Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28257
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Good morning from Sheriff Hutton, near York, where we’re visiting family, and also conveniently placed for the Sloggers and Betters meeting tomorrow.
One unusual word, and a part of one wordplay which was a new word for me, but otherwise nothing particularly difficult about today’s Giovanni.
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1a Archbishop Welby faces issue, returning with seconds to spare (4,2,4)
JUST IN TIME – Start with the first name of the present Archbishop of Canterbury, then reverse a verb meaning ‘to issue’.
6a Hands back something that has been exchanged (4)
SWAP – Reverse an informal word for hands.
9a Maiden is hidden by fancy curtain, someone in the beauty business (10)
MANICURIST – Start with the abbreviation for a maiden over at cricket, then add an anagram (fancy) of CURTAIN wrapped around IS (from the clue).
10a Phone round (4)
RING – Double definition: to call on the phone; or a round shape.
12a Check something growing up in garden? (4)
STEM – This word for checking or putting the brake on something is also the vertical part of a plant in the garden.
13a Like a formulaic pattern I repeatedly knitted badly (9)
IDENTIKIT – Anagram (badly) of I, I (repeatedly) and KNITTED.
15a Cheese and pears man chewed (8)
PARMESAN – Anagram (chewed) of PEARS MAN.
16a Bit of light comes in through devotional exercise (6)
PRAYER – The Latin word for ‘through’ wrapped around a beam of light.
18a Trendy exploit that surprises me (6)
INDEED – Put together a word for trendy or fashionable and an exploit or action, and you get an exclamation like ‘That surprises me!’
20a He can sing over a range except for one tricky note (8)
BARITONE – Put together another word for ‘except’, the Roman numeral for one, and an anagram (tricky) of NOTE.
23a At home one day I had a meal, not completely filled up (9)
INSATIATE – Put together ‘at home’, the abbreviated form of a day of the week, and ‘I had a meal’.
24a Excellent silver brought back for goddess (4)
GAIA – Put together an excellent rating in, for example, the Lloyd’s insurance market and the chemical symbol for silver, then reverse the lot to get the earth as a goddess.
26a Work in small room — waste of energy and time (4)
TOIL – Remove Energy and Time from what Nancy Mitford would have called a non-U word for the smallest room in the house.
27a Worker with muscle — bolshy type? (10)
ANTAGONIST – One of the usual worker insects followed by a muscle which contrcts to move a part of the body directly. A new word for me, but I’m not a biologist.
28a Composer, his first bit taking time (4)
CAGE – The first letter of Composer followed by a long time. No, I’m not going to post a video of 4′ 33″, but you can sit quietly and pretend that I did.
29a Illiterate, showing no sign of any clues solved here? (10)
UNLETTERED – If you hadn’t filled any of the answers into the grid of this crossword, this is what the grid would literally be.
1d Part of doorway to get stuck reportedly (4)
JAMB – This part of a door is a homophone (reportedly) of a word for ‘get stuck’.
2d Member of government involved in treason (7)
SENATOR – Anagram (involved) of TREASON.
3d Those lacking ability nicest, top men horrible (12)
INCOMPETENTS – Anagram (horrible) of NICEST TOP MEN.
4d Tramline runs out here (8)
TERMINAL – An all-in-one clue. Anagram (runs out) of TRAMLINE, giving you the place where a tramline does indeed run out.
5d Crazy about the female and reduced to pulp (6)
MASHED – A word for ‘crazy’ wrapped around a pronoun for ‘the female’.
7d Rapid motion has you upsetting drink (7)
WHISKEY – Rapid motion, as in beating an egg, followed by the reverse (upsetting) of an old word for ‘you’.
8d Exciting work, one appreciated by the organist? (4-6)
PAGE-TURNER – A book you can’t put down, or somebody who helps an organist or pianist by turning over the sheet music when required.
11d What interviewee for job hopes to be, in a position where competitors are in a line (8,4)
STARTING POST – The marker for the start of a race course, or what you hope to be in a position to do when you go for a job interview.
14d Bullish little man is twitching after work (10)
OPTIMISTIC – Put together the Latin abbreviation for a musical work, a short form of a man’s name (Mr Henman, perhaps), IS (from the clue), and a nervous twitch.
17d Fundamental level of interest in the banking world (4,4)
BASE RATE – Mildly cryptic definition of the interest rate set by the Bank of England which acts as a starting point for all other bank lending.
19d Stylish ring remains hidden (7)
DASHING – A ringing sound wrapped around the remains of a fire.
21d Actor, the first person to appear in a musical (7)
OLIVIER – Put the first person pronoun into the name of a Lionel Bart musical, to get a distinguished actor.
22d Bitter substance girl put in can (6)
TANNIN – A girl’s name inside another word for a can.
25d Sort of farm boss (4)
STUD – Double definition: a farm where horses are bred; or a projecting boss.
The Quick Crossword pun BEAU + THAI = BOW TIE