Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28125
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Bonjour from Le Petit Trianon de St Ustré, at Ingrandes-sur-Vienne. When I wrote that last week, I didn’t expect to be writing from the same place today. But the current waves of industrial unrest in France, with oil refineries blockaded and fuel pumps running dry across the country mean that we’re sitting tight, in a place where, if necessary, we can run for home with what we’ve got.
Today’s Giovanni took me about a third of the time that yesterday’s Ray T occupied, and is definitely on the gentle end of his spectrum.
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1a Horse making painful sound, not good (4)
ROAN – Remove the initial Good from a cry of pain.
3a They look back at Irish son undergoing transformation (10)
HISTORIANS – Anagram (undergoing transformation) of AT IRISH SON.
8a Nice line penned by country person (8)
PLEASANT – The sort of country person often said to be revolting, wrapped around Line.
9a Mean chaps heading off with dog (6)
ENTAIL – Remove the initial letter from some chaps, then add a verb meaning dog or follow.
10a Soup served in club or school (6)
BORSCH – Hidden in the clue.
11a Satisfied raw needs somehow (8)
ANSWERED – Anagram (somehow) of RAW NEEDS.
13a Pictures of wise men entering home, leaders of esoteric society (8)
IMAGINES – The wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh are placed inside a word for ‘at home’, followed by the initial letters (leaders) of Esoteric Society.
14a Original friend across the border (6)
PRIMAL – The border of a plate or wheel inside a word for friend.
16a Announces conditions (6)
STATES – Double definition, the second being a noun.
19a Excellent solving (8)
CRACKING – Another double definition, the first being an informal word for excellent, the second referring to solving a puzzle or code.
21a Policeman supplying information to lady outside front of restaurant (8)
GENDARME – Put together an informal word for information, and a lady wrapped around the first letter of Restaurant.
22a Players from part of Scotland — odd characters from Ross (6)
FIFERS – These players are often associated with drummers. A Scottish county followed by the odd-numbered letters from RoSs.
23a Previous set of books undiscovered (6)
LATENT – A word for former or previous followed by the initials of one of the sets of books in the Bible.
24a Run around unwell, having taken a piece of food (8)
TORTILLA – Reverse (around) a word for run, then add ‘unwell’ and A (from the clue).
25a What Paralympian may have –- he is involved with sports (10)
PROSTHESIS – Anagram (involved) of HE IS and SPORTS.
26a River coming into hovel below (4)
ELBE – A German river is hidden in the clue.
1d Holy objects kept outside bar in places like Ireland (9)
REPUBLIC – A holy object, typically a fragment of bone or clothing attributed to a holy person, wrapped around another word for a bar, giving a system of government in a country of which Ireland is an example.
2d Optical problem, as designers then worked out (4-11)
NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS – Anagram (worked out) of AS DESIGNERS THEN.
3d Cook fowl as a pagan (7)
HEATHEN – Split this (4,3) and you have a word for cook and a type of fowl.
4d Nameless tough fighters arising to be rulers (7)
SATRAPS – The famously tough Ancient Greek warriors, with the N removed (nameless) and reversed.
5d Old writer having drink becomes more communicative (5,2)
OPENS UP – Put together Old, a writing implement and a word for drink.
6d Imprisoned frequently, I am free finally — just before something terrible happens? (2,3,4,2,4)
IN THE NICK OF TIME – Put together ‘imprisoned’ (2,3,4), ‘frequently’ (3), an abbreviated form of ‘I am’ and the last letter of freE.
7d Not happy eating the French food with few calories (5)
SALAD – One of the forms of the definite article in French is placed inside ‘not happy’.
12d One reigning over a period (3)
ERA – The regnal cypher of the lady who reigns over us followed by A (from the clue).
15d Member is no longer with us — make provision in law (9)
LEGISLATE – Put together a member of the human body, IS (from the clue) and ‘no longer with us’.
17d Article subsequently shortened (3)
THE – Remove the final letter from a word meaning subsequently or next.
18d Remove handicap for excellent golfer (7)
SCRATCH – Double definition, the first being to remove someone from a competition.
19d Makes fusses (7)
CREATES – Double definition, the second being an informal word for making a fuss.
20d Gives a couple of females commands, no hesitation (7)
AFFORDS – Put together A (from the clue), two examples of Female, and some commands with the little word expressing hesitation removed.
21d Dance with girl before work (5)
GALOP – An informal spelling of ‘girl’ followed by the Latin abbreviation for work.
The Quick Crossword pun CHIN + CHILLER = CHINCHILLA