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ST 3193 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3193

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 1st Jan 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tougher Sunday puzzle from Dada, but still overall an enjoyable one and I have the pleasure of presenting to you once again a full review of the same and would be delighted to have your significant feedback and comment.

Cattle grid, the answer to the clue of 1a, made me inquisitive and I searched the net for detailed information on it. I found out that this obstacle is used to prevent livestock, such as sheep, cattle, pigs, horses or mules from passing along a road or railway which penetrates the fencing surrounding an enclosed piece of land or border. It consists of a depression in the road covered by a transverse grid of bars or tubes, normally made of metal and firmly fixed to the ground on either side of the depression, so that the gaps between them are wide enough for an animal’s feet to enter, but sufficiently narrow not to impede a wheeled vehicle or human foot. This provides an effective barrier to animals without impeding wheeled vehicles, as the animals are reluctant to walk on the grates.

Oil, as part of the wordplay to the clue of 6a, coming from oil palm trees is of two variety. Crude palm oil is extracted from the flesh or pulp of the fruit which is the outer part, while palm kernel oil is extracted from the soft part of the seed which is the inner part. Although both oils originate from the same fruit, palm oil is chemically and nutritionally different from palm kernel oil.

Gaul, part of the wordplay to the clue of 22d, has its origin in the Latin word Gallia. On the eve of the Gallic Wars circa 58 BC, Gaul was divided by the Romans into five parts, Gallia Celtic, Gallia Belgica, Gallia Cisalpina, Gallia Narbonensis and Gallia Aquitania. Gallia Cisalpina meant ‘Gaul on this side of the Alps’ while Gallia Narbonensis denoted ‘Gaul on the other side of the Alps’. The region of the ancient Gaul today encompasses present-day France, Belgium, Luxembourg, most of Switzerland, parts of Northern Italy and Germany west of the Rhine.

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Across

1a    Over that one cannot take stock (6,4)
CATTLE GRID: A cryptic definition of a metal grid covering a ditch, allowing vehicles and pedestrians to pass over but not cattle and other animals


6a    Source of oil in hand (4)
PALM: Double definition; the second being the somewhat concave part or the inner surface of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers that leads to the first denoting the tree as the source of the edible vegetable oil that is produced by the mesocarp or the reddish pulp of its fruit

9a    Yours truly has played clarinet in commercial (10)
MERCANTILE: ME (yours truly) as the setter of this crossword referring to himself or as used by any other speaker referring to themselves as the object of a verb or preposition is followed by an anagram (has played) of CLARINET, taking to the definition of an adjective meaning commercial or relating to trade or commerce

10a    First of all, some turbulence experienced, petrifying part of flight (4)
STEP: The first or initial letters (first of all) of S[OME] T[URBULENCE] E[XPERIENCED] P[ETRIFYING] guide to the definition of part of flight of stairs, one tread of a stair or one of the surfaces that one walks on when one goes up or down stairs

12a    Located in arcade, liquor shop (4)
DELI: Part of or hidden inside (located in) [ARCA]DE LI[QUOR] leads to the definition of the short form of delicatessen that is a shop selling prepared foods, especially cooked meats, pâtés and unusual or foreign foods


13a    A girl some drunk put on a pedestal (9)
GLAMORISE: An anagram (drunk) of A GIRL SOME guides to the definition of a verb meaning to make someone or something seem exciting and attractive

15a    Cry of exasperation, a nation having failed to invest capital in growth (3,5)
NOT AGAIN: The definition of an exclamation of anger, frustration or exasperation about something bad that has happened again or will happen again is arrived at when an anagram (having failed) of A NATION proceeds to insert (invest) the head or beginning letter (capital) in G[ROWTH]

16a    Highlight emotional tension (6)
STRESS: Double definition; the first being a verb meaning to emphasise or to give particular emphasis or importance to a point, statement or idea made in speech or writing and the second a noun referring to a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances

18a    That man has check enclosed (6)
HEREIN: A charade of HE (that man) as the third person singular pronoun referring to a male person along with (has) REIN (check) as to check or guide a horse by pulling on the pair of straps attached to its head leads to the definition of a formal adverb often used in official and legal documents meaning contained in this letter, document etc

20a    European celebrity, 3 down? (4,4)
POLE STAR: A charade of POLE (European) a native or citizen or a Polish-speaking inhabitant of Poland that is a country in Central Europe and STAR (celebrity) as a very famous or talented entertainer or sports player or an outstandingly successful person who is supposed to draw the public guides to the definition of a director guide or something that serves as a guiding principle that is another word for 3d

23a    Start second car (9)
HATCHBACK: A charade of HATCH (start) as to originate, develop or concoct, especially a plot or plan and BACK (second) as to give financial, material or moral support to someone takes to the definition of a car with a door across the full width at the back end that opens upwards to provide easy access for loading


24a    Briefly, do bit (4)
PART: PART[Y] (do) a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking and entertainment, also represented by ‘do’ as its informal term that is devoid of its last letter or is in brief (briefly), arriving at the definition of a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct

26a    Single item, that object behind Parisian article (4)
UNIT: IT (that object) as used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified following or coming after (behind) UN (Parisian article) as a French indefinite article meaning ‘a’ or ‘an’ and used in front of masculine singular nouns as they say in Paris, arriving at the definition of a single element, sector or item, regarded as the lowest subdivision of a whole

