Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28299
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where after a damp, grey start to the day the sun has put in a welcome appearance.
Today’s Giovanni didn’t take me very long at all, hence the * rating. Nothing too obscure, and the usual scrupulously fair cluing from our Friday setter.
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1a Wittier men reassembling when it gets cold? (10)
WINTERTIME – Anagram (reassembling) of WITTIER MEN.
6a A good journalist over the hill? (4)
AGED – Put together A (from the clue), Good, and the usual crossword journalist.
9a A very great and eccentric bohemian (5-5)
AVANT-GARDE – A (from the clue) and Very, followed by an anagram (eccentric) of GREAT AND.
10a Palm Sunday’s collection for gifts for the poor (4)
ALMS – Hidden in the clue.
13a Country worker gets game bird — not hard (7)
PEASANT – Remove the H(ard) from a game bird shot in large numbers between 1 October and 1 February.
15a Crazy Merton tutor (6)
MENTOR – Anagram (crazy) of MERTON.
16a Lordly type will appear in Paris tomorrow (6)
ARISTO – Hidden in the clue.
17a Being opposed to any priest or saint I call ‘crime’ ridiculously (15)
ANTICLERICALISM – Anagram (ridiculously) of SAINT I CALL CRIME.
18a Keep quiet in delightful meal (6)
SUPPER – Put the musical symbol for ‘quiet’ inside a word for delightful or great.
20a Came across house by the end of cobbled way (6)
METHOD – Put together ‘came across’, an abbreviation for house, and the last letter of cobbleD.
21a Punished for second parking offence? That’s nice! (7)
REFINED – This word for ‘nice’ or ‘genteel’ could also be a description of someone who has had to pay a monetary penalty for a parking offence or other minor transgression, not once but on a second or subsequent occasion.
22a Cheese cut short (4)
BRIE – Remove the last letter from a word for short (in duration) to get a French cheese.
25a Oh, the crime can be so alluring! (4-6)
COME-HITHER – Anagram (can be so) of OH THE CRIME.
26a So there is an attempt after a bit of hesitation (4)
ERGO – A short word expressing hesitation in speech, followed by an attempt or a turn in a game.
27a A railway needs to go east of somewhere like Paddington still (10)
STATIONARY – A place, like Paddington, where trains stop, followed by A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for railway.
1d Northern river sport (4)
WEAR – Double definition: the river that runs through Sunderland, for example; or the act of wearing something as a statement.
2d Grandma eats a sort of bread (4)
NAAN – An informal word for grandmother wrapped around A (from the clue), giving an Indian bread.
3d One of two I plunged into volatile liquid (6)
EITHER – A volatile organic compound which was used as an anaesthetic in the past, with I (from the clue) inserted.
4d Trained athlete is trim, OK? I’m pleased by the improvement! (5,4,4,2)
THAT’S MORE LIKE IT – Anagram (trained) of ATHLETE IS TRIM OK.
5d Fellows carrying little girl, coming to a holy city (6)
MEDINA– Some fellows wrapped around a short form of a girl’s name, followed by A (from the clue), giving us a Muslim holy city.
7d College people dealing with precious material (10)
GOLDSMITHS – Double definition: a constituent college of the University of London; or people who work precious metal.
8d Two males interrupting party poem, creating inconvenience (10)
DISCOMMODE – A party involving recorded music at high volume, and a poem, placed either side of two examples of the abbreviation for Male.
11d Troublemaker on a ship, sailor the French blocked (10)
IMPASSABLE – Put together a supernatural troublemaker, A (from the clue), the usual crossword steamship, one of the usual abbreviations indicating a sailor’s rating, and the French definite article.
12d International organisation’s excellent opening to provide wine? (10)
UNSTOPPING – Put together the initials of an international political organisation, plus the ‘S from the clue, and another word for excellent, to get a generic word for removing the cork or screw cap from a bottle of wine.
13d Breakfast cook who intrudes on another’s territory? (7)
POACHER – The breakfast cool here has a limited range, offering only one way of cooking eggs. The chap who intrudes on another’s territory may well be after the game birds in 13a.
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14d Given medical care, as discussed (7)
TREATED – Double definition, the second referring to, for example, the discussion of a topic in an academic paper.
19d Come back with vessel for chemistry lab (6)
RETORT – double definition: a robust reply; or the exotically-shaped piece of glassware which probably has a brightly-coloured liquid bubbling in it in any mad scientist’s laboratory in film.
20d Country team that’s taken care of, led by this person (6)
MEXICO – Start with (led by) ‘this person’, then add the Roman numeral for the number of players in a football or cricket team, followed by the abbreviation for ‘care of’.
23d Summer heat is too much for this bird (4)
RHEA – Hidden in the clue.
24d King entertained by poet and elegist (4)
GRAY – The poet who wrote The Beggar’s Opera, wrapped around the Latin abbreviation for king, producing the chap who wrote Elegy written in a country churchyard.
The Quick Crossword pun VAULT + AIRE = VOLTAIRE