Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28065
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Good morning from a misty South Staffs.
Giovanni is quite high on the obscure words and General Knowledge today, but the clues are fair, as always, so that the answers can be deduced. I wasn’t keen on the grid, which gave us effectively four separate puzzles linked only by the little box in the centre.
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1a Do away with heartless order after period (9)
ERADICATE – A period of geological time followed by a verb meaning ‘order’ (as 24d might have done) with its central letter removed.
9a Little woman and patient man meeting by a shrub (6)
JOJOBA – Put together one of the characters in Little Women, an Old Testament man famed for his patience in adversity, and A (from the clue) to get a desert shrub found in the Americas.
10a Ferocious woman that could cut one dead (6-3)
BATTLE-AXE – This metaphor for a fierce woman is literally an edged weapon that could kill you in war.
11a Dealer looking embarrassed with paintings being returned? (6)
TRADER – Put together the colour you may go when embarrassed and what paintings are an example of, then reverse the lot
12a Unco-operative type? Right — I seek fun, somehow (9)
REFUSENIK – Right, followed by an anagram (somehow) of I SEEK FUN.
13a Comedian appearing in Cromer tonight (6)
MERTON – Hidden in the clue.
17a Stone gleams — just the odd bits of it (3)
GEM – Take alternate letters of GlEaMs to get this precious stone.
19a Moderate a sort of emulsion for painting (7)
TEMPERA – A word for ‘moderate’ or ‘reduce the impact of’ followed by A (from the clue).
20a A hit poem in the modern style (1,2,4)
A LA MODE – Split (1,3,3) we have A (from the clue), a word for hit, and a type of poem.
21a Unemotional doctor dealt with last character in surgery (3)
DRY – An abbreviation for doctor followed by the last letter of surgerY
23a Piece of bacon Ronald grilled (6)
LARDON – Anagram (grilled) of RONALD. One for Jean-Luc, I think.
27a Lack of certain standards in test getting in the way of friendly relations (9)
AMORALITY – A spoken examination inserted into a word for friendly relations.
28a Straight line formed by river in French wine district (6)
ipad version: Mark‘s mother, short ugly woman (6)
MACRON – Put River into one of the regions of Burgundy, a city in the Saône valley, to get a straight line placed over a vowel to indicate that it has a long sound.
A short, familiar word for mother, followed by an ugly old woman with the final E removed. Thanks to Miffypops for the heads-up. Evidently, iPad users aren’t expected to be familiar with French wine-growing areas!
29a High-up person little good, fool appearing in newspaper column (9)
DIGNITARY – A newspaper’s daily gossip column wrapped around Good and another word for fool.
30a Arrive feeling elated after dizzy spell? (4,2)
TURN UP – A dizzy spell may be referred to as a funny —-. If you are down when depressed, you may be – when elated.
31a Exposed, as cold maiden maybe in nude shivering (9)
UNCOVERED – Cold and a set of deliveries at cricket (which would be a maiden if no score came from it), with an anagram (shivering) of NUDE wrapped around them.
2d Brought up as left-winger absorbing Listener (6)
REARED – The colour attributed to left-wing politics, wrapped around the organ you listen with.
3d It could be due to introduction of roadworks (6)
DETOUR – This is an all-in-one clue. An anagram (could be) of DUE TO and the first letter of Roadworks.
4d Yarn from northern town, last bit from mill (6)
CREWEL – A Cheshire town noted as a railway junction, followed by the last letter of milL, producing a fine worsted yarn used for embroidery and tapestry.
5d Material from message landing on French island (7)
TEXTILE – One of the ubiquitous messages sent from a mobile phone followed by the French word for island.
6d A scent drifts around our mistress (9)
COURTESAN – Anagram (drifts) of ASCENT, wrapped around OUR (from the clue).
7d Disorder with one opposing speech, wanting Conservative out (9)
CONDITION – A medical disorder is made up from a short term for someone who opposes and a word for a manner of speech or choice of words with the C(onservative) removed.
8d Justified having got angry after conflict (9)
WARRANTED – An armed conflict followed by ‘got angry and yelled’.
14d Tired friend in a no-win situation (9)
STALEMATE – This drawn position at chess is made up of a word for tired or past its best, and a friend or associate.
15d Clever character finds way to avoid using cash (5,4)
SMART CARD – ‘Clever’ followed by ‘a real character’.
16d Spot American going after brave man, a famous Greek (9)
HERODOTUS – Put together a brave man, a small spot on the page, and an abbreviation for American, to get an Ancient Greek historian.
17d A son of Jacob? Gosh! (3)
GAD – Double definition: one of the sons of Jacob in the Old Testament; or a mild expletive.
18d This writer’s entertaining a lady (3)
MAY – A lady’s name is made up of a pronominal adjective for ‘the writer’s’ (note the ‘s) wrapped around A (from the clue).
22d Plant, one on slope above (7)
RAMPION – A sloping roadway followed by the Roman numeral for one and ON (from the clue), giving us a plant also known as a bellflower.
24d European leader offering his neighbouring country almost nothing (6)
FRANCO – To get to this former European leader remove the final letter from a European country and add the letter which looks like a zero.
25d Merry bishop not at all like Friar Tuck (6)
BLITHE – The chess notation for Bishop followed by an adjective describing someone fit and athletic (unlike Friar Tuck).
26d Author participating in Eastern expedition (6)
STERNE – The author of Tristram Shandy is hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun CORPS + DELIA = CORDELIA