Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27706
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.
It took me little while to get going on today’s Giovanni, but I picked up speed after the first few clues fell into place, finishing just into *** time.
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1a Anger’s hidden by Jerry’s adversary, see, without excitement (10)
TIRESOMELY – Put another word for anger, plus the ‘s from the clue, inside Jerry’s cartoon adversary, and add the usual Episcopal see.
6a Country protected by formal institution (4)
MALI – An African country is hidden in (protected by) the clue.
9a Adviser continued to want leader of empire restricted (10)
CONSULTANT – A shortened form of ‘continued’ with the ruler of the Ottoman empire inside it.
10a Ruler of grim empire, backward-looking (4)
EMIR – Hidden in (of) the clue in reverse (backward-looking).
12a Drinks given special trade promotion, first to last (4)
ALES – Take a special trade promotion, traditionally held in January, but now often seen all year round, and move the first letter to the end, to get something sure to be consumed at the Cruciverbalists’ Convention next week.
13a Engineers, fellows this person’s put in fighting units (9)
REGIMENTS – The initials of a some military engineers, followed by another word for fellows with another way of saying ‘This person is’ inside it.
15a Dwindle as favourite with little energy facing defeat (5,3)
PETER OUT – Put together a favourite animal or child, an abbreviation for energy and a heavy defeat in battle.
16a Peer endlessly into Cornish river with pretty plants? (6)
FLORAL – Remove the last letter from a peer’s title, and put the result inside a Cornish river.
18a Fish crossing river or ditch (6)
TRENCH – River inside a fresh-water fish.
20a I will be in this set filling in crosswords (8)
ALPHABET – Two cryptic definitions of a set of symbols.
23a Lover no longer one to chide, that’s clear (9)
EXONERATE – Put together the usual former lover, ONE (from the clue) and another word for chide.
24a Bird in vessel on lake (4)
LARK – The abbreviation for Lake followed by a vessel which was said to contain two of these birds (plus every other sort of living creature).
26a Woman from Dublin maybe that’s ditched husband (4)
IRIS – Remove the H (ditch husband) from a description of a native of Dublin to get this woman’s name.
27a Wild beast may be seen here in the distance, one going in a flash (6,4)
SAFARI PARK – Take a word meaning ‘in the distance’, add the Roman numeral for one, and put the result inside an electrical flash.
28a Group from north sitting in silence (4)
GANG – North inside a verb meaning to silence.
29a Strange fee negotiated for uncommitted participants (4,6)
FREE AGENTS – Anagram (negotiated) of STRANGE FEE.
1d Not cross for a moment (4)
TICK – The opposite of a cross when teacher is marking your homework.
2d Cluster of hair girl fixed with net (7)
RINGLET – Anagram (fixed) of GIRL and NET.
3d One of a couple in court to suppress noise? (6,6)
SQUASH RACKET – The court is a sports arena, and there would be four of these if a doubles match was being played. Or synonyms of ‘suppress’ and ‘noise’.
4d Disorderly lot going round hill on American vehicle (5,3)
MOTOR BUS – A disorderly crowd wrapped around a hill in the West Country, followed by an abbreviation for one one of the countries in North America.
WHAT is this that roareth thus?
- Can it be a Motor Bus?
- Yes, the smell and hideous hum
- Indicat Motorem Bum!
- Implet in the Corn and High
- Terror me Motoris Bi:
- Bo Motori clamitabo
- Ne Motore caedar a Bo–
- Dative be or Ablative
- So thou only let us live:
- Whither shall thy victims flee?
- Spare us, spare us, Motor Be!
- Thus I sang; and still and still anigh
- Came in hordes Motores Bi,
- Et complebat omne forum
- Copia Motorum Borum.
- How shall wretches live like us
- Cincti Bis Motoribus?
- Domine, defende nos
- Contra hos Motores Bos!
5d Row securing a good amount of editorial matter (6)
LINAGE – Put A (from the clue) and Good inside a row or series, to get a technical term in the newspaper industry.
7d A solitary type, male engaged as hospital worker no more (7)
ALMONER – A (from the clue) and a person who doesn’t like company with Male inside it, giving a hospital post which existed before Social Services departments were set up.
8d Tories rule in unsettled fashion, lacking clear purpose (10)
IRRESOLUTE – Anagram (in unsettled fashion) of TORIES RULE.
11d One taking this one won’t gain much ground (12)
SMALLHOLDING – Cryptic definition of a little agricultural set-up.
14d Celebrate outside club, jabbering (10)
SPUTTERING – A verb meaning to celebrate or praise someone, wrapped around a golf club.
17d A right troublesome goddess gets cut off (8)
ALIENATE – Put together A (from the clue), a legal right to retain property until a bill is settled, and the Greek goddess of mischief.
19d The personification of love at home admitting love is dying away (7)
EROSION – Another Greek god, the one whose name is wrongly attributed to the statue in Piccadilly Circus, followed by a word for ‘at home’ with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis inside it.
21d Pub gets to profit from special deal (7)
BARGAIN – A synonym of ‘pub’ followed by a synonym of ‘profit’.
22d Fair prohibition restricts extremist characters beginning to agitate (6)
BAZAAR – Put the letters at opposite ends of the 20a and the first letter of Agitate inside a prohibition.
25d More than one runner misses out, lacking power (4)
SKIS – The runners needed for a winter sport. Remove the P(ower) from a word which means ‘misses out’, as a truant misses out on school, for example.
The Quick Crossword pun CORE + PORE + ASIAN = CORPORATION