Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28239
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a dull, grey morning. Thoughts and best wishes to our Florida contributors under attack from Hurricane Matthew.
It took me a while to get 12d, my last one in, and that pushed overall solving time up to ***. There seemd to be more double definitions than usual for Giovanni, but otherwise very much what we expect on a Friday.
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1a Source established beyond doubt by an English church (10)
PROVENANCE – Put together ‘established beyond doubt’, AN from the clue, and the initials of the Established church in England.
6a Keen Conservative coming in to help (4)
ACID – Another word for help wrapped around Conservative.
9a Soldiers given official recognition — something read out (10)
RECITATION – The initials of a regiment of engineers, followed by the words of recognition that might be attached to an award for gallantry.
10a Animals celebrated, rolling over (4)
GNUS – Reverse (rolling over) a word for celebrated musically, as these animals were by Flanders and Swann.
13a Label for killer of pigs? (7)
STICKER – Double definition, the second referring to boar hunting on horseback with spears.
15a I dare somehow to conceal love as travelling supporter (6)
ROADIE – Anagram (somehow) of I DARE wrapped around the letter that looks like a love score at tennis, giving us one of the travelling support staff for a touring musician.
16a Dog — one posing a problem? (6)
SETTER – Double definition: a breed of dog; or someone like Giovanni.
17a Book with more than one title (8,7)
DEBRETT’S PEERAGE – Cryptic definition of a work containing details of the noble families of Britain.
18a Provides refreshment in a variety of crates (6)
CATERS – Anagram (variety) of CRATES.
20a Lapsing somehow not good — backbone’s needed (6)
SPINAL – Anagram (somehow) of LAPSIN(g) ignoring the G(ood).
21a Water often flows over this to submerge floor covering for Spooner (3,4)
MUD FLAT – An area subject to tidal inundation which could be a Spoonerism for a phrase (5,3) linking ‘to submerge’ and a floor covering.
22a One little girl, the flower of Oxford (4)
ISIS – The Roman numeral for one followed by a diminutive of a female sibling, giving us the classical name attached to the Thames as it flows through Oxford.
25a Action of one returning after journey is becoming very clear (6,4)
COMING HOME – Double definition, the first being a literal statement of what you’re doing when you return from a journey, the second being the figurative use of the expression.
26a Piano seems to drown this organ (4)
NOSE – Hidden in the clue.
27a Delightful singing by chaps heading off (10)
ENCHANTING – Remove the initial letter (heading off) from some chaps, then add the sort of singing done by monks.
1d Leave theatrical role (4)
PART – Double definition: a verb meaning ‘leave’; or a role in a play.
2d Element of initiation ceremony in days gone by (4)
ONCE – Hidden in the clue.
3d Property in car (6)
ESTATE – Double definition: landed property; or a design of car.
4d Star involved with the official dogmatic statements (8,2,5)
ARTICLES OF FAITH – Anagram (involved with) of STAR, THE OFFICIAL. There are 39 of these in the Book of Common Prayer.
5d Revolutionary’s engaging soldiers for tedious tasks (6)
CHORES – Crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary, plus the ‘S, wrapped around the abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers.
7d Confinement of prisoners with exercise given minimal time (10)
CONSTRAINT – Put together an informal word for prisoners, a verb meaning ‘to exercise’, and Time.
8d Dry red soil scattered all over the place (10)
DISORDERLY – Anagram (scattered) of DRY RED SOIL.
11d Quiet little man will accept order, I forecast (10)
PREDICTION – Start with the musical symbol for quiet, then wrap a short form of a man’s name around an order from a ruler and I (from the clue).
12d Hazel has such a small bit in play, speaking only at the start (5,5)
LAMBS’ TAILS – Anagram (in play) of A SMALL BIT, followed by the first letter of Speaking. This gives us an alternative name for the catkins of the hazel tree.
13d Weapon made sir nasty (7)
SIDEARM – Anagram (nasty) of MADE SIR.
14d Bill may get such an acknowledgement (7)
RECEIPT – Cryptic definition of what you may get on settling a bill.
19d Bribe offered by cheat upsettingly exposed in tabloid (6)
SUBORN – Reverse (upsettingly) a three-letter word for cheat or steal, and put it inside the shining star of Mr Murdoch’s tabloid empire.
20d Old city disciple embraces a US soldier turning up (6)
SAIGON – A (from the clue) and the reversal (turning up) of a US soldier with a disciple or descendant wrapped around them, giving us the former name of a city in south Vietnam.
23d Native American dance on island (4)
HOPI – A rather old-fashioned term for the sort of dance that might have happened in the village hall, followed by Island.
24d Composer making request, right to interrupt (4)
BERG – A verb for ‘make a request’ or ‘entreat’, with Right inserted. This composer wrote Lulu and Wozzeck.
The Quick Crossword pun FASTEN + HATING = FASCINATING