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DT 30275 (Full Review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30275

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th April 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Crosswords don’t get friendlier than this Cephas Saturday Prize Puzzle – it was difficult to decide which clues to hint last Saturday, and exceedingly straightforward to review

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Across

1a    British port and spirit (4)
BRIO – B (British) RIO (port)

3a    Agree officer has right to reply (10)
CORRESPOND – CO (Commanding Officer) R (right) RESPOND (reply)

8a    Sentimental type having nervous reaction (8)
ROMANTIC – ROMAN (type face) TIC (nervous reaction)

9a    Trust European leaving part of swimming pool? (6)
DEPEND – Remove an E (European leaving) DEePEND (part of swimming pool)

10a    Agent in favour of entertaining turn (6)
FACTOR – FOR (in favour of) ‘entertaining’ ACT (turn)

11a    Force to cover two miles in traffic (8)
COMMERCE – COERCE (force) to ‘cover’ M M (two abbreviations for mile)

13a    Meet and study border (8)
CONVERGE – CON (study) VERGE (border)

14a    My code cracked? That’s amusing (6)
COMEDY – An anagram (cracked) of MY CODE

16a    Young woman distributed medals (6)
DAMSEL – An anagram (distributed) of MEDALS

19a    Trade, one might be asked to mind one’s own (8)
BUSINESS – a trade or something one might be asked to do rather than interfere in others’ affairs

21a    Related to a man of the cloth? (8)
CLERICAL – Related to a man of the cloth (or someone working in an office)

22a    Mysterious beggar can enter houses (6)
ARCANE – Housed by beggAR CAN Enter

23a    Kind governor initially found in country (6)
BENIGN – The initial letter of Governor found in the West African country of BENIN

24a    Picked up and assembled (8)
GATHERED – Double definition

25a    Help prince finally run off to find adjutant (4-2-4)
AIDE-DE-CAMP – AID (help) E (the final letter of prince) and DECAMP (run off)

26a    Mother goes to New York a lot (4)
MANY – MA (mother) NY (New York)

Down

1d    Type of liar who needs no unmasking? (9)
BAREFACED – A shameless liar or a description of someone without a mask

2d    Busily working in the navy, maybe (2,6,7)
ON ACTIVE SERVICE – Busily working, perhaps in the navy

3d    Queen perhaps with two words of hesitation for provider of food (7)
CATERER – CAT (queen perhaps) with ER ER (two words of hesitation)

4d    What greens do on bike (7)
RECYCLE – RE (on the subject of) CYCLE (bike)

5d    Stop mutated mice native to a particular area (7)
ENDEMIC – END (stop) and an anagram (mutated) of MICE

6d    Spice and herb with top of the milk that’s sweet (10,5)
PEPPERMINT CREAM – PEPPER (spice) MINT (herb) CREAM (top of the milk)

7d    Trick magistrate to lock up Democrat (5)
DODGE – DOGE (Venetian magistrate) to ‘lock up’ D (Democrat)

12d    Fish paid for at the door (3)
COD – Fish or Cash On Delivery (paid for at the door)

15d    Beatles’ hit not long ago (9)
YESTERDAY – Double definition

17d    A couple of new drivers will get the lot (3)
ALL – A (from the clue) and L L (couple of new [learner] drivers)

18d    Permit silence to be shattered (7)
LICENSE – An anagram (to be shattered) of SILENCE, here permit is a verb

19d    Ban logo redesigned for European city (7)
BOLOGNA – An anagram (redesigned) of BAN LOGO

20d    Jump suddenly, brilliant performer put about (5,2)
START UP – STAR (brilliant performer) and a reversal (about) of PUT (from the clue)

21d    Snake having firm support (5)
COBRA – CO (company, firm) BRA (support)