Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28485
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is trying to beak through the early morning cloud.
Nothing too frightening from Giovanni this morning, and I at least was helped by the number of clues with a local reference.
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5a Revolutionary driving experience for author? (7)
CARROLL – Split this (3,4) and you get a driving experience which may be described as revolutionary, and is certainly undesirable. Put together you get a 19th-century mathematician and author whose real name was Dodgson.
7a Head meets very important lady, one given to drink (5)
TOPER – Another word for the head or highest point, followed by the two-letter cypher denoting our most important woman.
9a Do well getting son turned out to be respectable (6)
PROPER – Start with a word for ‘do well’ (in an economic sense), then remove the Son.
10a Without end, getting cross inside and outside (8)
EXTERNAL – Put a cross-shaped letter inside a word for ‘without end’.
11a Poles grow tired having got to English county (10)
FLAGSTAFFS – Put together ‘grow tired’ and the short form of the county that I’m writing from.
13a One of twenty showing polish? (4)
NAIL – Cryptic definition of something found on your fingers and toes.
14a Phony state of happiness — also of despair, curiously (5,8)
FOOL’S PARADISE – Anagram (curiously) of ALSO OF DESPAIR.
16a Editor finally rejected a collection of myths (4)
EDDA – Put together the abbreviation for editor, the final letter of rejecteD, and A (from the clue), to get some old Icelandic literature.
17a Firm has representative working, sent round to offer spare parts? (10)
COMPONENTS – Put together an abbreviation for a firm or company, a Parliamentary representative, a word for working or in operation, and an anagram (round) of SENT.
19a Work to collect wet stuff and greasy stuff (5,3)
TRAIN OIL – The wet stuff which falls from the sky, with some laborious work wrapped around it.
20a Like former PM making comeback or out? (6)
ASLEEP – Another word for ‘like’ followed by the reversal (making comeback) of the name of a 19th-century Prime Minister – the one who founded the police force and issued a manifesto from the South Staffs town where I live.
22a Belgian location, say, featured in story (5)
LIEGE – The abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ inserted into a false story, giving a Belgian city which is the start and end point for a cycle race to Bastogne and back.
23a Country worker penning love lines (7)
HOLLAND – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis and the abbreviation for ‘lines’, then wrap a manual worker around the result.
1d A tear to fall (4)
DROP – Double definition: the sort of tear which you may weep; or a verb meaning ‘fall’.
2d Thus Conservative esteems ancient thinker (8)
SOCRATES – Put together ‘thus’, Conservative, and ‘esteems’ or ‘judges’, to get a Greek philosopher.
3d Position, say, that’s slightly diminished us (6)
STATUS – Remove the final letter (slightly diminished) from a word meaning ‘say’, then add US (from the clue).
4d Prince with a pet that’s wild, one in need of training (10)
APPRENTICE – Anagram (that’s wild) of PRINCE A PET.
5d Third grade got with exam? It’s pretty hard (5)
CORAL – An exam grade which, ignoring A*, is the third-ranked one, followed by an exam which does not involve writing.
6d Pour this into glasses, each brimful possibly — one litre served up to start (13)
LIEBFRAUMILCH – Start with the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for Litre, reverse them (served up) and add an anagram (possibly) of EACH BRIMFUL.
8d Appreciate Montreal is English-speaking only in part (7)
REALISE – Hidden in the clue.
12d See awfully big deals going around — economy having been this? (10)
GLOBALISED – Anagram (awfully) of BIG DEALS, wrapped around ‘see!’ or ‘behold!’.
14d Like some government giving fear, led appallingly (7)
FEDERAL – Anagram (appallingly) of FEAR LED.
15d A charitable donation outside pub being set up — lovely! (8)
ADORABLE – A (from the clue) and a charitable (or Social Security) handout wrapped around the reverse (set up) of a word for a pub or part of a pub.
17d One managing to keep ring made by old-fashioned craftsman (6)
COOPER – Someone who is just about managing wrapped around a ring-shaped letter.
18d He leaves the study to walk (5)
TREAD – Remove the ‘he’ from T(he) (from the clue), then add a verb for ‘study’ (at university).
21d Top attraction for metal thieves? (4)
LEAD – Double definition, with two different pronunciations.
The Quick Crossword pun NIGHT + RATE = NITRATE