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DT 30137 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30137

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 5th Nov 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A super, straightforward Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and significant feedback.

My inquisitiveness to know particularly the etymology of ‘soprano’, the answer to the clue of 18d, tempted me to explore the net. I found out that the word is derived from the Latin word superius that referred to the highest pitch vocal range of all human voice types. The soprano is the highest pitch human voice, often given to the leading female roles in operas. However, a soprano is a type of classical female singing voice and has the highest vocal range of all voice types. Thus, although the term ‘soprano’ refers mainly to women, but it can also be applied to men. While a ‘sopranist’ is the appropriate term for a male countertenor who can sing in the soprano vocal range, a ‘castrato’ is the term for a castrated male singer, typical of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and a treble is a boy soprano who has not reached puberty, but still able to sing in that range. Soprano voices are often classified according to their colour or agility. While a coloratura soprano is gifted with a high range and extreme agility, a dramatic soprano possesses a rich, powerful quality, a lyric soprano a lighter, singing tone and a soubrette or an operatic soprano is light with a brighter, sweet timbre. The numbers and genders of the Italian grammar have always fascinated me. Nearly all words in that language ending in ‘o’ are masculine, just as nearly all words ending in ‘a’ are feminine. However, there are also a few exceptions. The word ‘the’ is represented by il for masculine singular noun, la for feminine singular noun, i for masculine plural noun and le for feminine plural noun. However, there is not always a correspondence between grammatical gender and natural gender. Some nouns of that type denote men in natural gender, even though they are grammatically represented as the female gender, for instance, la guardia (the guard), la sentinella (the sentinel), la vedetta (the sentry), la spia (the spy) etc, while there are others that refer to women, but are considered masculine in grammatical gender, for example, il soprano, il mezzosoprano, il contralto etc.

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Across

1a    Form an attachment with good French ex-copper (4)
BOND: A charade of BON (good French) as the French word for good placed before a masculine noun, though also in a few cases after a masculine noun followed by D (ex-copper) as the abbreviation for a copper as a pre-decimal coin takes to the definition of a relationship between people or groups based on shared feelings, interests or experiences

3a    Bullied, hit just above the eyes (10)
BROWBEATEN: The definition of a verb in the past participle form meaning intimidated, typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words is cryptically arrived at from BROW (just above the eyes) as the strip of hair growing on the ridge above a person’s eye socket that was BEATEN (hit) as struck repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure someone

8a    Run, having put one’s foot down with energy (8)
STAMPEDE: A charade of STAMPED (having put one’s foot down) as having trampled or brought the foot forcibly down upon someone or something and (with) E (energy) as the abbreviation for energy as a quantitative property in physics leads to the definition of a verb meaning to rush wildly in a sudden mass panic, especially of horses, cattle or other animals


9a    Expulsion order (3,3)
GET OUT: A cryptic definition of an order forcing someone to leave or expelling someone from a school, college, university or organisation

10a    Made us wild and happy (6)
AMUSED: An anagram (wild) of MADE US guides to the definition of an adjective meaning aroused to happiness or caused to laugh or smile

11a    Last in spite of everything (5,3)
AFTER ALL: Double definition of adverbial phrase; the first meaning coming last or in the end and the second denoting when everything is taken into consideration or in view of all circumstances

13a    Succeed in establishing meaning of price he’d negotiated (8)
DECIPHER: An anagram (negotiated) of PRICE HE’D guides to the definition of a verb meaning to succeed in understanding, interpreting or identifying something

14a    One in the car club (6)
DRIVER: Double nounal definition; the first referring to a chauffeur or motorist that takes to the second being a golf club with a flat face and wooden head, used for driving from the tee



16a    Monkey, he’s in short grass (6)
RHESUS: The letters of HE’S from the clue are placed inside (in) RUS[H] (grass) as an erect, tufted marsh or waterside plant resembling a sedge or grass, with inconspicuous greenish or brownish flowers that is devoid of its last letter (short), leading to the definition of a macaque, a bandar or a monkey of the Indian subcontinent


19a    Fellows agree without writing anything down (8)
MENTALLY: A charade of MEN (fellows) as male members of a workforce, team etc and TALLY (agree) as to agree or correspond guides to the definition of an adverb meaning in a manner related to one’s mind or brain or having in mind without the need to put it down in writing

21a    Brave trip Enid organised (8)
INTREPID: An anagram (organised) of TRIP ENID guides to the definition of an adjective meaning fearless or adventurous, often used for rhetorical or humorous effect

22a    Fuel, some Sadie selected (6)
DIESEL: Part of or hidden inside (some) [SA]DIE SEL[ECTED] takes to the definition of a heavy petroleum fraction used as fuel in diesel engines

