Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28509
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg. What better way of returning to normality after my two weeks of volunteering at the Canada Summer Games than two hours in the dentist’s chair on Monday afternoon at the beginning of the week.
As he advised us last week, Deep Threat is otherwise engaged this week so here I am again hinting on all the clues of a typical and very enjoyable Giovanni puzzle. I still can’t determine if it’s his old, new, or somewhere in between persona – perhaps Lady Jane can advise again. Seven anagrams (including two partials), one lurker, and a sprinkling of oldies but goodies/recent repeats. Solved with the assistance of a 2014 Mouton Cadet, a splendid end to my Thursday.
My favourite is 14a and the Quickie pun.
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9a Walk quietly past market, having turned back (5)
TRAMP: A four letter synonym of market reversed (turned back) followed by (past) the musical notation for quiet – I thought the synonym of market was an Americanism but the BRB says it was used by the Bard of Avon.
10a See zebra moving east in wind (3,6)
SEA BREEZE: An anagram (moving) of SEE ZEBRA followed by the single letter for east.
11a Artist sits awkwardly being welcomed in West? (7)
MATISSE: An anagram of SITS contained by (being welcomed in) the first name of the actress whose last name was West.
12a A new excitement when king emerges from earthy mound (3,4)
ANT HILL: A from the clue, the single letter for new, and a synonym for excitement with the Latin abbreviation for king removed (when . . . emerges from).
13a One has darkness, no end, in native dwelling (5)
IGLOO: The single letter for one and a synonym for darkness without its last letter (no end) gives an Inuit dwelling.
14a Carol wrapping Ted maybe in protective covering (9)
SHEATHING: A synonym for carol (as a verb) containing (wrapping) the surname of a former PM.
16a Fruit obtainable from San Marino garden (8,7)
MANDARIN ORANGES: An anagram (obtainable from) SAN MARINO GARDEN.
19a Worried rodent met snakes (9)
TORMENTED: An anagram (snakes) of RODENT MET.
21a Groan maybe as recipient of holy letter (5)
TITUS: The first name of an individual, with the surname of Groan, who featured in a novel by Mervyn Peake gives one of the epistles in the NT – the novel was completely new to me, perhaps I have led a sheltered life.
23a Minister embraces a device for generating energy (7)
REACTOR: One of the variations of a CofE minister containing (embraces) A from the clue.
25a There’s little right in Dad being more distant (7)
FARTHER: The single letter for right contained by (in) a (formal) synonym for Dad.
27a Bug one’s caught? Supplement will limit cold (9)
ADDICTION: A synonym for a supplement containing (will limit) the single letter for cold.
28a Extremist contributing to awful tragedy (5)
ULTRA: The lurker (contributing to) found in the last two words of the clue.
1d Cook cutting out a part of vegetable? (4)
STEM: A means of cooking (with vaporized water) with its A removed (cutting out).
2d Fellow on phone gets prize-winning novelist (6)
MANTEL: One of the usual synonyms for fellow and a three letter abbreviated synonym for phone gives a prize-winning novelist with a DBE.
3d Bishop’s office copies tape improperly (10)
EPISCOPATE: An anagram (improperly) of COPIES TAPE.
4d Like groups offering worldly goods (6)
ASSETS: A two letter synonym for like and one of the usual synonyms for groups.
5d A form of rule in Home Counties, supported by very old city (8)
SARAJEVO: A from the clue and a form of (Asian) government all contained by the two letters used for the Home Counties then followed by (supported by) single letters for very and old – the host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics.
6d Rubbish ultimately attracting rubbish (4)
GROT: The last letter (ultimately) of attractinG and a three letter synonym for rubbish – the answer is also the name of the shop opened by Reggie Perrin which sold useless products.
7d Shy, taking clothes off etc? (8)
RETIRING: A word often used for the process that includes taking clothes off at the end of the day.
8d Modern bits of language spreading gloominess (10)
NEOLOGISMS: An anagram (spreading) of GLOOMINESS.
13d Unimportant stuff this person’s brought to the fore (10)
IMMATERIAL: A synonym for stuff preceded by (brought to the fore) a two letter contraction of an equivalence of this person’s.
15d Unfaithful love rat, suitor gets upset about (10)
TRAITOROUS: An anagram of the tennis score called as love and RAT SUITOR.
17d Chap blocks road in that revolutionary conqueror’s home region (8)
NORMANDY: A poetic or dialectic synonym for that reversed (revolutionary) containing (in) the two letter abbreviation for road containing (blocks) a synonym for chap.
18d Pause during session with one needing little time (8)
INTERMIT: A verb constructed from a two word synonymic phrase for during session and the single letters for one and time.
20d Champion fed up, having obtained goal (6)
DEFEND: Fed from the clue reversed (up) and a synonym for completion (having obtained goal).
22d Volunteers landing on Caribbean country but not a Pacific island (6)
TAHITI: The usual volunteer soldiers followed by a country with the letter A removed (but not).
24d Understanding the performance, he won’t participate (4)
TACT: The combination of THE from the clue and a three letter synonym for performance with HE removed.
26d Bit of money made by heartless competitor (4)
RIAL: A synonym for competitor with its middle letter removed (heartless) gives the unit of currency of several Middle Eastern countries.
Back on Sunday as usual.
The Quick Crossword pun: surrey+beryl=cerebral