Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28311
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold, foggy morning.
The last Giovanni of 2016, and still in fairly gentle post-Christmas mood, though there were a couple of answers which eluded me on the first pass. No real obscurities though – unlike 19a in the Quick Crossword, which was a word I had to look up in the nice new BRB that Mrs DT gave me for Christmas.
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7a Pointed comment by squire finally — hint to provide party food (8)
BARBECUE – Put together a pointed comment or jibe, the last letter (finally) of squirE, and a hint given to an actor whose turn it is to speak.
9a Lack of interest in a course leading to the unknown (6)
APATHY – A (from the clue) followed by a course or route and an algebraic unknown.
10a Uncontrolled or organised party attracting thousand? (6)
RANDOM – Put together a word for ‘organised’ or ‘managed’, one of the usual crossword parties, and the Roman numeral for a thousand.
11a Hellish situation — love’s going wrong — collapse emotionally (8)
DISSOLVE – An alternative name for Pluto, god of the underworld, and hence his kingdom, followed by an anagram (going wrong) of LOVE’S.
12a First opportunity for panto actor to get into gear? (5,9)
DRESS REHEARSAL – Cryptic definition of an occasion when pantomime actors may put on their costumes for the first time.
15a Missile starts to seem costly — unwanted deterrent? (4)
SCUD – Initial letters (starts) of the last four words of the clue, giving the name of a missile made by the former Soviet Union.
17a Worried and frightened leader getting put off (5)
CARED – Remove the initial letter from a word for ‘frightened’, and you get a word for ‘worried’ (about).
19a Set out to give help to learner (4)
LAID – The symbol of a learner driver, followed by some help.
20a Exercise influence to withdraw an orchestral section (4,3,7)
PULL THE STRINGS – If you stopped the violins, violas, cellos and basses from playing in the orchestra, you might be said to do this.
23a Not one of us will change our diets (8)
OUTSIDER – Anagram (will change) of OUR DIETS.
25a Bug in weed (6)
NETTLE – Double definition, the first being a verb, the second a noun.
27a Get away and pray sixty minutes after midnight? (6)
BEGONE – To pray or implore, followed by the time the clock strikes 60 minutes after midnight.
28a After strike, seek men’s submission (8)
MEEKNESS – Anagram (after strike) of SEEK MEN’S.
1d Grand, in the manner of festivity (4)
GALA – An abbreviation for Grand, followed by a French expression (1,2) meaning ‘in the manner of’.
2d Tolerates biased rambling (6)
ABIDES – Anagram (rambling) of BIASED.
3d Boss appearing in the advertisement (4)
HEAD – Hidden in the clue.
4d An upset you finally might get on the briny? (6)
NAUSEA – An all-in-one clue. Reverse (upset) AN (from the clue), then add the final letter of yoU, followed by ‘the briny’, and what you get is what you may feel if you are a poor sailor.
5d What may move our case (last bit of travel)? (8)
CAROUSEL – Another all-in-one. The piece of kit where you recover your baggage at the airport is made up of an anagram (may move) of OUR CASE, followed by the final letter of traveL.
6d Put pitch on the outside of shed, using a particular tool (10)
SHOVELLING – A word for ‘pitch’ or ‘throw’ wrapped around a shed or other poor-quality building.
8d Material at bottom of river is mostly hardened clay (7)
CAMBRIC – An East Anglian river, followed by the first four letters of a baked clay building material.
13d Takes back city area with feeling of delight beginning to spread around (10)
RECAPTURES – A feeling of delight or ecstasy and the first letter of Spread, wrapped around the postal district of the City of London.
14d Arab maybe sounding croaky (5)
HORSE – A quadruped which may be an Arab, and sounds as if it has a sore throat.
16d False belief has us taken in by priest — academic holds that (8)
DELUSION – Start with US (from the clue). Wrap our usual Old Testament priest around it, then wrap a university academic around the result.
18d Relaxation of French and English outside temporary accommodation (7)
DÉTENTE – The French word for ‘of’ and English, placed either side of the sort of temporary accommodation which may be found on a campsite.
21d Getting properly organised, I tried to be less messy (6)
TIDIER – Anagram (getting properly organised) of I TRIED.
22d Aim to undermine international plan (6)
INTEND – An abbreviation for INTernational, followed by an aim or objective.
24d Play or concert quietly proceeding to end (4)
ROMP – Perhaps one of the series of concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall each summer, with the musical symbol for ‘quiet’ moved from the beginning to the end.
26d This clue is a sort of model (4)
LAST – Double definition: the first describes this clue’s position in the list of clues; the second is a model used by a shoemaker.
I noticed the other day that I have now passed 200 postings on this blog. A swift wave of the bat towards the pavilion, and on to 2017.
The Quick Crossword pun TACKS + PAIRS = TAXPAYERS