Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28011
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning. Let’s hope that the work BD and Tim from Evohosting put in yesterday keeps the site up and running today.
A good mixture of clues from Giovanni today, with some very easy and others which caused me some head-scratching. Parsing the last couple of clues took me into *** time.
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1a Face Thomas outside hospital, a shadowy figure (7)
PHANTOM – Put together a slang word for the face (according to the BRB – I’ve never heard it used) and a shortened form of Thomas, then wrap the result around the road sign abbreviation for a Hospital.
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5a Boy knocked over told fibs and dawdled (7)
DALLIED – Reverse (knocked over) another word for boy, then add ‘told fibs’.
9a Celebrity one’s brought in as music-maker (5)
SITAR – An Indian musical instrument. Put the Roman numeral for one inside a celebrity.
10a Criminals? They get signals coming in (9)
RECEIVERS – Double definition, the first being criminals who handle stolen property.
11a Look — Henry is circling planet! A high-flyer in both senses! (3,7)
AIR MARSHAL – A look or manner and a diminutive form of Henry, placed wither side of one of the planets, to produce a high-ranking officer in the RAF.
12a Excuse of little creature quiet rather than loud (4)
PLEA – Remove the musical symbol for loud from a small insect, and replace it with the musical symbol for quiet.
14a How one might categorise fighter that’s knocked out mate with bang (12)
BANTAMWEIGHT – Anagram (knocked out) of MATE WITH BANG.
18a Trusted assistant not inclined to be sinister (5-4,3)
RIGHT-HAND MAN – This person is presumably not sinister, as in not left-handed.
21a Maybe watch heartless row (4)
TIER – Remove the middle letter from a word describing the function of a watch or clock.
22a When ill, eat no plain chocolate (10)
NEAPOLITAN – Anagram (when ill) of EAT NO PLAIN.
25a One day of the week, when to look to eat cold stew (9)
FRICASSEE – Put together a day of the week, another word for ‘when’, and another verb for ‘look’, then insert Cold.
26a Brownish ape is on the move (5)
SEPIA – Anagram (on the move) of APE IS.
27a At the end of day Edward rested (7)
LIGHTED – The feature which distinguishes day from night, with a short form of Edward placed at the end of it.
28a Have a feeling one may be spotted in sort of parade (7)
SUSPECT – This could also be someone placed on an identity parade.
1d Easter’s hour off for French philosopher (6)
PASCAL – Remove the Hour from an adjective meaning ‘Easter’s’ to get Blaise, the 17th-century philosopher who said
“Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.”
2d Plant with minimal nitrogen gets behind (6)
ASTERN – A flowering plant followed by the chemical symbol for nitrogen, giving a nautical term for behind.
3d Brawlers using language about a good worker (10)
TERMAGANTS – Put together A (from the clue), Good, and a worker insect, then wrap a word for language (especially technical language) around the result.
4d Symbols offered by man with manifesto in speech (5)
MARKS – These symbols sound like (in speech) the chap who produced the Communist manifesto. This one took me quite a while, because, given where I live, I got stuck on Peel and the Tamworth manifesto.
5d After month was first to admit intention and gave a talk (9)
DECLAIMED –Wrap a word for ‘was first’ (in a race) around an intention or goal, and add a shortened month of the year to the front.
6d Set left needing succour (4)
LAID – Put together Left and a word for succour or assistance.
7d Somehow you go idle abandoning university beliefs (8)
IDEOLOGY – Anagram (somehow) of YO(u) GO IDLE, leaving out the University.
8d Dislike endless calamity — trembling’s beginning inside (8)
DISTASTE – Remove the final letter from a calamity or catastrophe, and put the first letter of Trembling inside it.
13d Funny dames still award-winners (10)
MEDALLISTS – Anagram (funny) of DAMES STILL.
15d To entertain party-goers old rocker went across (9)
TRAVERSED – People who attended the sort of, possibly illegal, musical events which got the politicians so worked up in the 1990s, placed inside a 1950s rocker.
16d Beholden to have mixture of gruel and fat (8)
GRATEFUL – Anagram (mixture of) GRUEL and FAT.
17d Corresponding, wasting little time offering a welcome (8)
AGREEING – A (from the clue) and a welcome with the abbreviation for Time removed.
19d Main element in piece of wire (6)
STAPLE – Double definition: the main part of someone’s diet; or a piece of bent wire used to hold papers together .
20d Actually at home, female needs to do something (2,4)
IN FACT – Put together a word for ‘at home’, Female, and to do something.
23d Word to identify journalist in crowd (5)
PRESS – Double definition, the first being the label traditionally worn by an accredited journalist at an event.
24d A thousand paintings maybe in business area (4)
MART – The Roman numeral for a thousand followed by something of which painting is an example.
The Quick Crossword pun MISSED + RUSTING = MISTRUSTING