Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27653
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Good morning from South Staffs on a misty Novemberish day.
Some fish, some philosophers and a clever construction at 28a in today’s Giovanni, which I found more straightforward than the last couple from him.
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1a Extra dishes will offer this bit of salad (6)
RADISH – Hidden (will offer) in the clue.
4a Europeans only half like a saint surprisingly (8)
ITALIANS – Anagram (surprisingly) of LI (half Like) A SAINT.
10a Fish provided by a chap, the only supplier (4,5)
SOLE AGENT – A flatfish linked with Dover and lemons, followed by A (from the clue) and another word for chap.
11a Corpulent American gangster causing death (5)
FATAL – Put together a word for corpulent and the usual American gangster found in crosswordland.
12a Bread is thrown out for e.g. gull (7)
SEABIRD – Anagram (thrown out) of BREAD IS.
13a Maybe listener’s one hanging on (7)
EARRING – The ‘s in the clue is short for ‘has’. A part of the body associated with listening might have one of these hanging on it.
14a Ancient Edmund, behold, making a comeback (5)
OLDEN – Put together a diminutive form of Edmund and the word often seen paired with ‘and behold’, then reverse the lot.
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15a People eating informally may have such famous people (8)
NOTABLES – Split (2,6) this could describe what people eating on the sofa or at a picnic have.
18a Worked in musical show with Irish father on TV? (8)
OPERATED – A musical drama followed by one of the priests who lived on Craggy Island in the TV series.
20a Philosopher sounding secure (5)
LOCKE – This 17th-century philosopher sounds like something used to secure a door.
23a Performer taking part is terrific? Not entirely (7)
ARTISTE – Hidden (not entirely) in the clue.
25a Regret having to abandon river — no flipping fish! (7)
GUDGEON – Remove the R (abandon river) from a word for regret or envy, then reverse (flipping) NO (from the clue) and add it to the answer.
26a Drink brings audible sounds of disapproval (5)
BOOZE – A term for strong drink which sounds like an audience expressing disapproval.
27a Starts to think zanily, being into crazy Chinese philosopher (9)
NIETZSCHE – An anagram (crazy) of CHINESE with the first letters of Think Zanily inserted.
28a Put down at this number! (8)
NINETEEN – The answer is the number of the clue elsewhere in the grid to which the answer is PUT DOWN.
29a Deserter captured by American soldiers gets free (6)
GRATIS – The usual American soldiers wrapped around one who deserts a sinking ship.
1d Bit of circuitry deteriorates and is to be pulled up — engineers to the fore! (8)
RESISTOR – Put together aa word for deteriorates and IS (from the clue), then reverse the lot (pulled up) and put the initials of a regiment of engineers in front of the result.
2d Of the French learners sitting on a road one is not very bright (7)
DULLARD – Put together a French word for ‘of the’, two learner drivers, A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for road.
3d Trader about to set up south of Paddington, say? (9)
STATIONER – Start with a place of which Paddington is an example, then reverse (set up) the Latin word for about or concerning and add it on.
5d Perpetual student may be proceeding thus as much as possible (2,3,3,6)
TO THE NTH DEGREE – A perpetual student may be working towards an indeterminate number of qualifications, which might be described using an algebraic symbol for any number.
6d Prisoner — one going down for strangling female? (5)
LIFER – Female inside a word for someone who is down on the floor.
7d Like beginning of the journey on a horse perhaps (7)
ASTRIDE – Put together a two-letter adverb for ‘like’ or ‘in the like manner’, the first letter of The, and a journey by some means of transport.
8d Fodder is served up with endless drink (6)
SILAGE – Reverse (served up) the IS from the clue, then add what some people regard as beer with the final R removed.
9d Joint operation of obeisance (7,3,4)
BENDING THE KNEE – Mildly cryptic definition (or double definition – take your pick) of an act of submission.
16d Farm animal, sleepy type in tractor (9)
BULLDOZER – A bovine followed by someone snoozing.
17d Possibly an anorexic quality seen in a queen wearing not so much (8)
LEANNESS – The 18th-century Stuart monarch famous proverbially for being dead, placed inside a word for ‘not so much’.
19d One’s answer here will be criticised (3,4)
PUT DOWN – Double definition: the first is a literal statement; the second a figure of speech.
21d Result of naval economies? It’s a bit hairy! (4,3)
CREW CUT – A variety of hairstyle which could also describe reductions in naval manning.
22d Copy a component of the periodic table (6)
CARBON – Double definition, the first being a term for a copy made in an office before the age of word processors.
24d Fish was out-of-date seemingly (5)
SMELT – This fish sounds as though it was giving off evidence of being past its best.
I’ve just noticed that this is my 100th contribution to the blog, Doesn’t time fly?
The Quick Cross word pun PRESS + STATIN = PRESTATYN