Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28353
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Good morning from South Staffs where after some brightness yesterday the relentless gloom of this winter has returned. At one stage yesterday it looked as though I might have difficulty posting this set of hints, but – fingers crossed – it seems that BD and Cloudflare have fought off the barbarians again.
Another fairly gentle puzzle from Giovanni this week, with no particular obscurities, though I did hold myself up by putting the wrong second half into 8d – which made solving 11a interesting.
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1a Hurt beyond limit (6)
OFFEND – Split this (3,3) and you get two words: ‘beyond’ and ‘limit’.
5a Formula for making stew in cowboy territory (4,4)
WILD WEST – This is a reverse anagram, where the answer contains the anagram indicator (first word) and the fodder (second word) which would enable you to arrive at ‘STEW’.
9a Awkwardly feed a stubborn ass? (5,2,6)
BEAST OF BURDEN – Anagram (awkwardly) of FEED A STUBBORN.
10a One caught in wind — a trying experience that’s unfair (8)
MISTRIAL – A cold wind that blows down the Rhone valley and probably annoys Jean-Luc in Hyères, is wrapped around the Roman numeral for one.
11a Chemical store exploding — hell ultimately (6)
STEROL – Anagram (exploding) of STORE followed by the last letter of helL.
12a The French notice someone living in another’s property? (6)
LESSEE – One of the forms of the French definite article followed by a verb meaning ‘notice’.
14a Moving back and yielding not for the first time (8)
RECEDING – Moving back, like the ebbing tide, could also be a word meaning ‘yielding again’.
16a Article by journalist offered opposition (8)
OBJECTED – An article or thing next to the usual crossword journalist.
19a Urgent message when many morris men gather (6)
MAYDAY – A distress call which, split (3,3) would be a day when morris dancing traditionally takes place.
21a French engineer offers fascinating sight reportedly (6)
EIFFEL – The chap who built Paris’ answer to Blackpool Tower might sound like (reportedly) something which is worth looking at.
23a Showering needed maybe after end of that? (8)
TRAINING – An all-in-one clue: the last letter of thaT followed by ‘showering’ gives us an activity which may lead to the need for a shower.
25a Prepare for action — so that a form of quoits can be played? (5,3,5)
CLEAR THE DECKS – A command given in preparation for a naval action, which would also provide an area in which quoits could be played on board ship (though not at the same time).
26a Awful rage after boss indicates certain items to be worn (8)
HEADGEAR – A boss or leader followed by an anagram (awful) of RAGE.
27a Repose with each coming in to sit somewhere else (6)
RESEAT – An abbreviation for ‘each’ is inserted into a word for repose.
2d Feverish winter month — get cross (7)
FEBRILE – The short form of a winter month in the Northern Hemisphere, followed by a verb meaning to annoy someone or get them cross.
3d Cut up and left gutted — praise needed (5)
EXALT – Reverse (up) a word often seen when there is a question of cuts in public expenditure, then add L(ef)T with its inside letters removed.
4d Loss of Trident disastrous, this person held (9)
DETRIMENT – Anagram (disastrous) of TRIDENT, wrapped around the pronoun for ‘this person’.
5d Cake seminar’s finale given by one talking imprecisely (7)
WAFFLER – A cake of leavened batter or dough (known as a gaufre in France) followed by the final letter of seminaR.
6d Yobs — many besieging university (5)
Alternative version on Android app: Yobs given hits, having got caught out.(5)
LOUTS – An abbreviation for University inserted into a word meaning ‘many’.
Remove the initial Caught from a word meaning ‘hits’.
7d See 13
8d Newspaper selling fewer copies? Dark times from now on (7)
SUNDOWN – The name of a tabloid newspaper followed by a word indicating that its sales had decreased (No, not ‘less’).
13d and 7: We fed fleshy dandies to be turned into football team (9,9)
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY – Anagram (to be turned) of WE FED FLESHY DANDIES.
15d Maiden on staff in company attached to the German officer (9)
COMMANDER – Start with the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard and a verb meaning ‘to staff’. Insert the result between an abbreviation for COmpany and a German definite article.
17d Bread and cheese served outside old church (7)
BRIOCHE – A French cheese wrapped around Old and CHurch.
18d Field worker to hesitate — cloud’s beginning to come in (7)
DITCHER – Insert the first letter of Cloud into a word for ‘hesitate’
20d Names getting muddled with one having a loss of memory (7)
AMNESIA – Anagram (getting muddled) of NAMES, followed by the Roman numeral for one and A (from the clue).
22d River runs into track in NI town (5)
LARNE – A track or road wrapped around the abbreviation for River, giving us the port at the other end of the ferry crossing from Stranraer.
24d Steals nothing, as you might say (5)
NICKS – An informal word for ‘steals’ which sounds like an informal word for ‘nothing’.
The Quick Crossword pun CASTER + SIGHED = CAST ASIDE