Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28035
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a chilly, grey day.
All the usual Giovanni trademarks today, but nothing too difficult, so I finished only just into my ** time.
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5a Verbal communication — losing time, I had to be sluggish (7)
LANGUID – Start with a general word for a system of verbal communication, remove a word for a period of time from the end of it, and replace with the shortened form of ‘I had’.
7a Number hiding initially in part of the forest? (5)
THREE – The first letter of Hiding is inserted into one of the components of a forest.
9a Powerful tenor pouring out heart completely in hymn? (6)
STRONG – Remove the inside letters from T(eno)R, and insert the result into something of which a hymn is an example.
10a Worker taken in by bizarre creed forswore beliefs (8)
RECANTED – Anagram (bizarre) of CREED wrapped around one of the usual workers.
11a Instrument finds a sort of fault with fish (6,4)
DOUBLE BASS – The sort of fault that loses you a point at tennis, followed by a variety of fish.
13a Piece of neckwear finally obscured blemish (4)
SCAR – Remove the final letter from something worn round the neck to keep you warm in winter.
14a Golf — brutal boy ruined game (5,8)
RUGBY FOOTBALL – Anagram (ruined) of GOLF BRUTAL BOY.
16a Rod said to be a wicked brother (4)
CAIN – The brother who murdered Abel is a homophone (said to be) of a rod or stick.
17a Concert being performed attended by politician making a point (10)
PROMONTORY – Put together the sort of concert performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer, a two-letter word for being performed, and a politician from the party currently in government.
19a Exist with ridicule and anger about disease (4-4)
BERI-BERI – Split (2,3,3) we have a word for ‘exist’, a word for ridicule or tease, and the reverse (about) of a word for anger, producing a tropical disease.
20a Began with a situation that could make roof leaky, we hear (3,3)
LED OFF – This sounds like (we hear) the state of the church roof after thieves have visited it.
22a Son became older, returning as artist (5)
DEGAS – Put together Son and ‘became older’, then reverse the lot to get this French artist.
23a The sign of a ‘distressed’ monk (7)
TONSURE – A cryptic definition of the distinctive haircut of a monk.
1d Wreck party after upsetting Greek character (4)
UNDO – Reverse (upsetting) a Greek letter, then add the usual crossword party.
2d Drop everything if this act goes wrong? (8)
JUGGLERY – Cryptic definition of an entertainment which should keep everything up in the air.
3d Lots of food generally eaten by saints (6)
STACKS – A generic word for food, especially at sea, with a Saint placed at either end.
4d Eccentric folk handle component of engine (10)
CRANKSHAFT – Split (6,4) we have a disparaging term for eccentric people, and the handle of, for example, a pickaxe.
5d Latin name of German game (5)
LOTTO – Latin followed by a German man’s name, giving us a game of chance.
6d Suffering sort, I’d got lame — medical specialist required (13)
DERMATOLOGIST – Anagram (suffering) of SORT I’D GOT LAME.
8d Global vision facilitator (7)
EYEBALL – Cryptic definition of the things you see with.
12d Starts to ask for opportunity to score (10)
BEGINNINGS – Put together a word for ‘ask’ and a cricket team’s opportunity to score some runs.
14d Part of body that’s split on the outside, being hit from behind (4-3)
REAR-END – A word for split or tear, wrapped around one of the organs of the body. I’m sure some of you were expecting a picture of a bare bottom, so…
15d Blast of the horn given to Heather, driving casually? (8)
TOOTLING – An onomatopoeic word for the blast of a horn, followed by another word for heather.
17d Such delight repeatedly comes to me in a Beatles song (6)
PLEASE – Two examples of the answer followed by ‘me’ gives us the title of a Beatles song.
18d Cap removed from toy gun (5)
RIFLE – Remove the first letter from a toy or triviality.
21d Hit covered by band — rubbish! (4)
DRUB – Hidden (covered by) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun SURGE + HURRY = SURGERY