Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28251
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Good morning from South Staffs, with the sun breaking through the early mist.
Not too many anagrams from Giovanni today, though there are the two long ones across the middle to get you started. Your natural history knowledge may be tested by 2d and 5d, but both are gettable from the wordplay.
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1a Fool, silly chap in one type of headgear (5,3)
CLOTH CAP – Another word for a fool followed by an anagram (silly) of CHAP.
6a Game defender to move towards his own goalkeeper? (2,4)
GO BACK – An ancient Chinese board game followed by a football defender.
9a Sweet request to note blessing all around (6)
BONBON – The Latin abbreviation for ‘note well’ with an archaic word for a blessing or favour wrapped around it.
10a Doctors in service taking a long time (8)
MASSAGES – The definition is a verb. A Roman Catholic service followed by ‘a long time’.
11a Boy with a time at home given a piece to play (8)
SONATINA – Put together a boy child, A (from the clue), Time, a word for ‘at home’, and the second A from the clue.
12a Noticing headless insect in grass (6)
SEEING – Remove the initial letter (headless) from a proverbially busy insect, and put the result inside another slang term for grass or inform.
13a More trying to set out some mathematics (12)
TRIGONOMETRY – Anagram (set out) of MORE TRYING TO.
16a Soldiers organise line in conflict (12)
LEGIONNAIRES – Anagram (in conflict) of ORGANISE LINE.
19a Some believers getting back to America (6)
HINDUS – ‘Back’, as in the back legs of a horse, followed by an abbreviation for America.
21a Gun — method it needs to get duck, but it’s missing duck! (8)
HOWITZER – Put together a word for the way something is done, IT (from the clue), and a word for the number called a duck at cricket, but with the letter which looks like a cricketing duck removed.
23a Arrogant one laughing in a London art gallery? (8)
CAVALIER – This is a reference to the popular title given to a painting by Frans Hals, to be seen in the Wallace Collection in London.
24a Decided holy book needs editor (6)
MARKED – One of the Gospels followed by an abbreviation for editor.
25a Old-fashioned officer, busy type grabbing naughty lad (6)
BEADLE – The same busy insect as in 12a, with its head this time, wrapped around an anagram (naughty) of LAD. Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist was one of these.
26a One’s upset by muck in underground rooms (8)
DUNGEONS – Some farmyard muck followed by an anagram (upset) of ONE’S.
2d Watch diving bird getting submerged all right (4,2)
LOOK ON – A two-letter expression for ‘all right’ inserted into a diving bird.
3d Bone, black one buried in small island to the north (5)
TIBIA – Reverse (to the north, in a Down clue) a small island, and insert into it Black and the Roman numeral for one.
4d State prisoner getting delivery, about to break free (9)
CONDITION – One of the usual crossword prisoners, followed by vocal delivery or expression, with the Latin abbreviation for about or approximately removed from the middle of it.
5d Fish in river with member, getting a number (7)
POMPANO – Put together Crosswordland’s favourite Italian river, a Member of Parliament, A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for number, and you get a type of fish commonly found off the US coast.
6d Maybe oxygen starts to prevent such? (5)
GASPS – An all-in-one clue. Put together the state in which oxygen exists at room temperature, and the initial letters (starts) of Prevent Such.
7d Innocent and weak, restricted by sanction (9)
BLAMELESS – A verb meaning to sanction or approve, wrapped around an adjective meaning weak.
8d Certain office workers less productive in Civil Service (8)
CLEANERS – An abbreviation for Civil Service wrapped around a word which means ‘less productive’ when referring to a harvest, but which in modern management speak allegedly refers to an organisation which is made more productive.
13d It’s certainly not new, what some clocks have (5-4)
THIRD-HAND – Double definition: something which isn’t even on its second owner; or what the second hand on a clock may be.
14d Female involved in a row (9)
OARSWOMAN – This person is rowing a boat.
15d Loathing having to be injected with drug, take a seat and dither (8)
HESITATE – A word for loathing wrapped around a single-letter drug and an instruction to take a seat.
17d Outside this place a theologian held fast (7)
ADHERED – A (from the clue) and the letters after the name of a learned theologian, wrapped around a word for ‘this place’.
18d River always descending between two points (6)
SEVERN – Another word for ‘always’ placed between two compass points which would be seen as descending on a map.
20d Filth from birds finally landing on tree (5)
SLIME – The final letter of birdS followed by a species of tree.
22d Number at that place a bit confused inside (5)
THREE – A word meaning ‘at that place’ with two of its letters transposed.
The Quick Crossword pun TRANCE + MITT = TRANSMIT