Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28137
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Bonjour from Trèbes, near Carcassonne in South West France. I’m glad to say that the weather has much improved since my report last week, though a little rain later today may be a relief from the 30° sunshine.
After some gentle weeks from Giovanni, I think we’re back to the full-on version. Religious knowledge will be well tested, as will general knowledge, though there are some gimmes to get you started, and the cluing is as fair as ever.
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1a Bits of food terrible, about to be eaten — gosh! (11)
BREADCRUMBS – Another word for terrible wrapped around the Latin word for about or concerning, followed by an exclamation like ‘gosh’.
9a Heartless denier of his friend, look (4)
PEER – Remove the middle letter (heartless) from the name of the apostle who three times denied knowing Jesus.
10a An attractive number (11)
ANAESTHETIC – An (from the clue) followed by attractive or artisistic, giving us a number with a silent B!
11a Don’t hunt him with dogs — bring back the guns! (4)
STAG – A rather obscure informal word for guns is reversed to give this animal which is both hunted with hounds and stalked and shot.
14a Proceeded with difficulty, kitchen device having leaked (7)
HOBBLED – The top of the kitchen stove followed by the sort of ‘leaked’ that happened when you cut yourself.
16a The German scoundrels returning took leading roles (7)
STARRED – Put together a German definite article and some scoundrels or deserters, then reverse the lot.
17a Unprofessional types showing sloppiness, but don’t get cross! (5)
LAITY – These are people who are not, especially, in the clerical profession. Remove the cross-shaped letter from a word for sloppiness.
18a Causes ‘urt to members (4)
ARMS – Some members of the body sound like ‘causes ‘urt’.
19a Work needed — this joint has got restricted (4)
KNEE – Hidden (has got restricted) in the clue.
20a Book a sailor brought back (5)
ATLAS – A (from the clue) followed by the reversal (brought back) of a word for sailor, giving us a book of maps.
22a Money for job when worker is in town (7)
WANTAGE – Put one of the usual crossword workers inside money paid for work done, and you get a town in Oxfordshire or New Jersey.
23a Is yours truly coming in skinny? Organic substance needed (7)
THIAMIN – Put another way of saying ‘Is yours truly?’ inside a word for skinny.
24a Famous South African in a short skirt (4)
TUTU – Double definition, the second being the short skirt worn by a ballerina.
28a Vigorous and in no need of a transfusion? (4-7)
FULL-BLOODED – If you need a transfusion when you’re short of blood, you don’t need it if you are this.
29a Cross and offensive, by the sound of it (4)
ROOD – This is the cross of Christ, seen on the —- screen in a pre-Reformation church that hasn’t been vandalised.
30a Promotion from publicists not ultimately enthralling Packard (11)
ADVANCEMENT – A word (2,3 or 5) for publicists and the last letter of noT (from the clue) wrapped around the first name of Mr Packard, the author of The Hidden Persuaders, who died in 1996. The surface works beautifully, given the nature of his work, but whether he is still well enough known to be a fair clue is another matter.
2d Managed to come before king in status (4)
RANK – A word for managed or organised followed byt the chess notation for King.
3d Wild person at party losing head, say (4)
AVER – Remove the initial R from someone enjoying a wild party.
4d Strange dialect in SA hall (7)
CITADEL – Anagram (strange) of DIALECT. SA here is the Salvation Army.
5d Chemical stuck in your ears (4)
UREA – Hidden (stuck) in the clue.
6d By carrying torch, maybe, you can see home from afar (7)
BLIGHTY – BY (from the clue) wrapped around something of which a torch is an example, giving Tommy Atkins’ term for Britain when serving abroad.
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7d Tudor yeomen looking silly in old book (11)
DEUTERONOMY – Anagram (looking silly) of TUDOR YEOMEN, giving a book of the Old Testament.
8d Generate din, going mad as one sort of actress (11)
TRAGEDIENNE – Anagram (going mad) of GENERATE DIN. You won’t find her in a comedy.
12d Seabirds needing rare wash set out (11)
SHEARWATERS – Anagram (out) of RARE WASH SET.
13d A nasty smell on road — country thing that’s disgusting (11)
ABOMINATION Put together A (from the clue), a nasty smell from an unwashed person, the letter and Roman numeral designating one of England’s main roads, and a country or state.
15d Old Italian smoker died making ascent (5)
DANTE – Put together a smoking hill (Italian as it happens, but I don’t think the word in the clue is doing double duty) and Died, then reverse the lot to get a Renaissance author from Italy.
16d Animal rested before getting tucked in (5)
STOAT – A two-letter word which can mean ‘before’ is tucked inside a word for ‘rested’.
20d A good lot of drinks gets one unable to move somehow (7)
AGROUND – A (from the clue) followed by Good and a set of drinks ordered in a pub.
21d Something unpleasant in bag is a resin (7)
SHELLAC – The unpleasant place where the devil resides, inside a French word for bag.
25d Run away briefly when meeting a bloodsucker (4)
FLEA – Remove the final letter (briefly) from ‘run away’ and add A (from the clue).
26d Big sound from the heart? Not the heart (4)
BOOM – Remove the middle letter (not the heart) from a word which can mean heart or chest or a prominent part of the female anatomy.
27d Writer said to be a founder of state (4)
PENN – This founder of an American state sounds like a writing implement.
The Quick Crossword pun FREAK + WENT = FREQUENT