23a     A record set by accountant that’s beastly (6)
ALPACA: A from the clue, LP (record) as a colloquial term for a long-playing record and having beside (set by) ACA (accountant) as an accountant who is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Institute of Accounts in England and Wales guide to the definition of a long-haired domesticated South American mammal related to the llama, valued for its wool


24a    Charlie with previous request to make unsolicited visit (4-4)
COLD-CALL: A charade of C (Charlie) as the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO phonetic alphabet, followed by (with) OLD (previous) as belonging to the past and CALL (request) as to summon or request someone to be present guides to the definition of a verb meaning to make an unsolicited visit or phone call to someone, more especially in an attempt to sell something

25a    Supervisor continued to get posh car (10)
CONTROLLER: A charade of CONT (continued) as the abbreviation for continued to have beside (get) ROLLER (posh car) as a car made by Rolls-Royce guides to the definition of a person who regulates, directs and restrains

26a    Piece of fencing lacking colour (4)
PALE: Double definition; the second being an adjective meaning deficient in colour that leads to the first a noun referring to an enclosing barrier, especially a fence made of pales

Down

1d    Onlooker not to sit in collapsing byre (9)
BYSTANDER: STAND (not to sit) as to have or maintain an upright position, supported by one’s feet taken inside (in) an anagram (collapsing) of BYRE, leading to the definition of a person who is present at an event or incident and watching something that is happening but is not taking part or involved in it

2d    Person waiting at home (8,7)
DOMESTIC SERVANT: The definition of a person employed in a grand or middle-class household is cryptically arrived at from SERVANT (person waiting) as an employee whose duties may, inter alia, include to wait at table in order to serve food and drinks and who is DOMESTIC (at home) as related to the running of the house, that is a SERVANT who is DOMESTIC or, precisely, a DOMESTIC SERVANT


3d    It goes from one side to the other (7)
BREADTH: A cryptic definition of the distance or measurement from the left side to the right side of a shape, as in mathematics


4d    On a pier drunk out of doors (4-3)
OPEN-AIR: An anagram (drunk) of ON A PIER leads to the definition of an adjective meaning outside or located or taking place out of doors

5d    I got into Rose’s place displaying intolerance (7)
BIGOTED: A combo of I GOT from the clue is placed inside (into) BED (Rose’s place) an area of ground, typically in a garden, where flowers are grown, for example, rose et al, arriving at the definition of an adjective meaning having or showing an attitude of hatred or intolerance toward the members of a particular group

6d    ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in China? (1,5,2,1,6)
A STORM IN A TEACUP: The definition of a great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter is cryptically arrived at from A STORM (much ado) as a lot of commotion or excitement, that refers to something big in nature or size, over something insignificant (about nothing) as so small tantamounting to almost nothing as in A TEACUP (China) or a cup, from which tea is drunk, as an item of the household tableware made from china that denotes something small in size

7d    Woman at a loss somewhat in province (5)
NATAL: Part of or hidden inside (somewhat) [WOMA]N AT A L[OSS] takes to the definition of the second-most populous province in South Africa

12d    It is not true for one to assume a horizontal position (3)
LIE: Double definition; the first being a noun denoting an intentionally false statement and the second a verb meaning to be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface, especially of a person or animal

15d    Before end of game, your ball changed colour (5,4)
ROYAL BLUE: Before the ending or last letter (end) of [GAM]E, YOUR BALL is subject to an anagram (changed), guiding to the definition of a colour that is a deep, vivid blue

17d    Bird alternatively turned up leaving another bird (3)
HEN: HE[RO]N (bird) as a large fish-eating wading bird with long legs, a long S-shaped neck and a long-pointed bill having OR (alternatively) as used to link alternatives in an upward direction (turned up) as a reversal in the down clue coming out (leaving), leaving the remainder serving as a definition of yet another bird, female and especially of the domestic fowl


18d    She is used to reaching high scores (7)
SOPRANO: A cryptic definition of a female singer who can hit the high notes or musical scores or has the highest vocal range of all voice types


19d    Examination of doctors (7)
MEDICAL: Double definition; the first being a noun denoting a physical examination to assess a person’s health or fitness and the second an adjective meaning ‘of doctors’ as in the medical profession

20d    Move around, grasping tail of camel with small humps (7)
NODULAR: An anagram (move) of AROUND taking inside (grasping) the ending or last letter (tail) of [CAME]L guides to the definition of an adjective meaning having a small abnormal knobby bodily protuberance

21d    Bill is a leading man (5)
ISAAC: AC (bill) as an abbreviation for account that refers to a record of money that has been paid and money that has been received bill having IS A from the clue placed in the front or as leader (leading), taking to the definition of one of the common names of a boy or man

The adorable clues in this puzzle were 3a, 11a, 19a, 24a, 1d, 2d, 6d, 17d and 18d; the topper being 6d. Many thanks to BD for the encouragement, to Cephas for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.

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