Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27940
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a grey autumn morning.
I was held up iin the NW corner of today’s Giovanni, with 11a being last in, and this pushed today’s puzzle into *** territory for me.
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1a Mother’s scientific workplace set about making ointment (6)
BALSAM – Put together a shorter form of ‘mother’s’ and the short form of the place where a scientist works, then reverse the lot.
5a Weeds creating frightful ado in southern county briefly (4,4)
WILD OATS – The shortened form of acounty in SW England, with an anagram (frightful) of ADO inserted in it.
9a Time to recover, but not spiritually (10)
TEMPORALLY – Another word for time, especially in a musical sense, followed by a recovery from a position of weakness.
10a This writer’s additional note identifies troublemakers (4)
IMPS – Another way of writing ‘this writer is’, and an additional note at the end of a letter.
11a Oil fellow’s put into seats (8)
OTTOMANS – An oil extracted from roses, followed by another word for ‘fellow’s’.
12a Record difficult situation that brings traffic to a standstill (3,3)
LOG JAM – The record Captain Kirk, among others, kept, and a tight place or difficult situation.
13a Hints about depth that may be dug in garden (4)
SPIT – Reverse (about) another word for hints, and you get a spade’s depth when digging.
15a Carer — she organised investigation (8)
RESEARCH – Anagram (organised) of CARER SHE.
18a Battle equipment used by Richard, war enthusiast (8)
HARDWARE – Hidden (used by) in the clue.
19a Additional supply for one who conjured up Utopia (4)
MORE – Double definition, the second being the Man for All Seasons who wrote Utopia
21a No seat when turned over is found to conceal a gun? (6)
WEAPON – Put together NO (from the clue) and a seat in church, reverse them (turned over) and insert A (from the clue).
23a Amount of difference when prisoner is given fresh start (8)
CONTRAST – One of the usual crossword prisoners followed by an anagram (fresh) of START.
25a Maybe one’s climbed a little height, getting unwell … (4)
HILL – An abbreviation for Height, followed by ‘unwell’.
26a … which is what Bill would become if this, lacking guidance (10)
LEADERLESS – To make ‘Bill’ into the word for ‘unwell’ in the previous clue (note the link with the dots at the end of 25a and the start of this clue), you would have to remove the initial or leading letter, thus making it …
27a Send from some French district (8)
DESPATCH – The French partitive article meaning ‘some’ followed by a local district or territory.
28a This person’s reversing in street that is creating obstructive situation (6)
STYMIE – The possessive pronoun for ‘this person’s’ is reversed and placed between an abbreviation for street and the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
2d Designated person clearly not an uncouth fellow (5)
AGENT – … because he’s A xxxx.
3d Soldiers with time short drank outside, being held up (9)
SUPPORTED – Put together the abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers and an abbreviation for Time, then wrap a word for ‘drank’ around the result
4d Singer Ethel, a fabulous creature (6)
MERMAN – Double definition: the surname of Ethel; or a mythical aquatic being.
5d Let arch-wastrels loose — you’ll create a huge financial crisis (4,6,5)
WALL STREET CRASH – Anagram (loose) of LET ARCH WASTRELS.
6d See unknown character of celebrity status who gives unstinting support (8)
LOYALIST – Put together a word meaning ‘see!’, an algebraic unknown, and a top-category (1,4) celebrity status.
7d Outstanding rugby player portrayed with halo (5)
OWING – A halo is circular and goes at the head of a character, so needs to be at the top of this Down clue, followed by one of two players from the threequarter line of a rugby team.
8d One hoofs around — and carpet may be ruined (3,6)
TAP DANCER – Anagram (may be ruined) of AND CARPET.
14d One would get puffed after a violent struggle (5,4)
PEACE PIPE – Cryptic definition of something smoked in Western films when the cowboys and Indians stopped fighting.
16d Notice a lieutenant in muddy office of navy bigwig (9)
ADMIRALTY – Start with a short form of a commercial notice, then add a word for muddy with A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for lieutenant put inside it.
17d Iron glove in a form of punishment (8)
GAUNTLET – Double definition: an armoured glove; or something that miscreants were made to run through.
20d Gets cross in French city (6)
ANGERS – Double definition: gets (someone) cross; or a city which was the capital of Anjou.
22d Growth allows old-style educational institution to gain power (5)
POLYP – A shortened form of one of the tertiary education establishments which were turned into universities in the 1990s, followed by an abbreviation for Power.
24d Foreign food has upset us — deficient bit of beef (5)
SUSHI – Reverse (upset) US from the clue, then add a cut of stewing beef with its final letter removed (deficient).
The Quick Crossword pun SCREW + TINNY = SCRUTINY