Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28083
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a soggy South Staffs. My thanks to Kath for standing in last week while I was tied up with last-minute running around for my daughter’s wedding last Saturday. All went well, and I’m now recovering.
Giovanni has thrown in some unusual meanings today, and it took me ages to parse the last two in, 20a and 19d, hence the difficulty marking bordering on ****.
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7a Talk from head of college about poetry (8)
CONVERSE – Put together the first letter (head) of College, another word for about, and some poetry.
9a Tree providing fruit, no end, east of river (6)
POMELO – Crosswordland’s favourite Italian river followed by a large fruit with its final letter removed (no end).
10a and 24 Down: Busy type, awfully smart — they’ll get put down in the pub (4,4)
BEER MATS – A proverbially busy insect followed by an anagram (awfully) of SMART.
11a Adds different colours to very small sign around entrance (10)
VARIEGATES – Start with an abbreviation (small) of Very, then add a sign of the Zodiac wrapped around a field entrance.
12a Composer among rich and elegant characters (6)
HANDEL – Hidden (among) in the clue.
14a Not appropriate to be wearing informal attire? (8)
UNSUITED – A businessman going to the office on ‘dress down Friday’ may be described as this.
15a Cook with herb — a specified health-giving amount? (6)
DOSAGE – A two-letter word for cook followed by a herb often found in stuffing.
17a Swimming gear in luggage (6)
TRUNKS – Double definition: a man’s swimming costume; or some large pieces of luggage.
20a Instrument is one not working — engineer needed (8)
ORGANISE – A large musical instrument found in a church or concert hall, followed by IS (ON)E(from the clue) with the word that means ‘working’ removed.
22a Areas of interest for comic actor (6)
FIELDS – Double definition, the second being a comic actor who died in 1946, known for one-liners like “I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.”
23a Fervour of old lover getting recognition (10)
EXCITATION – The usual former lover followed by the formal recognition statement attached to the award of an honour.
24a and 2 Down: Crazy English sweetheart heading off to be given new look (4,4)
MADE OVER – Put together a word for crazy, English, and a sweetheart with the first letter removed.
25a French in charge? There’s bitterness to begin with (6)
GALLIC – A bitter substance followed by an abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
26a Twist that surprisingly brings Tory gain (8)
GYRATION – Anagram (surprisingly) of TORY GAIN.
1d Tennis stroke bringing advantage (8)
FOREHAND – Double definition, the second being one I hadn’t come across before: I suppose it’s the opposite of being on the back foot.
2d See 24 Across
3d Journey over lake reveals rubbish (6)
DRIVEL – A journey in a car followed by Lake.
4d Conciliator to pop up around the Home Counties (8)
APPEASER – A word for ‘pop up’ or manifest oneself, wrapped around the compass point which refers to the geographical position of the Home Counties in England.
5d Restlessness evident in self-identification of G&S character (10)
IMPATIENCE – Split (1’1, 8), this could be the title character of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera introducing herself.
6d Rob‘s warm garment (6)
FLEECE – Double definition, the second being the warm garment which has virtually eclipsed the knitted sweater.
8d Reprimand that comes with the bashing of drum? (6)
EARFUL – The drum is part of the organ of the body which gets a metaphorical bashing in this reprimand.
13d Naughty Sal I beheld in a state of undress (10)
DESHABILLE – Anagram (naughty) of SAL I BEHELD. No, I’m not putting up an illustration.
16d Soldier on the ball having accepted top-class advice (8)
GUIDANCE – An American soldier wrapped around the letter indicating top or upper class, followed by a musical ball.
18d Team getting cross, upset, making emergency exit? (4,4)
SIDE DOOR – Another word for a sports team, followed by the reversal (upset) of an archaic word for the Cross of Christ.
19d This person leading the side is crying (6)
MEWING – A pronoun for ‘this person’ followed by the side extension of a large house, giving us the crying of, for example, seagulls.
21d Feline once caught rodent outside (3,3)
REX CAT – The Latin word meaning ‘once’ or ‘former’ and the abbreviation for Caught on a cricket scorecard, with a common rodent wrapped around both.
22d Knight gets irritable going around in splendour (6)
FINERY – A word for irritable or short-tempered wrapped around the chess notation for a knight.
24d See 10 Across
The Quick Crossword pun DOUGH + MINION = DOMINION