Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27593
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast September morning.
Giovanni is in fairly tricky mode today, *** for difficulty as far as I was concerned.
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1a Principal holding school activity in a bit of a mountain? (6)
HEAPED – My least favourite school activity inside another word for the school principal.
5a Gets in touch with prisoners, understanding being in confinement (8)
CONTACTS – Understanding or sensitivity inside (in confinement) the usual crossword prisoners.
9a Meat bear rips into bits (5,3)
SPARE RIB – Anagram (into bits) of BEAR RIPS.
10a Dead Queen’s inscription on either side of that old coin (6)
TANNER – A familiar name for a pre-decimal coin is made up of the way a Stuart queen who is proverbially dead would have signed her name preceded by (on) the letter found either side of ThaT.
11a Poisonous type offering holy love held in derision (8)
SCORPION – The two-letter word used to indicate being holy or sanctimonious and the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, placed inside a word for derision.
12a Soldier ‘done wrong’ according to judge (6)
GIDEON –An abbreviation for an American soldier followed by an anagram (wrong) of DONE, giving us an Old Testament judge – possibly the one who leaves Bibles in hotel rooms.
13a It’s most mean to be stricter than the rest? (8)
TIGHTEST – Double definition: least free-spending; or exercising greatest control.
15a Fruit not ripening quickly, we hear? (4)
SLOE – A homophone (we hear) of ‘not quick’.
17a Carry little one home finally (4)
TOTE – A small child or small drink, followed by the last letter of homE.
19a Menace spelt out in dire omen (8)
DOMINEER – Anagram (spelt out) of DIRE OMEN.
20a Old country hospital that has trail around it (6)
THRACE – An ancient European state covering parts of modern Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Put Hospital inside a word for trail or follow.
21a One maiden given job to lead men is a fraud (8)
IMPOSTOR – Put together the Roman numeral for one, the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard, a job or position, and the abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers.
22a Beginner recognised insect’s sound (6)
NEWBIE – This sounds like an expression (4,3) which could mean ‘recognised insect’.
23a Peg has hesitation stabling horse, one not fully mature (8)
TEENAGER – A peg which supports a golf ball, and an expression showing hesitation, with a horse placed between them.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
24a Risk death confronting sin (8)
ENDANGER – A synonym for death, followed by one of the deadly sins.
25a Relation is turning severe, almost totally (6)
SISTER – Reverse (turning) the IS from the clue, and add a word for severe, minus its final letter.
2d Particular sort of perception to get Alice perplexed (8)
ESPECIAL – A three-letter acronym for a sort of perception outside the normal six senses, followed by an anagram (perplexed) of ALICE.
3d Spout as star losing head, interrupting chatter (8)
PERORATE – Remove the first letter (losing head) from the star or leading character in a play, and put the result inside a verb meaning chatter.
4d Bold act of sinning admitted by divine circle (7-2)
DERRING-DO – Another word for sinning inside the letters found after the name of a divine or theologian, followed by a circle-shaped letter.
5d Government member — see me involved with sect in Britain (7,8)
CABINET MINISTER – Anagram (involved) of ME and SECT IN BRITAIN.
6d Like Russia once — in dire straits (7)
TSARIST – The system of government in Russia before 1917 is an anagram (dire) of STRAITS.
7d Study something sure to be a winner — old piece of music (8)
CONCERTO – Put together a verb meaning ‘study’ (especially in crosswords), a horse sure to win a race, and Old.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
8d Stop flow in street right on corner (8)
STRANGLE – Put together abbreviations for STreet and Right, and a corner or bend.
14d Shelter quiet little man needed aboard ship, not getting off (9)
SLEEPLESS – Put together shelter (from the wind), the musical symbol for quiet, and an abbreviated form of a man’s name, and put the result inside the usual crossword ship.
15d Ruling given in a few words? (8)
SENTENCE – A judge’s ruling at the end of a criminal trial; also a few (or many) words put together as a grammatical construct.
16d Disconcerted about a short working day? (8)
OVERAWED – Another word for about or concerning followed by A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for a weekday.
17d Sin very French to go unnoticed (8)
TRESPASS – One of the sins for which forgiveness is prayed for in the Lord’s Prayer. The French for ‘very’ followed by a verb meaning ‘go unnoticed’.
18d In mountainous area it can be sleety or windy (8)
TYROLESE – Anagram (windy) of SLEETY OR.
19d Speech using 70 per cent of total vocabulary? (7)
DICTION – The first seven letters of a ten-letter word for a total vocabulary such as the BRB.
The Quick Crossword pun SCREW + TINNY = SCRUTINY