Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28329
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.
I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but it felt harder than that as I was doing it. The count of more obscure words is perhaps higher than in recent weeks, and some definitions are a little stretched. But it is a pangram, which may help.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ‘Click here!’ buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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5a Meetings of groups of students outside university (6)
FORUMS – A name given to groups of students in a school, wrapped around an abbreviation for University.
8a A failure departed being hugged and flattered (8)
ADULATED – A failure (like a firework which doesn’t go off), wrapped around a word describing a departed person.
9a Son, inept person making run (7)
SMUGGLE – An abbreviation for Son, followed by a person who (in the Harry Potter universe) has no magical ability.
10a Regarding cold places, it’s what you expect — see about going inside (5)
POLAR – The expected score on a golf course, for example, wrapped around the reverse (about) of a word meaning ‘See!’
11a Walk away from part of football ground depressed (5,4)
STAND DOWN – A place where football spectators sit, followed by a word for ‘depressed’.
13a Restrained ceremony offered by Brazil, say, with love (8)
RITENUTO – This is a musical term. Put together a formal ceremony, the food item of which a Brazil is an example, and the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
14a Country paper’s content sent back, requiring editor’s intervention (6)
SWEDEN – Reverse (sent back) what The Daily Telegraph exists to provide (no, not puzzles and adverts), and insert the abbreviation for EDitor.
17a Rested one day of the week (3)
SAT – A word for ‘rested’ which is also the short form of one of the days of the week.
19a Guide losing character at the back in field (3)
LEA – Remove the final letter (character at the back) from ‘to guide’, and you get the field the lowing herd winds slowly o’er.
20a Madame in vessel, one causing a blockage (6)
JAMMER – The sort of vessel you keep marmalade in, wrapped around the abbreviation for Madame.
23a Was responsible for a sound game and came first (8)
WHISTLED – A card game which was a predecessor of bridge, and is traditionally played in church halls, followed by ‘came first’ (in a race).
26a Female relation given piece of furniture, as may be allowed (9)
GRANTABLE – A short form of a senior female relative, followed by a common piece of furniture.
28a Chinese measure seen to be spiteful (5)
CATTY – Double definition, the first being a Chinese weight equivalent to about 500 grammes.
29a You want this puzzle to be so crazy (7)
CRACKED – Double definition, the first being what you (the solver) want the puzzle to be.
30a Rover and very small governor form a relationship (8)
VAGABOND – Put together a short form of Very, an Oriental governor,
A (from the clue), and ‘form a relationship’.
31a Spring up, having to talk bombastically about end of war (6)
SPROUT – The last letter (end) of waR is inserted into a verb describing what a bombastic or prolix orator may do.
1d The last character to come on the scene lacking a sort of control (6)
ZAPPER – The last letter of the alphabet, followed by ‘come on the scene’ with one of its As removed (lacking a). The answer is an informal word for the control used to change channels on a TV.
2d Non-discrimination not the foremost attribute (7)
QUALITY – Remove the first letter (not the foremost) from a word which means ‘non-discrimination’ or ‘treating everyone the same’.
3d To talk down to a person — it is nasty (9)
PATRONISE – Anagram (nasty) of A PERSON IT.
4d The old man breaks snooze maybe for a meal (6)
REPAST – A snooze or period of relaxation wrapped around one of the words for ‘the old man’.
5d Become more girly maybe in short garments, charge around (8)
FEMINISE – A financial charge wrapped around some short garments first popular in the Sixties.
6d Equipment I had to make very firm (5)
RIGID – Another word for equipment or kit followed by the short form of ‘I had’.
7d Plant we liked, wild under top of mountain (8)
MILKWEED – The first letter (top) of Mountain followed by an anagram (wild) of WE LIKED.
12d Boy‘s big book left unfinished (3)
TOM – Remove the last letter (left unfinished) from a big, heavy book to get a boy’s name.
15d Garment was falling short, one to cast out (9)
WAISTCOAT – Remove the last letter (falling short) from WA(s) (from the clue), then add the Roman numeral for one and an anagram (out) of TO CAST. The answer is part of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s working garb.
16d Bit of wire stuck into locks? (4,4)
HAIR GRIP – Cryptic definition of something used, mostly by women, to control the locks on top of the head.
18d A fighting group having the last word to get the latest in excellent equipment (8)
ARMAMENT – Put together a word for one of the branches of the Services, the final word in a Christian prayer, and the final letter of excellenT to get the sort of equipment needed by the Services.
21d Bird not far off the ground, beginning to end (3)
OWL – Start with a word for flying not far off the ground, then move the first letter to the end.
22d Unit with weapons also having to be in scheme (7)
PLATOON – A scheme or design wrapped around another word for ‘also’.
24d Spell cast on poor actor in northern town (6)
HEXHAM – A three- letter word for a magic spell or curse followed by a sort of stage actor, producing a town in Northumberland.
25d Nymphs out of water and awfully sad (6)
DRYADS – A word describing a well which has run out of water, followed by an anagram (awfully) of SAD.
27d Carried by man, a choice bit of Mexican food (5)
NACHO – Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun HOLE +SAILOR = WHOLESALER