Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28179
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cool, cloudy day.
Three-quarters of today’s Giovanni went in very quickly, but then I ground to a halt in the SW quadrant, hence *** for difficulty. The puzzle is a pangram, and there are the usual bits of General Knowledge thrown in, fairly clued as ever.
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1a Annoyed old boy returning to that place died (8)
BOTHERED – Put together the reverse (returning) of the letters denoting an old boy of a school, the adverb meaning ‘to that place’, and Died.
5a Fight doctor wearing his white garment? (6)
COMBAT – One of the sets of letters a doctor may have after his or her name, wrapped in the garment which a hospital doctor may well wear on duty.
9a Supporting English actors, making prediction (8)
FORECAST – Put together a word for ‘supporting’ (the opposite of ‘against’), English, and the collective noun for the actors in a play.
10a Course of godly soul getting about in the morning (6)
STREAM – Put together the abbreviation of the title of a holy person, the Latin word for about or concerning, and the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’.
12a Sound in street restricted by regulation (6)
RUSTLE – A law, order or regulation wrapped around the abbreviation for STreet.
13a Quiet men line up for traditional prison food (8)
PORRIDGE – Put together the musical symbol for ‘quiet’, the military abbreviation for men who are not officers, and a raised line of earth in a ploughed field.
15a Archdeacon attached to friend in a corrupt fashion (7)
VENALLY – The abbreviation for the honorific title given to an archdeacon, followed by a military or political friend.
16a Ornament to corrode (4)
FRET – Double definition: to ornament with interlaced work; or to rub, chafe or corrode.
20a Just out of bed, we hear, and off (4)
AWAY – This sounds like (we hear) the word used to describe an anchor which has just been hauled out of the seabed.
21a In a circle you and I will lead (7)
WEARING – Another way of describing the clothes someone has on. Start with the pronoun for ‘you and I’, then add A (from the clue) and a circular object.
25a Attacks made by idiot with a lust out of control (8)
ASSAULTS – An idiot, followed by an anagram (out of control) of A LUST.
26a A coin’s tossed in a place for gambling (6)
CASINO – Anagram (tossed) of A COIN’S.
28a Support needed by Elizabeth, contrary nut (6)
BRAZIL – A lady’s supporting garment, followed by the reverse (contrary) of a diminutive form of ‘Elizabeth’.
29a Writer and performer entertaining old crooner? (8)
SALINGER – A vocal performer wrapped around the first name of a 1930s crooner, giving us the author of The Catcher in the Rye. With a couple of checkers in, I thought the crooner was going to be ‘Bing’: it isn’t.
30a Component of 17 right to put on a plate? (6)
RADISH – Right followed by A (from the clue) and a sort of plate, giving us one of the items which may be found in the answer to 17d.
31a One may have several shrubs — how to handle garden tool? (8)
HEDGEROW – A garden tool used to produce neat boundaries to a lawn, with HOW (from the clue) wrapped around it.
1d Eastern female entertained by tedious person earlier (6)
BEFORE – Start with a word for a tedious person, then insert Eastern and Female.
2d Bird in this grass-like plant is escaping (6)
THRUSH – Remove the IS from TH(is) (from the clue), and add a plant found in boggy or watery environments, which may look a bit like grass.
3d Did well, no longer having prison-style accommodation? (8)
EXCELLED – This word for ‘did well’ could be read as a prefix meaning ‘former’ or ‘no longer’, followed by an adjective which could describe the sort of accommodation a prison has.
4d Characters at the edges of empire reported peace (4)
EASE – This sounds like (reported)what you might say the letters at the beginning and end of EmpirE are.
6d Animals to rest after swimming (6)
OTTERS – Anagram (after swimming) of TO REST.
7d Those that mix in British libraries? (8)
BLENDERS – British, followed by what one of the functions of public libraries is.
8d Storms encountered going north — things that bother you (8)
TEMPESTS – Reverse (going north, in a Down clue) a word for ‘encountered’, then add some annoying creatures.
11d Lines penned by directors offering a post (7)
BOLLARD – The collective noun for the directors of a company wrapped around the abbreviation for ‘lines’.
14d Showing dignity, this person’s stifling a joke (7)
MAJESTY – The pronominal adjective for ‘this person’s’ is wrapped around A (from the clue) and a joke.
17d Feature of restaurant that could be drab, alas (5,3)
SALAD BAR – Anagram (could be) of DRAB ALAS.
18d Feature of foyer with tiles? (8)
HATSTAND – This is something on which you may hang what was once called in slang a ‘tile’, typically found in the foyer or entrance hall.
19d Requiring, by the sound of it, the action of a masseur (8)
KNEADING – What a masseur (or a baker) does, which sounds like a word for ‘requiring’ or ‘lacking’.
22d More than one little bird flinches (6)
QUAILS – Double definition. The little bird’s eggs may be served as a canapé.
23d Good US soldier turning up in pub in Scottish town (6)
BIGGAR – Start with Good and the common abbreviation for a US soldier, reverse the lot and put it inside a pub. You get a town near Lanark (or a Welsh outside half).
24d Quarrel after cheat turns up to use bank facility? (6)
BORROW – Reverse (turns up) a word for ‘cheat’ or ‘steal’, than add an argument or quarrel.
27d Word of warning in underground venue (4)
CAVE – Double definition: the first is a Latin word meaning ‘beware’, once used by public schoolboys to warn of the approach of a master.
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