Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27808
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Good morning from the Domaine de la Paille Basse in the Dordogne on a bright, sunny but chilly morning.
I found today’s Giovanni to be at the gentler end of his spectrum, though with the usual element of General Knowledge required.
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9a Peer in uniform (5)
EQUAL – Double definition: someone who is one of your peers; or a description of things that are uniform.
10a Stars in situation with no possibility of fire, we hear? (5,4)
GREAT BEAR – This constellation sounds as if it might be a fireplace with nothing in it.
11a Unfamiliar street to an extent (7)
STRANGE – Abbreviation for STreet followed by an extent of ground or goods.
12a Enthusiastic approval and praise? Outside it’s hollow (7)
PLAUDIT – Another word for praise with a hollow in the ground wrapped around it.
13a Devoted Left wanting our top family’s leader to go (5)
LOYAL – Left followed by the Windsors with their first letter removed.
14a Note provided by accomplice in the fewest possible words? (9)
MINIMALLY – A musical note twice the length of a crotchet followed by an accomplice or sidekick.
16a Leicester roughs on the rampage in the county (15)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE – Anagram (on the rampage) of LEICESTER ROUGHS.
19a Lots of you taken to ship and given shelter (9)
THOUSANDS – An old word for you followed by the usual crossword ship with AND (from the clue) inside it.
21a Waste material from Irish county, no end (5)
OFFAL – Remove the final Y from a county in the Midlands of Ireland.
23a Wild animal‘s flesh? There’s hesitation by king to tuck in (7)
MEERKAT – Put a hesitation and the chess notation for a king inside another word for flesh, and try not to think about car insurance adverts!
25a Result is not favoured? Word of reproof follows (7)
OUTCOME – A word for not favoured or not in fashion, followed by a word of reproof, usually seen duplicated or followed by ‘now’ I refined speech, or ‘off it!’ in less refined.
27a Stream, one merging into lots — 19 of 19 of 19 of 19! (9)
TRILLIONS – A small stream and the Roman numeral for one inside an informal word for lots, giving an answer which could also be the answer to 19a multiplied by itself three times.
28a Three of them may be used in emergency (5)
NINES – Cryptic definition of the number used in the UK to call the emergency services.
1d Workers as second-rate characters? (4)
BEES – Double definition: the usual crossword workers; or the spelling out of a set of the second letter of the alphabet.
2d In race get a cheer (6)
HURRAY – A (from the clue) inside a word for race or hasten.
3d Weapons in fabric carried by crowds (10)
FLINTLOCKS – Crowds (of sheep?) with a soft unwoven fabric inside them.
4d Shining as bird of prey heading off in the morning (6)
AGLEAM – Remove the first letter (heading off) from the name of a bird of prey, and add the abbreviation for ‘in the morning’.
5d Press one violently for answer (8)
RESPONSE – Anagram (violently) of PRESS ONE.
6d Walkway in Athens in which animal loses tail (4)
STOA – Remove the final letter from a relative of the weasel to get a covered walkway in ancient Athens which gave its name to the school of philosophers which met there.
7d Sounds like we have a modern sort of shop in the capital (3,5)
NEW DELHI – The capital of India sounds like a recent grocery shop.
8d Almost what Derbyshire dressers aim for? (6,4)
PRETTY WELL – In towns and villages in Derbyshire the inhabitants make pictures or designs by pressing flower petals into a clay base, originally to adorn the place where they drew their water, and if you adorn a water source, you could get this expression meaning ‘almost’.
13d E-mail: get it encrypted, OK? (10)
LEGITIMATE – Anagram (encrypted) of E-MAIL GET IT.
15d Maiden is leading supporting song, creating trouble (10)
MISFORTUNE – Put together the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, IS (from the clue), a word meaning supporting or in favour of, and a song or melody.
17d Song that’s old and almost completely glum, I love! (1,4,3)
O SOLE MIO – Put together Old, a word for glum or serious with its final letter removed, I (from the clue) and the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, to get this staple of the Italian tenor’s repertoire.
18d Authorise second undertaking with any number joining in (8)
SANCTION – Second plus a deed or undertaking, with the algebraic symbol for any number inside it.
20d Partner thus getting employment, collecting pence (6)
SPOUSE – A word for ‘thus’ and employment or utilisation, with the abbreviation for Pence inside .
22d Father, losing heart completely, has looks of disapproval (6)
FROWNS – Remove all the inside letters from FatheR and add a word for ‘has’ or ‘possesses’.
24d Item of clothing left buried by equipment (4)
KILT – Ageneral word for gear or equipment with Left inside it.
26d Yes, a puzzle completed without difficulty? (4)
EASY – Anagram (puzzle completed) of YES A.
Off to visit the Gouffre de Padirac now, so won’t be around to answer any comments.
The Quick Crossword pun CAUGHT + SHOOS = COURT SHOES