Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28227
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Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny September day.
Not too much piety from Giovanni this morning, but the usual requirements for some General Knowledge – and a novel (to me, anyway) clue construction at 13a.
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7a More than one wild animal in river by vessel delights (14)
HIPPOPOTAMUSES – Put together a word for ‘in’ or trendy, the Italian river which is a frequent visitor to crosswordland, an earthenware vessel, and ‘delights’ or entertains.
9a Sober and at ease, consuming water (10)
RESTRAINED – The sort of water that falls from the sky is placed inside a word for ‘at ease’ or relaxed.
11a Quiet time to get something to read? (4)
PAGE – The musical symbol for quiet followed by a long period of time.
12a What fuels boiler? (3)
OIL – An all-in-one clue, where the answer is found inside bOILer.
13a What you see in cycle velodrome at different heights (5-5)
SPLIT-LEVEL – This is like one of the clues in ‘Dingbats’. The answer is literally what you see in cycLE VELodrome.
16a Girl, one facing endless peril (4)
IRIS – The Roman numeral for one, followed by peril or danger with its final letter missing.
17a Six books in a set sitting beside mature wine (7)
VINTAGE – Put together the Roman numeral for six, the letters denoting one of the sets of books in the Bible, and a verb meaning to mature.
18a These played harps, but not the harp-playing types! (7)
SERAPHS – (The)SE from the clue followed by an anagram played of HARPS, with ‘the’ removed.
20a Celebrity that’s knocked over by despicable people (4)
STAR – Reverse the sort of despicable people who may be said to desert a sinking ship.
21a Household collections famous Frenchman featured in odd bits of text (10)
TROUSSEAUX – The plural form of the traditional collection put together by a bride-to-be. The odd-numbered letters of TeXt are placed either side of a French philosopher.
23a Garland from the French island (3)
LEI – The French definite article followed by an abbreviation for Island, giving us a Hawaiian garland.
24a After first half of month perform in sport (4)
JUDO – The first half of the name of a four-letter month, followed by ‘perform’.
25a Greek character thus transformed Italy, showing ability to bring harmony? (10)
MUSICALITY – Put together a letter of the Greek alphabet, the Latin word for ‘thus, and an anagram (transformed) of ITALY.
28a A lot may be about to be getting a hit from above? (5,3,6)
UNDER THE HAMMER – A cryptic definition of where a lot in an auction sale may be said to be.
1d Manoeuvring of vehicle makes pet run riot, then collapse (5-5,4)
THREE-POINT TURN – anagram (collapse) of PET RUN RIOT THEN.
2d See best standing on head (4)
SPOT – Reverse (standing on head, in a Down clue) an informal word for ‘best’.
3d Within a part of India lurks unknown artist (4)
GOYA – A former Portuguese colony in India, wrapped around an algebraic unknown.
4d Scheme to set bar up in secluded seaside location (7)
CONNIVE – Another word for a bar or pub is reversed (set up) and placed inside an inlet of the sea.
5d Belts with ammunition stop soldier moving (10)
BANDOLIERS – ‘To stop’ or forbid, followed by an anagram (moving) of SOLDIER.
6d Sue being agile, catching one pet? (10)
SUPPLICATE A word for agile or lissom, wrapped around the Roman numeral for one and a furry pet.
8d Laundress might need to shift gloopy yellow stuff (7,7)
ENGLISH MUSTARD – Anagram (need to shift) of LAUNDRESS MIGHT.
10d Go off hill after climbing (3)
ROT – Reverse (after climbing) the sort of hill which is especially found on the moors of Devon.
14d Bury run, leader in race being unwelcome visitor (10)
INTERLOPER – Put together a word for bury, an easy running gait, and the first letter of Race.
15d Member getting very friendly with name not provided is recognised (10)
LEGITIMATE – A member of the human body, followed by ‘very friendly with’ with the Name removed.
19d Fellow hiding love is a bit more wet (7)
MOISTER – The full spelling of the form of address used for a man, wrapped around the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
22d Son meeting father in spring (3)
SPA – Son, followed by an informal word for father.
26d Heartless trick will make you gossip (4)
CHAT – Remove the middle letter (heartless) from a word meaning trick or swindle.
27d Writer that one associates with a certain Mary (4)
LAMB – As in ‘Mary had a little …’
The Quick Crossword pun SAUL + TANNER = SULTANA