Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28131
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Bonjour from Les Gorges du Chambon, near Montbron in the Charente. We’ve been here since Sunday and have yet to see the sun – and there’s not much prospect of it appearing over the weekend. It’s rather like caravanning in England in November, except that it doesn’t get dark so soon. On the other hand, we’re nowhere near the floods that have affected parts of central France, so it’s not all bad.
I found today’s Giovanni to be on the tricky side, with the NW corner last to yield. Since I usually start there and work down, that may have affected my impression.
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1a Medical preparation that may create row in a part of the hospital (10)
ASTRINGENT – A row, perhaps of horses or beads, placed between A (from the clue) and one of the usual hospital departments.
6a Permit for mountain route (4)
PASS – Double definition, the first being either a noun or a verb, the second a route running through a mountainous area.
9a Grown-up to rave about drug being a corrupt influence (10)
ADULTERANT – Another word for a grown-up and another word for rave, placed either side of crosswordland’s favourite drug.
10a A good artist in an Indian city (4)
AGRA – Put together A (from the clue), Good, and the letters after the name of a prominent artist in Britain.
12a Pick up courage no end (4)
HEAR – Remove the final letter (no end) from an organ of the body associated with courage.
13a Deserving of an accolade, fantastic Beatles — this person’s getting enthralled (9)
ESTIMABLE – Anagram (fantastic) of BEATLES wrapped around another way of saying ‘this person is’.
15a Arrays of food covered by pieces of fabric (8)
MATRICES – Some small floor coverings wrapped around a food which is the staple diet of large parts of the world.
16a A lake by which dad hugs a cold animal (6)
ALPACA – Put together A (from the clue, Lake, and another short word for dad wrapped around A (from the clue) and Cold.
18a Bit of food is hard to cook (6)
RADISH – Anagram (to cook) of IS HARD.
20a Act involving alcoholic drink gets one banned (8)
DEPORTED – A fortified wine inside an action.
23a Traveller given company car (VW) at end of month (5,4)
MARCO POLO – An abbreviation for one of the months of the year followed by an abbreviation for company and one of the types of car made by VW.
24a Opposing characters with imagination (4)
AGIN – Hidden inside imAGINation.
26a Labour‘s reverse of fortune enthralling one (4)
TOIL – Reverse a word for fortune or fate and insert the Roman numeral for one.
27a Light blue fairy gets victory against returning beast (10)
PERIWINKLE – Put together a fairy (as seen in Iolanthe), a victory, and the reverse of a large deer found in North America.
28a Famous Elizabethan heading off, dissolute type (4)
RAKE – Remove the first letter (heading off) from the chap who played bowls while waiting for the Spanish Armada.
29a Tired men at work stopped (10)
TERMINATED – Anagram (work) of TIRED MEN AT.
1d Notice a maiden — and the one she led astray? (4)
ADAM – The answer is a biblical character who ate something he shouldn’t have, then blamed the woman for making him do it. A PR notice followed by A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard.
2d Greek character facing ordeal is most tense (7)
TAUTEST – The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet followed by an ordeal or trial.
3d Bury lass and I getting on — time for an ice cream? (12)
INTERMISSION – Put together another word for bury, a form of address for a young woman, I and ON (from the clue).
4d Forest in Germany with many getting lost — e.g. 1 Down? (8)
GARDENER –Remove the ‘many’ from GER(many) and wrap the result around a Shakespearean forest. This gives us a profession of which 1 down is said to be the first exponent, and Alan Titchmarsh is a more recent one.
5d Musical pieces requiring no practice for players (6)
NONETS – NO (from the clue) followed by cricket practice sessions.
7d A large beast’s beginning to stir — there’s something symbolic in that (7)
ALGEBRA – Anagram (to stir) of A LARGE and the first letter (beginning) of B(east).
8d Show violence towards workers or indicate friendship? (5,5)
SHAKE HANDS – A customary form of friendly greeting could also be a physical assault on some manual workers.
11d In the morning priest with sermon shows improvement (12)
AMELIORATION – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’, an Old Testament priest who is a crossword regular, and a sermon or speech.
14d Troublemaker, Irish revolutionary, with age almost getting approval (10)
IMPRIMATUR – Put together a small troublemaking spirit, the reverse (revolutionary) of an abbreviation for IRish, and all but the last letter of a verb meaning to age. This give us the Latin for ‘let it be printed’, which is the official approval by the Catholic church of the publication of a religious text.
17d Explosive fellow is male seeking excessive pleasure (8)
HEDONISM – Put together an abbreviation for some explosive, a university fellow, IS (from the clue) and Male.
19d Richard admitting mistake as crane man (7)
DERRICK – A familiar form of Richard wrapped around ‘to mistake’, giving us a sort of crane or an alternative spelling of a man’s name.
21d Bulky alien found in copse (7)
THICKET – Bulky, as in ‘a —– book’ followed by the usual crossword alien.
22d Stick of explosive hidden in central part (6)
COHERE – The same explosive as in 17d is inserted into a word for the central part of something.
25d Small ball, article buried in garden plot (4)
BEAD – A garden plot where flowers or vegetables may be found, wrapped around the indefinite article.
The Quick Crossword pun CENTRE + MENTAL = SENTIMENTAL