Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28527
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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey September morning.
Not many anagrams from Giovanni today, but a lot of charades, where several small items need to be stuck together. One clue of an ecclesiastical nature, and several pieces of General Knowledge, but all obtainable from the wordplay.
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8a Argument about monarch fulfilling duties? (7)
WORKING – Reverse (about) a three-letter argument, then add a male monarch.
10a In athletics competition, beat Open University by small amount (7)
OUTRACE – The acronym for the Open University followed by an indeterminate small amount.
11a Domineering and wicked English queen being imprisoned (9)
IMPERIOUS – A word for wicked, as in disrespectful of the gods, wrapped around English and the Latin abbreviation for queen.
12a Such a vocation limits this chaos (5)
HAVOC – Hidden in the clue.
13a Cut organ after demand for silence (5)
SHEAR – A two-letter instruction to be quiet, followed by one of the organs of the body.
14a Excellent drink knocked back — splendid stuff! (7)
REGALIA – Start with the two letters which look like the alphanumeric rating of ‘excellent’, then add a sort of beer. Then reverse the whole lot.
17a Resorting to priest, shy chap gets someone who can deal with emotional problems? (15)
PSYCHOTHERAPIST – Anagram (resorting) of TO PRIEST SHY CHAP.
19a Host with sailor going around in single small vehicle (7)
MINICAB – Put together a two-letter host or presenter and a naval rating, also of two letters, then wrap the result around IN (from the clue) and the Roman numeral for a single.
21a Saw doctor with ill tot (5)
MOTTO – The ‘saw’ here is an adage or maxim. A two-letter abbreviation for a (military) doctor followed by an anagram (ill) of TOT.
24a Equipment needed by the Spanish star (5)
RIGEL – Some equipment or gear followed by a Spanish definite article, giving us the star also known as Beta Orionis.
26a Record company no longer gets permits for people leaving the country (9)
EMIGRANTS – The three-letter acronym of a now defunct record company, the one which published the Beatles, followed by a verb meaning ‘permits’.
27a Viceroy and ambassador go down following king (7)
KHEDIVE – The title of the viceroy of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire. Put together the chess notation for King, the initials of the title given to ambassadors, and ‘go down’ (like a submarine, perhaps).
28a Bird, a female, full of energy — magpie in London’s East End? (3,4)
TEA LEAF – Put together a variety of waterfowl, A (from the clue), and Female, then wrap the result around Energy, to get the Cockney rhyming slang for someone who acts like the magpie in the Rossini opera.
1d Sin was terrible for poetic lovers (6)
SWAINS – Anagram (terrible) of SIN WAS.
2d Support the fellow’s yen to be a sort of preacher? (8)
PROPHESY – Put together one of the two supports for the hooker in a rugby scrum, the pronoun for ‘the fellow’ plus the ‘S from the clue, and the abbreviation for the Japanese currency. You get a verb describing the sort of preaching that Elijah or Isaiah did.
3d Greeting, with hesitation, chief in charge of tiered organisation (10)
HIERARCHIC – Put together a short greeting, a vocal hesitation, a word for chief or senior (as in —-bishop of Canterbury), and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
4d Spent time getting prisoner settled (9)
CONSORTED – One of the usual crossword prisoners followed by a colloquial term for ‘settled’ or ‘arranged’.
5d The thing about husband, a source of irritation (4)
ITCH – Put together the pronoun for ‘the thing’, a Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, and an abbreviation for Husband.
6d Mum joins little relative around five — it’s a wonder (6)
MARVEL – Another short word for ‘mum’ followed by an abbreviation of ‘relative’ wrapped around the Roman numeral for five.
7d Trader in the French sea getting to sing (8)
MERCHANT – The French for ‘sea’ followed by the English word for ‘sing’ which is derived from the French word for ‘sing’.
9d Stupid person? I don’t believe you! (4)
GOON – If you split this stupid person (2,2) you get an expression of disbelief.
15d Language specialist puts together Mass, one devoted to Our Lady (10)
GRAMMARIAN – A metric unit of mass followed by a Christian with a particular devotion to Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.
16d Country workers in firm facing threat, not half (9)
STABLEMEN – A word for firm or reliable followed by the first half of a threat (perhaps one coming from Dennis).
17d Welsh town gym? Gym’s ending with absolutely no cash (8)
PEMBROKE – Put together the two-letter abbreviation for gym lessons at school, the last letter (ending) of gyM, and ‘having no cash’.
18d One new nurse accompanying journalist, one looking forward to match (8)
INTENDED – Put together the Roman numeral for one, New, a verb meaning ‘nurse’, and the usual crossword journalist. The match here will be in church or a register office rather than a football stadium.
20d Food — food churning over inside — something lumpy (6)
NUGGET – Two three-letter food items, one reversed and placed inside the other, giving us something lumpy which may also be a food item if preceded by ‘chicken’, or which could buy lots of food if preceded by ‘gold’.
22d Old saints, if meeting heresy, ultimately become rigid (6)
OSSIFY – Put together Old, the abbreviation for some plural saints, IF (from the clue), and the last letter of heresY.
23d Colour of container on top of table (4)
TINT – A metal container followed by the first letter of Table.
25d Woman shifting soil (4)
LOIS – Clark Kent’s girlfriend is an anagram (shifting) of SOIL.
The Quick Crossword pun HALLOWED + HOLLY = HELLO DOLLY