Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28515
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a fine, sunny morning. My thanks to Senf for stepping in last week while I was otherwise engaged.
I was making rapid progress through today’s Giovanni until I hit a mental block at 10a, which became my last one in and accounts for the *** difficulty rating.
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8a It’s clear GP’s kit isn’t bad for providing first-aid item (8-7)
STICKING-PLASTER – Anagram (bad) of CLEAR GP’S KIT ISN’T.
9a Fish around for someone to deal with health problem? (3)
DOC – Reverse (around) a type of fish commonly found battered.
10a ‘Globe-trotter’ in London, say? (7-4)
THEATRE-GOER – Start with what the Globe was in Shakespeare’s day and is again now. Then add a synonym for someone trotting along, and you get a phrase which may describe someone heading for the Globe to see a play. This clue doesn’t really work for me, but perhaps that’s because I couldn’t see it for ages, even with all the checking letters, and it was my last one in.
11a Politician participating in ‘Strictly’ dances (5)
BALLS – Double definition: the name of the ex-MP who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing; or some formal occasions where dancing takes place.
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12a Trendy translation making change to the usual order (9)
INVERSION – A two-letter word for ‘trendy’ followed by a literary translation, particularly of the Bible.
15a Very rich and very drunk? (7)
ROLLING – Double definition – there’s not really anything to add.
17a Tracks in zones of wood girl enters (7)
RIDINGS – A shortened form of a girl’s name inserted into the zones visible on the cut end of a tree trunk which enable you to ascertain the age of the tree.
19a Pageboy possibly working this early? (9)
HAIRSTYLE – Anagram (working) of THIS EARLY.
20a Sea-girt location doesn’t have owner-occupier (5)
ISLET – Split this (2,3) and you get a phrase meaning ‘doesn’t have owner-occupier’.
21a New cabinet door — it has information written on it (6,5)
NOTICE BOARD – Anagram (new) of CABINET DOOR.
24a Hurt girl having little lamb without tail (3)
MAR – Remove the final letter from the name of the girl in the nursery rhyme who had a little lamb.
25a Managers put in — tenderness would be unusual (15)
SUPERINTENDENTS – Anagram (would be unusual) of PUT IN TENDERNESS.
1d Choose a flower, as you might say — something for the dining table (10)
PICCALILLI – A homonym of a phrase (4,1,4) meaning ‘choose a particular type of flower’, giving us an accompaniment to cold meat or cheese.
2d Fish glides along (6)
SKATES – Double definition, the first being a variety of flatfish.
3d As individuals, never interrupting in a contemptuous manner (10)
SNEERINGLY – Wrap ‘as individuals’ around a poetic contraction of ‘never’.
4d See drunk keeping quiet (4)
SPOT – The musical symbol for quiet placed inside a habitual drunk.
5d Hurried as journalist dedicated to his or her profession (8)
CAREERED – Someone dedicated to his or her profession may be called a —— (whatever the profession is). In the case of the usual crossword journalist this would make him or her a (6,2).
6d German maybe in extreme circle (4)
OTTO – A three-letter acronym for something extreme or overdone, followed by a circle-shaped letter, producing a Germanic first name.
7d Doctor has year with a French practice (3,3)
DRY RUN – Put together an abbreviation for doctor, a two-letter abbreviation for year, and the French for ‘a’.
8d Short article in paper: ‘Team faces ban’ (7)
SIDEBAR – Split this (4,3) and you have a synonym for ‘team’ and a synonym for ‘ban’.
13d Entrance gets changed on the outside, having different colours (10)
VARIEGATED – A type of entrance (into a field, for example), with a word for ‘changed’ wrapped around it.
14d Men failing to work out who wrote spy stories (3,7)
IAN FLEMING – Anagram (to work out) of MEN FAILING.
16d At home, understand about dog being unsettled (8)
INSECURE – Put together ‘at home, and a word for understand wrapped around a disapproving term for a dog.
18d Volunteers turning up, fathers going round — they may raise a laugh (7)
SATIRES – The usual (former) military volunteers are reversed (turning up) and have a word for fathers (most commonly used these days in relation to racehorses) wrapped around them.
19d Fair enough, one states, not revealing everything (6)
HONEST – Hidden in the clue.
20d Chemical I love sufficed, needing energy (6)
IODIDE – Put together I (from the clue), the letter that looks like a love score at tennis, a word for ‘sufficed’, and an abbreviation for Energy.
22d Plumbing fixtures ejected liquid the wrong way (4)
TAPS – Reverse (the wrong way) a word for ‘ejected liquid’ (from the mouth).
23d Deposit that is seen by river (4)
BANK – ‘Deposit’ here is a verb meaning to put into a place of safety. The answer is also something found either side of a river.
The Quick Crossword pun MAIDENS + PEACH = MAIDEN SPEECH