Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28053
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny morning. I’m still unable to get any useful access to the site, so I’ve had to send this to Big Dave to post for me. This means that I haven’t been able to add any pictures or video clips, and it’s uncertain whether I’ll get to see any of your comments, let alone reply to them.
There are some unusual words in today’s Giovanni which could cause a hold-up in the NW corner if you are unfamiliar with them, but otherwise things seemed to me to be quite straightforward.
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1a Behind inspirational words note dangerous women (8)
MANTRAPS: – A Hindu or Buddhist incantation followed by a note added to the end of a letter.
5a English female with little energy, confined to bed, grumbled (6)
BEEFED; – Put together English, Female, and Energy, then put the result inside BED (from the clue).
9a See very distraught loner in need of affection (8)
LOVELORN: – Put together an exclamation meaning ‘See!’, Very, and an anagram (distraught) of LONER.
10a Weeps when son is in unstable situations (6)
CRISES: – Son inside another word for weeps.
11a Chief commander soon to be imprisoned according to the law (7)
CANONIC: – The abbreviation for commander in chief wrapped around an archaic word for soon or presently.
12a Giving asymmetrical pattern to grass round London gardens (7)
SKEWING: – Grass here is the criminal slang for informing the police. Put another slang word that means the same around the botanic gardens in Surrey.
13a Show modern state to be in need of reform (11)
DEMONSTRATE: – Anagram (in need of reform) of MODERN STATE.
16a No longer tight-lipped person, a politician becoming emphatic (11)
EXCLAMATORY: – Put together a prefix meaning ‘no longer’ or ‘former’, the shellfish used to describe a tight-lipped person, A (from the clue), and a politician from the Right.
21a Attempt to keep one diary in series of books (7)
TRILOGY: – The Roman numeral for one and the sort of diary kept by a ship’s captain, placed inside an attempt.
22a Sing wildly at back of pub — bit of a game (7)
INNINGS: – A variety of pub, traditionally one which offered accommodation to travellers, followed by an anagram (wildly) of SING.
23a Number engaged in interior design (6)
INTENT: – A cardinal number inside an abbreviation for INTerior.
24a I will get work, I being limited by terrible heat in the country (8)
ETHIOPIA: – Put together I (from the clue), the Latin abbreviation for a musical work, and the second I (from the clue), then wrap an anagram (terrible) of HEAT around the result.
25a This person died, country woman becoming a monster (6)
MEDUSA: – A pronoun for ‘this person’, Died, and the initials of a large country.
26a Ornament of exceptional age incorporating representation of glory (8)
GARGOYLE: – Anagram (exceptional) of AGE, wrapped around an anagram (representation) of GLORY.
1d Spite of married woman (6)
MALICE: – An abbreviation for Married followed by a woman’s name (she went through the looking-glass when she was young).
2d Religious devotion of old archdeacon in North America (6)
NOVENA: – Old and the abbreviation of the title given to an archdeacon, placed inside the initials of North America, giving us a religious devotion popular in some parts of the Catholic Church, where a set of prayers is repeated on nine successive days.
3d Left-winger keeping course of action given backing again (7)
RELINED: – The colour attributed to the Left, wrapped around a course or plan of action.
4d Separate division at the top of firm (4,7)
PART COMPANY: – A division or section followed by a firm.
6d Eastern riots becoming serious (7)
EARNEST: – Anagram (riots) of EASTERN.
7d Fat Elvis performing in pop event? (8)
FESTIVAL: – Anagram (performing) of FAT ELVIS.
8d Row makes little girl flop, always getting upset (8)
DISAGREE: – Put together a short form of a girl’s name, a word for flop or droop, and the reversal (upset) of a poetic word for ‘always’.
12d New nonet is a fit little musical composition (11)
SINFONIETTA: – Anagram (new) of NONET IS A FIT.
14d Foreign currency is held by troops — nothing extreme in that (8)
CENTRISM: – Small change in the USA or Eurozone, followed by the initials of a regiment of troops who serve both on land and sea, wrapped around IS (from the clue).
15d After turmoil, predicts what a speech may be (8)
SCRIPTED: – Anagram (after turmoil) of PREDICTS.
17d Thrives when spring is coming in (7)
ABOUNDS: – A spring or leap inside a word for ‘when’.
18d After end of ceremony a new ruler is twitching (7)
YANKING: – Put together the last letter (end) of ceremonY, A (from the Clue), New, and a monarch.
19d Leader of society, a bit cold and curt (6)
SNIPPY: – The first letter of Society followed by ‘a bit cold’.
20d Heading off with a will in car (6)
ESTATE: – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a word describing someone who has made a will.
The Quick Crossword pun SCORES + HAZY = SCORSESE