Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27976
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on what for the moment is a bright, sunny day. I’ve just realised that this is my 150th blog – the first was 3 years ago, on 4 December 2012.
We have a pangram from Giovanni today, with some easy clues and others which needed teasing out, so *** difficulty for me. There’s a certain churchy feel to the clues, wich won’t please everybody.
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1a Yellowish-brown saint placed at the back of church rooms (8)
CHAMBERS – Put together an abbreviation for CHurch, a yellowish-brown colour often seen between green and red, and an abbreviation for Saint.
5a Demanding activity for HMRC (6)
TAXING – Double definition – though strictly the second part refers to an activity of Parliament, and HMRC carries out the process.
9a A fish heading back around little island (8)
DOMINICA – A (from the clue) and a fish popular with chips, all reversed around an informal word for little.
10a Spot politician in tall building (6)
PIMPLE – The usual politician placed inside a tall or rambling old building.
12a Songs for which prominent violinist provides the sound (6)
LIEDER – These German songs are a homophone of the senior violinist in an orchestra.
13a Man at the head of order (8)
BENEDICT – Cryptic definition of the man who founded a monastic order, and whose Rule is followed by many other monastic orders, or a man’s name made up of a short form of his name and an order.
15a Deer can’t jump without tail sadly (7)
MUNTJAC – anagram (sadly) of CAN’T JUM(p) with the final P removed (without tail).
16a Vessel with French wine passed around table finally (4)
VEIN – This is a blood vessel. The French word for wine wrapped around the final letter of tablE
20a Bill and Henry completely gutted, feeling pain (4)
ACHY – An abbreviation for a bill or account followed by H(enr)Y (completely gutted = having the inside removed).
21a Country needs someone clever with a grasp of modern technology (7)
BRITAIN – A common abbreviation for modern technology placed inside a term which may be applied to someone clever.
25a Is queen in parliament showing anxiety? (8)
DISQUIET – IS (from the clue and an abbreviation for QUeen inside a Parliament or assembly.
26a One offering cryptic clues to sift (6)
RIDDLE – Double definition, the second being something used to sift out stones from garden soil, for example.
28a Eve, terribly embarrassed, turned away (6)
VEERED – Anagram (terribly) of EVE followed by the colour of someone embarrassed.
29a Sins executed with zeal — different from this one? (8)
LAZINESS – Anagram (executed with) of SINS and ZEAL. The answer is a sin which is not executed with zeal.
30a Carol harbours a yen for making a statement (6)
SAYING – A verb for ‘carol’ wrapped around A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Yen.
31a Miss goes quickly around, severe no end (8)
SPINSTER – Reverse (around) a word for ‘goes quickly’, then add a word for severe with its final N removed.
1d Old king accommodating theologian and cook (6)
CODDLE – The letters after the name of a theologian are placed inside the old king who was merry old soul in the nursery rhyme.
2d Stars entertaining thousand groups of soldiers (6)
ARMIES – The Roman numeral for thousand inside a sign of the Zodiac.
3d They cover hair and will get in the way of lovers (8)
BANDEAUX – AND (from the clue) is placed inside (will get in the way of) some lovers or boyfriends.
4d Cut of meat in a sort of bar (4)
RACK – Double definition: the first involves ribs; the second is a toothed bar often seen with a pinion.
6d Chemicals containing arsenic dumped outside tunnel (6)
AMINES – The chemical symbol for arsenic wrapped around ‘to tunnel’, producing some organic chemicals.
7d Diminished politician’s explanation for abstaining (8)
IMPAIRED – Split this (1’1, 6) and you get a reference to the Parliamentary practice of agrreing not to vote if someone on the other side also agrees not to vote.
8d What star visitor is doing in gig — tunes newly arranged (8)
GUESTING – Anagram (newly arranged) of GIG TUNES.
11d In reality, disorderly two-faced wife will be sent packing! (2,5)
DE FACTO – Anagram (disorderly) of T(w)O-FACED with the W removed (wife sent packing).
14d First item on menu? It could be horse! (7)
STARTER – This is the first part of multi-course meal, but could also be a horse lined up to take part in a race.
17d Beat up rich man in island republic (8)
MALDIVES – Reverse (up, in a Down clue) a word for beat or hit, and add the Latin word for rich commonly applied to the rich man from the Biblical parable involving Lazarus.
18d Unshaven king drowning in Irish drink (8)
WHISKERY – The Latin abbreviation for king inside the Irish spelling of some strong drink.
19d Mathematical process in class (8)
DIVISION – Double definition: one of the basic arithmetical operations; or a separation into sections of, for example, a football league.
22d Go with internal energy doubled, as one full of soup? (6)
TUREEN – A go, as in ‘It’s my go’, with two lots of Energy inserted.
23d Notice opening time for Christmas shopping? (6)
ADVENT – A short form of a commercial notice, and an opening, giving the liturgical season which runs up to Christmas.
24d Something with burning contents official examiner reported (6)
CENSER – This sounds like an official who, for example, vets the content of mail during wartime, but is a container for burning aromatic substances, typically in church.
27d Theatrical place enjoyed by holidaymakers? (4)
CAMP – Double definition: an adjective describing a highly theatrical person; or perhaps one of Sir Billy Butlin’s establishments.
The Quick Crossword pun SIGH + ATTICA = SCIATICA