Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28317
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a cloudy and damp South Staffs. Happy New Year to you all.
A couple of long anagrams to give some checking letters, and nothing really obscure from Giovanni today, so a relatively straightforward ** for me.
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1a Party given by general in the field (6)
DOMAIN – The usual crossword party followed by an adjective meaning general or principal, giving us a field of expertise or responsibility, perhaps.
4a Hunter taking part rode excitedly (8)
PREDATOR – Anagram (excitedly) of PART RODE.
10a Hesitant female becoming different (9)
FALTERING – Female followed by ‘becoming different’ or ‘changing’.
11a A king in haunt of vice going about undisguised (5)
NAKED – Reverse (going about) a word often followed by ‘of vice’, then insert A (from the clue) and the chess notation for a king.
12a Race around river after short time training (7)
NURTURE – Put together the reversal of a word for ‘race’, Time, and a river in North Yorkshire.
13a Bizarre row initiated by holy person (7)
STRANGE – The abbreviated title of a holy person followed by a row or line of items.
14a Road blocked by black car that’s rolled over (5)
TRACK – Hidden in reverse (rolled over) in the clue.
15a Quite inferior old car is seen in Switzerland (8)
CHEAPISH – A derogatory word for an old car and IS (from the clue, with the IVR letters for Switzerland wrapped around the result.
18a Boring group of people that may be seen at Ascot (4,4)
FLAT RACE – ‘boring’ or ‘dull’ followed by an ethnic group of people.
20a Dance round on one leg, say (5)
LIMBO – A generic word for a leg or arm, followed by the round letter.
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23a International organisation’s restricted, exhausted? No (7)
UNSPENT – The initials of a large international organisation, plus the ‘S from the clue, followed by ‘restricted’ or ‘imprisoned’.
25a Dad collects the thing beside street –- quick pause in journey (3,4)
PIT STOP – Another informal word for ‘Dad’ wrapped around ‘the thing’ and STreet. Second day in a row that this answer has come up – 27a yesterday.
26a Smell nothing? Grim (5)
ODOUR – The letter which looks like a zero or nothing, followed ‘grim’.
27a Perhaps a Maine inhabitant always keeping behind (9)
EASTERNER – A poetic word for ‘always’ wrapped around a nautical term for ‘behind’, giving us a description of a Maine resident derived from the geographical location of the state. Here’s a seasonal illustration:
28a Worries with the woman getting stuck in floods (8)
FRESHETS – The pronoun for ‘the woman’ placed inside a word for ‘worries’, giving us floods or , more commonly, streams.
29a Saw the fellow left between the sheets? (6)
BEHELD – the pronoun for ‘the fellow’ and Left can be found where they would be if they were between the sheets.
1d Like a particular article for sure (8)
DEFINITE – Double definition: the first could actually be an article which is ‘unlike A’.
2d Disease brings false alarm to borders of India (7)
MALARIA – Anagram (false) of ALARM followed by the first and last letters of IndiA.
3d 6 may want this cooler (3,6)
ICE BUCKET – … to keep his wine cold. 6 refers to the clue at 6d.
5d Regrets depot is needing to reform mail service (10,4)
REGISTERED POST – Anagram (needing to reform) of REGRETS DEPOT IS.
6d One who eats his meal half-heartedly? (5)
DINER – Remove one of the middle letters from the name of a meal, to get the person who eats it.
7d Proceeds from army college (7)
TAKINGS – Put together the initials of the former name of the Army Reserve, and add one of the constituent colleges of Cambridge or London universities.
8d Showing more embarrassment, looking up and down (6)
REDDER – This is a palindrome (looking up and down). This is the colour your face will be if you’re more embarrassed than the others.
9d Detect man in NHS wanting reform, being fed up (14)
DISENCHANTMENT – Anagram (wanting reform) of DETECT MAN IN NHS.
16d They open parcel finally — awkward wrapping? (9)
POLYTHENE – Anagram (awkward) of THEY OPEN and (parce)L.
17d Worried about nothing, politician gets weighed up (8)
COMPARED – The letter which looks like zero or nothing, plus the usual crossword politician, with ‘worried’ or ‘was concerned’ wrapped around the result.
19d Lithe, upwardly-mobile model featured in story (7)
LISSOME – A (false) story wrapped around the reverse (upwardly mobile) of the surname of Kate, the fashion model.
21d Performance, dull one, needs to be cut by 40 per cent (7)
MATINEE – Put together a three-letter word for dull or ‘not glossy’, the Roman numeral for one, and 3 of the 5 letters (cut by 40 per cent) of NEEds (from the clue).
22d Discourage delay (3,3)
PUT OFF – Double definition: to discourage someone else from a course of action; or to delay taking action oneself.
24d One may ward off the effects of a strike (5)
EARTH – Cryptic definition of something which may protect against the effects of lightning.
The Quick Crossword pun DEEP + ARCHERS = DEPARTURES