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ST 3185 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3185

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 6th Nov 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A straightforward and gentle Sunday puzzle of Dada that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.

I never heard of an ‘Ogen melon’, the answer to the clue of 6d, and hence took a trip to the net to know about this variety of melon. Cucumis melo is the botanic name for melon. It is a species of Cucumis that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. The genus Cucumis comes under the family Cucurbitaceae and thus Ogen melons as heirloom mulkmelons also belong to the family Cucurbitaceae. The Ogen melon has a smooth outer skin that changes from a green to a golden colour when it matures with yellow-orange strips running the length of its oval shape. The inner flesh is pale green to cream. It has a juicy, succulent flesh typically savoured straight out of hand. Ogen melons can be sliced and tossed into salads, mixed into fruit bowls, exhibited on charcuterie boards or wrapped in cured meats as an appetiser. In addition to fresh preparations, Ogen melons can be blended and frozen into popsicles, sorbets, ice cream and various frozen cocktails. The melons can also be thinly shaved and stacked over slices of cucumber with dollops of dip, sliced and topped over pesto pizza or they can be used to flavour bread, cakes and pastries. Ogen melons pair well with cheeses, nuts, fruits and herbs. The substitutes of Ogen melons include the honeydew melon or cantaloupe. In the modern day, Ogen melons are a speciality melon cultivated worldwide as a fresh eating variety. The open-pollinated variety matures in approximately 80 to 85 days and each plant generally produces 3 to 4 melons. Ogen melons were named and commercialized in the Ha’Ogen kibbutz in Israel and were spread throughout the region. There may be several varieties of melons generally labelled under the name Ogen in the Israeli markets. Soon, Ogen melons were introduced via seed worldwide and are now a speciality cultivar grown in melon-producing regions in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Today, Ogen melons can be found through select distributors, farmers markets and home gardens worldwide.

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7a    Extraordinary thing, word complete (9)
DOWNRIGHT: An anagram (extraordinary) of THING WORD guides to the definition of an adjective meaning complete and without restriction or qualification

8a    Noise and energy: wild animal! (5)
DINGO: A charade of DIN (noise) as a loud continued jarring noise and GO (energy) as a colloquial term for energy or activity takes to the definition of the tawny-coloured wild dog of Australia

10a    Batter in self-service selection of meals (6)
BUFFET: Double definition; the second being a noun denoting a meal consisting of several dishes from which the diners serve themselves that leads to the first a verb meaning to strike repeatedly and violently, especially of wind or waves

11a    Struggling for breath, whoopee vitality! (8)
WHEEZING: A charade of WHEE (whoopee) as an interjection used to express delight, exuberance etc and ZING (vitality) as a colloquial term for zest, spirit, vitality etc take to the definition of a verb in the continuous form meaning breathing with a whistling or rattling sound in the chest, as a result of obstruction in the air passages

12a    Mimic standard drivel (6)
PARROT: A charade of PAR (standard) as a norm or standard and ROT (drivel) as a colloquial term meaning nonsense or rubbish leads to the definition of a bird, often vividly coloured, with a strong downcurved hooked bill, upright stance, strong legs and clawed zygodactyl feet

14a    Shoe for sale, shilling off, tatty (6)
LOAFER: FOR [S]ALE from the clue having S (shilling) as the abbreviation for shilling removed (off) and thereafter subject to an anagram (tatty), guiding to the definition of a casual shoe, especially one resembling like a moccasin

16a    Fairy tale with a little slimy thing (4)
MYTH: Part of or hidden inside (a little) of sliMY Thing takes to the definition of a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events

17a    Gift from the workers, my dear (5)
HONEY: The definition of an informal term for a darling or sweetheart, used as a form of address or endearment is cryptically arrived at from a sticky, thick, yellow substance made from the nectar of flowers (gift) used as food by human beings that has come as a gift from the bees (workers) as insects working for producing the same

18a    Jumper knitted for grandson, originally (4)
FROG: An anagram (knitted) of FOR followed by the original or starting letter (originally) of G[RANDSON], guiding to the definition of a tailless amphibian with a short squat body, moist smooth skin, and very long hind legs for leaping

19a    An element of the police force? (6)
COPPER: Double nounal definition; the second referring to a slang term for a policeman that leads to the first a reddish moderately hard metallic element of chemical symbol Cu and atomic number 29

21a    Beauty, one sealing bottle? (6)
CORKER: Double nounal definition; the second being a person or device that inserts corks in bottles that leads to the first a slang term representing a person or thing that is an excellent example of its kind

24a    Monster plant brought back by you and I (8)
WEREWOLF: FLOWER (plant) as a plant grown and valued for its flowers made to return (brought back) as a reversal in the across clue placed after (by) WE (you and I) as the pronoun used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people considered together, arriving at the definition of a person supposed to be able to change for a time into a wolf, typically when there is a full moon, especially in folklore

