Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28107
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny day.
In the end, today’s Giovanni yielded in fairly comfortable time, but at one stage I had the whole of the right-hand side filled in with nothing on the left.
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1a Joke about superior one, member of religious order (6)
JESUIT – A joke or gag wrapped around the letter indicating superior or upper-class and the Roman numeral for one, giving us a member of the religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola.
5a Rotter longing to be helping on golf course (8)
CADDYING – Split (3,4) we could have a rotter or bounder and a strong desire or yearning.
9a Such may offer various bread bits left to be eaten (4,6)
BIRD TABLES – An all-in-one clue. Anagram (various) of BREAD BITS with Left inserted (to be eaten).
10a Continue running after the others have stopped? (4)
LAST – Double definition, the first being ‘continue’ in the sense of ‘endure’.
11a More troublesome row interrupted by warning instrument (8)
THORNIER – A row (perhaps of seats in a stadium) wrapped around the warning device fitted to every car.
12a Bible given to a sailor brings divine manifestation (6)
AVATAR – The letters indicating the King James version of the Bible followed by A (from the clue) and one of the usual words for a sailor.
13a ‘Go away!’ Oxford said? (4)
SHOO – An expression meaning ‘Go away!’ which sounds like (said) something of which an Oxford is a type.
15a Bad girls and lovable ones (8)
DARLINGS – Anagram (bad) of GIRLS AND.
18a Relations creating troubles — there’s little right in such (8)
BROTHERS – Insert Right into a verb for ‘troubles’ or ‘annoys’.
19a Small mammal not initially seen? Exactly! (2,1,1)
TO A T – Remove the first letter of Seen from a small carnivorous mammal, then split the result (2,1,1).
21a A daughter taking a long time to offer wise sayings (6)
ADAGES – Put together A (from the clue), Daughter, and ‘a long time’.
23a Famous Frenchman rues a sou going astray (8)
ROUSSEAU – Anagram (going astray) of RUES A SOU, giving us either an 18th century philosopher or a 20th century Post-Impressionist painter.
25a See 2 Down
26a Additional words about bad angel becoming chief troublemaker (10)
RINGLEADER – Some additional words in a legal document wrapped around an anagram (bad) of ANGEL.
27a The fellow travels on horseback around British islands (8)
HEBRIDES – ‘The fellow’ and ‘travels on horseback’, placed either side of British.
28a Rather attractive (6)
PRETTY – Double definition.
2d and 25 Across: Change payment arrangement if engaging a songstress (5,4)
EDITH PIAF – Put together ‘change’ (a document), a variety of credit agreement, and IF (from the clue) wrapped around A (from the clue).
3d Labour shadow cabinet was once so downtrodden (9)
UNDERFOOT – Split (5,4) this could be a phrase describing the shadow cabinet who served in the early 1980s.
4d Terrible con endlessly pinching silver (6)
TRAGIC – Remove the last letter (endlessly) from a con or cheat, and wrap the result around the chemical symbol for silver.
5d Naughty corporal’s doings in US city (8,7)
COLORADO SPRINGS – anagram (naughty) of CORPORAL’S DOINGS.
6d Some French couple coming to Paris finally loses hope (8)
DESPAIRS – Put together the French partitive article which translates as ‘some’, a couple, and the final letter of PariS.
7d Fifty trapped in a river rising somewhere in the Crimea (5)
YALTA – A (from the clue) and a Scottish river wrapped around the Roman numeral for fifty, the whole lot then reversed (rising, in a Down clue).
8d A slogan — it could conjure up a feeling for days gone by (9)
NOSTALGIA – Anagram (could conjure up) of A SLOGAN IT.
14d Computer component that gives motorist a difficult experience? (4,5)
HARD DRIVE – A piece of computer hardware which could also describe a challenging car journey.
16d International property without a particular sort of legal document (9)
INTESTATE – An abbreviation for ‘international’ followed by some property. The document in question is a will.
17d Reprimanded Conservative made safe (8)
CENSURED – A single-letter abbreviation for Conservative followed by ‘made safe’.
20d Roadside cafe maybe found heading north or south (4-2)
PULL-UP – A palindrome (found heading north and south) which describes a place where transport drivers may stop for refreshment.
22d Servant tiring of errands to some extent? (5)
GOFER – Hidden (to some extent) in the clue.
24d Warning providing by dealer trading (5)
ALERT – Hidden (providing by) in the clue. I suspect that ‘providing’ in the clue should be ‘provided’.
The Quick Crossword pun PURRS + HOOTS =PURSUITS