Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27772
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a beautiful sunny morning which is forecast to lead to the warmest day of the year so far.
We have a pangram from Giovanni today, which I found quite tricky – well into *** time, with 22d last in. Having said that, when I’d finished it, I wondered why it had taken so long.
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1a Illumination needed, peacekeepers being involved in insult (8)
SUNLIGHT – Another word for an insult wrapped around the initials of the international organisation which can send out peacekeeping forces.
5a and 2 Down: A male in charge with less feeling could be 79, thinking of gold! (6,6)
ATOMIC NUMBER – Put together A (from the clue), a man’s name, an abbreviation for ‘in charge’, and a word meaning ‘with less feeling’ (think local anaesthetic), to get a scientific term which is 79 for gold and 1 for hydrogen.
9a Start trading, but with number not right (8)
COMMENCE – Take out the R(ight) form a word meaning ‘trading’, and replace it with N(umber).
10a Quiet prayer exuding love in place with chaplain? (6)
PRISON – The musical symbol for quiet followed by an archaic word for prayer with the initial O removed (exuding love).
12a Deal unwisely in public, getting what’s dear, terribly (9)
OVERTRADE – A word for open or in public, followed by an anagram (terribly) of DEAR.
13a Sound bringing tingle, hard to miss (5)
TRILL – Remove the H(ard) from a tingle or sensation to get a musical sound.
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14a Last character to come to a particular area (4)
ZONE – The last letter of the alphabet followed by a word meaning ‘a particular’.
16a International organisation certain to be free (7)
UNBOUND – The same international organisation as in 1a, followed by a word which can replace ‘certain’ in the phrase ‘certain to be’.
19a Winger in side cross and reported for being ‘agitated’ (7)
EXCITED – Put together the last letter (winger) of sidE, a cross-shaped letter, and a word for reported or quoted.
21a Some walker turned back — arduous journey (4)
TREK – Hidden in (some) the clue in reverse (back).
24a Demonstration of strength of spirit (5)
PROOF – Double definition: a demonstration of the truth of a mathematical proposition; or the measure of strength of an alcoholic spirit.
25a Who are sacked, having got employment in store? (9)
WAREHOUSE – Anagram (sacked) of WHO ARE, followed by ‘employment’.
27a A second kitchen item gone missing (6)
ASTRAY – Put together A (from the clue), Second, and something from the kitchen which could be used to serve breakfast in bed.
28a Workers catching bus set out to be old-style breadwinners? (8)
HUSBANDS – Anagram (set out) of BUS inside one of the words for workers.
29a Surpass the has-been tennis player, by the sound of it? (6)
EXCEED – A prefix denoting former or has-been, followed by what sounds like one of the tennis players expected to do well in a tournament.
30a Yours truly having a fantastic feast? Food may come from here (4,4)
MEAT SAFE – A pronoun for ‘yours truly’ followed by A (from the clue) and an anagram (fantastic) of FEAST, giving somewhere food might have been kept in the days before refrigeration.
1d District with hill that’s dry on top (6)
SECTOR – Dry, as in wine, followed by a hill which may be found on Dartmoor.
2d See 5a.
3d Clumsy in gym, grabbing end of horse (5)
INEPT – The final letter (end) of horsE placed between IN (from the clue) and the initials of another way of describing gym lessons at school (no, not ‘cruel and unusual punishment’!).
4d Form of therapy introduced into animal area (7)
HECTARE – The initials of a form of therapy involving electric shocks, placed inside an animal alleged to be mad in March.
6d Revolver with something groovy on it? (9)
TURNTABLE – Cryptic definition of a device used to play recorded music when a lot of the readers of this blog were much younger.
7d Feel the absence of wood, said to bring aura (8)
MYSTIQUE – This sounds like (said) a word for ‘feel the absence of’ and a tropical hardwood.
8d Finish with trick element in crossword, word finally being nailed (8)
CONCLUDE – A word for trick or cheat, followed by the element of a crossword which is set out in the line above, with the final letter of worD inserted.
11d Old King of France’s game spanning hours (4)
JEHU – An old king of Israel reputed to be a fast chariot driver is made up of the French word for game wrapped around Hours.
15d From which you could get a Ted from a previous era (3,2,4)
OUT OF DATE – This is a reverse anagram, in that the answer contains the anagram indicator and the fodder, while a possible answer ‘a Ted’ is in the clue.
17d Mode of transport to leak, we hear, on road (8)
SEAPLANE – A word which sounds like (we hear) ‘leak’ or ‘ooze’, followed by a country road.
18d Actor is beginning to corpse — awkward problem (8)
ACROSTIC – anagram (awkward) of ACTOR IS and the first letter (beginning) of C(orpse).
20d The way characters here are going to be sad (4)
DOWN – … because this clue wouldn’t work in the Across section of this puzzle.
21d Anguish brought by run going up over river (7)
TORTURE – A running gait, but not as fast as a canter, reversed (going up), followed by a river in North Yorkshire.
22d Country making money (6)
GUINEA – Double definition: an African country; or 21 shillings.
23d Writers with little English repeated thought in French (6)
PENSEE – Things you write with followed by two examples (repeated) of English.
26d Uniform practice (5)
HABIT – Double definition, the first being the uniform of a monk or nun.
The Quick Crossword pun CORPS + SICKEN = CORSICAN