Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27665
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Good morning from South Staffs where after a cold, grey start, a little sunshine has broken through.
A straightforward puzzle from Giovanni this morning, with no real stand-out moments as far as I was concerned.
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1a Replacement? Use it but it’s wonky one to get rid of (10)
SUBSTITUTE – Anagram (wonky) of USE (i)T BUT IT’s, with one of the Is removed (one to get rid of).
6a Zoo animals? Some escape sometimes (4)
APES – Hidden in (some) the clue.
9a Shout when ex leaves demand for money? (5)
CLAIM – Remove the EX from the front of a word meaning shout or cry out.
10a Tumbledown entrances given a new life (9)
RENASCENT – Anagram (tumbledown) of ENTRANCES.
12a Look at boy returning in disgrace (7)
SCANDAL – A verb meaning to look at, followed by a word for boy reversed (returning).
13a Goes on and on — awards not good (5)
RANTS – Remove the G (not good) from a word for monetary awards.
15a Church is protecting fool, offering support (7)
CHASSIS – An abbreviation for CHurch and IS from the clue, placed either side of a fool, giving the support for the engine, running gear and bodywork of an old-fashioned car.
17a Poet‘s point getting you reflecting (7)
SOUTHEY – A point of the compass followed by the archaic form of ‘you’, reversed, giving the author of The Inchcape Rock:
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
The ship was still as she could be;
Her sails from heaven received no motion;
Her keel was steady in the ocean.
Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The waves flowed over the Inchcape Rock;
So little they rose, so little they fell,
They did not move the Inchcape Bell.
The holy Abbot of Aberbrothok
Had placed that Bell on the Inchcape Rock;
On a buoy in the storm it floated and swung,
And over the waves its warning rung…
19a Neat multitude in East End by railway (7)
ORDERLY – How the stereotypical crossword East Ender might pronounce the word for a mass of people, followed by an abbreviation for railway.
21a Sailor Mark to keep off the rum? (7)
ABSTAIN – One of the usual crossword sailors followed a mark caused by spilling wine on a tablecloth.
22a Acknowledge a learner has got depressed (5)
ALLOW – Put together A (from the clue), the letter which indicates a learner driver, and a word for depressed.
24a It’s lewd, naughty, most out of order (7)
WILDEST – Anagram (naughty) of IT’S LEWD.
27a Like a star for a very short time (9)
TWINKLING – Double definition, the first being an adjective describing the appearance of a star in the sky.
28a Doing nothing, submerged in finer thoughts (5)
INERT – Hidden (submerged) in the clue.
29a Prompts rows from what we hear (4)
CUES – Prompts given to an actor sound like rows of people standing in line.
30a Any girl not disciplined, with blissful lack of awareness? (10)
IGNORANTLY – Anagram (disciplined) of ANY GIRL NOT.
1d Get rid of baggy garment (4)
SACK – Double definition, the first being to get rid of an employee.
2d Music group not allowed in auditorium after effrontery (5,4)
BRASS BAND – A word often coupled with ‘neck’ or ‘face’ to denote effrontery, followed a word that sounds like (in auditorium) a word meaning ‘not allowed’.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
3d Father wearing Scottish hat in American city (5)
TAMPA – A shortened form of the word for a variety of Scottish hat followed by a familiar term for father, giving us a city in Florida.
4d Gets fed up with advertisement intruding and harangues (7)
TIRADES – An abbreviation for advertisement placed inside a word for ‘gets fed up with’.
5d Complications no good in stories (7)
TANGLES – Put No Good inside a word for stories.
7d Groom is writer hugging spectacular bride finally (5)
PREEN – Put the last letters of spectaculaR and bridE inside the usual writer (as in something you write with).
8d Enjoyable meeting (10)
SATISFYING – Double definition, the second being meeting criteria.
11d Composer who often made decision on pitch? (7)
STRAUSS – Any one of a number of Austrian composers who share a surname with a recent captain of the England cricket team.
14d Academic Catholics regathered round front of seminary (10)
SCHOLASTIC – Anagram (regathered) of CATHOLICS wrapped around the first letter (front) of Seminary.
16d A war’s ruined a king in Asian state (7)
SARAWAK – Anagram (ruined) of A WAR’S followed by A (from the clue) and the chess notation for a king.
18d Maybe one’s skipped with excitement (9)
HEARTBEAT – Cryptic definition of something we all have, which may be made irregular by strong emotion.
20d Shelter after day’s end, showing weariness? (7)
YAWNING – The last letter of daY followed by a canvas shelter attached to a caravan or stretched over the deck of a boat to provide shelter.
21d Everyone wanting ogre destroyed quickly (7)
ALLEGRO –This musical instruction is made up of a word for everybody followed by an anagram (destroyed) of OGRE.
23d River, one featured in fairy stories? (5)
LOIRE – The Roman numeral for one put inside a word for tales passed down orally through the generations, producing a river in France.
25d Heather in USA? A maiden lost (5)
ERICA – Remove A (from the clue) and the cricket scorecard abbreviation for maiden from the front of the A in USA.
26d Wander, having lost heart? Wander not! (4)
STAY -Remove the middle letter from a word meaning wander (like lost sheep).
ARVE Error: need id and provider
The Quick Crossword pun MORE + CHEW + HAIRY = MORTUARY