Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27611
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Good morning from South Staffs on another sunny autumn morning.
A nice pangram from Giovanni today – and if I’d realised sooner that I was looking for a pangram, I wouldn’t have taken so long to get 7d, my last one in.
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1a Excellent companion — a politician and I will get on (8)
CHAMPION – Put together the initials of an order of chivalry whose members are known as companions, A from the clue, the usual politician, I and ON (both from the clue).
5a Sound of drunken sailor in unruly incident at the controls (6)
HIJACK – This is a homophone of a phrase (4,4) which might describe a sailor under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
9a A Parisian suit’s beginning to get greasy — so clean (8)
UNSOILED – Put together a French indefinite article, the first letter of Suit, and a word for greasy.
10a Very little time for measuring the pulse? (6)
MINUTE – Double definition, the second being the period of time over which heartbeats are measured to give a pulse rate.
12a One can tell what pressure we are under (9)
BAROMETER – Cryptic definition of an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure.
13a Rise from place say, having been knocked over (3,2)
GET UP – Start with a three-letter verb for ‘place’ followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’, then reverse the whole lot.
14a I become cross, having come to destroy beast (4)
IBEX – I (from the clue) followed by BE (‘become’ with the ‘come’ destroyed) and a cross-shaped letter.
16a Longed to be scholarly, given new head (7)
YEARNED – Change the first letter of a word meaning scholarly to get one meaning ‘longed’.
19a One of two arches either side of a bridge (7)
EYEBROW – Cryptic definition of a feature of your face.
21a Enthusiasm brings prizes, though with many missing out (4)
ZEST – Hidden in the clue.
24a Fortune no end about to be made — filthy money (5)
LUCRE – A word for fortune with its last letter missing, followed by the Latin word for about or concerning.
25a Good to join mate visiting a nice rickety bar (3,6)
GIN PALACE – Good followed by an anagram (rickety) of A NICE with a mate or friend inside it.
27a Crime writer managed to get ink flowing (6)
RANKIN – A word for managed or organised followed by an anagram (flowing) of INK, to give the author of the Inspector Rebus books.
28a New poet isn’t one to help friends or relations (8)
NEPOTIST – Anagram (new) of POET ISN’T.
29a Depression over with first husband out of the way (6)
TROUGH – A word for over or finished with the first instance of Husband removed.
30a Like yarn running through a book? (8)
STITCHED – Cryptic description of something relating to the binding of a book rather than its content.
1d US television network includes odd bits (6)
CRUMBS – One of the major US television networks, with another word for odd inside it.
2d Promise made by fool on northern river (6)
ASSURE – Put together a fool and a river which runs through North Yorkshire.
3d Solid figure of knight turning up to be received by premier (5)
PRISM – Reverse (turning up) the title given to a knight and put the result inside the initials denoting David Cameron’s office.
4d Open with a sign that something’s wrong — stress too much (7)
OVERTAX – A word for ‘open’ followed by A (from the clue) and the opposite of a tick when teacher marked your homework.
6d Tumbler’s content ______, that’s clear! (9)
ISINGLASS – Split (2,2,5) this represents a true statement of where to find the contents of a tumbler. Otherwise it’s a clear liquid used in winemaking and to preserve eggs.
7d Spanning entrance to theatre is a charmingly old-fashioned etching (8)
AQUATINT – A (from the clue) and ‘charmingly old-fashioned’ wrapped around the first letter of Theatre.
8d Dan keeps crashing — protection for joints needed (4,4)
KNEE PADS – Anagram (crashing) of DAN KEEPS.
11d Supplicate quietly — bit of hope follows (4)
PRAY – The musical symbol for ‘quietly’ followed by a bit of hope or sunshine.
15d Ban the heartless group trafficking? (9)
BARTERING – Put together a word for ban, the outside letters of ThE, and a group of people.
17d Trouble taken initially to store the Spanish litres — in this cupboard? (8)
CELLARET – Trouble or anxiety followed by the first letter of Taken, with the Spanish definite article and an abbreviation for litres inside it. The definition is a case or cupboard which contains bottles of wine, and that’s the second time this year I’ve blogged a Giovanni crossword with that word in it. The last time was in DT27377.
18d Style of singing that could convey noble act (3,5)
BEL CANTO – Anagram (could convey) of NOBLE ACT.
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20d Person full of humour and energy gets remuneration (4)
WAGE – A wit or humorous person, followed by Energy.
21d Re-establishment of Nazi set is most bizarre (7)
ZANIEST – Anagram (re-establishment of) of NAZI SET.
22d Hunger in the morning when there’s possible food around? (6)
FAMISH – A source of food found at sea wrapped around the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’.
23d Ten roughly accommodated in apartment? Only five here (6)
PENTAD – Anagram (roughly) of TEN inside an informal word for an apartment.
26d After start of argument fight roughly (5)
ABOUT – The first letter of Argument followed by a fight, especially in a boxing tournament.
The Quick Crossword pun COLLIE + FLOUR = CAULIFLOWER