Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28173
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where some overnight rain has reduced the temperature a little.
Actually solving today’s Giovanni didn’t take me long, hence ** for difficulty, though in some cases it took me rather longer to sort out the explanation so that I could write the hint.
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8a Hands no longer cold? Let’s get on with it! (3,6,3,3)
THE GLOVES ARE OFF – An expression which, taken literally, would suggest what you do when your hands no longer need protection from the cold.
9a Idiot knocking container over (3)
NIT – Reverse (knocking … over) a metal container.
10a An altercation if meal is terrible? I don’t know what to say (5,4,2)
WORDS FAIL ME – A five-letter altercation, as in ‘Mrs Smith and her neighbour had —– over the garden fence’, followed by an anagram (terrible) of IF MEAL.
11a Many in relapse, falling back, looking less well (5)
PALER – Hidden in reverse (falling back) in RELAPse.
12a Former British firm getting irritated moved abroad (9)
EMIGRATED – The three-letter acronym for one of Britain’s biggest record companies, which folded in 2011, followed by ‘irritated’ or ‘jarred’.
15a See bird lay egg possibly after crossing river (7)
GREYLAG – An anagram (possibly) of LAY EGG wrapped around River, giving a variety of goose.
17a Last character to leave Cornish place in act of atonement (7)
PENANCE – Remove the final letter of the alphabet (last character) from a Cornish town with Gilbertian pirates.
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19a ‘Setter-off’ finally reached school by a hill (9)
DETONATOR – Put together the last letter of reacheD, a well-known public school, and a West Country hill.
20a Monk not wanting important lady’s soup (5)
BROTH – Remove the letters denoting Queen Elizabeth from the title given to a monk.
21a Inadequate deputy is given different duties for a change of fortune (11)
VICISSITUDE – Start with the word used for a deputy President or chairman, remove its last letter (inadequate), then add IS (from the clue) and an anagram (different) of DUTIES.
24a Factory laying off a thousand? That is unfortunate (3)
ILL – Remove the Roman numeral for a thousand from a sort o factory.
25a Situation when hanging’s left hanging? (4,2,9)
STAY OF EXECUTION – Cryptic definition of what happens when a death sentence is postponed.
1d The details being spelt out will be most ghastly (10)
DEATHLIEST – Anagram (spelt out) of THE DETAILS.
2d Rose, maybe, is fine cow (6)
FLOWER – Fine followed by a term for a cow based on the noise it makes.
3d Fat maiden, maybe, needing rest by the sound of it? (10)
OVERWEIGHT – A four-letter word which may be a maiden at cricket, followed by a homophone (by the sound of it) of a rest or pause in the action.
4d Goddess that moves through Oxford (4)
ISIS – An Egyptian goddess, whose name is also given to the river through Oxford, and to the Oxford reserve crew in the Boat Race.
5d Ordeal having to manage drive in a car of uncertain reliability? (5,3)
TRIAL RUN – The first word is an ordeal or test, the second is ‘to manage’.
6d Scientific man of law said to seethe (4)
BOIL – A homophone (said) of the 17th-century physicist who formulated a law governing the behaviour of gases as pressure, volume and temperature change.
7d Sin unacceptable — stop! (6)
OFFEND – Put together two three-letter words, the first being ‘unacceptable’ as in ‘that’s a bit —‘, the second being a command to stop.
8d In camp the connection one gets is ropey (4,3)
TENT PEG – This is what a tent’s guy rope is attached to.
13d Petitions to get resumption organised (10)
IMPORTUNES – The definition is a verb, and is an anagram (organised) of RESUMPTION.
14d Sort of inflammation — nurse is pressing on it (10)
TENDONITIS – Another word for ‘nurse’ or ‘care for’ and IS (from the clue, placed either side of ON IT (from the clue).
16d It might get a six? It’s very unlikely (4,4)
LONG SHOT – This is a figurative expression for an end which is unlikely to be achieved. Literally, it refers to the fact that the further away a target is, the less likely you are to hit it. The expression could also cover what you have to hit to score a six at cricket.
18d Level of command in military formation (7)
ECHELON – Double definition: a group of people at a particular level in a hierarchical command structure; or a formation of troops (or the peloton in the Tour de France in a cross wind) as if in steps.
19d Scheme essential to revolutionary fancies I’ve ditched (6)
DEVISE – Hidden in reverse (essential to, revolutionary) in the clue.
20d Add strength to complaint at university (4,2)
BEEF UP – A complaint or grouse followed by a word for ‘at university’.
22d Eat greedily from hamper, but not quietly (4)
CRAM – Remove the musical symbol for ‘quietly’ from a word meaning ‘hamper’ or ‘confine’.
23d Plan that helps to give side advantage (4)
IDEA – Hidden (helps to give) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun FORCE + ACHE = FORSAKE.