Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28557
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a blustery October day. Triskaidekaphobics should remain under the duvet until tomorrow.
Today was perhaps the fastest that I have ever completed a Giovanni crossword, so definitely * for difficulty from me. Others may have different views but, as has been said before, it is all a question of whether or not the setter’s mindset is in tune with the solver’s on a particular day.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Mountains around indicated — avoid finally in that landing (10)
SPLASHDOWN – Start by reversing (around) a European mountain range, then add a word for ‘indicated’ with the last letter of avoiD inserted.
6a Support location for holiday entertainment? (4)
PIER – Double definition: a support for a building or structure; or a seaside place built over the sea.
9a Exceptionally arty bairns, a couple shining (6,4)
BINARY STAR – Anagram (exceptionally) of ARTY BAIRNS. This is a term for two heavenly bodies orbiting a common centre of gravity.
10a Animals appearing in tapestry (4)
APES – Hidden in the clue.
13a Objections restricting second person in business deals (7)
BUYOUTS – A type of objection often paired with ‘ifs’ wrapped around the second person pronoun.
15a Charge again presents terrible ordeal (6)
RELOAD – Anagram (terrible) of ORDEAL.
16a Female full of trouble as one in direct confrontation (4-2)
HEAD-ON – A female bird wrapped around some trouble or commotion.
17a Expression of ambition inadequate for the likes of 21? (3,4,3,5)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – Cryptic definition of a phrase expressing overwhelming earthly ambition. The person in 21a went beyond this, of course.
18a Underground activity fashionable during Chinese dynasty (6)
MINING – A two-letter word for ‘fashionable’ inserted into a Chinese dynasty noted for its porcelain.
20a Old bird facing terrible end cried in pain (6)
MOANED – An extinct flightless bird followed by an anagram (terrible) of END.
21a Traveller in new enterprise wildly enthusiastic, one recruited by the navy (7)
GAGARIN – A word for ‘wildly enthusiastic’ (or ‘senile’, though I doubt that the singer of that designation intends the latter meaning to apply), followed by the initials of the Royal Navy wrapped around the Roman numeral for one. The answer is the first person to orbit the earth in a spaceship.
22a Rubbish? The last thing to see in art gallery (4)
TATE – Some rubbish followed by the last letter of seE.
25a Time’s up here (5,5)
CLOCK TOWER – Cryptic definition of a high place showing the time to the public.
26a Utter oath, dropping small treat (4)
CURE – Remove the Small from a verb meaning ‘utter an oath’.
27a Seafood for which crispbread would be out of place (6,4)
SPIDER CRAB – Anagram (would be out of place) of CRISPBREAD.
1d Cries when boss is nasty (4)
SOBS – Anagram (is nasty) of BOSS.
2d Country boy ensnares maiden finally (4)
LAND – Another word for a boy, wrapped around the last letter of maideN.
3d Town street half cut off has upset couple (6)
STROUD – The first half of STReet followed by the reverse (upset) of a pair of performers, giving us a town in Gloucestershire.
4d Wicked conduct, as in Eden, not approved of (15)
DISCOUNTENANCED – Anagram (wicked) of CONDUCT AS IN EDEN.
5d Condition of fat cats breaking the law (6)
WEALTH – Anagram (breaking) of THE LAW.
7d This person’s architectural feature creates an obstruction (10)
IMPEDIMENT – A short way of writing ‘this person is’ followed by a triangular architectural feature.
8d Seaside experience? Celebrate during course of it, having journey round (6,4)
RISING TIDE – This is a bit of a Russian doll clue. Start with a word for ‘celebrate’ or ‘praise’, then wrap IT (from the clue) around it, Then wrap a journey (perhaps on a seaside donkey) around the result.
11d Time chart I constructed — it involves working out numbers (10)
ARITHMETIC – Anagram (constructed) of TIME CHART I.
12d Change international organisation? Right, it can be part of a power system (10)
ALTERNATOR – Put together another verb meaning ‘change’, an international defence organisation, and Right. The result is the device which charges the battery in your car.
13d Supporting vehicle turning up ahead of ruler (7)
BACKING – Reverse (turning up) a variety of public transport vehicle, then add a monarch.
14d One with deep pride? (3,4)
SEA LION – Cryptic definition of an animal. The second word is a land animal which lives in a pride. The first word is ‘the deep’.
19d Bitterness over work that goes at a fast pace (6)
GALLOP – Another word for bitterness followed by the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work.
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20d Common man from Birmingham is terrible (6)
MISTER – Hidden in the clue.
23d Vessel with the Queen’s designation — you and I will go aboard (4)
EWER – Insert the pronoun for ‘you and I’ into the letters denoting our Queen.
24d Immature insect‘s food (4)
GRUB – Double definition. There’s not much I can add.
The Quick Crossword pun MALI + FACTORS = MALEFACTORS