Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27922
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where it’s rather foggy this morning.
I thought I’d made a slow start to today’s puzzle from the Don, but found when I’d completed it that I was right on the border between * and ** time. I think the long anagrams in the middle helped.
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5a Dignitary to ramble endlessly when installed in position (7)
PROVOST – Remove the final letter (endlessly) from a verb meaning to ramble or wander, and put the result inside a position or job.
7a Regular journeys — according to report they go underground (5)
ROOTS – These sound like (according to report) the regular journeys taken by buses, for example.
9a Haul ruler back, showing esteem (6)
REGARD – Another word for haul or pull, followed by the letters indicating our monarch, all reversed.
10a Within list there’s commercial type of vehicle (8)
ROADSTER – A short word for a commercial placed inside a list of work allocations.
11a Branch of medicine that could make one stay chirpy (10)
PSYCHIATRY – Anagram (could make) of STAY CHIRPY.
13a Go downhill having imbibed a Japanese drink (4)
SAKI – The word for going down a snowy hill balanced on two planks, with A (from the clue) inserted.
14a Finest lass — she unfortunately manifests disloyalty (13)
FAITHLESSNESS – Anagram (unfortunately) of FINEST LASS SHE.
16a Black stuff on the front of old plant (4)
TARO – The black stuff used in road surfaces, followed by Old, giving a food plant which is a staple in African. Oceanic and South Indian cultures.
17a Prince Otto sacked personal bodyguard maybe (10)
PROTECTION – Anagram (sacked) of PRINCE OTTO.
19a Party people present (8)
DONATION – The usual crossword party followed by a people or race.
20a City hospital in district with church (6)
PARISH – A large city in France followed by Hospital.
22a Stuck in car, a certain person in a hurry (5)
RACER – Hidden in the clue.
23a Soldiers in French city by river (7)
RANGERS – River, followed by a city in western France, the historic capital of Anjou, giving us some US special forces.
1d That’s a bit I love — thanks! (4)
IOTA – Put together I (from the clue), the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, and an informal way of saying ‘thank you’.
2d Game is hard, daughter admitted — swimmer with severe limitations? (8)
GOLDFISH – Put together a game which has been described as ‘a good walk spoiled’, IS (from the clue) and Hard, then insert Daughter, to get something which is often found swimming round and round a small bowl.
3d Dull and uninteresting? Listener needs to be engaged (6)
DREARY – The bodily organ used for listening placed inside a word for uninteresting.
4d Harmonious and happy old Bob is kept inside (10)
CONSISTENT – A word for ‘happy’ wrapped around the abbreviation for the old coin known as a bob and IS (from the clue).
5d Word sometimes worn by journalist in crowd (5)
PRESS – Double definition: cartoon journalists often have this word attached to their hat; and a crowd or mass of people.
6d Go past critical point and mark page in book? (4,3,6)
TURN THE CORNER – Double definition, the first being a metaphorical way of saying that a crisis is past; the second being a way of marking one’s place that was strongly discouraged when I was at school.
8d Religious types entertaining ambassador and rulers (7)
SHEIKHS – The honorific letters put before the name of an ambassador are placed inside the word describing the followers of Guru Nanak.
12d Greek character and gypsy outside front of circus fortune-telling (10)
CHIROMANCY – The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, followed by a gypsy wrapped around the first letter (front) of Circus.
14d Characteristic quality of learner in act of kindness (7)
FLAVOUR – The letter indicating a learner driver placed inside an act of kindness.
15d Cleaning? Carol’s keen to get stuck in (8)
SWEEPING – Another way of expressing the verb ‘to carol’ wrapped around what someone keening does.
17d Privilege of preferential treatment, the thing lacking in religious house (6)
PRIORY – Remove the pronoun for ‘the thing’ from the sort of preferential treatment that gets you to the front of the queue, and you get a community of monks.
18d Forces out in old-fashioned combats without leader (5)
OUSTS – Remove the initial J from old-fashioned mounted combats.
21d Nonconformist losing heart in dance (4)
REEL – Remove the middle letter from someone who resists the status quo.
The Quick Crossword pun RESTER + SHORED = REST ASSURED