Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28389
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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Good morning from South Staffs this Spring morning.
Quite gentle from Giovanni today, so far as I was concerned, though the times reported so far on the puzzles website leaderboard suggest others may find it more taxing.
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4a Proceed enthusiastically with Dorothy’s dog wrapped in garment (2,2,4)
GO TO TOWN – Wrap a formal garment, perhaps worn for a ball or an academic occasion, around the name of the dog which accompanied Dorothy on her adventures in Oz.
8a Friends at home entertained by Charles (6)
CHINAS – These friends are in Cockney rhyming slang. Wrap a short form of Charles around ‘at home’.
9a Small room backing on to bigger one, a blissful situation (8)
VALHALLA – Reverse (backing) a three-letter abbreviation for the smallest room in the house, add on a bigger (perhaps a great) one, than add A (from the clue), to get the place where Norse warriors earned their eternal reward.
10a Lords showing discrimination against the elderly? (8)
BARONAGE – Split this (3,2,3) and you could get an expression indicating discrimination against the elderly.
11a Look after troublemaker creating damage (6)
IMPAIR – A mischievous child followed by a look or aura.
12a Preservative that is starchy much favoured (8)
FORMALIN – Another word for starchy or stiff, followed by a two-letter word for ‘much favoured’.
13a One male beast repelled the enemy by the sea (8)
MARITIME – Put together the Roman numeral for one and a male sheep, reverse the lot and add ‘the enemy’.
16a Like seeker of knowledge producing coarse material, penning article (8)
FAUSTIAN – A coarse, twilled, cotton fabric wrapped around an indefinite article. The seeker of knowledge was a fictional one who made a pact with the Devil.
19a Disloyal type‘s act against company — heartless act (8)
TURNCOAT – Put together another word for a stage act, an abbreviation for company, and the outer letters of AcT.
21a Goodness repeatedly shown by runner in race? (3-3)
GEE-GEE – A three-letter exclamation like ‘Goodness!’, repeated to give a childish word for a quadruped which may race at Cheltenham or Ascot.
23a Love and money enthralling hero in the west (8)
OCCIDENT – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis and a small American coin, then wrap the result around a Spanish hero.
24a Very little for learner in place offering career? (8)
VOCATION – Start with another word for a place, then replace the Learner with an abbreviation (little) of Very.
25a Quiet dog without lead seen in conference (6)
POWWOW – The musical symbol for quiet, followed by a childish word for a dog without its first letter.
26a Places with fine material where trolls will not be welcome? (8)
WEBSITES – Put together some fine material, perhaps produced by a spider, and some places. What you are reading at the moment is on an example of the answer.
1d Deceive with trick to ensnare heart — not right! (5,2)
CHEAT ON – Remove the R (not right) from HEA(r)T, then wrap a word for trick around it.
2d Rats risen from ground (9)
INFORMERS – Anagram (ground) of RISEN FROM.
3d Country is given king coming from the south (6)
ISRAEL – IS (from the clue) followed by the reversal of a Shakespearean king.
4d Devon-born gents in new deal to secure thousand financial certificates (10,5)
GOVERNMENT BONDS – Anagram (in new deal) of DEVON-BORN GENTS, with the Roman numeral for a thousand inserted.
5d Everyone involved in rows? They should know the score (8)
TALLIERS – Another word for everyone is inserted into some rows of seats in a theatre.
6d Male put into prison as one of no fixed abode? (5)
TRAMP – Insert Male into something used to imprison an intruder.
7d Man and wife not well very early in the morning (7)
WILLIAM – Put together Wife, ‘not well’, and three letters which may be read as showing a time in the small hours.
14d Land that gives a player a try (9)
TOUCHDOWN – The act which gives a rugby player a try is also (split (5,4)) ‘to land’ an aircraft.
15d After success, priest goes on street — one may have champagne (4,4)
WINE LIST – Put together a sporting success, crosswordland’s favourite Old Testament priest, and an abbreviation for STreet.
17d Chemical that gives one brilliant mood (7)
ACETONE – Split (3,4) you have ‘brilliant’ and ‘mood’. Put together you have nail-varnish remover.
18d Artist in part of London producing something very colourful (7)
RAINBOW – Put together the usual crossword artist, IN (from the clue), and a part of London, the bells of which are essential to the traditional definition of a Cockney.
20d Directions fit for use to bypass capital’s business area (6)
RECIPE – ‘Fit for use’, especially where fruit are concerned, wrapped around the letters of the postal district of the City of London.
22d One of 2 providing marijuana (5)
GRASS – Double definition, both being slang: a singular example of the answer to 2d; or another word for marijuana.
The Quick Crossword pun MAXIM + MILLION = MAXIMILIAN