Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27958
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a wet and blustery morning.
I didn’t find today’s Giovanni too difficult, though the parsing of 7d took a little while, and pushed me into ** time. There are one or two slightly unusual clue constructions.
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1a Dirty game with one vehicle leading another is a seaside attraction (9,5)
BLACKPOOL TOWER – Put together the sort of dirty you get from playing with coal, a game played on a special table, and a word describing a vehicle which is pulling another along.
10a Elegance of ten saints in new guise (9)
NATTINESS – Anagram (in new guise) of TEN SAINTS.
11a Desires to move briskly ahead, first to last (5)
URGES – A synonym of ‘move briskly ahead’ with the first letter moved to the end.
12a Agent with hat is a treacherous person (7)
REPTILE – A commercial agent followed by some old slang for a hat.
13a Old money for a man who got to hide (6)
TANNER – This informal term for a piece of pre-decimal coinage is also the chap who turns animal hide into leather.
15a Think to entertain, bringing out article (4)
MUSE – Remove an indefinite article from a word meaning to entertain.
17a Visionary cities laid out (10)
IDEALISTIC – Anagram (out) of CITIES LAID.
18a Mother meeting request, got up in something pink and fragrant (6,4)
DAMASK ROSE – Put together a racehorse’s mother, a verb meaning request, and a synonym of ‘got up’.
20a Yield from what gardener puts down being reported (4)
CEDE – This sounds like (being reported) what a gardener puts into the ground in the hope of getting a crop.
22a Capital city getting hit — what river floods it? (6)
TEHRAN – An interjection like ‘What?’ and an abbreviation for River, all placed inside a word for hit or beat, getting a Middle Eastern capital.
23a A moggy set about eating very good old starchy food (7)
TAPIOCA – Reverse (set about) another way of saying ‘a moggy’, and wrap the result round ‘very good’ or ‘sanctimonious’ and Old.
26a Medicine is key (5)
TONIC – Double definition: a pick-me-up; or the first note in a scale.
27a Odious administrator with competence to restrict worker ultimately (9)
EXECRABLE – An abbreviation for a middle-ranking or senior administrator and a word for ‘with competence’, placed either side of the last letter (ultimately) of workeR.
28a This addict — he, we suspect, lives very dangerously (5,4,5)
DICES WITH DEATH – Anagram (suspect) of THIS ADDICT HE WE.
2d Accommodation costing more? Respite wanted (3-2)
LET-UP – The definition is a release of pressure or a slackening of an assault, but it could also be a way of saying that rent had been increased.
3d Upset Catholic is repeatedly creating emergency (6)
CRISIS – Reverse (upset) the letters denoting a member of Pope Francis’ flock, then add IS (from the clue) twice (repeatedly).
4d Insincere folk sore when grabbed by newspaper folk endlessly (10)
PRETENDERS – A word for sore or painful inside a truncated form of the general word for newspaper folk.
5d River to flow gently, as one might say (4)
OUSE – This could be one of several English rivers, and it sounds as though it is full of mud and doesn’t go very fast.
6d Start of the warm weather and friend abroad is in natural disaster (7)
TSUNAMI – Put together the first letter (start) of The, what you see in warm weather, and a French friend.
7d Small vehicle engineer has travelled in last to arrive (9)
WAGONETTE – Put a word meaning ‘travelled’ or ‘departed’ inside the surname of one of the pioneers of steam power, then add the last letter of arrivE.
8d Delaware always has this zone of limited access (10,4)
RESTRICTED AREA – The second half of the clue is a straightforward definition. In the first half, ‘this’ could be replaced by the answer, pointing out the fact that the second word of the answer is hidden in DelawARE Always.
9d A nude permitted to roam without prior consideration (14)
UNPREMEDITATED – Anagram (to roam) of A NUDE PERMITTED.
14d Fleet deployed with haste — such must come out at night (5,5)
FALSE TEETH – Anagram (deployed) of FLEET and HASTE.
16d Like some music? My, Chopin’s fantastic! (9)
SYMPHONIC – Anagram (fantastic) of MY CHOPIN’S.
19d Positions of saints placed on the outside of brown church (7)
STANCES – A word for brown (in the sun) and an abbreviation for the Established Church, with an abbreviation for Saint placed first and last.
21d Plant in soil initially clean (6)
SPURGE – the first letter of Soil, followed by a thorough cleansing.
24d Soldiers on a little path that goes round (5)
ORBIT – The usual soldiers who are not officers followed by ‘a little’.
25d One sort of queen or another entertained by character in Athens (4)
PERI – The Fairy Queen in Iolanthe is one of these; put the letters denoting our own Queen inside a Greek letter.
The Quick Crossword pun LASSIE + CHEWED = LASSITUDE