Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28191
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is making occasional appearances through the clouds. We’ve had a busy week looking after small granddaughter, so looking forward to handing over responsibility to our daughter when she comes down after work.
I found today’s Giovanni to be on the gentle side, though I’m not entirely sure of the parsing of 18a.
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1a The Parisian certainly quiet, being back in study (7)
PERUSAL – Put together one of the forms of the definite article in French, a word for ‘certainly’, and the musical symbol for quiet, then reverse the lot.
5a Deceptive type, outspoken with little hesitation (7)
BLUFFER – Outspoken or plain-speaking, followed by a word expressing hesitation.
9a Player representing America putting lots off (5)
GAMER – Hidden in the clue.
10a Country area that CPRE won’t want houses on? (9)
GREENLAND – If the answer is split (5,4) you get something the CPRE wouldn’t want to see developed. Without the split, it’s a rather chilly country.
11a Little fellow given sticking plaster maybe and sent packing (10)
DESPATCHED – A short form of a man’s name followed by a word expressing a hasty repair or dressing.
12a Fancy an alternative source to mains water? (4)
WELL – Double definition: the first is an exclamation.
14a Performer giving recent ballad a new twist (6-6)
BALLET-DANCER – Anagram (giving … a new twist) of RECENT BALLAD.
18a A group’s No. 13 being played? Something to raise the dead! (3,4,5)
THE LAST TRUMP – The definition refers to the instrument which will be sounded to raise the dead to the Last Judgement, in the Bible story. I think that the wordplay refers to the 13th card of a particular suit at bridge or whist.
21a Sweet idiot (4)
FOOL – Double definition, the first being a summer dessert.
22a Partner‘s requirement after beer has been sent back? (6,4)
BETTER HALF – If you send your beer back as undrinkable, you will be asking for an improved pint or …
25a At back of the science room speak to give more details (9)
ELABORATE – Put together the last letter (back of) of thE, a short form of the room where scientists work, and a word for speak (in public).
26a Chemical experimenter wasting time initially (5)
ESTER – Remove the first letter of Time (wasting time initially) from a word describing someone carrying out experiments, and you get an organic chemical.
27a Report of walks in grassy areas (7)
STEPPES – These grassy areas cover much of Russia and Central Asia, and are a homophone (report of) of a word for ‘walks’.
28a Wobbly stranger beginning to yawn by end of road (7)
DODDERY – Start with a word for stranger or more peculiar, add the first letter of Yawn, then put the result next to the last letter of roaD.
1d Dad clutching an idol in temple (6)
PAGODA – An informal word for Dad or father wrapped around a phrase (1,3) meaning ‘an idol’.
2d Reason a boy dumped girl — being thoughtless (6)
REMISS – Remove a phrase meaning ‘a boy’ from RE(a son), then add a way of addressing a young girl.
3d Chivalrous fellow has a girl, a fantastic little daughter (3,7)
SIR GALAHAD – Anagram (fantastic) of HAS A GIRL A, followed by Daughter.
4d Reason officer turns up to grab soldier (5)
LOGIC – Reverse (turns up) the abbreviated title of a senior regimental officer, then wrap the result around a US soldier.
5d Yeoman having drink, embracing English achievement (9)
BEEFEATER – An alcoholic drink is wrapped around English and an achievement, giving a familiar term for the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London.
6d From what we hear, is paid pots (4)
URNS – These pottery vessels sound like (we hear) ‘is paid’.
7d Lover meeting sergeant maybe for a dance (8)
FLAMENCO – A word for a lover, usually found in conjunction with ‘old’ to denote a former lover, followed by the generic term for sergeants, corporals and the like.
8d Type of warning altered possibly after first sign of rain (3,5)
RED ALERT – Anagram (possibly) of ALTERED, placed after the first letter of Rain.
13d One helping to get rid of a lot, CEO seen as a shark (10)
HAMMERHEAD – A tool which helps an auctioneer to sell a lot, followed by a CEO or other top boss of an organisation.
15d Church members can be real nuts, terribly hard inside (9)
LUTHERANS – Anagram (terribly) of REAL NUTS, with Hard inserted.
16d Members of firm about to set up in Midlands county (8)
STAFFERS – Reverse the Latin word for about or concerning and insert it into a West Midlands county (the one where this blogger comes from).
17d Miserable miss upset and hugged by boyfriend? (8)
DESOLATE – Start with a four-letter word for ‘miss’ or ‘mislay’, reverse it, then wrap around it a word for a boyfriend, girlfriend, or the occasion when one takes the other out.
19d Famous Frenchman wanting some of his art recognised (6)
SARTRE – Hidden in the clue.
20d A loud and totally heartless father always in a fight (6)
AFFRAY – Put together A (from the clue), the musical symbol for loud, F(athe)R (totally heartless father), and a two-letter poetic word for always.
23d The unwanted plant in Yorkshire river (5)
TWEED – How a Yorkshireman might say ‘the’, followed by how a Yorkshireman or anyone else might describe an unwanted plant.
24d Old Bob, oldie in a TV series (4)
SOAP – The abbreviation (from ‘solidus’) for the old coin known as a bob, followed by the three-letter acronym for someone receiving the State Pension.
The Quick Crossword pun BERTHED + HAZE = BIRTHDAYS