Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27946
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Good morning from a somewhat damp Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire where we’re doing a bit of grandparenting.
Giovanni was in benign mood today, and I rattled through in * time.
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1a Life scientist has come with his bit prepared (10)
BIOCHEMIST – Anagram (prepared) of COME and HIS BIT.
6a Fellow‘s skin problem (4)
CHAP – Double definition, the second being an effect of exposing the skin to harsh conditions.
10a Male, deceased, recalled as good conductor (5)
METAL – Male, followed by the reversal (recalled) of a word meaning deceased.
11a Smuggler could be odd fish (3-6)
RUM RUNNER – Another way of saying odd, followed by a schooling, predatory fish. First time I’ve come across this fish.
12a Manage to show love with poetry and love’s ending (7)
OVERSEE – Put together the letter that looks like a love score at tennis, another word for poetry, and the last letter (ending) of lovE.
13a Conceal son alongside mum (7)
SMOTHER – An abbreviation for Son followed by the full word for mum.
14a Rebel, no leader concerned with gradual change (12)
EVOLUTIONARY – Remove the initial R (no leader) from a type of rebel.
18a Imprisoned in vehicle long time, unruly adolescent catches cold (12)
INCARCERATED – Put together IN from the clue), a vehicle, a long time, and an unruly adolescent from the Fifties, then insert Cold.
21a Epistle-writer’s superior communication seen by the old man (7)
PAULINE – The apostrophe tells you that this is an adjective describing a (New Testament) epistle-writer. Start with someone often referred to as ‘the old man’, then add the letter indicating superior or upper-class, and finish with a short communication.
23a The state of Jones at home with woman (7)
INDIANA – This American state is the first name of Dr Jones in a series of films. A two-letter term for ‘at home’ followed by a woman’s name.
24a Plain green site being redeveloped (9)
SERENGETI – Anagram (being redeveloped) of GREEN SITE, giving a favourite place for wildlife documentaries.
25a Use a brush, article dipped into an amount of liquid (5)
PAINT – Put an indefinite article inside a quantity of liquid, usually a measure of beer or milk.
26a Woman in station hugging daughter (4)
LADY – Daughter inside a verb for station or place.
27a Supporters chant and son is going wild (10)
STANCHIONS – Anagram (going wild) of CHANT and SON IS.
1d Cute deer one’s lost track of circles in the grass (6)
BAMBOO – Remove the final I (one’s lost track of) from a cute Disney deer, and add two circular letters.
2d Unfashionable group making a start (6)
OUTSET – Put together ‘unfashionable’ and ‘group’.
3d Old coins showing William and Mary? (4-10)
HALF-SOVEREIGNS – Cryptic definition: William and Mary ruled jointly, so could be seen as not whole monarchs.
4d Spoil view outside poor French city (9)
MARSEILLE – Start with a word for spoil, then wrap a verb meaning ‘view’ around another word for poor.
5d Houses responsible for some noxious emissions (5)
SEMIS – Hidden in the clue.
7d Sidekick of tennis player outside church (8)
HENCHMAN – An English tennis player (the great British hope until Andy Murray came along) wrapped around an abbreviation for church.
8d Describes harbour with fish (8)
PORTRAYS – A harbour followed by some flat fish.
9d In need of being buoyed up, unable to cope (3,2,4,5)
OUT OF ONE’S DEPTH – Liable to sink if not buoyed up, because the water is too deep to stand up in.
15d Historical practice makes silly idiot rant (9)
TRADITION – Anagram (silly) of IDIOT RANT.
16d Arrangement that could make loss paid off (8)
DISPOSAL – Anagram (could make, and off) of LOSS PAID.
17d Got free, almost looking embarrassed (8)
ACQUIRED – A word meaning free from a criminal charge, with its last letter removed (almost), followed by the colour you may go if embarrassed.
19d Firm includes a wicked thing, opportunity for gambling (6)
CASINO – An abbreviation for a firm or company wrapped around A (from the clue) and a wicked thing.
20d One insect or another is sat upon by maiden (6)
MANTIS – The abbreviation for a Maiden over in a cricket scorecard, followed by an insect and IS (from the clue).
22d Choose to miss bits at either end of the lecture (5)
ELECT – Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun PARR + TICKLER = PARTICULAR