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ST 3268 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3268

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 9th June 2024

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

Greetings from Kolkata. A super and pleasant puzzle from Dada this Sunday that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review of his puzzle for your kind perusal and important feedback.

Philately, the answer to the clue of 28a, reminded me of my childhood. Those were the days when I was very much interested in collecting stamps. I still have all those stamps that I got from the letters received as a treasured possession. I was also aware of the term because I learnt it from a book on general knowledge. But since I now wanted to know why stamp collecting is called philately, I took to the net to have my answer. I found out that it is English transliteration of the French word philatélie that was coined by Georges Herpin in 1864. Herpin stated that stamps had been collected and studied for the previous six or seven years and a better name was required for the new hobby than ‘timbromanie’ which loosely translated into ‘stamp mania’ that was not approved. The alternative terms ‘timbromania’, ‘timbrophily’ and ‘timbrology’ gradually fell out of use as ‘philately’ gained acceptance during the 1860s. Herpin took the Greek root word philo meaning ‘an attraction or affinity for something’ and ateleia meaning ‘exempt from duties and taxes’ to form the neologism ‘philatélie’. Philatelic organisations sprang up soon after people started collecting and studying stamps. They include local, national and international clubs and societies where collectors come together to share the various aspects of their hobby. The world’s oldest philatelic society is the Royal Philatelic Society London, which was founded on 10 April 1869, as the Philatelic Society. Local clubs and societies have been established in many cities of the world. The International Philatelic Federation was formed in 1926 which is originally based in Zürich, Switzerland but is now known to be the world federation for philately.

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7a          Lead in point of weapon? (9)
SPEARHEAD: Double definition; the second being a noun referring to the head or pointed head of a spear that is a long weapon made of a pole with a sharply pointed end that takes to the first a verb meaning to lead or initial an attack, a campaign etc

8a          Getting tanned, I call for shade (5)
LILAC: An anagram (getting tanned) of I CALL leads to the definition of a shade that is pale to light or moderate purple

10a        One African country or another carrying half away (6)
MALAWI: The definition of a country in Africa that has borders with the countries of Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique is reached from MALI (another) as referring to another African country that is the eighth-largest country in that continent containing (carrying) 50% of the letters (half) of AW[AY] from the clue

11a        Honour created for improvisation, Oscar collected (8)
DECORATE: The definition of a verb meaning to confer an honour on or upon or to give a medal to someone is got from CREATED that is subject to an anagram (for improvisation) and O (Oscar) as the letter represented by Oscar in the Nato phonetic alphabet taken inside (collected)

12a        Bird with bats in the belfry (6)
CUCKOO: Double definition; the second being a colloquial adjective meaning silly or slightly mad that leads to the first a noun referring to any of the generally medium-sized, slender birds of the Cuculidae family that is noted for depositing its eggs in the nests of other birds who then rear the chicks as their own

14a        Sensational tree-hugging essay? (6)
TRASHY: The definition of an adjective meaning inferior in quality, useless or sensational is arrived at from tree-hugging essay or endeavour, that is, tree hugged by essay, whereby ASH (tree) as a well-known timber tree of the olive family is being embraced or held round (hugging) by TRY (essay) as an essay, attempt or endeavour

16a        Herb, taste of marjoram in there (4)
MINT: Part of or hidden inside (taste of) [MARJORA]M IN T[HERE] guides to the definition of a herb whose leaves have a strong, fresh smell and taste and are used for giving flavour to food

17a        Round boat alongside (5)
TUBBY: The definition of an adjective meaning having a round shape is obtained from a charade of TUB (boat) as an informal term for a wide, clumsy, slow-moving boat and BY (alongside) as an adverb meaning up to, alongside and past

18a        ’As to go in ’eated oven (4)
OAST: AS from the clue inserted in (to go in) OT (‘eated) as the Cockney version of hot takes to the definition of a kiln to dry hops or malt

19a        Iris in the middle, plain blue (6)
RIBALD: [I]RI[S] from the clue taking only its middle or inner letters (in the middle) followed by BALD (plain) as plain, dry or blunt takes to the definition of an adjective meaning obscene, vulgar, lewd or blue

21a        Awful film that may be stuffed! (6)
TURKEY: Double nounal definition; the second referring to a domesticated game bird that is a popular food on festive occasions such as Christmas etc that may also be stuffed with bits of bread and other ingredients such as onions and celery before roasting to make it more delicious that takes to the first denoting a chiefly, North American term for a film that has been a complete failure or unsuccessful

24a        Prison work in headquarters (8)
BASTILLE: The definition of an old fortress and state prison in Paris, that was demolished in the Revolution of July 1789 is arrived at from TILL (work) as to cultivate and work land for the raising of crops taken inside (in) BASE (headquarters) as a centre of organisation or a headquarters, starting-point etc

26a        Third of herd coming into view, graze (6)
SCRAPE: The third letter (third) of [HE]R[D] entering (coming into) SCAPE (view) as a scene or a view guides to the definition of a verb meaning to graze, scratch or abrade

27a        Description: smudge black (5)
BLURB: The definition of a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books is obtained from a charade of BLUR (smudge) as to smear or smudge and B (black) as the abbreviation of black on lead pencils to indicate softness

28a        Stamp collecting consumed in Pennsylvania city (9)
PHILATELY: The definition of the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks and related materials is reached from ATE (consumed) as a verb in the past tense meaning had a meal or consumed food placed inside (in) PHILLY (Pennsylvania city) as the nickname for Philadelphia, the most populous city in the US state of Pennsylvania


