Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27892
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning. Thanks to Shropshirelad and Digby for covering my absence for the last fortnight.
I fairly raced through today’s Giovanni – something of a contrast to the struggle yesterday – so only * for difficulty from me.
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1a Two men of the match these days maybe (7,6)
MARRIED COUPLE – Cryptic definition of two people who may now be two men or two women, but were traditionally one of each.
9a Puff-puff I missed going to game — get bus maybe? (9)
TRANSPORT – Remove the I from what a child may call a puff-puff, and add a game or pastime.
10a Bit of willow to dry up almost entirely (5)
WITHE – Remove the final letter from a verb meaning to dry up (especially referring to vegetation). Not the most common spelling for this.
11a Country type agitated about end of hunting (5)
EGYPT – Anagram (agitated) of TYPE with the last letter of huntinG inserted.
12a Waste away in northern river (4)
WEAR – Double definition, the second being the river associated with Sunderland.
13a Receiving no sound ideas, is put off female (4)
DEAF – Remove the I and S from iDEAs (is put off) and add Female.
15a Brief? That sounds like our warm season (7)
SUMMARY – A précis or brief which sounds like how we might describe the better bits of the current season.
17a Part one got is making for self-regard (7)
EGOTISM – Hidden in the clue.
18a Nasty little creature was first to be found in ground (7)
PESTLED – The definition is a verb. Put together a nasty little creature and a word meaning ‘was first’ in a race.
20a Like a sort of road test with piece inserted (7)
ORBITAL – Another word for piece inside a non-written exam.
21a Very bright person avoids having head in shower (4)
RAIN – Remove the first letter from a word describing someone who is intellectually very bright.
22a Some behaved abominably in holy book (4)
VEDA – Hidden in the clue is a Hindu sacred text.
23a Secret agent admits nothing having earlier captured English soldier (5)
SEPOY – Put English and the letter that looks like zero separately inside a secret agent to get a soldier of the British Raj.
26a Oz no longer welcoming for people of taste? (5)
OUNCE – The people of taste here are Nancy Mitford’s friends, and the letter describing them goes inside a word meaning ‘no longer’.
27a Encourage one getting cross no end to go into country (9)
STIMULATE – The Roman numeral for one and a cross-bred animal with the final letter removed, placed inside a generic term for a country.
28a Any barters etc to be arranged in London thoroughfare (7,6)
CARNABY STREET – Anagram (to be arranged) of ANY BARTERS ETC.
1d True, prior’s home is wrong for a leading nun (6,8)
MOTHER SUPERIOR – Anagram (is wrong) of TRUE PRIOR’S HOME.
2d Willing to study and study ultimately (5)
READY – A word meaning to study (at university) followed by the last letter of studY.
3d Silly banalities that could describe monstrous appetite (10)
INSATIABLE – Anagram (silly) of BANALITIES.
4d Party with old man engaging women in entrance (7)
DOORWAY – Put together the usual crossword party, Old, and a man’s name wrapped around Women.
5d Great anger brought by ending of power in electricity failure (7)
OUTRAGE – The last letter of poweR inside a term for a power failure.
6d Dad achieved victory after losing middle piece on board (4)
PAWN – Another word for Dad, followed by ‘achieved victory’ with its middle letter removed.
7d Fanatic no longer, mister having reformed over time (9)
EXTREMIST – A prefix meaning ‘no longer’, followed by an anagram (having reformed) of MISTER and Time.
8d Let pen fly with memos here and there, working with no concern for boss? (4-10)
SELF-EMPLOYMENT – Anagram (here and there) of LET PEN FLY and MEMOS.
14d A snack for your setter? (3,7)
DOG BISCUIT – The setter here is not Giovanni, but a creature with four legs and a wet nose.
16d Muddle with man in charge aiming to rescue the situation? (9)
MESSIANIC – Put together a muddle, a man’s name, and an abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
19d Like some divers stuck initially in river plant (4-3)
DEEP-SEA – A Welsh or Scottish river followed by a leguminous plant with the first letter of Stuck inserted.
20d Lack of transparency in a business community undermining work (7)
OPACITY – A (from the clue) and the term for the financial businesses in London, placed beneath (in a Down clue) a Latin abbreviation for work.
24d Identify fish, one getting away (5)
PLACE – Remove the Roman numeral for one from a flatfish you might find in your local chippy.
25d Loud organ to convey terror (4)
FEAR – The musical symbol for loud followed by an organ of the body.
The Quick Crossword pun PIECE + CORE = PEACE CORPS