Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28221
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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp,grey morning – though we seem to have escaped the storms that have been reported in parts of the country.
Some bits of General Knowledge needed to sort out the parsing of some of the clues in today’s Giovanni, with, I suspect, the nun in 5a likely to give trouble. The answers, however, are not obscure words and solvers should be able to cope.
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1a Inside tunnel see silver plant (6)
BORAGE – Put the chemical symbol for silver inside a verb meaning ‘to tunnel’.
5a Theologian has ensnared Eastern nun, it’s revealed (8)
DECLARED – The letters after the name of someone with a higher degree in theology are wrapped around Eastern and a member of an order of Franciscan nuns named after their founder St Clare.
9a Inventor jolts lab containers (4,4)
BELL JARS – The surname of the inventor of the telephone followed by ‘jolts’.
10a Writing favoured by top man (6)
INKING – A two-letter word for favoured or popular, followed by the top man in a monarchy.
11a Humorous talk — about what to expect on bit of golf course (8)
REPARTEE – Put together the Latin word for about or concerning, an expected level of performance, and the starting point for a game of golf.
12a Girl returning from warfare is saluted (6)
LASSIE – Hidden in reverse (returning) in the clue.
13a Arrive carrying a drunkard back in a sleepy state (8)
COMATOSE – A (from the clue) and the reverse of a word for a drunkard, with a word for ‘arrive’ wrapped around them both.
15a Friend mum’s cut short (4)
MATE – Remove the final letter from the Latin word for mother.
17a Source of electricity in room (4)
CELL – Double definition, the second being a room occupied by a prisoner or a monk.
19a Offer support to little old Sarah (8)
PROPOSAL – Put together a support, Old, and a diminutive form of Sarah.
20a Communist rejected by fellows as one to put things right (6)
MENDER – Some fellows followed by the reverse (rejected) of the colour associated with Communists.
21a New girl in a spin going after love (8)
ORIGINAL – The letter which looks like a love score at tennis, followed by an anagram (spin) of GIRL IN A.
22a American estate in fact unable to accommodate one (6)
REALTY – Remove the Roman numeral for one from a word for fact or actuality, and you get an American term for landed property.
23a Ships acquired by very rich man at end of the day (8)
FRIGATES – The short form of a day of the week (today if you’re reading this on the day of publication), followed by the surname of the Microsoft billionaire.
24a Terrible lad Freud sorted out (8)
DREADFUL – Anagram (sorted out) of LAD FREUD.
25a Symbolically record a time in public school ‘retrogressive’ (6)
NOTATE – Reverse (retrogressive) the name of the usual crossword public school, then insert A (from the clue) and Time.
2d Form of entertainment tricky to repeat (8)
OPERETTA – Anagram (tricky) of TO REPEAT.
3d Bond in flirtatious relationship losing head (8)
ALLIANCE – Remove the initial D from a flirtatious relationship to get a personal or political bond.
4d Always securing final order for material (9)
ELASTOMER – Put together ‘final’ and an honour conferred on distinguished servicemen, scientists, artists or promoters of culture, then wrap a poetic word for ‘always’ around the result.
5d Rene’s old fusspot, pouring out measure of liquid in kitchen (15)
DESSERTSPOONFUL – Anagram (pouring out) of RENE’S OLD FUSSPOT.
6d Formula for constructing eagle’s descent (7)
LINEAGE – If the answer is split (1,2,4) it could be read as an instruction for creating the word ‘eagle’.
7d Provide fresh protection for river, restrictions being put on it (8)
REINSURE – The restrictions used to control horses, followed by a Yorkshire river.
8d Fishing boat the French capsized, resulting in inelegant language (8)
DOGGEREL – A type of fishing boat, also a sea area usually grouped with Fisher and German Bight in the shipping forecast, followed by the reverse (capsized) of the French definite article.
14d A little bit of cautious distrust (9)
SUSPICION – Double definition, the first often replaced by its French translation ‘soupçon’.
15d After a couple of upsetting drinks, journalist grumbled (8)
MURMURED – The drink which kept the Royal Navy going for several centuries, reversed and duplicated, followed by the usual crossword journalist.
16d Large box had to be reported in dock (8)
TRUNCATE – Split (5,3) this could sound like (reported) a large box for travellers and ‘had’ as in ‘had for dinner’.
17d Excellent fellow pursuing line in court — one looking for compensation? (8)
CLAIMANT – Put together Line, a letter and Roman numeral signifying excellent or first class, and a fellow or chap. Then wrap an abbreviation for CourT around the result.
18d What’s torn in injury in sport, getting fabric wrapped round (8)
LIGAMENT – A sport or pastime, with a fabric used in bandages or dressings wrapped around it.
19d Legal statement gets Edward ruffled (7)
PLEATED – A legal statement of case followed by a diminutive form of Edward, giving us the sort of ruffles to be found in an item of clothing.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOCK + TERNS = NOCTURNES