Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28491
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where we have a bright start to the day but the threat of rain later.
Some fairly easy anagrams gave me an entry into today’s Giovanni, and there was nothing too obscure in the rest of the puzzle, so ** difficulty for me.
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1a Accept a token in new deal (4,2)
TAKE ON – Anagram (in new deal) of A TOKEN.
4a Little reptile exploits flowering plants (8)
CROCUSES – The shortened form of the name of a large reptile, followed by a verb meaning ‘exploits’.
9a Make reference, as man getting audibly vulgar (6)
ALLUDE – A man’s name (Jolson or Capone, perhaps) followed by a homophone of a word for ‘vulgar’.
10a Always you must keep on — not just some of you! (8)
EVERYONE – Another word for always, followed by an archaic form of ‘you’ wrapped around ON (from the clue).
11a As Soviet official, I’m cross, am mad (9)
COMMISSAR – Anagram (mad) of I’M CROSS AM.
13a Excellent department led by ace (5)
ADEPT – The symbol found on an ace in a pack of cards followed by an abbreviation for ‘department’.
14a A live gent’s let loose, a gospel preacher (13)
TELEVANGELIST – Anagram (loose) of A LIVE GENT’S LET, giving us a preacher who uses broadcast media to spread his message.
17a Doctor on visit — severe and a bit too touchy? (13)
OVERSENSITIVE – Anagram (doctor) of ON VISIT SEVERE.
21a Cardinal providing article about Religious Education (5)
THREE – This is a cardinal number. Put the definite article around the abbreviation for Religious Education.
23a Bitterness showing by those with aspiration heading off, quick movers (9)
GALLOPERS – Another word for bitterness or bile, followed by people who have aspirations, minus their first letter.
24a Have a hand in genuine action to cancel debt? (8)
REMITTAL – Wrap a word for ‘genuine’ around a slang word for hand.
25a One form of music and another making comeback with time (6)
GARAGE – The answer is described in the BRB as ‘a type of unsophisticated rock music’. To get to the answer, reverse (making comeback) a three-letter word for another variety of music, a highly syncopated one of black American origin, then add a period of time. I know nothing, and care less, about the type of music in the answer, so here’s a piece from the wordplay:
26a Rat in dry zone here shedding skin (8)
DESERTER – A very dry area of the planet followed by (h)ER(e).
27a 1 Across funny old comedian (6)
KEATON – Anagram (funny) of the answer to 1a.
1d Time young birds may be found in straw etc (6)
THATCH – An abbreviation for Time, followed by a collection of young birds from the same brood.
2d Tricky mile trek including middle of bog? A shorter distance (9)
KILOMETRE – Anagram (tricky) of MILE TREK wrapped around the middle letter of bOg. The shorter distance definition relates back to the ‘mile’ at the beginning of the clue, making this a sort of all-in-one.
3d What was paid off long ago in coppers? (3,4)
OLD BILL – A slang term for the police, which could also be a long-settled account.
5d Girl given payment in beastly home, brought up to be respectful (11)
REVERENTIAL – Put together a girl’s name (perhaps the one in the Garden of Eden) and a payment for accommodation. Then reverse (brought up) a wild beast’s home, and wrap it around the result.
6d Business of transporting stuff — hard to get out of old African capital (7)
CARTAGE – Remove the Hard from an old North African city, one which fought Rome in the Punic Wars and was eventually destroyed by the Romans.
7d Number in double figures to achieve success (5)
SCORE – Double definition, I suppose, though the first is rather vague. The second is the sort of success a footballer achieves by putting the ball into the goal.
8d Attend match, say, in which muscle is evident (8)
SPECTATE – Another word for ‘say’ wrapped around a shortened form of a chest muscle.
12d Economy good with people showing a redeeming quality (6,5)
SAVING GRACE – Put together the act of making economies, Good, and a people or ethnic division.
15d Alien gent, frightfully lacking in refinement (9)
INELEGANT – Anagram (frightfully) of ALIEN GENT.
16d Harry and Edward tinkered about (8)
POTTERED – Put together the surname of Harry the boy wizard and a short form of Edward.
18d The female subsequently lacking a sanctuary (7)
SHELTER – The pronoun for ‘the female’, followed by ‘subsequently’ or ‘not sooner’ with the A removed.
19d One thus tardy is to get set apart from others (7)
ISOLATE – Split the answer (1,2,4) you get ‘one’, ‘thus’ and ‘tardy’.
20d Oriental dropping off at the front gets behind (6)
ASTERN – Remove the first letter from a word for ‘oriental’ and you get a nautical term for ‘behind’,
22d Frolics of old politicians undermining Speaker ultimately (5)
ROMPS – The last letter of SpeakeR followed by Old and the usual crossword politicians.
The Quick Crossword pun ANNA + GRAMMES = ANAGRAMS