Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28017
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Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, rainy morning.
A few bits of General Knowledge needed today, and one or two slightly unusual words, but otherwise I found Giovanni’s puzzle reasonably straightforward.
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1a Treat with contempt a pre-exam test (4)
MOCK – Double definition, the second being a dummy run of an important examination.
3a Initially going head first, changing to become shrewd (3-7)
FAR-SIGHTED – Anagram (changing) of G(oing) HEAD FIRST.
9a Phoned and spoke (4)
RUNG – Double definition, the second being a spoke or rail in a piece of furniture or a ladder.
10a Attendant making little display of anger crossing street (10)
MINISTRANT – A prefix signifying ‘little’ and an angry outburst placed either side of the abbreviation for STreet.
11a Become strange, always offering greeting (4,3)
GOOD DAY – If you split this (2,3,2) you get three words meaning become, strange and always.
13a Italian in pain having a rest? (7)
SITTING – An abbreviation for ITalian inside the sort of pain you get from a nettle or a wasp.
14a Hostile little bugs in destructive action? A farmer grew unhappy (4,7)
GERM WARFARE – Anagram (unhappy) of A FARMER GREW.
18a Disposition to show rage — be regretful losing head (11)
TEMPERAMENT – A word for rage followed by ‘be regretful’ or ‘bewail’ with its first letter removed.
21a Description of a Charlie in inferior part (4-3)
TAIL-END – This Charlie was the rear gunner of a bomber in WW2 RAF slang.
22a Nut to satisfy the boy at 23, by the sound of it (7)
FILBERT – This is a homophone (by the sound of it) of a word for ‘satisfy’ and a boy’s name which also appears in 23a.
23a Dissolute types given punishment at school, one boy included (10)
LIBERTINES – The Roman numeral for one and a boy’s name are inserted into a school punishment consisting of writing out a sentence a set number of times or, in the Greyfriars School stories I read as a boy, of writing out chunks of the Aeneid.
24a Leave with quiet expression of surprise (4)
GOSH – Another word for leave or depart, followed by an instruction to be quiet.
25a Fool around, trying to be like Billy? (3,3,4)
ACT THE GOAT – … or like Nanny if you’re female?
26a Foreign money haphazard — order lost (4)
RAND – Remove the initials of an honour awarded by the Queen to individuals of great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science from a word for haphazard or chance.
1d Bankrupt’s ultimate joke, involved in extra money being borrowed (8)
MORTGAGE – The last letter of bankrupT and a joke told by a comedian, with a word for ‘extra’ wrapped around them.
2d Study French city features on map (8)
CONTOURS – To study or read over, followed by a city on the Loire.
4d Cordial disposition — it is evident in Jo’s sister (5)
AMITY – One of the Little Women wrapped around IT (from the clue).
5d What nave of church has, being well-kept (9)
SHIPSHAPE – This one is easy if you know the Latin word from which ‘nave’ is derived – one possible origin being that the roof timbers of the nave of a church may resemble an upturned boat. The expression meaning ‘well-kept’ is completed by ‘and Bristol fashion’.
6d Fail to prepare for game at Eton? (2,2,3,4)
GO TO THE WALL – This expression for a business failure could also describe what the players do to begin a game played only at Eton.
7d Disastrous time with student event undermined by one head of college (6)
TRAGIC – Put together Time, a student carnival, the Roman numeral for one, and the first letter of College.
8d Senility of Venice’s bigwig entertaining volunteers (6)
DOTAGE – The chief magistrate of the Venetian Republic from 697 to 1797, wrapped around the initials which used to designate what is now called the Army Reserve.
12d Having both feet on the ground — as, say, after parachute jump? (4-2-5)
DOWN-TO-EARTH – A figurative expression which literally describes the position of someone who has completed a parachute jump.
15d Putting right a part of the Army that’s withering? (9)
REMEDYING – The initials of one of the engineer regiments of the Army followed by what’s happening to a plant which is withering.
16d Leo has this place with wild animal getting horrible disease (8)
DENEBOLA – The answer is a star also known as Beta Leonis. A place where a wild animal may live, followed by a viral disease which has recently killed a lot of people in Africa.
17d Good person felt irritation as one post-operation? (8)
STITCHED – An abbreviation for a recognised holy person followed by ‘felt irritation’ (the sort which is cured by scratching).
19d Woman given command in Salvation Army (6)
STELLA – A verb for ‘command’ inside the initials of the Salvation Army, giving us a woman’s name.
20d Projecting beam or stake buried under rocky territory (6)
GIBBET – The rocky bit of the Iberian peninsula which the UK holds, followed by a gambler’s stake.
22d Goddess elevated in prayer festival (5)
FREYA – A Norse goddess is hidden in reverse (elevated, in a Down clue) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun HOLED + FOURTH = HOLD FORTH