Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28287
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Good morning from South Staffs where the frost of the last few days has been replaced with a thick cloud cover.
Nothing too difficult from Giovanni today: the bits of General Knowledge are easily determined from the wordplay.
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1a Fifty in female group in NY community (6)
HARLEM – A set of wives and concubines in an Eastern potentate’s palace, wrapped around the Roman numeral for fifty, giving us a major African-American area of New York City. Here’s some music of the sort the area was once famous for.
5a Separated group needing a role (3,5)
SET APART – A group or clique followed by A (from the clue) and a stage role.
9a Resolution to get legal decision (13)
DETERMINATION – Double definition: steadfastness, or a finding by a court.
10a Thoroughly idle, ain’t moving (2,6)
IN DETAIL – Anagram (moving) of IDLE AIN’T.
11a Bring out priest to meet leading trio of citizens (6)
ELICIT – An Old Testament priest who regularly appears in crosswords, followed by the first three letters (leading trio) of CITizens.
12a Home Counties woman and a lady from Spain (6)
SENORA – The compass direction where the Home Counties are to be found, followed by a woman’s name.
14a Refuses products sold for the Christmas market? (8)
DECLINES – Split (3,5) we have an abbreviated form of the month containing Christmas and some product ranges – hence, arguably, products for the Christmas market.
16a Reason in short supply — argument within becomes hardened (8)
STIFFENS – Remove the final letter from the sort of reason which is often preceded by ‘common’, then insert a minor argument.
19a Opening bank’s initial scope (6)
BREACH – The first letter of Bank followed by scope or range.
21a Weapons carried by tribal ancestors (6)
LANCES – Hidden in the clue.
23a Old bishop visiting unfamiliar alien part of France (8)
LORRAINE – Old and the letters which are an abbreviation of the honorific form of address for a bishop, with an anagram (unfamiliar) of ALIEN wrapped around it.
25a One moving from party to party? (8,5)
FLOATING VOTER – Cryptic definition of someone whose political sympathies are not fixed.
26a Something that can cut hard surface to a greater degree (8)
CLAYMORE – A soil surface which is hard when dry, and extremely sticky when wet, followed by a word for ‘to a greater degree’.
27a What has lots of little holes? It’s a puzzle (6)
RIDDLE – Double definition, the first being a garden tool used for sifting soil.
2d Article on famous Italian movement (7)
ANDANTE – One of the forms of the indefinite article followed by an Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. This gives us a musical tempo, which by extension is used to refer to a movement played at that tempo.
3d Underground flow of water coming from toilet here (5)
LETHE – One of the rivers of the Underworld in Greek mythology is hidden in the clue.
4d Sweet food mum and boy fed to horse (9)
MARMALADE – A short word for mum and another word for a boy, with a female horse wrapped around them.
5d Expert runner was first to embrace learner (7)
SKILLED – The sort of runner used (in pairs) for sliding down snow-covered hills, and ‘was first’ (in the race), placed either side of Learner.
6d Guy drinks, from what we hear (5)
TEASE – The definition is a verb – to guy or make fun of. The answer sounds like (from what we hear) some common hot drinks.
7d Ancient VIP I repeatedly term ‘doddery’ (9)
PRIMITIVE – Anagram (doddery) of VIP, I, I (repeatedly) and TERM.
8d Scottish engineer looked after cows (7)
RANKINE – ‘Looked after’ or ‘managed’ followed by another word for cattle. The answer is a 19th-century Scottish scientist known, apparently for inventing a temperature scale which, like the Kelvin scale, starts at absolute zero, but then proceeds upwards in degrees Fahrenheit. He is also known for a model used to predict the performance of steam turbine systems (Thank you, Wikipedia).
13d Smelling nothing, left workplace (9)
OLFACTORY – The definition is an adjective, hence relating to the sense of smell. Put together the letter which looks like a zero, Left, and an industrial workplace.
15d I’ve drab car, not a flashy type to give others a ride (3-6)
CAB-DRIVER – Anagram (flashy) of I’VE DRAB C(a)R with one A removed (not a), giving someone whose job is to drive others around.
17d Emotional time, being given rebuke (7)
TEARFUL – Time followed by an informal word for a rebuke or telling-off.
18d Awfully senile, being about 100 and quiet (7)
SILENCE – Anagram (awfully) of SENILE, wrapped around the Roman numeral for 100.
20d Trick monster briefly used for domination (7)
CONTROL – A three-letter word for trick or cheat, followed by the monster who took on the Billy Goats Gruff, with his final letter removed.
22d Argument getting some Scot testy, upset (3-2)
SET-TO – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
24d Bill and Edward participated in panto maybe (5)
ACTED – An abbreviation for a bill or account, followed by a short form of Edward.
The Quick Crossword pun HISS + PANIC = HISPANIC