Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28449
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
No, you have not been sleeping for two, or is it three, days; anyway, it’s not Sunday. A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg. I am joining the team substituting for the resting and relaxing Deep Threat today and next Friday. This means I have to solve all the clues rather than just approximately half of them as I do on Sundays (just kidding).
A typical and very enjoyable Giovanni solved without highland liquid product assistance, not sure if it’s Giovanni’s ‘new’ persona – perhaps Lady Jane can advise, with seven anagrams (including partials), two lurkers, and a sprinkling of oldies but goodies. I did find the SE to be a little on the tricky side.
My favourite is 9a.
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1a Temptress had to retreat having ensnared priest, 50 (7)
DELILAH: HAD from the clue reversed (to retreat) containing the favourite OT priest and the Roman numeral for 50.
5a Initially dry wood container gets damper (7)
DASHPOT: The first letter of Dry (initially), a three letter tree, and a three letter container gives a damping device.
9a Composer meeting King George is appearing in green (9)
VERDIGRIS: An Italian composer, King George’s regnal cipher, and IS from the clue (appearing) gives the green coating on copper statues, for example.
10a Something mathematical in moderation (55)
RATIO: One of the lurkers (in) found in the last word of the clue.
11a Manage to convey love with poetry fifth-rate? (7)
OVERSEE: Love as in the tennis score, a synonym for poetry, and the fifth letter of the alphabet.
12a Musical form that excites our dean (7)
RONDEAU: Anagram (that excites) OUR DEAN.
13a Repulse drunk going round church tomb (9)
SEPULCHRE: Anagram (drunk) of REPULSE containing (going round) one of the usual abbreviations of church.
16a May is one speaker wanting a change of heart (5)
MONTH: Not that May! The part of the head that speech comes out of with the middle letter replaced (change of heart) to give a twelfth (approximately) of a year.
17a Vision of mother about to be captured (5)
DREAM: The three letter synonym for mother containing (to be captured) the two letter abbreviation for about.
18a Observe daughter hugging European king about to be entertained (9)
SERENADED: Three letter synonym for observe and the single letter for daughter containing a four letter European and the single letter from the Latin for King reversed (about).
21a Friday’s boy creates thrill (7)
FRISSON: The shortened form of Friday with the possessive S from the clue and the favourite synonym for boy.
22a Very old bridge by Great North Road beginning to crumble (7)
ARCHAIC: A synonym for bridge or part of a bridge, the letter and number designation for the Great North Road, and the first letter (beginning to) of Crumble.
25a Atmosphere in firm in capital city (5)
CAIRO: A three letter synonym for atmosphere contained by (in) the usual two letters for a firm.
26a Coming earlier, quietly going back (9)
PRECEDING: The single letter for musically quiet and a one word synonym for going back.
27a Smallest home on island submerged by Hants river (7)
TINIEST: Cruciverbalists’ favourite Hampshire river containing the two letter word for (at) home and the single letter for island.
28a Member of family continues walking (7)
STEPSON: As (5,2), two words that are synonymic for continues walking.
1d Dodgy video disturbed you and me (7)
DEVIOUS: Anagram (disturbed) of VIDEO followed by the two letter word for you and me.
2d Substantial part of agricultural Argentina (5)
LARGE: The other lurker (part of) found in the last two words of the clue.
3d See half inside part of body that should normally be covered! (5)
LOINS: Two letter synonym for see and the first three letters (half) of INSide.
4d Rush with companion round lake somewhere in Wales (7)
HARLECH: A four letter synonym for rush (which is also a furry animal) and the two letter designation of a member of an order of the Commonwealth realms containing the single letter for lake.
5d Warrant low exam grades with terrible verse (7)
DESERVE: Two of the lower letter exam grades and an anagram (terrible) of VERSE.
6d Powerful fellow roughly grants no mercy initially (9)
STRONGMAN: An anagram of GRANTS NO and the first letter (initially) of Mercy.
7d According to plan, glib talk has surprising end (9)
PATTERNED: A single word synonym for glib talk (as might be used by a salesman) and an anagram (surprising) of END.
8d Excessive feeling with Maureen upset inside (3,4)
TOO MUCH: A synonym for feeling containing (inside) the two letter familiar form of Maureen reversed (upset).
14d Power to see future change under leader of party (9)
PREVISION: A synonym for a change after (under) the first letter (leader) of Party.
15d Rock in some inlet crashing (9)
LIMESTONE: Anagram (crashing) of SOME INLET.
17d Successive notes on one large town — endless money problem (7)
DEFICIT: Three successive notes on the musical scale, the Roman numeral for one, and a large town with the last letter removed (endless).
18d Newspaper notice that has astronomical consequences (7)
SUNSPOT: One of the tabloid newspapers and a synonym for notice (as in see).
19d Dons who take part in church services? (7)
READERS: A double definition (I think); the first is a type of university (especially Oxbridge) appointment.
20d Company keeps silver in private room that is multi-sided (7)
DECAGON: The short form of company containing (keeps) the chemical symbol for silver and the whole contained by (in) a three letter (mostly male) private room gives a multi-sided figure.
23d Indian’s restricted time in part of Greece (5)
CRETE: A Native American tribe containing (restricted) the single letter for time gives a Greek island.
24d Turning up in this way, I had a final word (5)
ADIOS: A two letter synonym for in this way, the shortened form of I had, and A from the clue all reversed (turning up) gives the Spanish for farewell.
Back on Sunday as usual.
The Quick Crossword pun: CON+SEA+KRAY+SHUNS=CONSECRATIONS