Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28113
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. I have to go out early, so no pictures or music this week.
It took me a while to get 3d, my last one in, and that pushed today’s Giovanni puzzle into *** territory for me. Otherwise nothing too obscure, and it’s a pangram.
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1a Unchanging factor in more than half of old Istanbul (8)
CONSTANT – The first 8 letters of an old name for Istanbul (not Byzantium, the other one).
5a Gum to chew — but not to get devoured (6)
MASTIC – Remove a word meaning ‘devoured’ from the end of a long word for chew.
9a Settle as conventional person at Oxford? (6,2)
SQUARE UP – Someone who wasn’t a fan of pop culture in the Fifties and Sixties, followed by the the two-letter word denoting that a student is in residence at Oxford.
10a Scottish footballers playing cards (6)
HEARTS – Double definition: an Edinburgh football team which has featured a few times recently; or one quarter of a pack of cards.
12a Chance to participate and see old relations (4-2)
LOOK-IN – Put together an exclamation meaning ‘See!’, Old, and some relations
13a Northern game is embraced by James, showing a sort of prejudice (8)
JINGOISM – Put together Northern, an Oriental board game, and IS from the clue, then wrap a shortened form of James around the result.
15a Like measures given by sittings of judges once (7)
ASSIZES – Split (2,5) this could be ‘like’ and measures. Put together we have a word for the court sessions held in the past by judges who travelled from town to town to hear criminal cases.
16a This old deity makes sound of deer (4)
FAUN – A homophone (makes sound of) a young deer
20a Financial allowance not good, making one rave (4)
RANT – Remove Good from the start of the sort of financial allowance that students used to get before governments took to loading them with debt instead.
21a Carol goes round small room, working hard (7)
SLAVING – A synonym of ‘carol’, wrapped around a euphemism for a room in the house also known euphemistically as the small(est) room.
25a Deliver place from captivity, a capital city (8)
FREETOWN – This is the capital city of Sierra Leone. Split (4,4) it could mean ‘deliver a place from captivity.
26a Carelessness of non-specialists — one gets cross inside (6)
LAXITY – Put a cross-shaped letter inside a word for those who are not specialists in a field – most notably those members of the church who are not clerics.
28a Coat with exceptional lustre (6)
ULSTER – Anagram (exceptional) of LUSTRE.
29a Way duck eats rodent — not too fast, not too slow (8)
MODERATO – A way or method and the letter which looks like a cricketing duck, placed either side of an unwelcome rodent.
30a Give someone at university fantastic tea (6)
DONATE – A member of university staff followed by an anagram (fantastic) of TEA.
31a Insisted upon chap and daughter joining in act (8)
DEMANDED – A chap and an abbreviation for Daughter, with an act wrapped around them.
1d Rook in ancient building? (6)
CASTLE – Double definition: a chess piece or an old fortified building. We’ve had this one before, and no doubt the chess fans will be out in force to point out that the answer is not synonymous with rook, but is what you do with a rook and king.
2d Part of one’s nervous system that makes one run off (6)
NEURON – Anagram (makes … off) of ONE RUN.
3d Latest thing to eat — longs to get stuck in (8)
TARDIEST – A verb meaning informally ‘longs’ (for) with a pastry item (sweet or savoury) wrapped around it.
4d Word of love harboured by religious woman (4)
NOUN – The letter that looks like a love score at tennis, with a female member of a religious order wrapped around it.
6d Retaliate on behalf of archdeacon in mature years (6)
AVENGE – Someone who is of mature years is said to be of —. Wrap this around the abbreviation for the title accorded to an archdeacon.
7d Final academic session at home a learner needed (8)
TERMINAL Put together an academic session, a word for ‘at home’, A (from the clue) and a Learner.
8d Irish Roger and English fellows in list of actors (8)
CASEMENT – The list of actors involved in a particular production is wrapped around English and ‘fellows’, giving the surname of someone who was executed following the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916.
11d Underground worker, a very upset female of great wisdom (7)
MINERVA – Put together someone who works underground, and the reversal of A (from the clue) and Very, to get the Roman goddess of wisdom.
14d Like a slender person that’s cunning, mean inside (7)
WILLOWY – Another word for cunning wrapped around a word for mean or base.
17d No amateur discovered to be intense (8)
PROFOUND – A three-letter short form of ‘not amateur’ followed by ‘discovered’.
18d A nurse working on insanity (8)
UNREASON Anagram (working) of A NURSE followed by ON (from the clue).
19d Film would get put here secretly (2,6)
IN CAMERA – Double definition, the second being a court case which is not held in public.
22d Dangerous tree topples — this road is blocked (6)
STREET – Hidden (blocked) in the clue.
23d Tease a lord, being heartless and vulgar (6)
RIBALD – Put together ‘tease’, A (from the clue) and L(or)D with the middle letters removed (heartless).
24d Lane needs sweeping round far part of county (6)
BYROAD – A word meaning ‘sweeping’ or ‘wide-ranging’ wrapped around the last letter of countY.
27d Region with sort of oxygen — top oxygen disappearing! (4)
ZONE – Start with an isotope of oxygen, the sort found in a layer in the upper atmosphere, then remove the first occurrence of the chemical symbol for oxygen.
The Quick Crossword pun PAR + SEE + MONEY = PARSIMONY