Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27724
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on Friday the 13th. Triskaidekaphobes beware!
Last week I said that I found Giovanni’s crossword straightforward and well within ** time, only to find the vast majority of contributors saying it was a lot harder than that. Well, this week I found it even more straightforward and within ** time, so it will be interesting to see what you all make of it.
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5a Element of bitterness leading to one having hesitation (7)
GALLIUM – A chemical element is made up of bitterness or bile, followed by the Roman numeral for one, and an interjection showing hesitation in speech.
7a Bar with some judges toping (5)
ESTOP – A legal term which is hidden in the clue.
9a Stop crossing river line (6)
CREASE – A word for stop wrapped around River.
10a Gear isn’t wobbly in engineered frameworks (8)
GANTRIES – Anagram (wobbly) of GEAR ISN’T.
11a Be fine splashing about a bit of money — i.e. this? (10)
BENEFICENT – An all-in-one clue. Anagram (splashing about) of BE FINE, followed by a small American or Euro coin, to get someone who is what the clue describes.
13a Salvation Army would have this instrument for greeting (4)
LUTE – If you put the initials of the Salvation Army in front of the answer, you get a greeting, especially a formal military one.
14a Wild terrain bird occupies shown by quirky illustrator (5,8)
HEATH ROBINSON – Put together a piece of barren open country, a common bird, and a way (‘1,2) of saying ‘occupies’.
16a Support good game, making boast (4)
BRAG – The usual support for part of the female body, followed by Good, giving a card game or a boast.
17a Documentation makes office assistant get saucy and protest (5,5)
PAPER TRAIL – Split (2,4,4) this would be an acronym for an office assistant, followed by ‘saucy’ and ‘to protest’.
19a Mistake by army officer brings ruin (8)
COLLAPSE – A short form of an officer’s rank, followed by a mistake or slip.
20a No shooting it before 12 August? Grumble (6)
GROUSE – Double definition, the first being a game bird.
22a Composition in middle of test, for example (5)
ESSAY – The middle letters of tESt followed by another way of expressing ‘for example’.
23a Remove additional cuts, giving us a let-off (7)
EXTRACT – A word for additional followed by C(u)T(s) – ‘cuts’ minus ‘us’.
1d Insect to escape by the sound of it (4)
FLEA – An insect which sounds like a word for escape or run away.
2d Gentleman, wicked, upset hospital, being only slightly ill (8)
LIVERISH – Start with the title given to a gentleman followed by a word for wicked, reverse the lot (upset) and add Hospital.
3d A foreign character tucked into what could be dog food (6)
PEANUT – Put A (from the clue) and a Greek letter inside what could be a dog, or a cat, or a goldfish…
4d Rile sister being naughty — one should keep things clean (10)
STERILISER – Anagram (naughty) of RILE SISTER.
5d Greedily eat egg or bananas (5)
GORGE – Anagram (bananas) of EGG OR.
6d Region of the planet that has its attractions (13)
MAGNETOSPHERE – Cryptic definition of a region surrounding the earth which, on a much smaller scale, would be seen to attract iron filings, for example.
8d English city quietly getting on after break (7)
PRESTON – The musical symbol for ‘quietly’, followed by a break, and On (from the clue).
12d A live gent’s becoming excited as a preacher (10)
EVANGELIST – Anagram (becoming excited) of A LIVE GENT’S.
14d Possibly a growing factor helping to make author money (7)
HORMONE – Hidden in the clue.
15d Water from clouds beginning to fall on wicket maybe (8)
IRRIGATE – The sort of watering a farmer may do. The plural of a variety of cloud, with the first letter removed, followed by something of which wicket is an example.
17d Fruit brought by daddy always getting eaten (6)
PAPAYA – A Victorian daddy, wrapped around another word for always.
18d Home group featured in small picture (5)
INSET – A publishing term for a small picture inserted into a spare corner of another. Another word for ‘(at) home’ followed by a group.
21d Test for local dignitary when May has passed (4)
ORAL – Remove the MAY from the front of a word meaning ‘for local dignitary’.
The Quick Crossword pun PITCH + JUNIOR = PETUNIA