Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27844
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Good morning from South Staffs on a fine, sunny morning. Here’s hoping that this post appears without the bother we had last week.
I thought Giovanni was in benign mood again this week, and went through the crossword with no particular difficulty.
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1a Wrecking boat, gang is wicked (10)
SABOTAGING – Anagram (wicked) of BOAT GANG IS.
6a Healthy places reducing muscular problem? (4)
SPAS – Remove the final letter from an involuntary contraction of the muscles.
9a Commanding officer conceals revolutionary beliefs (5)
CREDO – A common crossword revolutionary from the left of the political spectrum, placed inside the acronym for Commanding Officer.
10a An idiot outside university, creepy type who gets cash regularly? (9)
ANNUITANT – AN (from the clue), followed by a word for an idiot wrapped around University, and then an insect.
12a Bad ruler goes about murdering (7)
KILLING – A monarch wrapped around a word for bad.
13a Electronic device beginning to ring after quiet period (5)
PAGER – Put together the musical symbol for quiet, a long period, and the initial letter of Ring.
15a A red making moderate progress against the blue? (7)
TROTSKY – A moderate pace for a horse followed by ‘the blue’.
17a King Cole and Burl maybe as residents (7)
NATIVES – The first name of Mr Cole the singer, followed by the surname of Burl, another singer.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
19a Ornaments provided by British and Germanic immigrants (7)
BANGLES – British followed by some Germanic immigrants from the 5th century.
21a Angry boy grabbing one US President (7)
MADISON – The Roman numeral for one, placed between other words for ‘angry’ and ‘boy’.
22a One with a keen eye for a golfing achievement (5)
EAGLE – Double definition, the first being a bird with proverbially good eyesight, the second being a score of two under par for a hole at golf.
24a New trade with firm offering distinctive design (3,4)
ART DECO – Anagram (new) of TRADE, followed by an abbreviation for a firm.
27a The price to be paid for attending confession? (9)
ADMISSION – Double definition, the first being the price paid to get into a theatre or cinema.
28a Row created by fruit that’s not round (5)
RANGE – Remove the round letter from the beginning of a type of fruit.
29a Dash from hostile land (4)
ELAN – Hidden in the clue.
30a Elder son — he looks daft in shorts (10)
LEDERHOSEN – Anagram (daft) of ELDER SON HE.
1d Conservative in group, unorthodox bunch? (4)
SECT – Conservative placed inside a group or collection.
2d Nervous disorder? Take holiday away from Oxford maybe (9)
BREAKDOWN – A holiday followed by a term which describes going away from Oxford , as opposed to going up when one arrives there.
3d Nasty type at bridge? Demands money from traveller to cross river (5)
TROLL – An all-in-one clue, where the money demanded to cross a bridge is wrapped around an abbreviation for River.
4d Extreme importance of the thing put into meaty juice (7)
GRAVITY – The pronoun for ‘the thing’ placed inside a sauce made from meat juices.
5d Figure twelve will be needed to catch horse (7)
NONAGON – To get this geometric figure put a rather worn-out horse inside the time day when the clock strikes twelve.
7d Managed to interrupt doctor after upsetting little accident (5)
PRANG – Reverse the letters designating the sort of doctor you’ll go to in the first instance, if you can get an appointment, and put a word for ‘managed’ inside them.
8d Making fun of giant, sir, is silly (10)
SATIRISING – Anagram (silly) of GIANT SIR IS.
11d This writer’s placed with editor assigned (7)
IMPUTED – Put together another way of saying ‘this writer is’, a word for placed, and a short form of editor.
14d Horse is steady and dull, last in race (10)
STABLEMATE – Put together a word for steady or unchanging, a word for dull, not glossy, and the final letter of racE.
16d Comic people in trade (7)
SELLERS – Double definition: a British actor and comic; and people who represent one side of a trading bargain.
18d Island matters under the leadership of five lords (9)
VISCOUNTS – Put together the Roman numeral for five, an abbreviation for ISland, and ‘matters’ as in ‘what matters is…’.
20d Terrible disease where land and water make contact (7)
SEASIDE – Anagram (terrible) of DISEASE.
21d Show in East with friend coming round (7)
MATINEE – IN (from the clue) and East, with a friend wrapped around them.
23d Good book by female author for girl (5)
GEMMA – Good, and the title of a novel by a 19th-century female author, giving a girl’s name.
25d World shortage not initially evident (5)
EARTH – Remove the initial D froma word for shortage, to give the name of a world familiar to us.
26d University officer in study penning article (4)
DEAN – An indefinite article inside another word for a study or retreat.
The Quick Crossword pun FILLY + BUSTER = FILIBUSTER.