Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28047
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Good morning from South Staffs, with a dry, bright start to the day.
A good many longish words today, some of them a little uncommon, plus the usual bits of general knowledge and Scripture allusions, but I found it reasonably straightforward.
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1a Writers in Old English with identical magic words (4,6)
OPEN SESAME – Put some things you write with inside the abbreviation for Old English, then add a word for identical, to achieve entry into the treasure cave.
6a Prepare again to go around German river (4)
ODER – Reverse (to go round) a word for ‘prepare again’ to get this German river which borders Poland.
9a Obscure relation meeting a king or queen (7)
UNCLEAR – A male relative followed by A (from the clue) and the Latin abbreviation for a king or queen.
10a Award given out with thanks for unprocessed information (3,4)
RAW DATA – Anagram (given out) of AWARD, followed by a short word of thanks.
12a Terrible ladies’ man, sort to show ineptitude (13)
MALADROITNESS – Anagram (terrible) of LADIES’ MAN SORT.
14a Cuckoo‘s home by French river reportedly (6)
INSANE – A word for ‘at home’ followed by a homophone (reportedly) of the English mispronunciation of the river which runs through Paris.
15a Came back from run falling over into grass (8)
RETORTED – This is a verbal comeback. Reverse (falling over) a run which is slower than a canter, then insert the result into a variety of grass.
17a Picture game for children’s currently fashionable (8)
SNAPSHOT – A children’s card game (complete with the ‘s) followed by a word for fashionable or trendy.
19a Short answer is to bypass the capital city (6)
ATHENS – Take a shortened form of ‘answer’ and wrap it around THE (from the clue) to get an EU capital.
22a Town centre so beautiful initially, then unpleasant (13)
MIDDLESBROUGH – Put together a word for centre, the first letters (initially) of So Beautiful, and a word for unpleasant or unfinished, to get this town on Teesside.
24a Goddess — one without love, one in muddle (7)
NEMESIS – Remove the letter which looks like a love score at tennis from ‘(o)ne’, then add a muddle with the Roman numeral for one inside it. You get the Greek goddess who punishes hubris.
25a Weedy type deemed to be unhealthy (7)
TOBACCO – Mildly cryptic definition of a plant in the Nicotiana family.
26a Woman offering heavenly food, not married (4)
ANNA – Remove the Married from the front of the food which supported the Israelites in the desert, according to the book of Exodus, and you get a woman’s name.
27a English resort instructed to close early — what’s afoot? (10)
ESPADRILLE – Put together English, a health resort, and ‘instructed’ (as a sergeant might a squad of soldiers) with the final letter removed, to get some footwear.
1d After river rises our lot work (4)
OPUS – Reverse an Italian river beloved of crossword setters, and add a pronoun for ‘our lot’.
2d Sets up with guys in the field? (7)
ENCAMPS – The guys are what hold your tent up.
3d Small tingles disturbed son — medicinal preparation needed (8,5)
SMELLING SALTS – Anagram (disturbed) of SMALL TINGLES followed by Son.
4d Walk in street / take bus? (6)
STRIDE – An abbreviation for street followed by what you do when you take the bus.
5d ‘Red Ed’ left high and dry? (8)
MAROONED – A shade of red described in the BRB as a brownish crimson, followed by ED (from the clue), to get what happened to Ben Gunn.
7d Word for ‘beer’ in dictionary, not standard English? (7)
DIALECT – An abbreviation for dictionary wrapped around a type of beer.
8d Music thus fades away as we hear talk with great enthusiasm (10)
RHAPSODISE – A homophone (as we hear) of the sort of ‘music’ which is sometimes said to begin with a silent C, followed by ‘thus’ and a homophone of ‘fades away’. The answer is a verb, but this clip is the related noun:
11d Too many to count having no respite from pain (7,6)
WITHOUT NUMBER – This clue relies on the fact that we have a word which has two different meanings, dependent on whether or not the B in the middle is sounded. With the B we have a word relating to counting, otherwise something which can deaden pain.
13d Pour out maid a sip — no problem with drink (10)
DIPSOMANIA – Anagram (pour out) of MAID A SIP NO.
16d Conservative meets females without hesitation and is composed (8)
CONSISTS – An abbreviated Conservative is followed by some female siblings with the word expressing hesitation removed.
18d Part of body of soldiers joining sailor before party (7)
ABDOMEN – Put together one of the usual crossword sailors, the usual crossword party, and some ordinary soldiers.
20d Principled husband in charge with others gathering round (7)
ETHICAL – The Latin abbreviation (2,2) for ‘with others’ is wrapped around Husband and the abbreviation for In Charge.
21d Shrub for leaves contributing to drink (6)
PROTEA – A South African shrub made up of a word for ‘for’ and the leaves infused in boiling water to make a hot drink.
23d Sweet substance almost completely smooth (4)
HONE – Remove the final letter from a sweet liquid to get a verb meaning ‘smooth’.
The Quick Crossword pun ROAD + EASIER = RHODESIA