27a    Something melted when angel I saw transported by kiss (7,3)
SEALING WAX: The definition of a type of wax that melts quickly when it is heated and becomes hard quickly when it cools, used in the past for sealing letters etc is arrived at when ANGEL I SAW is subject to an anagram (transported) and followed by X (kiss) as used in a letter or message to symbolise a kiss


28a    Cheese, shaped wheels (4)
EDAM: MADE (shaped) as a verb in the past tense meaning created or formed something by putting parts together or combining substances that turns round (wheels) as a reversal in the across clue, leading to the definition of a type of mild Dutch cheese shaped into globes with a red outer skin

29a    Third masseur less hot for life in the tropics (6,4)
RUBBER TREE: Third masseur can be represented by masseur number three or masseur three, whereby RUBBER (masseur) as a person whose job is to massage or to rub and knead the body of a client using the hands and T[H]REE (third) as the cardinal number three or the third in a set, series or sequence with H (hot) as the abbreviation for hot, especially with reference to water, is subject to removal (less), arriving at the definition of a South American tropical tree of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae from which latex or the liquid used to make rubber is obtained

Down

1d    Side with rogue having toppled leader (4)
CAMP: [S]CAMP (rogue) as a person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likeable or amusing way having S as its leading or first letter (leader) removed (toppled), taking to the definition of the supporters of a particular party or doctrine regarded collectively

2d    People in wrongful act, suffering (7)
TORMENT: MEN (people) as male persons pursued or sought by police authorities, especially in connection with a crime is placed inside (in) TORT (wrongful act) as a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction, leading to the definition of a noun meaning severe physical or mental suffering

3d    Expert aligned cryptically with clue (7,5)
LEADING LIGHT: An anagram (cryptically) of ALIGNED and (with) LIGHT (clue) as something that enlightens or informs guide to the definition of a respected person who leads a group or organisation or is important in a particular area of knowledge or activity

4d    Hold on, calm down! (3,1,4)
GET A GRIP: Double phrasal definition; the first meaning being to get a good physical hold on something and the second to keep or recover one’s self-control or to make an effort to control one’s emotions and behave more calmly

5d    Gangway for the audience? Absolutely! (3,3)
I’LL SAY: AISLE (gangway) as a passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theatre, an aircraft or train that as a homophone serves to assert, report or SAY (for the audience), taking to the definition of a phrase used to express emphatic agreement

7d    Further remark about two riders initially on horseback? (7)
ASTRIDE: ASIDE (further remark) as a remark or passage in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play is placed around (about) the initial or first letters (initially) of T[WO] R[IDERS], taking to the definition of an adverb meaning with a leg on each side of something, as while sitting on a horse

8d    What I delight in not at all (2,8)
MY PLEASURE: Double definition; the first being a phrase denoting what pleases me or what pleasure I get a lot from something that cryptically leads to the second an idiom used as a polite response to someone who has thanked one for doing something to say that one was happy to do it

11d    Pole no better, used for levering device (6-6)
BOTTLE OPENER: An anagram (used) of POLE NO BETTER guides to the definition of a levering device used for removing the metal top from a bottle


14d    Where satellite dish might be free (2,3,5)
ON THE HOUSE: Double definition; the first being the probable place of installation of a satellite dish for an unobstructed view and clear reception that leads to the second meaning free of charge or at the expenses of the management, especially of a drink or meal in a bar or restaurant

17d    Reserve staff gathering in library? (4,4)
BOOK CLUB: A charade of BOOK (reserve) as to reserve accommodation, a place etc and CLUB (staff) as a heavy stick with a thick end, used as a weapon leads to the definition of a group of people who meet to talk about a book or books that they have all read

19d    Type of wine in claret’s in abundance (7)
RETSINA: Part of or hidden inside (in) [CLA]RET’S IN A[BUNDANCE] guides to the definition of a Greek white or rosé wine flavoured with resin

21d    Athlete with javelin, say, is avoiding this athlete with blade (7)
THROWER: IS is keeping away from (avoiding) TH[IS] from the clue to which is added (with) ROWER (athlete with blade) as a person who rows a boat, especially as a member of a racing team, using oars or blades, each of which can mean an entire row, but usually the wide, flat end that the rower sticks into the water to propel the boat along, arriving at the definition of an example of an athlete who throws a javelin, a spear about 2.5 m in length, in a track and field event known as the javelin throw


22d    Cake scoffed in old European region, unfinished (6)
GÂTEAU: ATE (scoffed) as took food into the mouth, chewed and swallowed it in turn is placed inside (in) GAU[L] (old European region) as the old region of Western Europe first described by the Romans and inhabited by the Celtic and Aquitani tribes that is without its last letter L (unfinished), arriving at the definition of a rich cake, filled with cream, decorated with icing etc


25d    Drop round line for rod (4)
AXLE: AXE (drop) as to get rid of large number of employees, especially in order to reduce costs placed around (round) L (line) as the abbreviation of line leads to the definition of a rod or spindle, either fixed or rotating, passing through the centre of a wheel or group of wheels


There were many clues that I liked in this puzzle such as 1a, 13a, 15a, 20a, 23a, 29a, 4d, 5d, 14d and 21d; 1a being the best of the lot. Thanks to BD for the encouragement, to Dada for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Would love to be here again. Have a splendid day.

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  1. Happy New Year, Rahmat and many thanks again for your always interesting and informative reviews which must take a lot of time to write. I always learn something new from them.

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