Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27982
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Good morning from South Staffs. The gremlins seem to have got into Telegraph Towers this morning: There’s a misprint in 26d in the paper (it’s now been corrected on the website), and on the website (but not in the paper) we seemeed to have jumped forward in time to the autumn of 2019, since the puzzle was shown this morning as DT 29290 (now corrected).
I’m not sure what to make of today’s Giovanni. It took me into *** time, but I’ve been laid up all week with cold/flu symptoms, and what with the coughing and spluttering and generally feeling poorly, the little grey cells may not have been working at their normal rate. That’s also why I haven’t done any pictures or music – sorry.
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1a Do something magical that changes all aspects (4,1,5)
CAST A SPELL – Anagram (that changes) of ALL ASPECTS.
6a Track used by top athletes (4)
PATH – Hidden in the clue.
9a Twin reveals birds by river (5)
REMUS – One of the twins who were, according to legend, brought up by a she-wolf and went on to found Rome. River followed by some flightless birds.
10a Tying up again with string or tape? (9)
RECORDING – Double definition, the second being a tape that might have been made on a cassette machine.
12a Conservative diplomacy in meeting (7)
CONTACT – Abbreviation for CONservative followed an ability to treat people diplomatically.
13a City feels great pity when bishop goes (5)
LEEDS – A city in the North of England. ‘Feels great pity’, as in ‘My heart —– for you’, with the chess notation for a bishop removed.
15a Little relative somewhere in church being ill again? (7)
RELAPSE – Abbreviation for RELative followed by a part of a church building.
17a Item of furniture for one who has just got up? (7)
DRESSER – An item of furniture, often Welsh, is also a description of someone putting their clothes on after getting up.
19a Sun about to go? Here’s the wind and rain (7)
MONSOON – ‘Sun’ here is an abbreviated day of the week. If Sun is about to go it will be …(3,4).
21a Expensive article in Paris — riders raced to get to one (7)
STEEPLE – Another word for expensive followed by a French definite article. The reference here is to a horse race where the riders went across country to a prominent landmark – still used today for a horse race over fences.
22a Short drink — then there’s a turbulent episode (5)
DRAMA – A tot of spirits, especially in Scotland, followed by A (from the clue).
24a Vessel discharged mates to meet the Queen (7)
STEAMER – Anagram (discharged) of MATES followed by the regnal cypher of our Queen.
27a Boss as individual with less feeling (6,3)
NUMBER ONE – This describes a boss’s position in the hierarchy. The same words, but pronounced with a silent B could be someone with less feeling – perhaps because he’s been anaesthetised.
28a Angry word of disapproval delivered to railway (5)
FIERY – An old-fashioned word of disapproval followed by an abbreviation for railway.
29a Agreements to exclude piano performances (4)
ACTS – Remove the initial P from some treaty agreements.
30a Old nana set to suffer without extra support (5-5)
STAND-ALONE – Anagram (to suffer) of OLD NANA SET.
1d Stop up in Irish city (4)
CORK – Double definition: put the stopper in; or a city in the South of the Irish Republic.
2d Mark half of internal passage? (9)
SEMICOLON – One of these; or possibly a description of half of the final part of the digestive tract.
3d Minister losing head in criminal act (5)
ARSON – Remove the initial P from a minister of religion.
4d Left time to make payment for carrying goods (7)
PORTAGE – The nautical term for ‘left’ followed by a period of time.
5d See bounder having a grip on the heartless set (7)
LOCATED – Start with a word for ‘See!’, then add a bounder wrapped around T(h)E (‘the’ heartless).
7d Insects sat on by a girl (5)
ALICE – A (from the clue) followed by (‘sat on’ in a Down clue) some insects which may be found in hair, for example, giving a girl’s name.
8d Shopping thoroughfare? You could get tights here (4,6)
HIGH STREET – Anagram (could get) of TIGHTS HERE.
11d Free from obligation and religion, not half, naughty woman! (7)
RELIEVE – The first half of RELIgion followed by the Old Testament woman who gave in to temptation in the Garden of Eden.
14d First lady to make a song and dance? (5,5)
PRIMA DONNA – An Italian phrase meaning ‘first lady’, used to describe the female lead in an opera and, figuratively, to describe someone who makes a great fuss about something.
16d Gas for energy brought across hollow in the ground (7)
PROPANE – The Latin word for ‘for’ and Energy, placed either side of a shallow depression in the ground.
18d Really great guy working in our sphere (9)
SUPERHERO – Anagram (working) of OUR SPHERE.
20d It could be a clue for ones to detect (4,3)
NOSE OUT – A reverse anagram. If you wanted to construct a clue where the answer was ‘ones’ and the clue was an anagram, you might end up with this, where the first word is the anagram fodder and the second indicates the anagram.
21d Observed absorbing short NT book in drinking den (7)
SHEBEEN – A past participle meaning ‘observed’ wrapped around an abbreviation for one of the Epistles in the New Testament.
23d Notice US university offering welcome? (5)
ADMIT – A short commercial notice followed by an American university commonly known by its three-letter acronym.
25d End being upset when a female joins in criminal gang (5)
MAFIA – Reverse (upset) an end or ambition, then insert A (from the clue) and Female.
26d Some frothy persuasiveness put into this? (4)
HYPE – Hidden in the clue. The final word of the clue should be ‘this’, but the paper has ‘his’.
The Quick Crossword pun SIRE + ACCUSE = SYRACUSE