Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28245
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but chilly autumn morning.
Not a lot of religion from Giovanni this week, but the usual opportunity to extend your vocabulary, with the transparently clued but seldom seen 28a – my new word of the week.
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1a Home Counties sailor getting about in the morning for fish (3,5)
SEA BREAM – Put together the abbreviation for the part of the country where the Home Counties are found, one of the usual crossword sailors, the Latin word for about or concerning, and the abbreviation for ‘in the morning’.
9a Bill presented by junior minister may be word-perfect (8)
ACCURATE– An abbreviation for a bill or account followed by an assistant priest.
10a Ireland participating in murder investigation (4)
ERIN – A poetic word for Ireland is hidden in the clue.
11a Base merchant re-established in rooms at the front (12)
ANTECHAMBERS – Anagram (re-established) of BASE MERCHANT.
13a Like some prisoners, insisted upon getting a new start (8)
REMANDED – Start with a word meaning ‘insisted upon’, then change the initial letter (getting a new start) to get the condition of prisoners in jail awaiting trial.
15a Run repeated in vale (3-3)
BYE-BYE – ‘Vale’ here is the Latin word of farewell. Take a run scored at cricket but not off the bat, and repeat it to get a childish form of ‘farewell’.
16a Spy puts record back by an identical one (4)
PEEP – An old vinyl record, not quite as long as an LP, is reversed, then followed by itself unreversed.
17a Head is part of body catching cold (5)
BONCE – One of the constituents of the skeleton wrapped around Cold.
18a Ruddy duck back in river (4)
ODER – Start with a ruddy colour, add a cricketing duck, then reverse the lot for a river on the German border with Poland.
20a One may be dotty, typically falling over (6)
DOMINO – Cryptic definition of a playing piece from a game, marked with between zero and twelve dots. They may be lined up in such a way that if one falls over it will bring the rest down.
21a The nudes cavorting got all worked up (8)
ENTHUSED – Anagram (cavorting) of THE NUDES.
23a Informal madam, keeping quiet, permits sweets (12)
MARSHMALLOWS – An informal form of ‘madam’ wrapped around an instruction to be quiet, followed by ‘permits’.
26a Some Cypriot assumed to be Greek character (4)
IOTA – A letter of the Greek alphabet is hidden in the clue.
27a Computer facility is functioning for social groups (8)
NETWORKS – The short word for the sort of computer facility that enables this blog to exist, followed by ‘is functioning’.
28a English academic, I drink, having gone over poem (8)
PALINODE – Put together English, a university fellow, I (from the clue), and ‘drink’ (as a cat might), then reverse the lot (gone over), and you get a poem in which thoughts and feelings expressed in an earlier poem are retracted, according to the BRB. No, I’d never heard of it, either.
2d Not hard to listen to musical composition — this may help (8)
EARPIECE – A sort of all-in-one clue. Remove the Hard from a word for ‘listen to’, and add a generic term for a musical composition, and you get something which may help you listen to music and share it with your fellow passengers on the train, who will be delighted to hear the leaked sound.
3d What you see with suburban anacondas? They are sweet enough to eat! (6,6)
BANANA SPLITS – This is a Dingbat type of clue. Look carefully at ‘suburBAN ANAcondas’ and ‘say what you see’. The anwer is a type of dessert.
4d Journalist covering peculiar tale is jubilant (6)
ELATED – The usual crossword journalist wrapped around an anagram (peculiar) of TALE.
5d Brandy — not quite enough for a whole month (4)
MARC – Remove the final letter from one of the months of the year to get a variety of brandy made in Burgundy (and elsewhere, no doubt) from fermenting the grapeskins left over from winemaking.
6d Terrorists finally caught on walk due to emergency military action (8)
SCRAMBLE – Put together the final letter of terroristS, the abbreviation for Caught on a cricket scorecard, and a country walk.
7d Support offered by HQ (4)
BASE – Double definition. There’s not much else to say.
8d What can a chap put on? This person has wrong answer (8)
MENSWEAR – A pronoun for ‘this person’ followed by an anagram (wrong) of ANSWER.
12d Early on, bus is breaking down in a foreign country (12)
BYELORUSSIAN – Anagram (breaking down) of EARLY ON BUS IS, giving an adjective relating to an Eastern European country.
14d Hundred joining in European meeting in which steps will be taken (5)
DANCE – A citizen of a northern European country wrapped around the Roman numeral for a hundred.
16d Triangular feature in gym — mend it when broken (8)
PEDIMENT – The two letters signifying one of the weekly sessions of misery in the gym at school, followed by an anagram (when broken) of MEND IT.
17d Old-fashioned underwear showing flowers (8)
BLOOMERS – Double definition: some 19th-century undergarments; or a word for flowers describing what they do.
19d Devon flower pleasant little daughter carried out (8)
EXECUTED – Put together a river in Devon (a flow-er), a word for pleasant or charming, and an abbreviation for Daughter.
22d Tool beginning to turn with spiked wheel (6)
TROWEL – The first letter of Turn followed by the spiked wheel found in a horseman’s spurs, giving us a garden tool, or one used by a bricklayer.
24d Short ceremony prior to a female receiving education (4)
RITA – Remove the final letter from a ceremony, then add A (from the clue) to get the name of the woman who was educated in a film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine.
25d Problem with speech — lecturer initially is certainly not loud (4)
LISP – Put together the first letter of Lecturer, IS (from the clue), and the musical symbol for ‘not loud’.
The Quick Crossword pun SCREW + TINNY = SCRUTINY