Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28503
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. A bright and sunny start, but the threat of more rain later.
Giovanni has his General Knowledge hat on today, though backed up as usual by very fair cluing. I rated the puzzle *** for difficulty based more on the ‘feel’ of the solving process than on the actual time it took me, which might have rated **.
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3a Meal commercial traveller’s obtained beside a street (6)
REPAST – A three-letter word for a commercial traveller followed by A (from the clue) and STreet.
6a Successive notes coming from French artist (4)
DORE – The first two notes of the sol-fa scale, giving us a 19th-century French artist.
8a Revolutionary, tedious person from what we hear (5)
PAINE – Back to the 18th century now, for the author of The Rights of Man and one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. He sounds like a bit of a bore!
9a Sack group of soldiers — that lot can go to blazes! (4,7)
FIRE BRIGADE – Put together another word for ‘sack’ and a military formation, and you get the people who turn up when your house is on fire.
10a Time to get ready-to-eat food (5)
TRIPE – Put together Time and ready to eat (as of fruit, for example), and you get something loosely described as food, though not one I’m fond of.
11a Church always wanting newspaper article? I’ll drum up support (11)
CHEERLEADER – Put together an abbreviation for Church, a poetic word for always, and the sort of newspaper article which reflects editorial opinion.
16a Wild cat, coolest possibly when avoiding sun (6)
OCELOT – Anagram (possibly) of COOLE(s)T with the S removed (avoiding sun).
17a Operators getting on in leaps and bounds (8)
SURGEONS – These operators work in theatres. Put ON (from the clue) inside a noun which can mean ‘leaps and bounds’.
19a Good person came down, not at all relaxed (8)
STRAINED – The abbreviation for someone whose holiness has been formally recognised by the Church, followed by the sort of ‘came down’ that we’ve seen far too much of in the last couple of weeks, at least in the UK and NZ.
20a See humour shown by this gathering of emotionally connected folk (4-2)
LOVE-IN – A two-letter word meaning ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’ followed by a mood or humour, as in ‘he carried on in this —- for some time’.
22a A president’s out of order — they must take steps (11)
PEDESTRIANS – Anagram (out of order) of A PRESIDENT’S.
25a Watery terrain — hard to find on another planet (5)
MARSH – One of the planets of our solar System, followed by Hard.
27a A blur, a sleep, awfully nice (11)
PLEASURABLE – Anagram (awfully) of A BLUR A SLEEP.
28a Number with purpose getting a great deal (2,3)
NO END – A two-letter abbreviation for number followed by a purpose or aim.
29a Left-winger to move faster than 22? (4)
TROT – Double definition: a shortened form of a variety of left-wing politician; or to move at a faster pace than the people who are the answer to 22a.
30a Grow something that can count as one of the daily five? (6)
SPROUT – Double definition: the first is a verb, the second a noun (and the daily five are of course the portions of fruit and veg that Nanny State tells us we should be eating).
1d Row in resort, the last thing resort needs (4)
SPAT – A health resort, followed by the last letter of resorT.
2d Brought up in dirtier dens, going off the rails (11)
DISINTERRED – Anagram (going off the rails) of DIRTIER DENS. ‘Brought up’ here is the same as ‘dug up’.
3d Judge and City politicians meeting where food is served (11)
REFECTORIES – Put together the short form of the judge in a football match, the postcode letters for the City of London, and the common name for one of the political groups found in the UK Parliament.
4d What one expects to observe in member of religious group (6)
PARSEE – Split the answer (3,3) and you have ‘what is expected’ and ‘to observe’. Put together we have an Indian follower of Zoroaster.
5d Distinguished cricketer at university recovers from bender (6,2)
SOBERS UP – The surname of a distinguished West Indian cricketer of the 1960s, arguably the greatest all-rounder the game has seen, followed by ‘at university’.
6d Follow academic master as a matter of belief (5)
DOGMA – A verb meaning ‘follow persistently’ followed by the letters after the name of a holder of a master’s degree.
7d Journey taking in good mountain feature (5)
RIDGE – A journey on horseback or in a bus, for example, with Good inserted.
12d Fantastic sermon, gents being spellbound? (11)
ENGROSSMENT – Anagram (fantastic) of SERMON GENTS.
13d Camels in divine house, one of twelve outside capital (11)
DROMEDARIES – A divine here is a holder of a degree in divinity, and the house is one of the signs of the Zodiac. Put these together and wrap the result around a European capital city.
14d Irish turning up to celebrate historical event in Dublin (6)
RISING – Reverse (turning up) an abbreviation for Irish, then add ‘celebrate’ (musically) and you get an event which took place in Dublin at Easter 1916.
15d Travel with friends, finally have a little drink and chat (6)
GOSSIP – Put together a word for ‘travel’, the last letter (finally) of friendS, and ‘have a little drink’.
18d Wicked predator shows little sign of sorrow (8)
TEARDROP – Anagram (wicked) of PREDATOR.
21d Cane giving sound of hard blow — we don’t like that! (6)
BAMBOO – Split the answer (3,3) and you get something which may be the sound of a hard blow and the noise an audience makes when it disapproves of what it hears.
23d Mathematician establishing new rule about transcendental number (5)
EULER – Anagram (new) of RULE wrapped around the transcendental number which is the base for natural logarithms. The answer is a Swiss mathematician from the 18th century.
24d Precise demand (5)
EXACT – Double definition, the first an adjective, the second a verb.
26d Hurry — daughter must be collected, put out of sight (4)
HIDE – A rather archaic word for ‘hurry’ wrapped around Daughter.
I shall be otherwise engaged next week. Senf has kindly volunteered to step up to the plate.
The Quick Crossword pun BALL + TIMOR = BALTIMORE