Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27796
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright May morning, as bleary-eyed electionwatchers stagger off to bed.
For some reason I was able to race through today’s Giovanni, and finished comfortably inside my * time. Knowing of the existence of the artist in 26d helped in that respect.
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1a Cabinet‘s bit of private information given publicity endlessly (10)
SECRETAIRE – To get this item of furniture, put together something that you don’t want others to know and a verb meaning ‘given publicity’ with its final letter removed.
6a Packing material this person used for dry bed (4)
WADI – This is a dry river bed. Some packing material followed by the pronoun for ‘this person’.
9a Well ought to supply this water in Ireland (5)
LOUGH – Hidden in the clue.
10a Fan, a clot I suspect that’s liable to be disruptive (9)
FACTIONAL – Anagram (suspect) of FAN A CLOT I.
12a International agreement that sees top cricketer suspended for a while? (4,3)
TEST BAN – This agreement to halt experimental detonation of nuclear weapons could also be a decision to stop someone playing top-level international cricket.
13a Sauce can give headache when served with duck (5)
PESTO – Someone who is a headache or a nuisance, followed by the letter that looks like a duck at cricket.
15a Determination to crack again (7)
RESOLVE – Double definition, the second inviting you to do this crossword again.
17a Pompous, like one able to look down from a great height? (7)
STILTED – Pompous, laboured or unnatural – or the position of a sort of circus performer.
19a Cross girl you had once found harbouring love (7)
ANNOYED – A girl’s name and an archaic way of saying ‘you’d’, placed either side of the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
21a ‘Elvis’ sits by vehicle making music for those passing by (7)
BUSKING – A type of motor vehicle followed by the sobriquet of Mr Presley.
22a Small picture of group beside home (5)
INSET – ‘At home’ followed by a group of people.
24a Wind, one penetrating church recess (7)
CHINOOK – An abbreviation for church and a recess or cranny, placed either side of the Roman numeral for one, giving a warm, dry wind blowing down the east side of the Rockies (or a type of helicopter).
27a Sparkling old lover of the upper class with silly banter (9)
EXUBERANT – Put together the usual former lover, a letter denoting ‘upper class’, and an anagram (silly) of BANTER.
28a Exhausted writer sitting in street (5)
SPENT – Something you write with inside an abbreviation for street.
29a What shop may put on in part of Greater Manchester (4)
SALE – Double definition, the first being something that some shops have all the time, while others may put one on in January, for example.
30a Yet pleader will go wild again and again (10)
REPEATEDLY – Anagram (will go wild) of YET PLEADER.
1d Son unwell — one lies horizontally (4)
SILL – Son followed by a word for unwell.
2d Mistress of violent nature so cold initially (9)
COURTESAN – Anagram (violent) of NATURE SO, with Cold placed at the front.
3d Distinctive spirit of English Society, although briefly hidden (5)
ETHOS – A short form of ‘although’ placed between English and Society.
4d A couple of females, competent and friendly (7)
AFFABLE – A (from the clue) followed by Female twice and a word for competent.
5d Repudiates diatribes about London’s business quarter (7)
RECANTS – Diatribes wrapped around the letters of a postal district for the City of London.
7d Lady taking a long time to capture knight (5)
AGNES – A woman’s name is made up of the chess abbreviation for a knight inside a word for a long time.
8d Sounds like I am fond of pets in this part of the capital (4,2,4)
ISLE OF DOGS – This is an area to the east of London which sounds a bit like a phrase (1,4,4) meaning that the speaker is fond of a variety of domestic pet.
11d Mischief-maker with affectedness improves? Quite the opposite (7)
IMPAIRS – A mischievous child or little devil followed by a sort of affectedness (as in ‘she gives herself xxxx’).
14d Rare song is surprisingly offered by those putting on an event (10)
ORGANISERS – Anagram (surprisingly) of RARE SONG IS.
16d Stuff for someone very young you put in milky drink (7)
LAYETTE – A milky coffee with an old word for you inside it.
18d Idiot getting a hangover? (9)
THICKHEAD – Split (5,4) this sort of idiot could describe one of the symptoms of a hangover.
20d Dying to find relaxation at end of final month (7)
DECEASE – A short form of the final month of the year, followed by relaxation.
21d Something hairy makes one react angrily (7)
BRISTLE – Double definition: what a man’s chin may have if he hasn’t shaved; or a verb meaning to react angrily.
23d Brain? It’s what a rower may need, we hear (5)
SKULL – A word for the brain, by extension from what it’s encased in, sounds like a variety of rowing implement.
25d Start where the actors are being filmed (5)
ONSET – Split (2,3) this would be where film actors are when being filmed.
26d Elizabeth’s heading off to become an artist (4)
ETTY – A diminutive form of the name Elizabeth with its first letter removed, giving an English painter born in 1787.
The Quick Crossword pun TRUSS + TINGLY = TRUSTINGLY