26a    Second dish, no starter (6)
LATTER: [P]LATTER (dish) as a large flat dish or plate for serving food without its starter or the starting letter P (no starter), leading to the definition of an adjective denoting the second-mentioned of two people or things

27a    Cheeky youth’s back in Scottish city (5)
PERTH: PERT (cheeky) as impudent or cheeky and the letter appearing at the back or end (back) of [YOUT]H (youth’s) take to the definition of a city beside the River Tay in central Scotland

28a    Crime concealed by attendant where parish priest lives (9)
PARSONAGE: ARSON (crime) as the crime of maliciously and feloniously setting fire to houses, haystacks, ships, forests or similar property is hidden inside (concealed) by PAGE (attendant) as a boy employed as attendant or one employed as a messenger in hotels, clubs etc, guiding to the definition of the official residence of a parson or priest as provided by a parish or church


1d    Class hosting university meeting (5)
FORUM: FORM (class) as a class in a school, usually given a specifying number welcoming in (hosting) U (university) as the abbreviation for university, arriving at the definition of a meeting to discuss topics of public concern or a regular meeting serving as a medium for debate

2d    Where night-time photography seen instantly? (2,1,5)
IN A FLASH: The definition of a phrase meaning very quickly or immediately is cryptically arrived at from the obvious reply of it being possible in a brief flash of intense light produced by a flashgun that goes concurrently with the clicking of the camera

3d    Person installing equipment in better shape (6)
FITTER: Double definition; the first being a noun referring to a person who puts together or installs machinery, engine parts or other equipment that takes to the second a term in the comparative degree of an adjective meaning in good shape and health, especially because of regular physical exercise

4d    Irish playwright certain to get heard? (4)
SHAW: SURE (certain) as certain or completely confident to serve as a homophone heard by the audience (get heard), guiding to the definition of the surname of the Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925

5d    Takeaway favourite passed around a square (6)
PIAZZA: PIZZA (takeaway favourite) as a dish of flat usually round slab of dough, topped with tomato sauce, cheese and various chopped vegetables, typically sometimes with meat, and baked embracing (passed around) A from the clue, taking to the definition of a public square or marketplace, surrounded by buildings, especially in an Italian town or city

6d    Fruit in lemon, gone off (4,5)
OGEN MELON: An anagram (gone off) of LEMON, GONE leads to the definition of a variety of small melon having a green skin and sweet pale green flesh

9d    Very competitive in the end entering car race (6)
REALLY: [COMPETITIV]E having E as its ending or last letter (in the end) going inside (entering) RALLY (car race) as a long-distance race for motor vehicles over public roads or rough terrain, typically in several stages, arriving at the definition of an adverb meaning very, extremely or exceptionally

13d    Note shot in the arm (5)
TONIC: Double nounal definition; the first denoting the first note in a scale which, in conventional harmony, provides the keynote of a piece of music and the second referring to a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigour or well-being

15d    Revealing experience, I said, key? (3-6)
EYE-OPENER: I from the clue serving as a homophone heard by the audience (said) and OPENER (key) as a device for opening something, especially a container, arriving at the definition of an experience, disclosure or situation revealing surprising new information or proving to be unexpectedly enlightening

17d    Marker underlining first of howlers in school (6)
HARROW: ARROW (marker) as a pointer, mark or sign resembling an arrow, used to show direction or position placed below (underlining) the first or initial letter (first) of H[OWLERS] in the down clue, arriving at the definition of an English boys’ public school founded in 1572 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of Harrow, a borough of northwest Greater London

18d    Time, in making a run for it, passing swiftly (8)
FLEETING: T (time) as the symbol for time in physics placed inside (in) FLEEING (making a run for it) as leaving hurriedly or running away from a place or situation of danger, arriving at the definition of a verb in the continuous form meaning flitting or passing swiftly

20d    Rather  lovely (6)
PRETTY: Double definition; the first being an adverb meaning fairly or to a moderately high degree and the second an adjective meaning attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful, especially of a girl or woman

22d    Savour flavour! (6)
RELISH: Double definition; the first being a verb meaning to enjoy greatly and the second a noun referring to a piquant sauce or pickle eaten with plain food to add flavour or any condiment or seasoning

23d    Stoop when Hamlet, say, mentioned? (5)
DEIGN: DANE (Hamlet, say) as referring to the nationality of Hamlet, the protagonist in the longest play of Shakespeare ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’, served as a homophone heard by the audience (mentioned) that leads to the definition of a verb meaning to stoop, condescend or do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity

25d    New-born animal, filly’s offspring appearing little, first of all (4)
FOAL: The first letters each of F[ILLY’S] O[FFSPRING] A[PPEARING] L[ITTLE] (first of all) guide to the definition of the young of any animal of the horse family, especially one less than one year old

There were several clues that I liked in this puzzle such as 11a, 17a, 19a, 21a, 24a, 27a, 2d, 9d and 23d; the best of the lot being 17a. Thanks to BD for the encouragement, to Dada for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a pleasant day.

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