Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28551
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs.
A fair slice of GK required to solve today’s Giovanni, though the cluing is, as always, perfectly fair. This one took me longer to solve than the Toughie I blogged yesterday.
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1a It may mean junk ends up as junk! (9)
SHIPWRECK – Cryptic definition of what may cause a Chinese sailing vessel to turn into a pile of scrap.
9a Something not what it seems? This person’s about to get very cross (6)
MIRAGE – Reverse (about) a shorter way of writing ‘this person is’, then add ‘get very cross’.
10a Lights by promontory shown in picture (9)
LANDSCAPE – Lights, as in ‘stops flying’ followed by another word for a promontory.
11a Hunter‘s drink — not the first (6)
CHASER – Double definition, the second being a drink taken to wash down a previous one.
12a Composer in Swiss city with beer mug (9)
BERNSTEIN – The Swiss city famous for its bear pits, followed by a German beer mug, giving us the composer of West Side Story and The Chichester Psalms.
13a Article penned by a foreign Socialist is not perused (6)
UNREAD – A foreign word for ‘a’ and the colour associated with Socialists, wrapped around an indefinite article.
17a Edmund falling over in pit (3)
DEN – Reverse (falling over) a diminutive version of the name Edmund.
19a Criticise a revolutionary for grand manner (7)
PANACHE – Put together a three-letter word for ‘criticise’, A (from the clue), and the usual crossword revolutionary.
20a Someone who sees what you can see (7)
OCULIST – Cryptic definition of someone who assesses your eyesight.
21a Black bird rolls over in this bundle (3)
WAD – Reverse (rolls over) a black bird notorious for snapping up shiny objects.
23a Saint in ruin needing money (6)
MARTIN – Put together another word for ‘ruin’ or ‘damage’ and some elderly slang for ‘money’, to get the name of the patron saint of Tours.
27a Terrible US baddies must be set free from wrong ideas (9)
DISABUSED – Anagram (terrible) of US BADDIES.
28a Veto is exercised in council (6)
SOVIET – Anagram (exercised) of VETO IS.
29a Carpet material by edge and at the back (9)
REPRIMAND – Put together a corded material rarely seen except in crosswords, the edge of a glass, and AND (from the clue).
30a Blunders made by English bishop at back of basilica (6)
ERRATA – Put together English, the initials of the title given to bishops, AT (from the clue), and the last letter of basilicA.
31a See red and act violently, bringing 6 (9)
DESECRATE – Anagram (violently) of SEE RED and ACT, giving a word which means the same as the answer to 6d.
2d Blissful place in the avenue (6)
HEAVEN – Hidden in the clue.
3d Quiet editor, worker who pays attention to good grammar? (6)
PEDANT – Put together the musical symbol for quiet, the abbreviation for EDitor, and one of the usual worker insects.
4d Declaim as English Conservative joining in ceremony (6)
RECITE – Insert English and Conservative into a word for a ceremony.
5d Bill coming up — what is charged is something fanciful (7)
CAPRICE – Reverse (coming up) an abbreviation for a bill or account, then add what a seller charges a buyer.
6d Is husband getting on held in serious ignominy? (9)
DISHONOUR – Put together IS (from the clue), Husband, and ON (from the clue), then insert the result into a word for ‘serious’ or ‘grim’.
7d Leader of society wants fairness organised without any frills (4,5)
SANS SERIF – The first letter (leader) of Society followed by an anagram (organised) of FAIRNESS, giving us a plain and unadorned typeface, like the one used for this blog.
8d Rob and Pete dread being made to look silly (9)
DEPREDATE – Anagram (being made to look silly) of PETE DREAD.
14d Someone having agents to sort out party mess (9)
SPYMASTER – Anagram (to sort out) of PARTY MESS.
15d English partygoers? They get into the groove (9)
ENGRAVERS – A slightly longer abbreviation for ENGlish this time, followed by some (possibly illegal) partygoers, giving us people whose job is to make grooves in materials.
16d With stress beginning to spread around, I had bad things happening (9)
ACCIDENTS – Another word for the stress put on a syllable when pronouncing a word, followed by the first letter (beginning to) of Spread, with the result then wrapped around I (from the clue).
17d One day rising to find dampness (3)
DEW – Reverse (rising) the short form of one of the days of the week.
18d Sign of approval in words regularly trotted out (3)
NOD – Alternate letters (regularly trotted out) of iN wOrDs.
22d Irritability in an east Texas city (7)
ABILENE – Put together AN (from the clue) and East, then wrap the result around a bodily fluid, an excess of which was belied to cause irritability.
24d Author with obstacle, not finishing (6)
BARRIE – Remove the final letter (not finishing) from a physical obstacle, to get the author of Peter Pan.
25d Drink repeatedly being knocked over leads to grumble (6)
MURMUR – Take two instances of a strong drink which kept the Royal Navy going for many years, then reverse (being knocked over) the result.
26d Note put up: ‘We need this for cheese-making’ (6)
RENNET – Reverse (put up) a familiar term for one of our currency notes.
The Quick Crossword pun MELON + EASIER = MELANESIA