Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28539
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Good morning from Sandringham in Norfolk, where we’re staying on the royal estate for a few days (on the Camping and Caravanning Club site, not with HM). I’m on a somewhat limited wifi connection, so no pictures this week.
A touch of the ‘old’ Giovanni today, I thought, with some GK and a certain amount of ecclesiastical knowledge needed.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ‘Click here!’ buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Author has dreamy eye movements, taken aback by little sparrow? (8)
MEREDITH – Reverse (taken aback) the three-letter acronym for a type of eye movement which happens while we are dreaming, then add the first name of the French singer known as ‘the little sparrow’ (one who had no regrets). The answer is the surname of a Victorian author.
5a British party-goer taking more risks? (6)
BRAVER – British followed by someone attending an all-night dance party.
9a To attract support is a problem (8)
DRAWBACK – A four-letter word for ‘to attract’, followed by another four-letter word for ‘lend support to’.
10a This as PM begins to make changes (6)
AMENDS – Split the answer (2,3) and you get what happens when p.m. begins.
12a Army officer comes to old American city where people have settled (6)
COLONY – Put together an abbreviation for a senior rank in the army, Old, and the initials of an American city (so good they named it twice).
13a Petitions regarding hunts (8)
REQUESTS – The Latin word for about or regarding followed by the sort of hunts undertaken by King Arthur’s knights.
15a Powerfully persuasive wife just into ninth decade (7)
WEIGHTY – Wife, followed by the age of someone just entering their ninth decade.
16a Buddhist school backed by old philosopher (4)
ZENO – A school of Buddhism (sometimes linked with the art of motorcycle maintenance), followed by Old.
Paper version: Man of paradox seen as some brazen opportunist (4)
ZENO – Hidden in the clue. The answer is a Greek philosopher known for a logical paradox.
20a Unopened Hungarian wine gets an endorsement (4)
OKAY – Remove the first letter (unopened) from a famous Hungarian wine.
21a Front of cathedral has gold — pleasant architectural feature (7)
CORNICE – Put together the first letter (front) of Cathedral, the heraldic term for gold, and another word for pleasant.
25a Poor and holy, albeit dancing around (8)
PITIABLE – A word for holy or sanctimonious followed by an anagram (dancing around) of ALBEIT.
26a Republic‘s old coin (6)
GUINEA – Double definition: an African state; or a coin which was worth 21 shillings.
28a A drink for you and your companions in the vicinity (6)
AROUND – A (from the clue) followed by the term for the drinks bought for a group of friends in the pub.
29a Embarrassed performer gets one to change script (8)
REDACTOR– The colour your face may turn if you’re embarrassed, followed by a stage performer.
30a Settle comfortably in Swiss company (6)
NESTLE – Double definition, the second being a manufacturer of chocolate.
31a Products from sewers (8)
STITCHES – Cryptic definition of what is produced by sewers using needle and thread.
1d Famous family producing two-thirds of pharmaceutical products (6)
MEDICI – The family who ruled Renaissance Florence, or the first six letters of a nine-letter word for what a pharmacy supplies.
2d Drug smuggled into meeting? That surprises me! (6)
REALLY – The usual crossword drug inside a political meeting.
3d Exposed, being removed from bed? (8)
DEBUNKED – The exposure of a myth or false theory could also be what happens to someone hauled out of a double-decker bed.
4d Food parcel that a company wraps (4)
TACO – Hidden in the clue.
6d –Strengthen little dog after appearance of aggressive male beast? (4,2)
RAMP UP – A male sheep followed by a young dog.
7d One hiding in front building disappeared (8)
VANISHED – A three-letter word for the front of an army and a garden building, placed either side of the Roman numeral for one.
8d Group of stores is to retail electrical component (8)
RESISTOR – Hidden in the clue.
11d In Paris the first person with smart ridicule? (7)
JESTING – The French word for ‘I’ followed by the sort of smart that a nettle gives you.
14d One French city with soldiers leaving base (7)
IGNOBLE – The Roman numeral for one. Followed by a French city in the Alps from which the initials of a regiment of engineers have been removed.
17d Grumble when evening service is cut short, penning article (8)
COMPLAIN – Remove the final letter from the last service of the daily liturgy, then insert an indefinite article.
18d Warring groups maybe in loud battles (8)
FACTIONS – The musical symbol for loud followed by some combats.
19d Resident giving muddled account about parking (8)
OCCUPANT – Anagram (muddled) of ACCOUNT wrapped around the symbol for Parking.
22d Sensual dipper’s bottom visible in waterway (6)
CARNAL – The last letter of dippeR inserted into an artificial waterway.
23d Bit of a lift (6)
SNATCH – A type of lift in weightlifting, which may also be a bit of something, such as a song.
24d Mum needing doctor when in Indian city (6)
MADRAS – Put together a two-letter word for Mum, an abbreviation for ‘doctor’ and another word for ‘when’, giving us the former name of the Indian city now known as Chennai.
27d Modern message that is extracted from the Bible? (4)
TEXT – A modern method of electronic communication, or an extract from the Bible on which a preacher may base a sermon.
The Quick Crossword pun BILLS + HIKES = BILL SIKES