Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28089
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. A somewhat brief blog today, because I have to leave early to attend a family funeral, so no time for pictures or music.
It took me a while to get 10a, my last one in, and this pushed my time well into *** territory. We have the trademark ecclesiastical references and somewhat archaic usages which we expect from Giovanni, but, as ever, they are fairly clued and can be worked out.
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1a Review various reports etc (10)
RETROSPECT – Anagram (various) of REPORTS ETC.
6a Block within this laboratory (4)
SLAB – Hidden in the clue.
10a Weary male falling over in desert (5)
MERIT – Start with a verb meaning ‘weary’, add Male, then reverse the lot (falling over) to get the sort of desert usually seen in the plural with ‘just’ in front of it.
11a Before long baddie will acquire a lover (9)
INAMORATA – A phrase (2,1,2) meaning ‘before long’, followed by a baddie, typically a tabloid love cheat, followed by A (from the clue).
12a and 13: Attractive space that’s possessed by our planet? (8,5)
MAGNETIC FIELD – Cryptic definition of the region which surrounds the earth and deflects cosmic radiation.
13a See 12
15a Editor has the last word, having got article from Berlin (7)
AMENDER – The last word of a prayer followed by a German definite article.
17a The Parisian boys? You may get them in class (7)
LESSONS – One of the forms of the definite article in French followed by some male children.
19a Orthodox minister in charge (7)
CANONIC – One of the chapter of clergy who support the dean in a cathedral, followed by an abbreviation for ‘In Charge’.
21a Number going round estate briefly offering fun and gaiety (7)
FESTIVE – A cardinal number wrapped around an abbreviation for ‘estate’.
22a and 24: Fast bowler who is a drug pusher? (5,8)
SPEED MERCHANT – An informal description of what a fast bowler does, which could also be a slang term for someone dealing in amphetamines.
27a Cleverness of northern native enemy ultimately concealing information (9)
INGENUITY – Put together the northern native people who were known as Eskimos when I was young and the last letter of enemY, and wrap the result around a three-letter word for information.
24a See 22
28a Fruit left for girl (5)
PEARL – A girl’s name is made up of a variety of tree fruit and Left.
29a Suitable get-together (4)
MEET – Double definition, the first being an old-fashioned way of saying suitable or worthy.
30a Contents of green tin I’d poured out as part of recipe (10)
INGREDIENT – Anagram (poured out) of GREEN TIN I’D.
1d See report of journey here and there (4)
ROME – The see which the Pope is bishop of, which sounds like a word for journeying hither and thither.
2d ‘Bitter zone’ — name of hellish region (9)
TARTAREAN – Put together a word for bitter or acid, a region, and an abbreviation for ‘name’. This gives you an adjective describing a region which in Homer is said to be as far below Hades as Hades is below the earth.
3d A lot become less severe when leader’s gone (5)
OFTEN – Remove the first letter from ‘become less severe’ and you get ‘a lot’ (of times).
4d Dog may show the way ahead (7)
POINTER – A variety of dog which could also be a direction indicator.
5d Part of church taking risk with Latin (7)
CHANCEL – A risk or hazard followed by Latin: the part of a church beyond the nave, where the clergy gather.
7d Nearly all botanical things go (5)
LEAVE – Remove the final letter (almost all) from the botanical things that grow on trees.
8d Stigma I cast off and flourished (10)
BRANDISHED – The sort of stigma which might be applied with a hot iron, followed by I (from the clue) and ‘cast off’.
9d Join in tricks and puzzles (8)
CONFUSES – Take a word for ‘tricks’ and wrap it around a word for ‘join’ (using heat).
14d Man’s crisis could come from such self-interest (10)
NARCISSISM – Anagram (could come from) of MAN’S CRISIS.
16d Clamour before good fellow has good fight (4-4)
DING-DONG – Put together a clamour or loud noise, Good, a university fellow, and Good.
18d Adjust attire, one being sloppy (9)
ORIENTATE – Anagram (being sloppy) of ATTIRE ONE.
20d Holiday accommodation, home containing old plant (7)
CAMPION – Somewhere you might stay in a tent on holiday, followed by ‘at home’ wrapped around Old.
21d Never stopping, king is attacker (7)
FORAYER – A phrase (3,3) meaning ‘never stopping’ followed by the Latin abbreviation for a king.
23d We agreed to shut up this bore (5)
EAGRE – Hidden in the clue is one spelling of a word for a tidal bore.
25d After spring, paper’s boss was optimistic (5)
HOPED – A spring or jump followed by an abbreviation for a newspaper boss.
26d Quiet group in conspiracy (4)
PLOT – The musical symbol for quiet, followed by a group or collection.
The Quick Crossword pun BRAKE + THREW = BREAKTHROUGH