Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28413
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Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy, slightly damp Friday.
For some reason the puzzles website started the day listing this as DT 32455, rather than the 28413 which it ought to be. The paper version is correct, and the website was corrected this morning. But whatever its number, it didn’t detain me very long, as gentle Giovanni seems to have returned (though 18a may not be a gimme for those who didn’t toil through a lot of medieval French in their student days).
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1a Ref’s glared, out to show a sort of pride (4-6)
SELF-REGARD – Anagram (out) of REF’S GLARED
6a Almost disdain an incentive (4)
SPUR – Remove the final letter from a word meaning ‘disdain’ or ‘reject’.
9a Gate at social function letting number in (10)
ATTENDANCE – ‘Gate’ here is the number of people attending an event. AT (from the clue) and a social function, placed either side of a cardinal number.
10a Soon to get a refusal from Paris? (4)
ANON – A (from the clue) followed by the French for ‘no’.
13a Deceived daughter escaped cunningly (7)
DELUDED – Daughter followed by ‘escaped cunningly’.
15a US author in nasty situation meeting our Queen (6)
HELLER – The author of Catch-22 is made up of a place we really don’t want to end up in followed by the usual letters for our Queen.
16a Show company beginning to move after rest (6)
SITCOM – A rest (where you stop standing up) followed by an abbreviation for COmpany and the first letter of Move.
17a Ill health’s so sad, invalid being extremely ancient (2,3,2,3,5)
AS OLD AS THE HILLS – Anagram (invalid) of ILL HEALTH’S SO SAD.
18a Old knight and fighting men about to disembark (6)
ROLAND – Reverse (about) the acronym for soldiers who are not officers, then add ‘disembark’, and you get one of Charlemagne’s knights who died in battle with the Moors at Roncesvalles in the chanson de geste named for him.
20a Awful blunder, side having dropped off package (6)
BUNDLE – Remove the last letter (side dropped off) from BLUNDE(r), then make an anagram (awful) of it.
21a Some French group eating first bit of rice pudding? (7)
DESSERT – The French partitive article for ‘some’ followed by a group of people with the first letter of Rice inserted.
22a About time to shut up (4)
CAGE – The Latin abbreviation for about or approximately followed by a long period of time.
25a I urge mater to sort out Daisy maybe (10)
MARGUERITE – Anagram (to sort out) of I URGE MATER.
26a Piece of wood in panel at home (4)
LATH – Hidden in the clue.
27a Work with newspaper folk I have found to be burdensome (10)
OPPRESSIVE – Put together the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work, the generic term for people working in newspapers, and the shortened form of ‘I have’.
1d Close off an animal (4)
SEAL – Double definition, the second being an aquatic mammal.
2d Departed well into the night (4)
LATE – Double definition, the first being a synonym of departed or deceased.
3d One on errand for a strip of cloth (6)
RUNNER – And yet another double definition. The second is the strip of cloth my grandmother used to put on the sideboard to protect the polished surface from being scratched.
4d What could upset gut as a rule — grand stuff full of sweetness (10,5)
GRANULATED SUGAR – Anagram (could upset) of GUT AS A RULE GRAND.
5d Officer ultimately in charge of the fellow’s wealth (6)
RICHES – Put together the last letter (ultimately) of officeR, the abbreviation for ‘in charge’, and the shortened form of ‘the fellow is’.
7d Dispel a pain with a cold drink (4,6)
PINA COLADA – Anagram (dispel) of A PAIN and A COLD.
8d See me starring with a whip? (10)
RINGMASTER – A rather nice all-in-one clue. Anagram (with a whip) of ME STARRING.
11d The Conservative in a court case full of drama (10)
THEATRICAL – THE (from the clue), then A (from the clue) and a court action wrapped around Conservative.
12d Female toilets please greatly with energy-saving form of illumination (10)
FLOODLIGHT – Put together Female, another word for the toilets, and another word for ‘please greatly’ with the E removed (energy-saving).
13d What may be demanded when maiden leaves, going nowhere (4-3)
DEAD-END – Anagram (what may be) of DE(m)ANDED with the cricket abbreviation for a maiden removed.
14d This person had set up round of drinks to get deal (4,3)
DISH OUT – Reverse (set up) the shortened form of ‘this person had’, then add a round of drinks (as in ‘It’s my —–‘).
19d Leave in the morning quietly after month (6)
DECAMP – Put together an abbreviation for one of the months of the year, the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’, and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’.
20d Instructions for what to wear when it’s too hot for long johns? (6)
BRIEFS – These instructions to counsel could also be a lighter from of underwear.
23d One not very bright turned up in a sort of skirt (4)
MIDI – The Roman numeral for one followed by ‘not very bright’ (used frequently in Kath’s comments!). Reverse the lot, and you get a skirt length.
24d Lot heard making summer celebration (4)
FETE – The Anglicised pronunciation of this French word for a celebration makes it a homophone of ‘lot’ or ‘destiny.
The Quick Crossword pun CELLAR + FAIN = CELLOPHANE