Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28479
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Good morning from South Devon, where I’m playing in a croquet tournament this week. I’m a bit short of time, so no pictures this week.
Plenty of anagrams and part anagrams this week from Giovanni, making this a fairly straightforward solve for me.
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1a Second drink that’s strong always produces a beastly complaint (5,5)
SWINE FEVER Put together an abbreviation for Second, an alcoholic drink, the musical symbol for loud or strong, and another word for always.
9a Spots wood east of river (4)
RASH – River followed by a variety of wood.
10a Mistrial — it could lead to one being aggressive (10)
MILITARIST – Anagram (could lead to) of MISTRIAL IT.
11a Plant left behind rag (6)
TEASEL – To rag or annoy someone, followed by Left.
12a Love having argument about e.g. Titanic (7)
WORSHIP – Reverse (about) an argument, then add something of which Titanic was an example.
15a Supports units for brief periods (7)
SECONDS – Double definition, the first being a verb.
16a Vehicle parked outside gym used for game (5)
CAPER – A motor vehicle wrapped around the school lesson also known as ‘gym’.
17a Bills for pills (4)
TABS – Double definition, the first being the sort of bills you might run up in a bar or restaurant.
18a Stage offering a comeback for favourites (4)
STEP – Reverse (offering a comeback) some teacher’s favourites.
19a Publicity officer with script for concerts (5)
PROMS – The three-letter acronym for a publicity officer, followed by the abbreviation for a handwritten document, giving us a series of concerts that begins tonight.
21a Reinstate pause from work before men strike finally (7)
RESTORE – Put together a break or pause from work, the abbreviation for military men who are not officers, and the last letter of STRIKE.
22a Day came for reforming educational institution (7)
ACADEMY – Anagram (for reforming) of DAY CAME.
24a Managed thus to get millions as price to be paid (6)
RANSOM – Put together ‘managed’, ‘thus’, and the abbreviation for Millions.
27a Trouble-maker joins fliers, with time to create damage (10)
IMPAIRMENT – Put together a supernatural troublemaker, a generic term for people who fly aeroplanes, and Time.
28a Salvationists, quiet band (4)
SASH – The initials of the Salvation Army, followed by an instruction to be quiet.
29a Look at nicer suits in a new style (10)
SCRUTINISE – Anagram (in a new style) of NICER SUITS.
2d Fancy woman’s first to get that fellow (4)
WHIM – The first letter of Woman followed by ‘that fellow’.
3d More than one unwanted sound is conveyed in refusals (6)
NOISES – IS (from the clue), inserted into some negative answers.
4d Distraught female rushed with twitchy motion (7)
FRANTIC – Put together Female, another word for rushed, and a nervous reaction.
5d Conceited and terrible ruler, one being put down (4)
VAIN – The Russian tsar known as ‘the Terrible’, with his first letter moved down one place.
6d Bad person starts row, becoming more bad-tempered (7)
RATTIER – A bad person, one who betrays a person or cause, followed by a row of seats in an auditorium.
7d I’m on estate, newly built accommodation (10)
MAISONETTE – Anagram (newly built) of I’M ON ESTATE.
8d System of belief nastily put as ‘popish’ and ‘holy’ (10)
PHILOSOPHY – Anagram (nastily) of POPISH and HOLY.
12d In the borders of Wales caterers supply salad ingredient (10)
WATERCRESS – Anagram (supply, as in supple-y) of CATERERS, with the first and last letters of Wales wrapped around it.
13d Unstable sensor gets broken inside — if lacking this? (10)
ROBUSTNESS – Anagram (unstable) of SENSOR, with another word for ‘broken’ inserted.
14d Minister has facility for writing rule devoid of content (5)
PADRE – A block of writing paper followed by R(ul)E.
15d Males battling in this US location? (5)
SELMA – Anagram (battling) of MALES, giving us a city in Alabama which featured in the Civil Rights marches of the 1960s.
19d Assumption made by journalists about major highway (7)
PREMISS – The generic term for journalists wrapped around what looks like the alphanumeric description of the motorway from London to Leeds.
20d Name of German establishing school and university outside Germany (7)
SCHMIDT – An abbreviation for SCHool followed by the three-letter acronym of a famous American university wrapped around the IVR letter for Germany.
23d Funny old fellows featured in ancient monument (6)
DOLMEN – Anagram (funny) of OLD followed by some fellows.
25d His purring brings such encouragement (4)
SPUR – Hidden in the clue.
26d More than one little worker raves, losing head (4)
ANTS – Remove the first letter from a word meaning ‘raves’ to get some insect workers.
The Quick Crossword pun FARE + ELAND = FAIRYLAND