Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27850
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from sunny South Staffs.
As usual with Giovanni, the odd obscure word and a smattering of General Knowledge, but fair cluing to enable you to get to the answer. For me, there was nothing to hold me up, so ** for difficulty.
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1a Gone With the Wind? It gets one enthralled (5,2,5)
TAKEN BY STORM – A phrase which literally describes what has happened to something blown away by a gale, but which figuratively means totally and instantly captivated or enthralled.
9a Governor of fortress imprisons woman in metal container (9)
CASTELLAN – A woman’s name inside a metal container which may hold preserved food.
10a Girl’s plants (5)
FLORA – This generic term for plant life is also a girl’s name.
11a First of exams — fail or pass? (6)
ELAPSE – The first letter of Exams followed by a verb meaning to fail or run out.
12a Exaggerate, making point and lie naughtily (4,2,2)
PILE IT ON – Anagram (naughtily) of POINT and LIE.
13a Element of Society given blame (6)
SODIUM – A chemical element made up of an abbreviation for Society and a word for blame or hatred.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
15a Concert is to be attended by the Queen — I give guarantee (8)
PROMISER – Put together a concert – perhaps one of a series held in the Albert Hall every summer -, then IS from the clue, and the Queen’s regnal cypher.
18a Infatuated with best man, harbouring love (8)
BESOTTED – BEST (from the clue) and a man’s name, with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis inserted.
19a Gangster, old man, 100, and a beast (6)
ALPACA – Put together the first name of a 1920s gangster, an informal word for father or old man, the Roman numeral for 100, and A from the clue, to get a South American animal.
21a Loose change somehow helps a neighbour totally emptied out (8)
SHRAPNEL – Anagram (somehow) of HELPS A N(eighbou)R.
23a Socialist joining a party is idolised (6)
ADORED – A (from the clue) and the usual crossword party, followed by the usual crossword Socialist.
26a Doctor, female ending in robe? (5)
DRESS – An abbreviation for doctor, and the ending formerly added to nouns describing what someone does for a living, to show that the person concerned is female.
27a Provider of treatment — his patter is phoney (9)
THERAPIST – Anagram (phoney) of HIS PATTER.
28a A craftsperson of excellent character (12)
CALLIGRAPHER – A cryptic definition of someone whose craft is to produce fine handwriting.
1d Maybe watches teachers marking good homework? (7)
TICKERS – Teahcers putting marks of approval next to correct answers could be said to be these, as could mechanical watches, from the sound they make.
2d Cereal that’s been put in sink — a shame! (5)
KASHA – Hidden in the clue, though my BRB says this is a porridge or gruel made from cereal, rather than the cereal itself. New word of the week for me.
3d Requires grape juice for fermentation? That’s unavoidable (5,4)
NEEDS MUST – A word for ‘requires’ followed by the term for grape juice about to be fermented into wine.
4d You will shout (4)
YELL – A contracted form of ‘you will’, but using an archaic form of ‘you’.
5d African city spicier with sun going down (8)
TANGIERS – A synonym of spicier or more pungent, followed by Sun.
6d Search for weapon (5)
RIFLE – Double definition: a rather untidy search; or a firearm.
7d Foreign lady to study an old-fashioned savings scheme (8)
CONTESSA – Put together a word for study or scan (a document) and the acronym for a savings scheme which preceded the ISA.
8d The way police district gets reported (6)
MANNER – A word for way or mode which sounds like the informal term for the area of responsibility of a police station.
14d Rest stupidly in activity, getting left behind (8)
DESERTED – Anagram (stupidly) of REST, with an action or activity wrapped around it.
16d Play that could have maiden alarmed, terribly, about nothing (9)
MELODRAMA – The abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard, followed by an anagram (terribly) of ALARMED, wrapped around the letter which looks like a zero.
17d Support exercise that gets good person into business arrangement (8)
PEDESTAL – The sort of exercise which was my least favourite lesson of the week when I was at school, followed by a business transaction with the abbreviation for a good or holy person inside it.
18d Against second XI, by the sound of it? (6)
BESIDE – If the first XI is the A side, the second XI is…
20d Accountant gets old penny, it being edged with gold? Gold! (7)
AUDITOR – The letter used to denote a pre-decimal penny, plus IT (from the clue), with the chemical symbol and the heraldic term for gold placed either side.
22d Food from yesteryear on middle of plate (5)
PASTA – A word describing yesteryear or yesterday, followed by the middle letter of plAte.
24d State of Germany contributed to by murderer Eichmann (5)
REICH – Hidden in the clue.
25d Composer offers something very cold (4)
BERG – An Austrian composer, or what sank the Titanic.
The Quick Crossword pun SACRA + MEANT = SACRAMENT