Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28575
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Good morning from South Staffs this grey November day.
Today’s crossword is very much what we expect from Giovanni, the Friday master. Fair clues with a dash of misdirection in the surface reading lead to the untangling of a variety of answers.
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1a Put briefly, tot gets angry when about to get out of bed (10)
SUMMARISED – Start with a word for ‘tot’ or ‘add up’, then add another word for angry wrapped around ‘get out of bed’.
6a Ruler in Bundestag hated (4)
AGHA – Hidden in the clue is a Turkish commander.
9a Demanding supervisor marks a test unreasonably (10)
TASKMASTER – Anagram (unreasonably) of MARKS A TEST.
10a Simply fair (4)
JUST – Double definition.
12a Before long minister will disown leader (4)
ANON – A minister of religion who is part of a cathedral chapter, with the initial letter removed.
13a Board backing state? That can be avoided (9)
AVERTABLE – Another word for ‘state’ or ‘say’ followed by another word for the board at which you may eat your dinner.
15a Judgement of City is one accepted by academic (8)
DECISION – Put together the letters of the postal district of the City of London, IS (from the clue), and the Roman numeral for one, then wrap a university academic around the result.
16a Church stands against endless avarice in country (6)
GREECE – Remove the final letter from a word for avarice, then add the abbreviation for the Church of England.
18a A market suffering setback — you finally admitted emotional shock (6)
TRAUMA – Start with A (from the clue) and another word for market. Reverse the result, and insert the final letter of yoU.
20a Place from which to look out to sea as one who leads country (8)
HEADLAND – One who leads (a school, perhaps) followed by some country (as opposed to the sea which surrounds it).
23a Obscure journalist admits trick in formal practice (9)
RECONDITE – A Russian doll of a clue. A formal practice or ceremony is wrapped around the usual crossword journalist, which in turn is wrapped around a trick or cheat.
24a Cold joint and a bit of fried potato (4)
CHIP – Cold followed by the joint at the top of your leg.
26a Period house to the west of ancient city (4)
HOUR – An abbreviation for house followed by the usual ancient city in the Chaldees.
27a Sixteen, we deduce, in sturdy vehicle (4-2-4)
FOUR-BY-FOUR – To get sixteen you can multiply two by eight or …
28a Way female poet has expunged line (4)
PATH – Remove the Line from the surname of the poet once married to Ted Hughes.
29a Female going to match travels with mother in advance (10)
BRIDESMAID – ‘Travels’, especially on horseback, followed by a short informal term for ‘mother’, with a verb for ‘advance an offer’ wrapped around the result.
1d Beastly home of crossword compiler a third demolished (4)
SETT – Remove the final two letters from the six-letter word for a crossword compiler.
2d Like a lodge, with mum in charge protecting her boy (7)
MASONIC – The same mum as in 29a and an abbreviation for ‘in charge’, placed either side of a male child.
3d Rebuke hot men involved with mad sin (12)
ADMONISHMENT – Anagram (involved) of HOT MEN and MAD SIN.
4d Available numbers turning up, pursuing home on the waves (2,6)
IN SEASON – Put together ‘at home’, the place where waves are found, and then reverse an abbreviation for ‘numbers’.
5d See, in Devon, old tree crashing (6)
EXETER – A prefix meaning ‘old’ or ‘former’ followed by an anagram (crashing) of TREE.
7d Good to discover the truth about beef (7)
GRUMBLE – Good followed by an informal word for ‘discover the truth’, especially where someone is trying to deceive.
8d Prepared to be plundering supply of cash? (2,3,5)
AT THE READY – The answer is a phrase meaning ‘prepared’. It could also describe someone going after a pile of cash, where an alternative word for ‘cash’ is employed.
11d Lady protects terrible old creatures (12)
PTERODACTYLS – Anagram (terrible) of LADY PROTECTS.
14d Newspaper office changed in this period? (10)
EDITORSHIP – This is an office held by a person, not the building where the newspaper is produced. The answer is an anagram (changed) of THIS PERIOD.
17d Put off and fed up, having made mistake (8)
DEFERRED – Reverse (up) FED (from the clue), then add ‘made a mistake’.
19d Version of story that bank may offer (7)
ACCOUNT – You have one of these if you keep your money in a bank.
21d Unknown character about to enter a drowned valley somewhere in USA (7)
ARIZONA – Start with A (from the clue) and a word for a drowned valley, then insert an algebraic unknown and a word meaning ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
22d Energy very reduced — I work, then start to unwind, right? (6)
VIGOUR – Put together Very, I (from the clue), ‘work’ (as in ‘this car won’t —-), the first letter of Unwind, and Right.
25d Poke gently with stick (4)
PROD – The musical symbol for softly or gently, followed by another word for a stick.
The Quick Crossword pun FINE + ALLIES = FINALISE