Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28401
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Good morning from South Staffs this Good Friday morning.
There are no seasonal references from Giovanni this morning – in fact this puzzle is resolutely secular. It took me a little while to get into, but once I’d spotted the anagram in 1a answers fell into place steadily.
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1a Like fighting citizens — primarily a new volunteer force being introduced (12)
PARAMILITARY – Anagram (new) of PRIMARILY A wrapped around the initials of the former name of the Army Reserve.
9a They slide downhill to marshy area with problem turning over (9)
TOBOGGANS – Put together TO (from the clue), a marshy area, and the reverse (turning over) of a problem or hitch.
10a Bright vehicle carrying the Parisian (5)
CLEAR – Put the French definite article inside a motor vehicle.
11a Country girl entertained by a queen maybe (6)
BELIZE – A short form of a girl’s name placed inside something which may be a queen, but could equally be a worker or a drone, to get a Central American country.
12a With crowd outside, is quiet show to be impossible? (8)
DISPROVE – An unusual word for a crowd, originally of cattle but by extension of people, wrapped around IS (from the clue) and the musical symbol for quiet.
13a Part of bank’s business, not the first or last act (6)
ENDING – Remove the first letter (not the first) from what a bank does.
15a Writer providing a series of reminiscences, say, is thoughtful (8)
ESSAYIST – Hidden in the clue.
18a Stolen goods brought back and got rid of in garden building (4,4)
TOOL SHED – Reverse (brought back) some goods stolen by an invading force, perhaps, to get the first word. For the second, ‘got rid of’, as perhaps a snake might slough its skin.
19a Anxiety of female lover, maiden one discarded (6)
STRESS – Start with a female lover, then remove the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over and the Roman numeral for one.
21a Piece of music with unusual tempo entertaining one (4,4)
TONE POEM – Anagram (unusual) of TEMPO wrapped around ONE (from the clue).
23a Fulmar originally left by top of cliff to get ready to fly (6)
FLEDGE – The initial letter of Fulmar followed by Left and the top of a cliff. There are some cameras following nesting peregrine falcons in Brussels here.
26a Consider love and feel longing (5)
OPINE – The letter that looks like a love score at tennis followed by ‘feel longing’.
27a Treading quietly, Heather is behind vehicle (9)
TRAMPLING – A road and rail vehicle followed by the musical symbol for quietly and another word for heather.
28a A fresh peril’s nasty for folk farming the seas (5-7)
PEARL-FISHERS – Anagram (nasty) of A FRESH PERIL’S.
1d Like drinking water poured out initially on flat surface (7)
POTABLE – The first letters of Poured Out, followed by a flat surface you might eat your dinner at.
2d Revolting type to lurch outside entrance to bar (5)
REBEL – To lurch or stagger wrapped around the first letter of Bar.
3d Mum stares, absorbing fashionable publications (9)
MAGAZINES – Another way (2,5) of saying ‘Mum stares’ wrapped around a two-letter word for ‘fashionable’.
4d Metal attachment to dog? (4)
LEAD – Double definition, where the two answers are pronounced differently.
5d Match with restrictions introduced becomes most bad-tempered (8)
TESTIEST – An international sports match wrapped around the restrictions that bind someone.
6d Repeat run’s beginning with speed going up (5)
RECAP – The first letter of Run followed by the reverse (going up, in a Down clue) of a word for speed.
7d Son I deem to be wayward put into ‘evil’ category (8)
DEMONISE – Anagram (to be wayward) of SON I DEEM.
8d Old city chap, desperate (6)
URGENT – An old city of the Chaldees, followed by the archetypal City chap.
14d Proverbially lifeless type attached to a swinger (8)
DOORNAIL – Cryptic definition of something found in the proverbial expression ‘as dead as a ——–‘.
16d Beastly bounders escape to match in ‘ampshire (9)
ANTELOPES – The short form of ‘ampshire wrapped around ‘escape’ (usually to get married).
17d Firearm agent, one sitting at table? (8)
REPEATER – A short form of an agent or commercial traveller, followed by what someone sitting at table is likely to be.
18d Result of needle that hospital brought out excessively (6)
TATTOO – Remove the Hospital from T(h)AT, then add a word for ‘excessively’.
20d From what we hear, gets rid of 9 (7)
SLEIGHS – Another word for the answer to 9a, which sounds like ‘gets rid of’ or ‘kills’.
22d Newspaper article, ‘the absence of war’ being reported (5)
PIECE – A homophone of something which may be characterised as the absence of war.
24d Road submerged by flooded river (5)
DRIVE – Hidden in the clue.
25d Hard little fellow, one of two getting together for a pint? (4)
HALF – Hard followed by a diminutive form of a man’s name (perhaps the one who burned the cakes?).
The Quick Crossword pun GOFER + BROKE = GO FOR BROKE