Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27916
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on the first Friday of Autumn, and a fine one it is.
I found today’s Giovanni slightly easier than last week – at the top end of ** difficulty. Any obscurities are relieved, as usual, by totally fair cluing.
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1a The Parisian should be held in scorn, journalist considered (12)
CONTEMPLATED – Put one of the forms of the French definite article inside a word for scorn, then add the usual journalist.
9a Worry about a group of soldiers (4)
CARE – The Latin abbreviation for about or approximately, followed by the initials of an engineer regiment of the British Army.
10a Ruler had meal behind shelter by river (9)
POTENTATE – Put together an Italian river, a canvas shelter, and ‘had meal’.
12a Bad people not right at the outset, beasts (6)
OTTERS – Remove the original R(ight) from some bad people, to get some river-dwelling mammals.
13a For example, backward-looking tyrant confronting American liberal (8)
GENEROUS – Reverse (backward-looking) the Latin abbreviation for ‘for example’, add a Roman tyrant and an abbreviation for American.
15a Mum joins team of west London rowers — one to fill up the number? (4-6)
MAKE WEIGHT – Start with another word for Mum, then add what, if split (3,5) could be a team of oarsmen in the part of West London where a famous botanic garden is to be found.
16a Place of vice probed by a cleric (4)
DEAN – A (from the clue) inside a — of vice.
18a Refusal to take a husband as a man coming to the rescue (4)
NOAH – A word of refusal followed by A (from the clue) and Husband, to get the chap who saved his immediate family and a lot of livestock from drowning in a Biblical flood.
20a ‘Hippy’ perhaps full and rich in tone (4-6)
PEAR-SHAPED – Double definition: someone who is wider in the hips than the rest of the body; or, according to the BRB, of a mellow, resonant, non-nasal vocal quality. That second definition is a new one on me.
23a Decidedly trendy items in the garden shed (2,6)
IN SPADES – A word for trendy or fashionable followed by some tools which may be found in a garden shed.
24a Man came down with old wife (6)
FELLOW – ‘Came down’ or ‘tripped over’ followed by Old Wife.
26a Attire for cur(ate) (3,6)
DOG COLLAR – Something which may worn by a priest or a pet.
27a Fish had to be disposed of here? (4)
DOCK – Remove HAD from the name of a fish to get the place where a cargo of fish would be unloaded and sold.
28a Our sister is transformed by a thousand cosmetic products (12)
MOISTURISERS – The Roman numeral for a thousand followed by an anagram (transformed) or OUR SISTER IS.
2d Numerical choice for a few (3,2,3)
ONE OR TWO – A choice from a pair of small numbers.
3d Record run may end with it collapsing (4)
TAPE – A method of sound or video recording which is also the thing stretched across the track at the end of a race.
4d Mountain stuff, something hard (10)
MATTERHORN – A generic word for ‘stuff’ followed by some hard, keratinous stuff.
5d Like some gentry brought down (6)
LANDED – Double definition: some gentry with country estates; or brought down an aircraft safely.
6d Unusual Easter egg being hidden in that shrub (3,4)
TEA ROSE – Anagram (unusual) of EASTER with an egg-shaped letter inserted.
7d Rebuking action of person in informal attire (8,4)
DRESSING DOWN – A telling-off which is also what people do if they come to the office in casual clothes (typically on a Friday)
8d Composer showing second-rate skill ‘satisfactory’ (6)
BARTOK –Put together a letter indicating ‘second-rate’, a skill, and an expression meaning ‘satisfactory, to get a Hungarian composer who died in 1945.
11d Judgment of Conqueror possibly who made many laugh! (6,6)
NORMAN WISDOM – An adjective describing the people William the Conqueror came from, a a word for judgment or sagacity, giving you Enver Hoxha’s favourite comedian.
14d Plonk down here? (4,6)
WINE CELLAR – A cryptic definition of where you may keep your drink supply (especially if it’s better than plonk).
17d Little beast, the German seen to be more crafty (8)
SHREWDER – A small mammal followed by one of the forms of the definite article in German.
19d Weapon demonstrated in class again (7)
ASSAGAI – Hidden (demonstrated) in the clue. An alternative spelling is more common.
21d Dad wants ornamental fabric in splendid home (6)
PALACE – The Dad who goes with the Mum in 15a, and some ornamental fabric with lots of holes in.
22d Weird football organisation dealt with heavy defeat (3-3)
FAR-OUT – The initials of the authority which presides over football in England, followed by a heavy defeat in battle.
25d Fighting members (4)
ARMS – Some members of the body which are also used for fighting.
The Quick Crossword pun BECKONS + FIELD = BEACONSFIELD