Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28263
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a damp autumn day.
It took me a little while to get into today’s Giovanni, but once I got a toehold everything followed reasonably smoothly, though 25a, my last one in, was a little obscure.
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1a Two women getting a sort of coat (6)
ENAMEL – Put together the first names of the hairnetted one from the early days of Coronation Street and one of the Bake Off presenters.
5a Water container outside prison somewhere in Somerset (4,4)
BIRD BATH – A slang term for prison followed by a city in Somerset.
9a Notice honest chaps needing time to bring change (10)
ADJUSTMENT – Put together a commercial notice, another word for honest, some chaps, and Time.
10a Dull PM of yesteryear (4)
GREY – Double definition, the second being a lord who was Prime Minister at the time of the great Reform Act of 1832.
11a Limes on a nutty sort of pudding (8)
SEMOLINA – Anagram (nutty) of LIMES ON A.
12a Opposites meeting before good trip (6)
OUTING – Two mutually exclusive states, in a game of cricket perhaps, followed by Good.
13a What may be put in post to keep female secure (4)
SAFE – The abbreviation for something you enclose with a letter in the hope of securing a reply, wrapped around Female.
15a Daughter, distinguished artist, has success penning good sketches (8)
DRAWINGS – Put together Daughter, the usual crossword artist, and a word for ‘has success’ wrapped around Good.
18a Plant gives sheep terrible surprise according to Spooner (8)
SHAMROCK – One of Ireland’s national symbols could, if Dr Spooner named it, be a male sheep with a terrible surprise.
19a Saucy bits for suppertime (4)
PERT – Hidden in the clue.
21a Report of Soviet satellite’s ordered system (6)
COSMOS – This sounds like (report of) one of many Soviet space satellites, and is a word for the universe as an ordered whole.
23a Closely observe what till operator may do (4,4)
TAKE NOTE – What the cashier in the supermarket may do when you hand over some of the folding stuff.
25a Glamour brings uncomfortable feeling, by the sound of it (4)
GILT – This word for glamour, or the superficial attractiveness of a gold covering, sounds like a feeling which is the opposite of innocence.
26a What’s milky, mixed up in drink? (4,6)
MALT WHISKY – Anagram (mixed up) of WHAT’S MILKY.
27a The girl’s items of jewellery? They come from a ‘catch’ (8)
HERRINGS – The pronoun for ‘the girl’s’ followed by what she may have on her fingers.
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28a Country to the west in which to discover old tract (6)
REGION – Reverse (to the west) an African country, and insert Old.
2d Joint action when someone else is being lazy? (5)
NUDGE – Cryptic definition of a prod with the elbow to stir someone into action.
3d Mummy with inscribed gold fish in burial chamber (9)
MAUSOLEUM – The chemical symbol for gold and a fish associated with Dover or lemon, with a shorter form of ‘Mummy’ wrapped around it.
4d Go wild in first half of communication, final message (3,3)
LET RIP – The first half of a written communication followed by an inscription seen on a tombstone.
5d Idle enjoyment — maybe involving lots of falling over and rolling around in pub? (4,3,8)
BEER AND SKITTLES – Too much of the first word of the answer will lead to falling over and rolling around in the pub. The objects in the third word are set up in a game associated with pubs to be aimed at with a ball or, sometimes, a cheese, and will fall over and roll around when hit.
6d Reasonable allowance going on a learner (8)
RATIONAL – An allowance of food followed by A (from the clue) and the letter attached to the car of a learner driver.
7d Father, say, in risky venture (5)
BEGET – The definition is a verb. Put the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ inside a risking of your cash at the bookie’s.
8d Greet a new, properly disciplined youngster (9)
TWEENAGER – Anagram (properly disciplined) of GREET A NEW.
14d Goddess undone by a hot pride (9)
APHRODITE – Anagram (undone) of A HOT PRIDE.
16d This person’s quiet death about to happen (9)
IMPENDING – Put together a short form of ‘this person is’, the musical symbol for quiet, and a death or termination.
17d Any number of riders, unled invaders (8)
NORSEMEN – The algebraic symbol for ‘any number’, followed by some people on horseback with their first letter removed.
20d Fastener sank, ultimately blocking drain (6)
SKEWER – The last letter (ultimately) of sanK placed inside a drainage pipe.
22d Car beginning to turn into desolate area (5)
MOTOR – A desolate upland area wrapped around the first letter (beginning to) of Turn.
24d Play round when king enters city (5)
TOKYO – Start with a verb for ‘to play (with)’, add a round letter, then insert the chess notation for a king, to get a Japanese city.
The Quick Crossword pun CHEQUE + ABOARD = CHECKERBOARD