Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28569
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Good morning from South Staffs on the last Friday before the clocks go back.
There are a couple of bits of GK which may slow solvers down if they are unfamiliar to the solver, but otherwise a perfectly fair set of clues from Giovanni this morning.
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1a Entitlement to enter good French or English city (8)
BRIGHTON – The French word for ‘good’ wrapped around an entitlement.
6a A theologian I brought to court as sort of abuser? (6)
ADDICT – Put together A (from the clue), the letters after the name of a theology professor, I (from the clue), and an abbreviation of CourT.
9a Troublemaker showing ill-feeling around back of bar (6)
SPRITE – The final letter of baR inserted into a word for ill-feeling or malice.
10a Person of note going from bar to bar (8)
MUSICIAN – Cryptic definition of one whose business is to read and play the notes written in bars on a stave.
11a Mum, more elegant, seen as dangerous woman (3-5)
MAN-EATER – A two-letter word for Mum, followed by ‘more elegant’ or ‘tidier’.
12a Yen to get ahead of schedule producing annual publication (6)
YEARLY – The symbol for some Japanese currency, followed by ‘ahead of schedule’.
13a Enlisted with camp reorganised in movement to a different location (12)
DISPLACEMENT – Anagram (reorganised) of ENLISTED and CAMP.
16a One sort of spider that brings in the cash (5-7)
MONEY-SPINNER – Double definition: a variety of small spider; or a profitable venture.
19a Let out, learner relaxed (6)
LEASED – The symbol found adorning a car driven by a learner, followed by ‘relaxed’.
21a Hip teacher — he put out zany diagram for maths class (3,5)
PIE CHART – Anagram (zany) of HIP TEAC(he)R with the HE removed (put out).
23a Scripture this person smuggled into county, showing commitment (8)
DEVOTION – The county which is home to our Gazza, wrapped around the abbreviation for one of the sets of books in the Bible and the pronoun for ‘this person’.
24a University lecturer is key-holder, a renowned chemist (6)
DALTON – A university teacher wrapped around one of the keys on a computer keyboard. The answer is the surname of a person who was an early contributor to atomic theory, and also researched colour-blindness.
25a Way something wooden is implanted into stone (6)
STREET – A naturally-occurring wooden object with the abbreviation for ‘stone’ wrapped around it.
26a Proud walker — good person accompanying king, say (8)
STRUTTER – Put together the short form of the title given to a good person who has been canonised, the Latin abbreviation for king, and another word for ‘say’ or ‘speak’.
2d Parrot to have hidden under material (6)
REPEAT – A corded fabric found mainly in crosswords (last seen in DT 28551), followed by ‘to have’, as in ‘to have for dinner’.
3d Cunning guy will, from what we hear (5)
GUILE – This sounds like (from what we hear) the abbreviated form of ‘guy will’.
4d See artist struggling with compositions (9)
TREATISES = Anagram (struggling) of SEE ARTIST.
5d I may be seen as the first one that’s positive (7)
NUMERAL – This is an all-in-one clue, where the I is not a personal pronoun but a Roman arithmetic quantity greater than zero.
6d Try when given influence in decision-making (5)
ASSAY – Put together a two-letter word for ‘when’ and a three-letter word which can mean ‘influence in decision-making’.
7d Speech-maker got back, having switched ends (9)
DECLAIMER – Start with a word meaning ‘got back’, perhaps in a legal action, then swap the first and last letters.
8d Cold and inexperienced, Heather is moving slowly (8)
CRAWLING – Put together Cold, inexperienced or untried, and an alternative word for heather.
13d Set of rules for some who are buttoned up? (5,4)
DRESS CODE – This is a cryptic definition of a set of rules letting people know what attire is expected in a particular situation.
14d Trick proposal made by candidate (9)
CONTENDER – Another word for ‘trick’ or ‘cheat’ followed by a proposal or bid for a contract.
15d Very little energy in second part of symphony (8)
MOVEMENT – A brief period of time, perhaps a second, wrapped around Very and Energy.
17d With mischief-makers around, death is about to happen (7)
IMPENDS – Some supernatural mischief-makers wrapped around a death or termination.
18d Love in wood is pleasurable experience (6)
GROOVE – Put the letter which looks like a love score at tennis into a small wood, and you get what may have been a way of describing a pleasurable experience in the 1950s or 1960s.
20d Doctor with one foot under pile of snow? (5)
DRIFT – Put together an abbreviation for ‘doctor’, the Roman 5d for one, and an abbreviation for ‘foot’.
22d Servant trashing hotel (5)
HELOT – Anagram (trashing ) of HOTEL, giving us an ancient Spartan serf.
The Quick Crossword pun FARM + ASSISTS = PHARMACISTS