Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28383
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a dry but overcast morning.
By way of contrast to some recent Giovanni puzzles, I found this one quite tricky, well into *** difficulty, though looking back at it, it is hard to see why.
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 That man? Is held in memory for showing courage (7)
HEROISM – Put together the pronoun for ‘that man’, and some computer memory wrapped around IS (from the clue).
7a African has ox butchered (5)
XHOSA – Anagram (butchered) of HAS OX.
9a When getting little money, rise is wanted! (6)
ASCENT – Another word for ‘when’ followed by a small coin in America or the Eurozone.
10a Worrying about study when there’s ambient sound (8)
DREADING – The sound of a bell wrapped around a verb used for ‘study at university’.
11a Shrewd, but unable to see what is under one’s nose? (3-7)
FAR-SIGHTED – … because with this sort of shrewdness your arms are too short to read the Telegraph!
13a One animal and another crossing railway (4)
ORYX – A domesticated animal wrapped around an abbreviation for railway. Giving us an African antelope.
14a Document a nerd composed is withdrawn (13)
COUNTERMANDED – Anagram (composed) of DOCUMENT A NERD.
16a Granular stuff in bottle (4)
GRIT – Double definition: a granular component of soil; or what the rhyming slang ‘bottle’ describes.
17a Moving awkwardly with stick, collecting fossil resin (10)
CLAMBERING – A verb meaning to stick or adhere, wrapped around the sort of fossil resin used to make jewellery.
19a Fabulous bird returns, coming to recess in cliff road (8)
CORNICHE – Reverse (returns) a mythical giant bird, then add a recess which may hold a saint’s statue in church.
20a Smelling no wickedness? Good! (6)
NOSING – Put together NO (from the clue), some wickedness, and Good.
22a Man perhaps hiding behind a church feature? (5)
AISLE – A (from the clue) followed by Man or Wight or Bute.
23a Most orderly home — have food in it (7)
NEATEST – The sort of home where a bird may raise its young, wrapped around ‘have food’.
1d Genuine cessation of hostilities about to emerge (4)
TRUE – Remove a Latin abbreviation for about or approximately from a word for an agreement to cease fighting.
2d Result finally seen in excellent side without any weak points (8)
AIRTIGHT – Start with a two-letter group which looks like the alphanumeric categorisation of something as first-rate or excellent. Then add one of two sides. Finally insert the last letter of resulT.
3d Go one better than old lover with offspring, as you may say (6)
EXCEED – The usual old lover followed by a homophone (as you may say) of a word for offspring or issue.
4d One with financial security — such is Lisbon dealer (4-6)
BOND-HOLDER – The answer is a term for someone with a particular class of financial instrument. The first word is hidden in LisBON Dealer. The second word is what ‘Lisbon dealer’ is doing in relation to the first.
5d House on street with a perennial plant (5)
HOSTA – Put together an abbreviation for house, an abbreviation for street, and A (from the clue), to get what gardeners call a perennial plant and slugs call lunch.
6d Men are trained specially for the sea (13)
MEDITERRANEAN – Anagram (specially) of MEN ARE TRAINED.
8d What’s surprisingly anodyne makes one cross (7)
ANNOYED – Anagram (surprisingly) of ANODYNE.
12d Filth — stomach’s churning over and it upset head too (10)
SMUTTINESS – Reverse (churning over) an informal word for stomach’s (don’t forget the ‘S). Then add the reverse of IT (from the clue) and the sort of head which is a landscape feature.
14d Expression of surprise — sailor turned up after party in foreign city! (7)
CORDOBA – There are three elements to this answer. Start with an exclamation expressing surprise, then add the usual crossword party. Finally reverse (turned up) a two-letter rating of a seaman and add this to the end, to get a Spanish city in Andalusia.
15d European in clerical garb given a new Scottish name (8)
ALBANIAN – Put together the long white garment worn under the chasuble by a Catholic or Anglican priest, A (from the clue), New, and a common Scottish man’s name, to get a native of one of the Balkan states.
17d Mark‘s store, first thing you see in town (6)
CACHET – A secret store, or a temporary piece of computer memory, followed by the first letter of Town.
18d Playing group giving excuse for tennis postponement? (5)
NONET – Split this (2,3) and you get a reason why a tennis match can’t be played.
21d Noticed radiance husband emitted (4)
SEEN – A word for radiance or lustre with the Husband removed.
The Quick Crossword pun SHRILL + ANCHOR = SRI LANKA