Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28143
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Bonjour from Le Château de Boisson in the Cévennes, the latest stop on our trip round France. We’ve had plenty of Roman antiquities this week, with the aqueduct at the Pont du Gard, and the amphitheatre and Tour Magne at Nîmes.
Sitting outside and dealing with the early morning sun trying to obscure my screen may have slowed me slightly, since I finished today’s Giovanni in *** time, though it felt as if it ought to have been easier than that.
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5a Trip in street like Uriah ‘eep (7)
STUMBLE – The abbreviation for STreet followed by the self-proclaimed characteristic of a villain in David Copperfield.
7a Word of prayer finally effected change (5)
AMEND – The word with which a prayer often ends followed by the last letter of effecteD.
9a Placed by entrance a superior food item (6)
GATEAU – Put together an entrance, A (from the clue) and the letter designating something as upper-class or superior.
10a See a rite out of place in restaurants (8)
EATERIES – Anagram (out of place) of SEE A RITE.
11a One engaged to work is against going by vehicle (10)
CONTRACTOR – A Latin abbreviation for ‘against’ (where ‘pro’ is ‘for’) followed by an agricultural vehicle.
13a Edge of dress getting grease and grime (4)
SOIL – The last letter of dresS followed by some grease.
14a Loose human, he’d somehow become famous person (9,4)
HOUSEHOLD NAME – Anagram (somehow) of LOOSE HUMAN HE’D.
16a Head of Society and VIP who looks down on the lesser orders? (4)
SNOB – The first letter of Society followed by a VIP or toff.
17a Old fellow makes one muse with health amiss (10)
METHUSELAH – This is the man in the Old Testament who is said to have lived 969 years. Anagram (amiss) of MUSE and HEALTH.
19a Designer hugs a doctor, one of four in a circle (8)
QUADRANT – A 1960s designer wrapped around A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for doctor.
20a Legal termination of protocol — terrible (6)
LAWFUL – The final letter of protocoL followed by ‘terrible’.
22a One joining up for work in channel (5)
SEWER – Double definition: one joining things with needle and thread; or a drainage channel.
23a Salt — it is packed in box (7)
CITRATE – IT (from the clue) placed inside a box or shipping container, giving a chemical salt.
1d Cross person who is … (4)
MULE – A cross-bred animal, also figuratively someone who is 2d.
2d … this, a doubter in a frenzy (8)
OBDURATE – Anagram (in a frenzy) of A DOUBTER, giving the characteristic of a 1d.
3d Ex-President, one in a wagon? (6)
CARTER – Former US President who could also be the chap who drives a horse-drawn wagon.
4d Plant making seat messy in vehicle (6-4)
HEART’S-EASE – The vehicle in which you make your last journey, wrapped around an anagram (messy) of SEAT.
5d Cap all right when put wrong way round to cover top of head (5)
SHAKO – Put together two letters signifying ‘all right’ and a two-letter word for ‘when’, then reverse the lot (put wrong way round) and insert the first letter (top) of Head. This gives us a variety of military headgear.
6d Like something potentially shocking — terrible octet’s recital (13)
ELECTROSTATIC – Anagram (terrible) of OCTET’S RECITAL.
8d Indeed I see developments going up, just some, in area by river (7)
DEESIDE – This area by a named river is hidden in reverse in the clue.
12d Discouraging message conveyed by digital means (6,4)
THUMBS DOWN – The digits here are those which form part of the hand.
14d Times in which number will get gongs for achievements? (7)
HONOURS – The two-letter abbreviation for ‘number’, placed inside some periods of time.
15d Misgivings about the French garments of an earlier time (8)
DOUBLETS – Another word for ‘misgivings’ wrapped around one of the forms of French definite article.
17d Male bore lacking substance maybe (6)
MEAGRE – Male followed by a tidal bore of the sort seen on the Severn.
18d Entertain a goddess (5)
AMUSE – A (from the clue) followed by one of the Greek goddesses mentioned in 17a.
21d Colourful herb and egg in a sandwich? (4)
WOAD – Put the egg-shaped letter inside some squaddy slang for a sandwich to get the herb from which a blue dye is extracted.
The Quick Crossword pun GRAY + TALK = GREAT AUK