Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28149
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Bonjour from La Grande Sologne at Nouan le Fuzelier in Central France, where after two days of 30° temperatures we have a rainy morning with the threat of thunderstorms later. This will be our last stop before coming home next week. I shall be travelling next Friday, and I believe that Hanni will be here instead of me.
After a hot, sticky night with limited sleep I was expecting more of a tussle with Giovanni this morning, but found that everything fell into place remarkably quickly – possibly the fastest time I have recorded while doing these blogs.
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1a Old boy returning to gambling game in woman’s waistcoat! (6)
BODICE – Reverse (returning) the initials identifying an old boy of a school, and add a gambling game involving cubes.
4a Notice the fellow getting torn apart as a partisan (8)
ADHERENT – Put together a sort of notice, the pronoun for ‘the fellow’, and ‘torn apart’.
9a A bit of work on toy (6)
DOLLOP – A toy (usually seen as for girls) followed by the Latin abbreviation for a musical work.
10a Remove misbehaving sergeant (8)
ESTRANGE – Anagram (misbehaving) of SERGEANT.
11a Girl’s first — paid attention and shone (9)
GLISTENED – The first letter of Girl followed by ‘paid attention’.
13a Mechanical component to corrode, getting yellow (5)
ROTOR – Another word for ‘corrode’ followed by the heraldic term for yellow.
14a Drunk arrives insane for special celebrations (13)
ANNIVERSARIES – Anagram (drunk) of ARRIVES INSANE.
17a Drama not easily understood? Pretend to lack interest (4,4,2,3)
PLAY HARD TO GET – This phrase, describing how a young lady (typically) may strive to keep the attention of her suitor, literally describes a dramatic work which is difficult to understand.
21a Odd sailor rolling over in dance (5)
RUMBA – Another word for ‘odd’ followed by the reversal (rolling over) of one of the usual crossword sailors.
23a The most important thing on our menu possibly (6,3)
NUMERO UNO – Anagram (possibly) of ON OUR MENU.
24a How to provide tips for cooking device (8)
TURNSPIT – The answer, split (4,4) could be read as a way to generate ‘tips’. It is also a device (and originally a person) engaged in the process of roasting meat.
25a Bothering about a piece of jewellery (6)
CARING – The Latin abbreviation for about or approximately, followed by a piece of jewellery.
26a Funny Leo, great friend to be trusted (5,3)
ALTER EGO – Anagram (funny) of LEO GREAT.
27a Fairly good journey down mountain but without sun (6)
DECENT – Remove the Sun from a word for coming down a mountain.
1d Person over time built up wine store (6)
BODEGA – A person or chap followed by the reverse (built up, in a Down clue) of a period of time.
2d I, a boy going the wrong way, hit a religious leader (5,4)
DALAI LAMA – I and A (from the clue) and a word for a boy, all reversed, followed by ‘hit’ and the second A (from the clue).
3d Prisoner admitting defeat? One may be in the soup (7)
CROUTON – A massive defeat placed inside one of the usual crossword prisoners.
5d Mister, a dude, contrived to get something much wanted (11)
DESIDERATUM – Anagram (contrived) of MISTER A DUDE.
6d Old region‘s old city in a rite, dancing (7)
ETRURIA – Anagram (dancing) of A RITE, wrapped around the old biblical city in the Chaldees.
7d Artist and group of sailors occupying estate briefly (5)
ERNST – An abbreviation of ‘estate’ wrapped around the initials of the group of sailors who man our warships.
8d Suppose duck has got into the tower (8)
THEORISE – THE (from the clue) and a tower or uplift, placed either side of the letter which looks like a cricketing duck.
12d Reaching no conclusion, like two getting upset and separating (5-6)
NEVER-ENDING – A word describing a number like two, reversed, then a word for separating or tearing.
15d Meddlesome at home — endless responsibility yours truly has (9)
INTRUSIVE – Start with a word for ‘at home’, then add a responsibility with its final letter removed, and follow it with ‘yours truly has’.
16d Old father in Paris staying off booze before a musical show (8)
OPERETTA – Put together Old, the French for father, the letters indicating someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, and A (from the clue).
18d He roars awkwardly, having a rougher voice (7)
HOARSER – Anagram (awkwardly) of HE ROARS.
19d Material from European country ending in Chile (7)
GERMANE – An adjective describing someone from a particular European country, followed by the final letter of ChilE.
20d Looked for nothing, after initial change of direction (6)
SOUGHT – Start with a word for nothing, then change the initial letter from one direction to its opposite.
22d Goodness me — solver finally has got it! (5)
MERIT – Put together ME (from the clue), the final letter of solveR, and IT (from the clue).
The Quick Crossword pun CASQUE + AIDES = CASCADES