Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28335
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.
I finished in ** time again this week, but I suspect that some may find today’s Giovanni harder than that. A bit more religious knowledge required than for the last few, as well as the odd obscurity – but all can be found from the wordplay.
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1a Management of troublesome situation, adversity with leader absent (11)
STEWARDSHIP – Start with a troublesome situation you might find yourself in (like soup, but lumpier), then add some difficulty or adversity with its first letter removed.
10a Brown river hard to miss (5)
UMBER – Remove the Hard from a Northern river.
11a Old Bob, 100, odd man of wisdom causing ruckus (9)
SCRUMMAGE – Put together the abbreviation for the pre-decimal coin known as a bob, the Roman numeral for 100, a word for odd or peculiar, and a wise man from the East.
12a Old lady to win one more time (4,5)
OVER AGAIN – Put together Old, a lady’s name, and a win.
13a Grand drink knocked back (5)
REGAL – Reverse (knocked back) a type of alcoholic drink not generally popular with those who attend Big Dave’s Birthday Bash.
14a Maybe watch one filling box on form? (6)
TICKER – another word for a (mechanical) watch, referring to the sound it makes, which could also be someone indicating preferences on a form.
16a The German outside Cambridge college is one with something to say (8)
DECLARER – The German definite article wrapped around the Cambridge college which is situated next door to King’s.
18a Vehemence over sports official repelled by Manchester team? (8)
FEROCITY – Put together Over and the short form of the official in charge of a football match, reverse the lot (repelled) and add one of the Manchester football teams.
20a Extra charges with dad and son both playing (3-3)
ADD-ONS – Anagrams (both playing) of DAD and SON.
23a Eccentric, not entirely without reason (5)
OUTRE – Hidden in the clue.
24a Man once in denial about mud around boundary (9)
PERIMETER – Reverse (around) a word for a muddy mess, and insert the result into the name of the apostle who thrice denied he knew Jesus.
26a Unwell, restricted by severe shaking? They’d get you out of bed (9)
REVEILLES – Anagram (shaking) of SEVERE, wrapped around a word for unwell.
27a Quiet individual was bright (5)
SHONE – An exclamation instructing someone to keep quiet, followed by an individual.
28a See me hotter, me out of sorts? Right — get this! (11)
THERMOMETER – Anagram (out of sorts) of ME HOTTER ME, followed by Right.
2d Story about bank’s original board (5)
TABLE – A story wrapped around the first letter of Bank.
3d Distortion given by part of paper devoted to conflict? (7)
WARPAGE – Split (3,4) this could be where a newspaper puts its reports of conflicts.
4d Put in new couch, maybe each will sink into repose (6)
RESEAT – An abbreviation for EAch inserted into a word for repose.
5d Maybe one illegally helping prisoner and dog (8)
SPRINGER – This variety of spaniel could also be someone helping a prisoner to escape.
6d I am to get minimal marks, test being wicked (7)
IMMORAL – Put together the short form of ‘I am’, an abbreviation (minimal) of Marks, and a variety of exam.
7d Dismissed, like a badly behaved tennis player? (3,3,2,5)
PUT OUT OF COURT – This could describe a tennis player who has been defaulted for bad behaviour.
8d Animal gives a terrible groan, taking big hit externally (8)
KANGAROO – A (form the clue) and an anagram (terrible) of GROAN, with the sort of hit which finishes a boxing match wrapped around the result.
9d Source of water kept in good order (4-9)
WELL-PRESERVED – A four-letter water source followed by ‘kept’.
15d One having dodgy egg around four? Remedy needed (8)
CURATIVE – The young clergyman who famously had an egg parts of which were excellent, wrapped around the Roman numeral for four.
17d Painter, one to have a few drinks after finishing with canvas (8)
STIPPLER – The last letter of canvaS followed by someone who likes a glass or six, producing a painter who creates a picture as a series of dots.
19d The woman is hugged by companion, nurse (7)
CHERISH – One of the pronouns for ‘the woman’ and IS (from the clue) are placed inside the letters which appear after the name of someone who is a Companion of Honour.
21d Estate needs to be reorganised around this person (7)
DEMESNE – Anagram (to be reorganised) of NEEDS, wrapped around ‘this person’. The answer is an old word for a manor with the lands around it where the lord dwelt, not let out to tenants.
22d Northern city losing its name very quickly (6)
PRESTO – Remove the last letter from a Lancastrian city, and you get a musical instruction to play very fast.
25d Wander beyond end of forest to find treasure (5)
TROVE – The last letter of foresT followed by another word for ‘wander’.
Mrs DT and I are off to London this afternoon. We hope to drop in at the Novotel to meet some of you this evening. I have another meeting tomorrow afternoon, so won’t get to the Birthday Bash until later.
The Quick Crossword pun DOUGH + MINION = DOMINION