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ST 3212 (Full Review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3212

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 14th May 2023

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Another typical Dada Sunday Prize Puzzle

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7a    Moving passionately initially in tango dancing (8)
POIGNANT – P (the initial letter of passionately) inserted into an anagram (dancing) of IN TANGO

9a    New sun due to explode (6)
UNUSED – An anagram (to explode) of SUN DUE

10a    Peg read endlessly (4)
STUD – Remove the end letter from STUDy (read)

11a    Where soldiers in the trenches would go, too much (4,3,3)
OVER THE TOP – Double definition

12a    Turn a blind eye to development of region (6)
IGNORE – An anagram (development) of REGION

14a    Frazzled, sweet food sent back (8)
STRESSED – A reversal (sent back) of DESSERT (sweet food)

15a    Contemporary, Hollywood cricket match? (6)
LATEST – Hollywood is in Los Angeles – LA followed by TEST (cricket match)

17a    Batter door, say? (6)
OPENER – Someone who opens the batting in a cricket match (batter) or something that opens, like a door for example

20a    Where plane may be landing, help required to bring in damaged flier (8)
AIRFIELD – AID (help) into which is inserted (to bring in) an anagram (damaged) of FLIER

22a    Insect in position, heading for trees (6)
LOCUST – LOCUS (position) T (the ‘heading’ for Trees)

23a    Panic! Strap failing in trousers (5,5)
CAPRI PANTS – An anagram (failing) of PANIC STRAP

24a    Off at altitude? (4)
HIGH – Off as in rotten or at altitude

25a    Local seabird passing round a pattern of geese in flight? (6)
TAVERN – TERN (seabird) ‘passing round’ A V (the pattern of geese in flight)

26a    Pieces served with mixed spice, for example (8)
SPECIMEN – An anagram (mixed) of SPICE followed by MEN (chess pieces)


1d    China has imported gold on boat in European country (8)
PORTUGAL – PAL (friend, mate, China in Cockney Rhyming Slang) into which is ‘imported’ OR (heraldic term for gold) and TUG (boat)

2d    Senior artist briefly stood up (4)
AGED – A reversal (stood up) of DEGAs (artist briefly)

3d    Metallic rock on which girl sits, in heaps (6)
GALORE – GAL (girl) sits on ORE (metallic rock)

4d    Flatter dairy product more expensive? (6,2)
BUTTER UP – BUTTER (dairy product) UP (more expensive)

5d    In ju-jitsu, person I challenge is very fast (10)
SUPERSONIC – Hidden in jitSU PERSON I Challenge

6d    Stinger bites for once (6)
BEFORE – BEE (stinger) ‘bites’ FOR (from the clue)

8d    Fly goes down into empty tube (6)
TSETSE – SETS (goes down) inserted into the outside (empty) letters of TubE

13d    Broken below the belt (3,2,5)
OUT OF ORDER – Double definition

16d    Extensive cleaning (8)
SWEEPING – Double definition

18d    Designer upset, pessimistic (8)
RESIGNED – An anagram (upset) of DESIGNER

19d    A Spanish guy is youth loved by Aphrodite (6)
ADONIS – A (from the clue) DON (Spanish guy) IS (from the clue)

21d    Batting off, somehow (2,1,3)
IN A WAY – IN (batting) AWAY (off)

22d    Medical scientist, one making itemised records? (6)
LISTER – A famous medical scientist or someone making itemised records

24d    Hard song for musical (4)
HAIR – H (abbreviation for hard) AIR (song)

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