Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27988
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Good morning from South Staffs on a slightly less gloomy morning than many we’ve had this month.
A gentle Giovanni this morning, with some seasonal flavour.
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1a Half of allies will be this, beyond everything (5,3)
AFTER ALL – A literal description of where you will find the second half of ‘allies’.
5a Eagerly desire to have a dreamy Oxford feature (6)
ASPIRE – A (from the clue) and one of several ecclesiastical features said to be dreaming in Oxford in a poem by Matthew Arnold.
9a Enclosed area in which one may see car dry out (9)
COURTYARD – Anagram (one may see) of CAR DRY OUT.
11a Male is having hesitation — not the most generous fellow! (5)
MISER – Put together Male, IS from the clue, and a hesitation.
12a Show remorse as initiators of ruthless enterprise, then shut up (6)
REPENT – The initial letters (initiators) of Ruthless Enterprise, followed by a word for shut up or imprisoned,
13a Gentle pieces of poetry enthralling artist — they are sweet (8)
PRALINES – The musical symbol for gentle or soft, and some bits of verse, placed either side of the usual artist.
15a Smart heretics ruined a feature of the festive season (9,4)
CHRISTMAS TREE – Anagram (ruined) of SMART HERETICS.
18a Lose enthusiasm, as one deprived of heat and water could (3,3,2,5)
RUN OUT OF STEAM – … especially if it was an old railway locomotive.
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22a Delightful cleaner of a bygone time in China (8)
CHARMING – A cleaning person followed by a Chinese dynasty which ran from 1368 to 1644, and is noted for its porcelain.
23a Come down in flames (6)
ALIGHT –Double definition, the first describing a plane landing or someone getting off a bus.
26a Stranger story embedded within article (5)
ALIEN – An (untrue) story with an indefinite article wrapped around it.
27a Protest about naughty form of government (9)
DEMOCRACY – Put together a political protest, a Latin abbreviation for about or approximately, and a word for naughty or suggestive. The result is a form of government that, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, is the worst form except for all the others that have been tried.
28a Having a floor covering that is rough (6)
RUGGED – Double definition, the first being a description of a floor covered with a small carpet or mat.
29a Picture of foreign river — river with distinguishing feature (8)
PORTRAIT – An Italian river followed by an abbreviation for River and a distinguishing feature or characteristic.
1d In truth Bill has a position as a minister (8)
ACCURACY – An abbreviation for a bill or account, followed by the office held by an assistant minister in a parish.
2d The last noise maybe in a club? (5)
TRUMP – The sound which may be heard at the end of the world, or something which for a bridge or whist player may be a club, or a diamond, heart or spade.
3d TV bosses show an interest in these sailors (7)
RATINGS – Double definition: the measure of viewer popularity used by TV companies; or some naval junior sailors.
4d King to gain knowledge when knight has fled (4)
LEAR – Remove the chess symbol for a knight from ‘to gain knowledge’ to get this Shakespearean king.
6d More unsuspecting learner taken in by silly smile (7)
SIMPLER – The abbreviation indicating a learner driver placed inside a silly or affected smile.
7d In wickedness prophet is said to be hypocritical (9)
INSINCERE – Put together IN (from the clue), wickedness or evil, and a homophone (is said) of a word for someone who foretells the future.
8d Say engineers will be needed on ship to provide exit (6)
EGRESS – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’, the initials of a regiment of engineers, and the usual crossword steamship.
10d I repeatedly snored dreadfully — a laughing stock (8)
DERISION Anagram (dreadfully) of I, I, (repeatedly) and SNORED.
14d I am some sort of dog, little fellow to be opposed (8)
IMPUGNED – Put together the shortened form of ‘I am’, a small dog, and one of the shortened forms of Edward.
16d Wounded grenadier is studying again (9)
REREADING – Anagram (wounded) of GRENADIER.
17d It presents a purple colour — as may the drunk on street (8)
AMETHYST Anagram (drunk) of MAY THE followed by (on, in a Down clue) an abbreviation for street.
19d Candidate has no source of wealth before start of election (7)
NOMINEE – Put together NO (from the clue), a source of (mineral ) wealth, and the first letter of Election.
20d Court is thus within the law (7)
SOLICIT – Another word for ‘thus’ followed by a term meaning legal or within the law.
21d City den supplying cake (6)
ÉCLAIR – The postal district of the City of London followed by a wild animal’s den, producing a cake described in Chambers as long in shape but short in duration.
24d A horse topples over traversing hard country (5)
GHANA –Start with ‘ a horse’, reverse it then wrap it around Hard, and you get an African country.
25d A war medal, something circular that is given to a soldier (4)
AMMO – Put together A (from the clue0, a gallantry medal awarded to soldiers who are not officers, and a circular letter, to get something which is distributed to soldiers in combat.
I expect to be here to do the online-only crossword on Christmas Day. To those who do their crosswords in the paper, a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.
The Quick Crossword pun SANDER + CLAUSE = SANTA CLAUS