Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27952
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a dull and dingy November day.
Not too much to frighten the horses this morning and beautifully clued as usual byGiovanni, so ** for difficulty for me.
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1a It sounds like awareness signified motivation (10)
INCITEMENT – Two homophones (sounds like), the first of a word for awareness or perception, the second of a word for signified or intended.
6a Support something put on stage (4)
PROP – Double definition, the second being a piece of kit used in the course of a stage performance.
9a Maybe watch and relax, lying back (5)
TIMER – Reverse (lying back) a word for relax or ease a restriction, to get something of which a watch is an example.
10a Domineers, being out to introduce new ideas (9)
MODERNISE – Anagram (being out) of DOMINEERS.
12a Father William maybe as personification of law enforcement (3,4)
OLD BILL – The age attributed to Father William in every verse of the poem, followed by a familiar form of his name.
13a Irish money once used in bets (5)
PUNTS – Double definition, the first being the currency used in the Irish Republic before it joined the Eurozone.
15a Tenant, one bound to become investor (7)
RENTIER– The Roman numeral for one inserted (bound) into another word for a tenant.
17a Sitting among possessions (7)
SESSION – Hidden in the clue.
19a Delay when American gets locked in shed (7)
SUSPEND – An abbreviation for American inside a word for shed (resources).
21a Soldiers taking exceptional care — someone posing a threat (7)
MENACER – An officer’s followers followed by an anagram (exceptional) of CARE.
22a Grub when son’s got in bed (5)
ROOST – Son inside a verb meaning to grub in the ground.
24a Marks — no marks of approval when a letter is misprinted! (7)
NOTICES – Start with a phrase (2,5) meaning no marks of approval in your exercise book, and change one letter.
27a Retreating youngster can always become an adventurer (9)
BUCCANEER – Start with a young fox or Boy Scout, reverse it (retreating), than add CAN (from the clue) and a poetic word for always.
28a Animal Buddhist monk found by lake (5)
LLAMA – Lake, followed by a Tibetan monk.
29a Old worker engaged by wiser folk (4)
SERF – Hidden in the clue.
30a A creator? I’d set out to be different! (10)
ERADICATOR – An all-in-one clue. Anagram (set out to be different) of A CREATOR I’D, giving someone who’s the opposite of a creator.
1d A bit of a character in Greece (4)
IOTA – The smallest letter of the Greek alphabet, which has come to mean a small amount.
2d Firm gets million quid making chemicals (9)
COMPOUNDS – Put together an abbreviation for a firm or company, an abbreviation for Million, and what quid are.
3d Bound, around end of supper, to be ready for bed? (5)
TIRED – Put the last letter of suppeR inside a word for bound.
4d Without hesitation, miser surprisingly becomes more homely (7)
MUMSIER – Anagram (surprisingly) of MISER wrapped around an interjection showing hesitation or uncertainty.
5d Heads offering some children odd lessons (7)
NODDLES – Hidden in the clue.
7d Predominance needs control — little good in it (5)
REIGN – Control – a horse, perhaps – wrapped around Good.
8d Following appeals, there’s a new attempt to bring jocularity (10)
PLEASANTRY – Put together some appeals, A (from the clue), New, and an attempt.
11d Enlists awkward person, the first person to be nabbed (5,2)
ROPES IN – Anagram (awkward) of PERSON with the first person pronoun inserted.
14d Outlaws supporting teachers of traditional law (10)
PROSCRIBES – A word for supporting (the opposite of anti), followed by the teachers of traditional law often linked in the New Testament with the Pharisees.
16d Inclination to inactivity during time — time I kept in (7)
INERTIA – A shorter way of saying ‘during’, followed by a historical time period with Time and I inserted into it.
18d Awfully nice saint — saint losing heart or keeping going? (9)
INCESSANT – Start with an anagram (awfully) of NICE, add an abbreviation for Saint, then finish with another saint, this time with its middle letter removed (losing heart).
20d Cavorting man torn asunder (7)
DANSEUR – Anagram (torn) of ASUNDER.
21d Grew up and got married outside biblical city (7)
MATURED – A word for ‘married’ or ‘formed a couple’, wrapped around the ancient city which was the starting point for Abraham’s wanderings.
23d Be found as old dog going round about (5)
OCCUR – Old and another word for dog, placed either side of the Latin abbreviation for about or approximately.
25d Feature of mountain with ice, no end a pain (5)
COLIC – A high mountain pass followed by IC(e) (no end).
26d Hard look that may spread over man’s face (4)
HAIR – Hard followed by a look or manner.
The Quick Crossword pun CLASS + SICKLE = CLASSICAL