Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28185
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a fine August day.
Giovanni is in a fairly ecclesiastical mode today, with three Down clues in the first five having churchy connotations – as does the Quick Crossword pun. It felt reasonably difficult while I was doing it, but I still finished in just under *** time
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1a Type of politician feared, awful heel (10)
FEDERALIST – Anagram (awful) of FEARED, followed by ‘to heel’, as a ship might.
6a Counterpart gets work one way and another (4)
OPPO – Put together the Latin abbreviation for a musical work and the reverse of the same abbreviation.
9a Frame no bother, finishing with fifty (5)
EASEL – A state of relaxation (no bother) followed by the Roman numeral for fifty.
10a Vexed soldiers, if about to get caught in this? (9)
CROSSFIRE – Start with a word for vexed or angry and the initials of a regiment of the British Army often found in crosswords. Then reverse IF (from the clue) and put it between the two.
12a Noises from bats (7)
RACKETS – Double definition, the second being the bats used by tennis or squash players.
13a Give out old books to everybody (5)
ALLOT – Another word for ‘everybody’ followed by the initials denoting the books in the earlier part of the Bible.
15a Gin to be thrown into river? There’s a bridge here! (7)
AVIGNON – Anagram (thrown) of GIN placed inside the name of one of several British rivers. The bridge, however, is in France and may be danced upon.
17a Wise person restricting foreign nobleman, a cad? (7)
SEDUCER – A wise person who can foretell the future, wrapped around a French nobleman.
19a Horrible person making first day back at work severe, no end? (7)
MONSTER – The first day of the working week (abbreviated), followed by a word for severe missing its final letter.
21a Leader of Society meeting Queen, loathsome and obsequious (7)
SERVILE – Put together the first letter (leader) of Society, the regnal cypher of our Queen, and a word for loathsome.
22a We must shelter in group about to get drier (5)
TOWEL – The definition here is a noun, not a comparative adjective. Reverse (about) another word for a group, and wrap it around WE (from the clue).
24a Quiet sports official has wonderful introductory words (7)
PREFACE – Put together the musical symbol for quiet, a short form of the word for the man in charge of a football or rugby match, and an informal word for wonderful or super.
27a Dramatic artist rolling over and not getting up? (9)
ARRESTING – Reverse (rolling over) the usual crossword artist, then add a word for what you’re doing if you stay in bed.
28a Muck is dreadful, coming to middle of field (5)
GRIME – Another word for dreadful or depressing, followed by the middle letter of field.
29a A party’s making a comeback — it creates a bit of a splash (4)
SODA – Put together A (from the clue), a party, and the ‘S from the clue, then reverse the lot.
30a People talking on street — they hesitate in speech (10)
STUTTERERS – The abbreviation for STreet followed by a word describing people talking or making statements.
1d Consider little female a slippery type (4)
FEEL – An abbreviation for Female followed by a notoriously slippery fish.
2d See one stride out in act of abandonment (9)
DESERTION –Anagram (out) of ONE STRIDE.
3d Priest in Catholic Church, a bit of a saint from the past? (5)
RELIC – An Old Testament priest who often appears in crosswords, with the letters denoting a member of the Roman Catholic church wrapped around him.
4d Stand in front of a congregation? (7)
LECTERN – This is the stand which may hold the book from which a reading is given in church.
5d Piousness sadly lacking in partners (7)
SPOUSES – Anagram (sadly) of P(i)OUS(n)ESS without the letters of IN (lacking in).
7d Some morphia left in bottle (5)
PHIAL – Hidden in the clue.
8d Ruder one involved with TV creating upset (10)
OVERTURNED – Anagram (involved) of RUDER ONE and TV.
11d Person surrounded by sea, not the first to drag through the mud (7)
SLANDER – Start with a word for someone who lives on a piece of land entirely surrounded by sea, then remove the first letter.
14d Types spotted at Crufts? (10)
DALMATIANS – Cryptic definition of some dogs noted for their spotted coats.
16d Plants observed going up round dry lake (7)
NETTLES – Reverse (going up, in a Down clue) a word for ‘observed’, then insert the letters indicating dry, as in no alcohol, and an abbreviation for Lake.
18d Tree with inadequate heat, we hear, getting to languish (5,4)
CHILE PINE – The first word is the name of a South American country which sounds like (we hear) it’s not very warm. The second word means to languish or long for.
20d Material isn’t to get varnish again? (7)
REPAINT – A corded material mainly seen in crosswords followed by an informal form of ‘isn’t’.
21d Juggling trick that’s an insult to the audience (7)
SLEIGHT – This word for a trick, usually seen in the phrase ‘—- of hand’ is a homophone (to the audience) of an insult or snub.
23d Like some bras making group of women angry? (5)
WIRED – The women’s group noted for jam and Jerusalem followed by the colour they turn when you say that jam and Jerusalem is all they’re about.
25d Perspective of immigrant from many centuries ago (5)
ANGLE – Double definition, the second being one of the chaps who came over with the Saxons and Jutes.
26d Bad German in game about to be sent off (4)
HESS – Remove the Latin abbreviation for about or approximately from the front of a well-known board game, and you get the name of a Nazi leader who flew to Britain in 1941, and later spent many years in Spandau prison.
The Quick Crossword pun SACRA + MEANT + ALI = SACRAMENTALLY