Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28497
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Good morning from South Staffs. Another bright sunny morning which, if the rest of the week is any guide, will give way to cloud and rain later. I see from the banner that BD has put on the web page that today is the birthday of our favourite Anglesey resident, so for Jane:
Today’s Giovanni, like most of his recent puzzles, did not present any great difficulties, thoughthe cryptic definitions may be a little more challenging than some. Unusually, I took longer to finish the Quick Crossword than the Cryptic this week.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Sign of injury? Dab lotions freely (10)
BLOODSTAIN – Anagram (freely) of DAB LOTIONS.
6a Sword keeper has knocked over (4)
EPEE – Hidden in reverse (knocked over) in the clue.
9a Naughty lady, only half educated, in state of anxiety (10)
SEDUCTRESS – Take the first half of EDUCated and insert it into a state of worry or anxiety.
10a Small thin person is quietly hiding behind wife (4)
WISP – Put together Wife, IS (from the clue), and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’.
12a Garment beginning to smell, not completely dry (4)
SARI – The first letter of Smell, followed by a word for dry minus its last letter (not completely), giving us an Indian garment.
13a English bird returning, back briefly in the city (9)
WORCESTER – Start with an abbreviation for English and a carrion bird, reverse the result (returning), then add a word for the back of a ship minus its last letter (briefly). The answer is an English county town famous for its sauce.
15a Not the only one that letter deals with? (8)
COTENANT – Cryptic definition of someone occupying rented property in conjunction with others.
16a Member in river? I’m concerned! (4,2)
DEAR ME – One of the members of the human body, with a Welsh or Scottish river wrapped around it.
18a Agent gets nothing right in official document (6)
REPORT – Put together a short form of the word for a commercial agent, the letter which looks like nothing or zero, and an abbreviation for ‘right’.
20a Like a man kept in order (8)
MONASTIC – Cryptic definition of the state of a man living in a religious order.
23a Celeb’s art may be seen in these ornamental pieces (9)
BRACELETS – Anagram (may be seen) of CELEB’S ART.
24a Animal that is getting cross — head of beast must be held (4)
IBEX – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ and a cross-shaped letter, then insert the first letter of Beast.
26a Particular Bible translation I had, being keen (4)
AVID – The two-letter acronym for the King James Bible, followed by the short form of ‘I had’.
27a Bring together a number in the mathematics class? (2-8)
CO-ORDINATE – Double definition: a verb meaning ‘bring together’ (a plan, for example); and a number found along the x axis or y axis of a graph.
28a Responsibility for tax (4)
DUTY – Double definition: something you are bound to do; or something you are bound to pay.
29a One not totally alert, boss about to retire? (10)
SLEEPYHEAD – A boss who is ready for bed may be described (6,4) thus, perhaps.
1d Former President to show embarrassment, getting left out (4)
BUSH – To get one of two former US Presidents, remove the L (left out) from ‘show embarrassment’.
2d What may have lost its flavour for sailor? (3,4)
OLD SALT – A term describing a sailor of age and experience. Taken literally this could be a chemical which has aged and lost its freshness. The setter is, I think, pointing at the Biblical parable in Matthew 5:13.
3d A direction is given about books crossword setters may use (12)
DICTIONARIES – Anagram (given about) of A DIRECTION IS.
4d Most of the water sport is confusing (8)
THROWING – The first two letters (most of) TH(e) (from the clue), followed by a sport carried on while facing backwards on water.
5d Institute entertains Her Majesty in an enclosure (6)
INSERT – Put the letters denoting our Queen inside an abbreviation for ‘Institute’, and you get one of the irritating enclosures which fall out of a magazine when you first get it.
7d Artist, one getting tied up? (7)
PAINTER – This sort of fine artist could also be the rope used to tie up a small boat.
8d Niece working under specialist briefly accumulated skill (10)
EXPERIENCE – A skilled specialist minus his or her last letter (briefly) followed by an anagram (working) of NIECE.
11d Presumed quality of archdeacon, never going wrong, having competence (12)
VENERABILITY – Anagram (going wrong) of NEVER, followed by competence or capability. The answer is a reference to the honorific title accorded to clergy who are archdeacons.
14d Twenty directors that may be seen at Lord’s (10)
SCOREBOARD – Another word for ‘twenty’ followed by the collective noun for the directors of a company.
17d Understand what can fool people, right? (8)
CONSTRUE – Some (plural) scams or tricks, followed by another word for ‘right’ or ‘correct’
19d Man is put into part — player on stage? (7)
PIANIST – A three-letter man’s name and IS (from the clue), with an abbreviation for ‘part’ wrapped around the result.
21d Adolescent could be free agent, putting father off (7)
TEENAGE – Anagram (could be) of (fr)EE AGENT, with the abbreviation for ‘father’ removed.
22d Draw back, as soldiers getting cold, needing fuel (6)
RECOIL – Put together the usual regiment of military engineers, Cold, and a fossil fuel.
25d Defeated? No feat or achievement (4)
DEED – Remove the FEAT from DE(feat)ED to get the answer.
The Quick Crossword pun TERRY + TORIES = TERRITORIES