Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27760
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Good morning from South Staffs
As usual from Giovanni, one or two words which may widen your vocabulary, but clued in a way that makes them solvable. Reasonably straightforward as far as I was concerned.
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1a Good ear features — they are rounded (6)
GLOBES – Good followed by parts of ears.
5a Left-winger with frivolous warning (3,5)
RED LIGHT – The colour associated with Left Wing politics, followed by an adjective meaning frivolous or not serious.
9a Not against old lover having enough say (3,7)
FOR EXAMPLE – Put together a word for ‘not against’, the usual former lover, and another word for enough, or more than enough.
10a Beginning or end of dream in corporate bedroom (4)
DORM – The first letter of Dream, OR (from the clue), and the last letter of dreaM.
11a ‘Footballer has quiet time’ — where might you see that? (4,4)
[Paper version: ‘Footballer has quiet time’ — where might you see that? (But not here!) (4,4)]
BACK PAGE – A defender in a football team, followed by the musical symbol for quiet and a period of time, giving the traditional location for sports news in a newspaper, but not the Telegraph, as the paper version reminds us. Sadly, the presence of a large advert means that today’s paper crossword is not ‘here’, so the clue doesn’t quite work.
12a Country that could trouble USA, sir! (6)
RUSSIA – Anagram (could trouble) of USA SIR.
13a Go away from fire wasting little time (4)
SHOO – Remove the Time from a verb meaning to fire a gun, and you get an instruction to go away.
15a Eastern objects, about a hundred artistic items (8)
ETCHINGS – Eastern plus a word for objects (or a quality in yesterday’s crossword!), with the Roman numeral for a hundred inside it, giving the artistic items that hopeful suitors invited young ladies to come up and see.
18a Most open row interrupting celebratory party (8)
FRANKEST – A row of soldiers on parade inside an abbreviated form of a word for a big celebration.
19a Worry when vehicle has sign of no petrol? (4)
CARE – A motor vehicle followed by the letter often found on a fuel gauge at the end of the scale which indicates a lack of fuel.
21a Skilled in poetic style (6)
VERSED – Double definition, the first describing someone with a detailed knowledge of his or her calling.
23a What can indicate disapproval, love, anger? All in a teacher’s role (8)
TUTORAGE – Put together a voiced expression of disapproval, the letter that looks like a love score at tennis, and a word for anger.
25a Still gripped by magical moments (4)
CALM – Hidden (gripped by) in the clue.
26a No cost ever worked out for motorists’ temporary requirements? (5,5)
COVER NOTES – Anagram (worked out) of NO COST EVER. Do these still exist?
27a Holly had these insects (8)
CRICKETS – these insects were also Buddy Holly’s band.
28a Having a band, Salvationists must have basic accommodation (6)
SASHED – The initials of the organisation which Salvationists belong to, and a building often found at the bottom of the garden.
2d Drug supplied by naughty lad outside work (1-4)
L-DOPA – Anagram (naughty) of LAD wrapped around the abbreviation for a musical work.
3d Stop working in short holiday away from Oxford? (5,4)
BREAK DOWN – A short holiday followed by the term used to describe an Oxford student leaving the university.
4d Army prisoner could undermine this ultimately? (6)
STALAG – This is an all-in-one clue. The final letter of thiS is followed by the initials of the former name of the Army Reserve and one of the usual prisoners. The whole thing is one of those establishments which plucky Tommies tunnelled out of in any number of war films.
5d MPs perhaps disturbed by inveterate press (15)
REPRESENTATIVES – Anagram (disturbed by) of INVETERATE PRESS.
6d Actress has choice of food that’s full-flavoured (8)
DIETRICH – This actress was probably singing Lili Marlene in the film in 4d. A day by day choice of food followed by a word for full-flavoured.
7d River business — try to escape from it (5)
INDUS – Remove the TRY from a word for an area of business, to get an Asian river.
8d Messenger is alcoholic almost, one inclined to overindulgence (9)
HARBINGER – Remove the final letter (almost) from an adjective which when applied to liquor indicates that it is alcoholic, then add someone who overindulges in food or drink.
14d Dispose of a shire right here! (5,4)
HORSE FAIR – Another all-in-one clue. Anagram (dispose) of OF A SHIRE and R(ight), giving you somewhere you might dispose of a Shire, or a Clydesdale or a Percheron.
16d Run up debts, showing no concern to learn? (9)
INCURIOUS – A word for ‘run up’ or bring upon oneself, followed by a familiar expression for debts or promissory notes.
17d Principal dealt with a rebellious fighter, a source of worry (8)
HEADACHE – another word for a school principal, followed by A (from the clue) and Crosswordland’s usual Communist rebel.
20d Supplies rushed aboard ship (6)
STORES – A word for rushed or hurried, inside the usual crossword ship.
22d Tot caught hugging a tree (5)
SUMAC – To tot or add up, and the cricket abbreviation for Caught, placed either side of A (from the clue).
24d Birds emerging from these eggs the wrong way (5)
GEESE – Hidden in (emerging from) the clue in reverse (the wrong way).
The Quick Crossword pun BAWL + BUOY = BALL BOY