Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28071
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Greetings from South Staffs this Good Friday morning.
We have a very gentle offering from Giovanni today, with nothing particularly obscure (3d probably comes closest) and a lack of Scriptural references (perhaps surprising for a day which forms part of the greatest festival in the Christian calendar).
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5a Revolutionary with fate sealed beginning to shred garments (7)
CLOTHES – Wrap Crosswordland’s favourite Socialist revolutionary around a word for fate or fortune, then add the first letter of Shred.
7a Alien has this extra rest (3-2)
LIE-IN – The middle three letters of aLIEn are LIE, so you could say that ‘alien’ has …
9a Leaving with Her Majesty’s presents (6)
OFFERS – A three-letter word for ‘leaving’, as in ‘I’m —‘, followed by the Queen’s regnal cypher and the ‘S from the clue.
10a Gold label at the front of books for decoration (8)
ORNAMENT – Put together the heraldic term for gold, a label or title, and an abbreviation of one of the sets of books in the Bible.
11a Star no more after explosion? That interests me (10)
ASTRONOMER – An all-in-one clue. Anagram (after explosion) of STAR NO MORE.
13a What some unfortunately have in their hair, idiots! (4)
NITS – Double definition, the first being the egg cases of head lice.
14a A mere idealist forced to disappear (13)
DEMATERIALISE – Anagram (forced) of A MERE IDEALIST.
16a Mess food? (4)
HASH – Double definition. The second might be preceded by corned beef, or followed by browns.
17a Degenerate academic left one by entrance (10)
PROFLIGATE – Put together a short form of an academic title, Left, the Roman numeral for one, and the entrance to a field.
19a Performance is given energy after pair warm up? (8)
PRACTISE – Start with an abbreviation for ‘pair’, then add a performance, IS (from the clue) and Energy.
20a Firm joins US university engaging a thousand in effect (6)
COMMIT – An abbreviation for a firm or corporate entity and a US university known by its three-letter acronym, placed either side of the Roman numeral for a thousand.
22a Chaps eating half the bread and fruit (5)
MELON – Another word for ‘chaps’ wrapped around the first half of a quantity of bread.
23a Problem group given support (7)
SETBACK – Split (3,4) you have a group and a verb meaning ‘support’.
1d Severn phenomenon that fails to generate interest? (4)
BORE – The tidal surge which races up the Severn every so often, or something which leaves you yawning.
2d Brown box sitting on upturned cask (8)
CHESTNUT – A box which may contain treasure, followed by the reversal (upturned) of a sort of barrel.
3d Flat, as revealed by map, overlooking a river (6)
PLANAR – A map or sketch followed by A (from the clue) and River.
4d Separating English and US agents participating in swindle (10)
SEGMENTING – English and some FBI agents, with a swindle (possibly a trap set by law enforcement agents to catch criminals) wrapped around them.
5d Panic — a festival needs these places for refreshment (5)
CAFES – Hidden in the clue.
6d Reports most agitating about soldiers, assault forces (5,8)
STORM TROOPERS – Anagram (agitating) of REPORTS MOST, wrapped around the abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers.
8d Name of woman that’s a little granny, one might surmise? (7)
NANETTE – If a cigarette is a little cigar, a little granny might be… (You may be tempted to cry No! No! to this).
12d Farm animal needing restraint, liable to collapse? (10)
RAMSHACKLE – An ovine male followed by a metal restraint.
14d Illustration of Indian city, dingy on the outside (7)
DIAGRAM – The Indian city where the Taj Mahal is to be found, with dingy or gloomy wrapped around it.
15d Hand out drink — see cat dipping into it (8)
ALLOCATE – A word meaning ‘See!’ and CAT (from the clue) with CAMRA members’ favourite drink wrapped around them.
17d Adaptable factory once head of industry gets stuck in (6)
PLIANT – Put the first letter of Industry into a factory or industrial complex.
18d Sign of approval about hospital being very friendly (5)
THICK – The mark a teacher puts by a correct answer (not the one that looks like a kiss!), wrapped around Hospital. See also Kath’s hint for 8d in DT 28070.
21d Nothing about which fellow gets to complain (4)
MOAN – A fellow or chap wrapped around the letter which looks like a zero.
The Quick Crossword pun WREATH + AUGHT = RETHOUGHT