Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28215
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Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is shining as I type this, but we can expect rain later.
Nothing to frighten the horses today from Giovanni, and plenty of anagrams to get you going.
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1a Cleaner meandering outside university court showing disinclination for work? (10)
RELUCTANCE – Anagram (meandering) of CLEANER wrapped around University and CourT.
6a Change from scheduled itinerary (4)
EDIT – Hidden in the clue.
9a Like some music that could excite Clare Short (10)
ORCHESTRAL – Anagram (could excite) of CLARE SHORT.
10a Note a piece of stage scenery (4)
FLAT – Double definition: a musical note that isn’t a sharp or a natural; or one of the moveable pieces of painted scenery on a stage.
13a Shelf aboard ship for land vehicles (7)
SLEDGES – Another word for ‘shelf’ inside the usual crossword ship.
15a Goddess shows negative emotion about the City (6)
HECATE – The opposite of love is wrapped around the postal district of the City of London, giving us a Greek goddess.
16a Article about employment leads to a feeling of disgust (6)
NAUSEA – Reverse (about) an indefinite article, then add ‘employment’ and A (from the clue).
17a Revenue from ancient tower? Cash coming with little effort (5,3,3,4)
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE – The ancient tower is something which, when it was newer, was used for towing things. The answer is what you get for selling it off.
18a Fruit upset old man (6)
ALMOND – Anagram (upset) of OLD MAN.
20a Diplomat in shelter with hidden gun (6)
LEGATE – The side which is sheltered from the wind is wrapped around an informal word for gun.
21a Silence brought by endlessly serious person trying to be funny (7)
GAGSTER – ‘To silence’, perhaps by physical means, followed by ‘serious’ with its last letter removed.
22a Audacity evident in kiss (4)
NECK – Double definition: the first is often seen in conjunction with ‘brass’.
25a Ordinary mother at home, virtuous person getting about in the morning (10)
MAINSTREAM – Put together a short word for ‘mother’, a word for ‘at home’, the abbreviation for a holy or virtuous person, the Latin word for about or concerning, and the abbreviation for ‘in the morning’.
26a Thus see by one’s own efforts (4)
SOLO – Another word for ‘thus’ followed by ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’.
27a One with lots of stories in America? (10)
SKYSCRAPER – The singular of ‘stories’ in this case is ‘storey’, not ‘story’. So the answer is a type of building.
1d Wild event sees one surrounded by rubbish (4)
RIOT – Another word for rubbish wrapped around the Roman numeral for one.
2d Secure slab after skinning off its top (4)
LOCK – Remove the initial B from another word for ‘slab’.
3d Nothing left for possession by one American native or another (6)
CREOLE – A Native American tribe is wrapped around the letter which looks like zero or nothing, and Left, giving us another set of North Americans, often of French or Spanish origin.
4d Pain starts and needs to be dealt with — the answer must be drugs (15)
ANTIDEPRESSANTS – Anagram (to be dealt with) of PAIN STARTS and NEEDS.
5d First sign of cuckoo and another bird will get fearful (6)
CRAVEN – The first letter of Cuckoo followed by the bird which quoth ‘Nevermore’.
7d Like a sort of insanity, in which one could discern loud aliens (10)
DELUSIONAL – Anagram (in which one could discern) of LOUD ALIENS.
8d One has four feet, is encountered in wild retreat (10)
TETRAMETER – Anagram (wild) of RETREAT, wrapped around ‘encountered’. This is a verse form, not an animal.
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
11d Winner with female name drinks after victories (10)
CHAMPAGNES – Put together a short form of the word for the winner of an event and a woman’s name, and you get the drinks consumed or sprayed about on the winner’s podium.
12d One comic off-beat, a learner becoming cheap (10)
ECONOMICAL – Anagram (off-beat) of ONE COMIC, followed by A (from the clue) and Learner.
13d Hanging around to celebrate, having jumped over river (7)
STAYING – ‘To celebrate’, perhaps musically, wrapped around a Scottish river.
14d One providing something to help a person sit up (7)
SADDLER – Cryptic definition of somebody who makes the equipment used to sit on a horse (up).
19d Daughter wants a facial disguise — here’s the material (6)
DAMASK – Daughter followed by A (from the clue) and a facial disguise as worn by Zorro.
20d Character who hires something out? (6)
LETTER – Double definition, the first being a typographical character.
23d Cautious look up and down (4)
PEEP – The answer is a palindrome (up and down).
24d Some grim Easterner, revolutionary ruler (4)
EMIR – Hidden in reverse (revolutionary) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun FEWER + HOARY = FURORE