Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28041
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a day that has started bright and sunny, though frosty.
The four long clues around the perimeter went in quickly, and that made today’s Giovanni a fairly rapid solve for me. Only some delay in solving 2d, my last one in, sent it into ** time.
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6a Mary’s painting unusual insect (7,6)
PRAYING MANTIS – Anagram (unusual) of MARY’S PAINTING.
8a Affair involving one office task? (6)
FILING – The Roman numeral for one inserted into a short-lived romantic episode.
9a What a well-behaved inmate might get in break? (4-4)
HALF-TIME – A break in a football or rugby match is also what might be the shortened sentence a well-behaved convict gets.
10a The second person heard an animal on the farm? (3)
EWE – This farm animal sounds like (heard) the second person pronoun.
11a Snooker player seen as one with magical powers? (6)
POTTER – Double definition: a snooker player defined by what he does at the table; and the eponymous hero of J K Rowling’s Hogwarts novels.
12a Garden girl heading off to a big town — such boldness! (8)
AUDACITY – Remove the initial letter (heading off) from the name of the girl invited to come into the garden in the old song, than add A (from the clue) and a large town.
14a State entered by English person seeking rough justice? (7)
AVENGER – A verb meaning ‘to state’ with an abbreviation for English inserted.
16a Cooked pasties almost cold and free from germs (7)
ASEPTIC – Anagram (cooked) of PASTIE(s), followed by Cold.
20a Framework of invention found in back of the box (8)
ESPALIER – This is a framework for training fruit trees. Put together the last letter (back) of thE and some boxing, especially in practice, then wrap the result around an invention or false story.
23a US officer overwhelmed by men’s ignorance (6)
ENSIGN – A junior officer in the US forces is hidden in the clue.
24a One pain hard to get rid of (3)
ACE – Remove Hard from a persistent pain.
25a Distress when train set is broken (8)
STRAITEN – anagram (broken up) of TRAIN SET.
26a Dog daughter kept in Dorset town (6)
POODLE – Insert Daughter into the Dorset town from which ferries depart for Cherbourg.
27a Special ceremony — is a step for changing time (4,2,7)
RITE OF PASSAGE – Anagram (changing) of IS A STEP FOR, followed by a long period of time.
1d Famous mistress having husband a poet (8)
HAMILTON – Put together Husband, A (from the clue), and the author of Paradise Lost, to get Lord Nelson’s paramour.
2d Delay that is produced by slips maybe (8)
LINGERIE – Another word for delay followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
3d Intellectual type — for example, good school leader (7)
EGGHEAD – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘for example’, Good, and a school leader.
4d Song and dance over item interrupting TV programme? (6)
BALLAD – A formal dance followed by those bits of commercial programming that the ‘fast forward’ button was invented for.
5d Not moving? That could be shocking (6)
STATIC – Double definition, the second being a variety of electricity.
6d One gets into stir now and then (6,7)
PRISON VISITOR – Cryptic definition of someone who goes to a jail occasionally to see an inmate.
7d Seemingly not this or that exceptional person (9,4)
SOMETHING ELSE – A figurative expression for an exceptional person. Literally, neither of the two choices on offer, therefore…
13d Cut in tax expected (3)
AXE – Hidden in the clue.
15d Set member up (3)
GEL – Reverse (up, in a Down clue) one of the members of the human body.
17d Quite difficult to sort out the spies (8)
STEEPISH – Anagram (sort out) of THE SPIES.
18d Rural history by word of mouth (8)
PASTORAL – Split (4,4) you have a word for a period which is history, and ‘by word of mouth’.
19d Relation parading around, the first person to emerge (7)
GRANDPA – Anagram (around) of PARAD(i)NG with the I removed (first person to emerge).
21d Woman with lots of money but no love changes (6)
ADAPTS – A woman’s name followed by an expression for lots of money (found at the end of the rainbow, perhaps), with the letter that looks like a love score at tennis removed.
22d Terrible riots with any number interrupting pieces of music? (6)
INTROS – Anagram (terrible) of RIOTS, with the algebraic symbol for ‘any number’ inserted.
The Quick Crossword pun EUREKA + GARLIC = YOU REEK OF GARLIC.