Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28407
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the day has started grey and overcast.
I found today’s Giovanni quite tricky in places. At one stage I had the right-hand side of the grid filled in while the left was blank, then the SW corner fell, followed eventually by the NW quadrant. The crossing entries at 9a and 4d were the last in.
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1a Some ropy stuff that’s found along the coast (6)
STRAND – One of the constituent parts of a rope, or an alternative name for a beach.
5a Things hanging down having power to exterminate insects (8)
PENDANTS – Put together Power, to exterminate or finish, and some insects.
9a Legal procedure to pursue company member — it comes to the crunch? (10)
COMPACTION – Put together an abbreviation for COmpany, a member of the House of Commons, and a general term for a court procedure.
10a Good old-style politician, smooth-tongued (4)
GLIB – Good followed by an abbreviated form of a former national political party.
11a Oblique dishing of dirt — nice! (8)
INDIRECT – Anagram (dishing) of DIRT NICE.
12a Come down by river in the country (6)
POLAND – An Italian river beloved of crossword compilers, followed by ‘come down’ (in an aircraft).
13a Has a sleep, rolling over for a length of time (4)
SPAN – Reverse (rolling over) a word for ‘has a sleep’.
15a Notice worker with medieval weapon (8)
HANDBILL – A manual worker followed by a bladed tool used for hedging or as a weapon.
18a Attractive nibble with balti I’ve prepared (4,4)
LIVE BAIT – Anagram (prepared) of BALTI I’VE. Something which may be attractive to a predator.
19a The ultimate plastic bottles (4)
LAST – Hidden (bottles) within pLASTic.
21a An eight-day celebration — one goes from do to do (6)
OCTAVE – Double definition: the first is a major feast in the church, like Christmas or Easter, where the celebrations go on for eight days; in the second the ‘do’ is a deer, a female deer…
23a Seaside accommodation chore getting wife to run around (8)
WHARFAGE – This is the sort of accommodation needed by a merchant ship for loading and unloading. An abbreviation for Wife and ‘to run’ (like a long-eared furry creature) go round a three-letter word for a chore (traditionally one carried out in a public school by a junior boy for a senior).
25a Animals from those parts to the west (4)
APES – Hidden in reverse (to the west) in the clue.
26a Bring him around in the morning in the city (10)
BIRMINGHAM – Anagram (around) of BRING HIM, followed by ‘in the morning’.
27a Take food, including meat given special heat treatment (8)
FLAMBEED – A verb for ‘take food’ wrapped around a type of meat often eaten roasted at Easter.
28a Wily characters represented in statue (6)
ASTUTE – Anagram (characters represented) of STATUE.
2d Deity with short name, an old character (5)
THORN – One of the Norse gods followed by Name, giving us an Old English letter.
3d IT company shortly to introduce a nice new gadget (9)
APPLIANCE – The IT company that makes lots of expensive gadgets beginning with ‘i’, with its last letter removed (shortly), followed by an anagram (new) of A NICE.
4d Part of formal attire not in good condition (6)
DICKEY – Double definition: a bow tie, or the false shirt front that may go under it; or an informal word for ‘not in good condition’.
5d How attender with pint is out to have a wild celebration (5,3,4,3)
PAINT THE TOWN RED – Anagram (out) of HOW ATTENDER and PINT.
6d Square cut up in game (8)
NINEPINS – A square number followed by the reverse (up) of a word for ‘cut’ (with scissors).
7d A new girl, as some would say, is a darling (5)
ANGEL – Put together A (from the clue), New, and a posh pronunciation of ‘girl’.
8d What could be construed into gnarliest shapes (9)
TRIANGLES – Anagram (could be construed) of GNARLIEST.
14d Head gives general rule to those listening (9)
PRINCIPAL – This word for a head of an organisation is a homophone (to those listening) of a word for a general rule, whose spelling is slightly different. Sadly the two spellings are often confused.
16d Inner circle coming down on terror, lacking resistance in beastly contest (9)
BULLFIGHT – The innermost circle on a dartboard, followed by a word for terror with the R removed (lacking resistance).
17d Like some wild animals Matabele treated (8)
TAMEABLE – Anagram (treated) of MATABELE.
20d American show girl embracing any number in a place for sailors (6)
MARINA – The female lead in West Side Story wrapped around the algebraic symbol for ‘any number’.
22d Tea service set up after start of afternoon (5)
ASSAM – The first letter of Afternoon followed by the reversal of a Catholic church service.
24d Making a horticultural insertion is hard work (5)
GRAFT – Double definition, the first being the act of inserting a scion into a rootstock.
The Quick Crossword pun WRECK + AMEND = RECOMMEND