Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28059
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Good morning from South Staffs where I’m pleased to say that normal access to the blog now seems to have been restored, after much tinkering with DNS caches and other techy stuff.
Nothing especially obscure from Giovanni this morning, though the dialect word at 4d may be unfamiliar to our overseas contributors.
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1a Part of ship in port (4)
HULL – Double definition: the main body of a ship; and a port on the East coast.
3a Fresh fighting force to include fellow shopkeepers (10)
NEWSAGENTS – Another word for fresh followed by the initials of a Special Forces regiment wrapped around a fellow or chap.
9a Weak lover, female dumped (4)
LAME – Remove the initial F (female dumped) from a word for a lover, most often seen in conjunction with ‘old’.
10a High-handed, inwardly very resistant (10)
IMPERVIOUS – Insert Very into a word meaning high-handed or commanding like an emperor.
11a Beware of clique showing established attitudes (7)
MINDSET – Another word for ‘beware’ followed by another word for a clique or circle.
13a Little Aussie beast interrupting side in cafe (7)
TEAROOM – A football or cricket side wrapped around the shortened form of a well-known Australian marsupial.
14a Nasty red coat covered in grass? Should be smartened up again! (11)
REDECORATED – Anagram (nasty) of RED COAT with a variety of grass wrapped around it.
18a One looking for applause has to come in and earn it possibly (11)
ENTERTAINER – Another word for ‘come in’ followed by an anagram (possibly) of EARN IT. The whole clue defines this person.
21a Ground swamped by winter rains (7)
TERRAIN – Hidden in the clue.
22a Revolutionary, a writer in disgrace (7)
CHEAPEN – Crosswordland’s favourite South American revolutionary followed by A ( from the clue) and something to write with.
23a With sun coming in, mild air is somehow different (10)
DISSIMILAR – Anagram (somehow) of MILD AIR IS with Sun inserted.
24a Walked and finally sat on perch (4)
TROD – The last letter of saT followed by a perch or pole.
25a Pomposity of earnest son spouting (10)
ORNATENESS – Anagram (spouting) of EARNEST SON.
26a Evens maybe — or maybe not (4)
ODDS – ‘Evens’ is an example of the answer – but so are 1, 3, 5, 7 …
1d Hard gospel for everyone to penetrate — a distinctive feature (8)
HALLMARK – Hard and one of the four Gospels, placed either side of ‘everyone’.
2d Drink in article in French paper (8)
LEMONADE – A heavyweight French newspaper (2,5) with an indefinite article inserted.
4d This person turned up and encountered an insect (5)
EMMET – Reverse (turned up) a pronoun for ‘this person’ and add a word for encountered, to get a dialect word for an insect or a tourist.
5d One observes holy group keeping quiet on a hill (9)
SPECTATOR – Insert the musical symbol for quiet into a religious group or cult, then add A (from the clue) and a hill found on Dartmoor, for example.
6d Fulfil two functions on Christmas Day as concession? (4,3,4)
GIVE AND TAKE – The two things you do with presents on Christmas Day also give us a phrase describing the concessions made in a negotiation.
7d Politician from Newcastle area with old trick (6)
NEOCON – Put together the compass point initials of the region where Newcastle is to be found, Old, and a trick or cheat.
8d Notice little boy hiding in that plant (6)
SESAME – A word for ‘notice’ wrapped around a short form of a boy’s name.
12d Careerist worked a short time in admin department (11)
SECRETARIAT – Anagram (worked) of CAREERIST followed by A (from the clue) and Time
15d Memory of number in Orient being tortured (9)
RETENTION – Anagram (being tortured) of ORIENT wrapped around a cardinal number.
16d Fashionable Oxford feature, Oxford ultimately being wonderful (8)
INSPIRED – Put together a two-letter word for fashionable, a feature of Oxford described poetically as ‘dreaming’, and the last letter of OxforD.
17d Men starting off in stages to provide small bombs (8)
GRENADES – Remove the initial letter (starting off) from (m)EN, and put the result into some stages or steps.
19d In workplace I love being led by boss (6)
STUDIO – A boss or knob followed by I (from the clue) and the letter that looks like a love score at tennins.
20d Bird is pinned by something pointed — not good (6)
PRISON – Remove the final G (not good) from one of the points of a fork, and wrap the result around IS (from the clue) to get something for which bird is a slang term.
22d Utter confusion when Charles admits love (5)
CHAOS – The letter that looks like a love score at tennis again, inserted into a shortened form of Charles.
The Quick crossword pun WREST + OARED = RESTORED