1d          Fish in traps for cooking (5)
SPRAT: An anagram (for cooking) of TRAPS takes to the definition of a small marine fish like the herring, but much smaller

2d          Sect has installed a listening device, old weapon (8)
CATAPULT: CULT (sect) as a religious sect generally considered to be extremist, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader has brought in (installed) a combo of A from the clue and TAP (listening device) as a concealed listening or recording device connected to a telephone or telegraph wire for the purpose of obtaining information secretly, leading to the definition of a war machine used for throwing boulders, large rocks etc as in ancient history

3d          One featuring in film, Scream (6)
SHRIEK: I (one) as the Roman numeral for one going inside (featuring in) SHREK (film) as a 2001 film having the character Shrek, created by American author William Steig, as a fictional large, green-skinned, physically intimidating ogre with a Scottish accent leads to the definition of a verb meaning to scream or utter a shrill cry

4d          Joiner follows hard worker (4)
HAND: AND (joiner) as a conjunction joining two statements, pieces of information etc preceded by or coming after (follows) H (hard) as the symbol for hard in lead pencils leads to the definition of a labourer or manual worker

5d          Mountain range where I trespass in South Africa (6)
SIERRA: The definition of a range of mountains with jagged peaks, especially in the Spanish-speaking countries and the US is arrived at from a combination of I from the clue and ERR (trespass) as to sin, offend or trespass is placed inside (in) SA (South Africa) as the abbreviation for South Africa

6d          Brewing of tea in posh underwear (9)
PANTIHOSE: An anagram (brewing) of TEA IN POSH guides to the definition of tights worn by women or children with ordinary dress, especially in North America

9d          Distracted, one animal entering another’s home? (6)
SCATTY: The definition of a colloquial adjective meaning distracted or slightly crazy and unpredictable in conduct is reached from CAT (one animal) as a furry animal that has a long tail and sharp claws and often kept as pets going inside (entering) STY (another’s home) as a pen in which pigs are housed and fed

13d        British in riot organised revolution (4)
ORBIT: B (British) as the abbreviation for British put inside (in) an anagram (organised) of RIOT guides to the definition of a complete revolution of a celestial body

15d        Bore, I add things up on a computer (9)
DIGITALLY: DIG (bore) as to bore, excavate or hollow out, I from the clue and TALLY (add things up) as to determine the sum of or add together take to the definition of an adjective meaning using or relating to computers and the internet

17d        Happydwarf (6)
TIDDLY: Double adjectival definition; the first being a slang term denoting slightly drunk or intoxicated and the second a colloquial or dialectal term meaning small or tiny

18d        Make too much of how fast deliveries bowled? (8)
OVERRATE: The definition of a verb meaning to give too high a value to or think too highly of someone is reached from RATE (how fast) as denoting the speed of something and OVER (deliveries bowled) as a sequence of six balls bowled by a bowler from one end of the pitch, after which another bowler takes over from the other end, that is RATE of OVER, or, precisely, OVER RATE

20d        Faster dancing, sweet (6)
AFTERS: An anagram (dancing) of FASTER guides to the definition of a colloquial term for the dessert or other course following a main course

22d        Effect observed in theatres, ultimately (6)
RESULT: The definition of a noun meaning effect, outcome or consequence is seen part of or hidden inside (in) [THEAT]RES, ULT[IMATELY]

23d        Drop small medicated object (5)
SPILL: The definition of a verb meaning to drop, fall or come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily is reached from a charade of S (small) as the abbreviation for small and PILL (medicated object) as a little ball, flattened sphere or disc etc of medicine for swallowing

25d        Answer each call, hearing objections primarily (4)
ECHO: The definition of a noun meaning response or a repetition of sound by reflection is arrived at from the primary or initial letters (primarily) of E[ACH] C[ALL,] H[EARING] O[BJECTIONS]

The clues that I liked in this puzzle were 10a, 17a, 18a, 19a, 21a, 3d, 5d, 9d, 15d and 20d; the top amongst them being 19a. My prayers to the Almighty for the eternal rest and peace of BD and my thanks to Dada for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.

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  1. 3*/4* …
    liked 12A “Bird with bats in the belfry (6)”….

    Thanks for the review Rahmat & sorry for my tardier than usual comment….
    I do not know if you tried the quickie today-I was puzzled by 23A … “Mogul blade ?” the answer to which is “ski” .

    1. Hi Robin, it’s a type of free-style skiing competition, mogul probably meaning ‘small hill’ in a German dialect.

      1. Thanks Jane …I did try some research, unsuccessfully, but would never have guessed the answer !

    2. Thank you so much once again, Robin Newman, for liking the review. The quickie is perhaps not included for writing the review and so I have never got any quickie. I am provided with only the cryptic puzzle. According to the BRB, the word ‘mogul’, which has possibly originated from Norway dialect ‘muge’ meaning heap, refers to a mound of hard snow or a bump forming an obstacle on a ski slope, while a blade refers to the flat part of any implement, not necessarily having a cutting edge. Moguls are the bumps on a ski slope which can be avoided by either going over or around to get down the slope. I learnt from the net that in a mogul run, skiers compete in a specific kind of skiing event where they race down a track covered in bumps called moguls while doing aerial tricks over the bumps. Skiing down the course as swiftly as possible is the goal, along with displaying technical proficiency, agility and control. So, a mogul blade can cryptically indicate a ski. When skiers ski on a lightly groomed or ungroomed slope and snow gathers in heaps, these then freeze and skiers ski across them and carve them into these rounded mounds or bumps. These are created to add interest and difficulty to the sport. A slope with moguls is what a slope used to be before there were machines for grooming slopes.

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