Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28029
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Good morning from South Staffs, where it’s dry and breezy at the moment.
I raced through the top half of today’s Giovanni, but any thoughts of a record time were brought to a halt in the bottom half, where I took a while to get a foothold, and spent ages over 17d, my last one in. There’s something of a geographical theme, with four towns or cities and one county among the answers (plus another in the Quick Crossword pun).
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1a See alley cat skit around in state capital (4,4,4)
SALT LAKE CITY – Anagram (see … around) of ALLEY CAT SKIT, giving a US state capital.
9a Dodgy steeple held together by firm device pointing upward? (9)
TELESCOPE – Anagram (dodgy) of STEEPLE, wrapped around an abbreviation for a firm.
10a Passion of some woman I adore (5)
MANIA – Hidden (some) in the clue.
11a Lucy’s little case (6)
LOCKET – The little case here is also the surname of Lucy in the nursery rhyme who lost her pocket.
12a Censure is delivered in hurry after third-rate grade (8)
CHASTISE – IS (from the clue) placed inside a word for hurry, with a third-rate exam mark placed before the result.
13a Retrieve good article that’s been given external restriction (6)
REGAIN – Good and an indefinite article inside a restriction used on a horse.
15a What is faced by uphill walker, treading awkwardly (8)
GRADIENT – Anagram (awkwardly) of TREADING.
18a Row about to impede girl and wise man (8)
DISAGREE – We start with Giovanni’s favourite shortened form of a girl’s name, followed by a wise man. Then the Latin word for about or concerning is dropped into the result.
19a Idiot in school who betrays classmate? (6)
SNITCH – An abbreviation for school wrapped around an idiot or fool, giving another word for a sneak.
21a Our Upper House is not of course unrivalled (8)
PEERLESS – Since the Upper House is full of these, it is not —–.
23a A Head of University positioned in neat courtyard (6)
ATRIUM – A (from the clue) followed by a word for neat or tidy wrapped around the first letter of University.
26a Leftie, the Parisian about to become a church figure (5)
ELDER – Put together a word used to describe a Left-Wing political persuasion and a French definite article, then reverse the result.
27a One in a hand-to-mouth situation in which eventual outcome is uncertain (4-5)
NAIL-BITER – Two cryptic definitions: someone who puts his fingers in his mouth for a particular purpose; or, say, a sports match where there is a close and exciting finish, which may prompt the nervous behaviour exhibited by the first definition.
28a Scented aisle laid out in shop (12)
DELICATESSEN – Anagram (out) of SCENTED AISLE.
1d Colonial type with dog crossing lake (7)
SETTLER – A breed of dog, perhaps Irish, wrapped around an abbreviation for Lake.
2d Phone up around lunchtime maybe for something from the garden centre? (5)
LILAC – Reverse (up, in a Down clue) what you do when you contact someone by phone, then insert the letter which looks like the Roman numeral for what may be lunchtime.
3d Gun I found hidden in heather, being attentive (9)
LISTENING – Put together a type of submachine gun and I (from the clue), then wrap a word for heather around the result.
4d Be aware of refusal being broadcast (4)
KNOW – This sounds like (being broadcast) a word of refusal.
5d Church shut up in old Ireland or part of England (8)
CHESHIRE – An abbreviation for church followed by the Irish word for the island of Ireland with an instruction to be quiet put inside it.
6d What is symbolised in mathematics periods (5)
TIMES – This word for some temporal periods is also an arithmetical function which has a symbol commonly used.
7d Ray hitting something is such an event (8)
INCIDENT – Cryptic definition of an event, n this case one referring to a ray of light falling on a surface.
8d The old man needs shelter, that’s clear (6)
PATENT – Familiar term for ‘old man’ or father, followed by a canvas shelter.
14d Behave as faithful sweethearts, so get day fixed? (2,6)
GO STEADY – Anagram (fixed) of SO GET DAY.
16d Little daughter getting wobbly in town (9)
DUNSTABLE – Abbreviation for Daughter followed by wobbly or likely to fall over, giving us the name of a town in Bedfordshire near Luton.
17d European city to descend into bottomless abyss on island (8)
HELSINKI – Another word for ‘descend’ placed between the ultimate abyss with its final letter removed, and Island, giving us the venue for the 1952 Olympics.
18d Bird — big one seen in sky at night? (6)
DIPPER – Double definition: a bird that can swim underwater; or part of a constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.
20d Poet leading international organisation — a big hit (4,3)
HOME RUN – Split (5,2) we have an Ancient Greek poet and the initials of an international organisation. Split (4,3) we have a baseball term for a fair ball hit out of the ball park.
22d Generous contribution from popular gents (5)
LARGE – Hidden (contribution from) in the clue.
24d Foreign characters given one endless job, receiving nothing (5)
IOTAS – Put together the Roman numeral for one and a particular piece of work with its final letter removed, then insert the letter which looks like a zero, to get some Greek characters.
25d Mostly green, a foreign capital (4)
LIMA – Remove the final letter from a shade of green, then add a (from the clue) to get a South American capital city.
The Quick Crossword pun SIRENS + ESTHER = CIRENCESTER