Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28419
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Good morning from South Staffs this bright Spring morning.
A little bit of Scripture and one or two less common words from Giovanni today, but not too taxing overall.
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1a Somewhere in Kent with unusual farm building (10)
WHITSTABLE – Anagram (unusual) of WITH followed by a farm building.
6a Greeting given by Matthew etc bringing a suggestion (4)
HINT – An informal greeting followed by the initials denoting the set of books which begin with Matthew and Mark.
9a Drink overdue — time to intervene (5)
LATTE – Insert Time into a word for ‘overdue’.
10a Using fingers or employing electronic equipment? (9)
DIGITALLY – Double definition: the first uses the literal meaning of a word for ‘fingers’, the second its extension to numbers which can be counted on the fingers.
12a Embarrassed maiden has to consume non-vegetarian food (3,4)
RED MEAT – Put together the colour your face might be if you were embarrassed, a cricket abbreviation for Maiden, and ‘to consume’.
13a Fashion of yesteryear conveyed by Margaret Rose (5)
RETRO – Hidden in the clue.
15a Problems unchanged about drink being knocked back (7)
ENIGMAS – Wrap a word for ‘unchanged’ around a variety of strong drink, then reverse the lot.
17a Faulty electric plug may have to be thus rejected (7)
REFUSED – This word for ‘rejected’ could also be what might be done to fix an electric plug which didn’t work.
19a Idiot, dispatched to be locked up, agrees (7)
ASSENTS – Wrap a word for ‘idiot’ around ‘dispatched.
21a Feature of seasonal dance, mum meeting unknown European (7)
MAYPOLE – Put together another short word for mum, an algebraic unknown, and a native of an Eastern European country.
22a Get lost in hole at back of house (3,2)
HOP IT – An abbreviation for house followed by the sort of hole you could get coal out of.
24a Two groups of soldiers nibbled Welsh food? (7)
RAREBIT – The initials of two regiments in the British Army (gunners and engineers) followed by ‘nibbled’ give us a tasty snack which is often linked with ‘Welsh’.
27a Get cork in — when loosened it could be this! (9)
ROCKETING – Anagram (when loosened) of GET CORK IN.
28a This person’s past appearing in ideal representation (5)
IMAGO – A short form of ‘this person is’ followed by ‘past’, as in ‘two years —‘.
29a Stupid person about to get lost in mound of sand (4)
DUNE – Remove the Latin abbreviation for about or approximately from the sort of stupid person who stood in the corner of the classroom with a special cap on.
30a Subsidence in local community (10)
SETTLEMENT – Double definition, the second referring to the sort of community which may be set up in a previously uninhabited piece of territory.
1d Report of one-time occupant of Reading gaol being unruly (4)
WILD – This word for ‘unruly’ sounds like (report of) the surname of the author of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
2d Pauses in school period — sit sloppily (9)
INTERMITS – The definition here is a verb, a less common word for ‘creates a pause’. Put together IN (from the clue), a period of the school year, and an anagram (sloppily) of SIT.
3d Horse in street starts to exasperate every driver (5)
STEED – The abbreviation for STreet followed by the first letters of the last three words of the clue.
4d Attend to a daughter wanting party attire, say? (7)
ADDRESS – Put together A (from the clue), Daughter, and what she might wear to a party.
5d Land with little hesitation, carrying less weight (7)
LIGHTER – Another word for ‘land’ or ‘touch down’, followed by an interjection expressing hesitation.
7d Home rented out — bit of a lake here? (5)
INLET – Put together ‘at home’ and ‘rented out’. I think of this as being typically an arm of the sea rather than a lake.
8d Model Major-General? (3,7)
TOY SOLDIER – Cryptic definition of a miniature version of a major-general or any other military person.
11d Fault limited by your being frugal (7)
THRIFTY – An archaic form of ‘your’ wrapped around a geological fault.
14d King, by Jove, going round that place to be met again (10)
REGATHERED – The Latin abbreviation for a king followed by an archaic exclamation similar to ‘by Jove’ wrapped around the adverb for ‘that place’.
16d Chap dined on Eastern sea creature (7)
MANATEE – Put together a chap, ‘dined’, and Eastern.
18d Her cat’s OK, having got crumbled biscuit (9)
SHORTCAKE – Anagram (having got crumbled) of HER CAT’S OK.
20d A diner’s stewed fish (7)
SARDINE – Anagram (stewed) of A DINER’S.
21d Ideal partner with strength to restrict bishop (2,5)
MR RIGHT – Another word for strength or power wrapped around the two-letter abbreviated form of address for a bishop, producing an ideal male partner.
23d Nutty type in church in little sleep, having rolled over (5)
PECAN – A short sleep wrapped around the Church of England, then the result is reversed.
25d Female at match to bristle, getting left out (5)
BRIDE – Remove the Left from ‘to bristle’ or ‘to toss the head’, and you get the female half of a love match.
26d Military building supporting regiment finally (4)
FORT – A word for ‘supporting’, as in ‘not against’, followed by the last letter of regimenT.
The Quick Crossword pun MOATS + HEART = MOZART