlE

11a    Up in arms, stupid nit drinking like granny (9)
INDIGNANT – An anagram (stupid) of NIT ‘drinking’ DIG (liking) NAN (granny)

12a    Tea bags in teacups, for example? (5)
CHINA – CHA (tea) ‘bags’ IN (from the clue)

13a    Maybe Indian uniform on back (5)
HINDU – U (uniform in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet) goes on or after HIND (back)

14a    No bother working for figure (7)
NONAGON – NO (from the clue) NAG (bother) ON (working)

17a    I’m not telling lies: players made blunders (2,4,3,6)
MY LIPS ARE SEALED – An anagram (blunders) of LIES PLAYERS MADE

19a    Tear off after vehicle for entertainment (7)
CABARET – An anagram (off) of TEAR goes after CAB (vehicle)

21a    City centre in Valencia is chock-a-block, initially (5)
CIVIC – The initial letters of Centre In Valencia Is Chock

24a    Spot on one side (5)
RIGHT – Double definition

26a    Scent variable rate worse (9)
ROSEWATER – An anagram (variable) of RATE WORSE

27a    Twisting in roots, convoluted (7)
TORSION – An anagram (convoluted) of IN ROOTS

28a    Read about odd part of sensory organ (7)
EARDRUM An anagram (about) of READ followed by RUM (odd)


1d    In speech, rattle Arab leader (6)
SHEIKH – A homophone (in speech) of SHAKE (rattle)

2d    Very important figure (8)
CARDINAL – Double definition

3d    Competitor, sweater down to knees? (4,6)
LONG JUMPER – A sweater down to the knees could definitely be described as this!

4d    Ban hurting landlord, say (9)
BARTENDER – BAR (ban) TENDER (hurting)

5d    Powder in hospital container (4)
TALC – Found in hospiTAL Container

6d    Amount of beer fed to pet, too kind? (6)
DOTING – TIN (amount of beer) ‘fed’ to DOG (pet)

7d    Chief in plant didn’t resign? (8)
REMAINED – MAIN (chief) inserted in REED (plant)

9d    Standard paving stone (4)
FLAG – Double definition

15d    Playwright who’s scared of the present day? (4,6)
NOEL COWARD – Someone who’s scared of Christmas?

16d    Uncertain when foxtrot changing (9)
FALTERING – F (foxtrot in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet) ALTERING (changing)

17d    Soften meat with care when cooking (8)
MACERATE – An anagram (when cooking) of MEAT with CARE

18d    Hot stuff, politician in private chamber (8)
LAVATORY – LAVA (hot stuff) TORY (politician)

20d    Old actor giving ground over pictures? (6)
BOGART – BOG (ground) ART (pictures)

22d    Plating hot starter of ravioli, happen to eat it (6)
CHROME – COME (happen) to ‘eat’ H (hot) and the ‘starter’ of Ravioli

23d    Capri, perhaps, covered in hotels Italians erected (4)
ISLE – Hidden (covered) in a reversal (erected) o hotELS Italians

25d    Expedition set off (4)
TRIP – Double definition


3 comments on “ST 3146

  1. As I promised in a comment in the ‘Hints Blog’ on February 6th – In my hint for 6d, I included the italicized comment – as I recall, there was an amount of discussion when the ‘term for an amount of beer’ appeared previously.

    And indeed there was, in ST 3101 (March 28th last year) with the 16d clue – Dry, missing quaffing amount of beer? (9) – with the answer of ABSTINENT for the definition of dry. In his comment then, Rabbit Dave wrote, ‘although I knocked off half-a-star for the use of the unindicated Australian term in 16d.’

    I know that it is not unusual for the ‘name’ of a container to do double duty as an indicator of quantity but, to the best of my, and several others’, knowledge, beer in the UK and North America comes in cans not tins. And, in Australia, they are more commonly called tinnies so one might say that Dada has been incorrect twice, twice.

    Thanks, as always, to CS for the review.

  2. Thanks crypticsue, this review was very helpful.
    I think you meant to put Alamo in the explanation of 10A. This was one of two clues I failed to solve in this puzzle. The other being the dubious tin one as Senf discusses above. Of all the beers I have ever consumed, I have never referred to any as a tin!

  3. 3*/4*….
    liked 23D ” Capri, perhaps, covered in hotels Italians erected (4) “….took me long enough to get this one.

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