Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28581
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Good morning from South Staffs on a grey and blustery day.
Once again I found nothing particularly difficult or obscure in today’s Giovanni, and fairly rattled through it. Thanks to the Friday master.
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1a A loveless sign? So be it! (4)
AMEN – A (from the clue) followed by a sign or portent with the letter that looks like a love score at tennis removed.
3a Gives gears thrashing, like angry driver? (10)
AGGRESSIVE – Anagram (thrashing) of GIVES GEARS.
9a Volunteers doubling up for so long (2-2)
TA-TA – The acronym for the former name of the Army Reserve, repeated (doubling up).
10a Angry group of magistrates should be impartial (10)
CROSSBENCH – Another word for ‘angry’ followed by a collective noun for the group of magistrates sitting on a case, giving us someone in the House of Lords who does not belong to one of the party groupings.
11a Number competent that can be kept (7)
TENABLE – A cardinal number followed by ‘competent’.
13a Wicked end to week, a kind you don’t want to finish (7)
SATANIC – Put together an abbreviation for the last day of the week, A (from the clue), and another word for ‘kind’ or ‘pleasant’ with its last letter removed.
14a Enjoyment of naughty cat in act of destruction (11)
DELECTATION – The act of destruction applied, for example, to an unwanted e-mail, wrapped round an anagram (naughty) of CAT.
18a Foreign father with broad smile had to travel around (11)
PEREGRINATE – Put together a foreign word for ‘father’, a broad smile, and ‘had’ (for breakfast).
21a Working in café, Jane’s ending as one who’s found her man (7)
Paper version: Lady looking forward to the match? (7)
FIANCÉE – Anagram (working) of IN CAFÉ followed by the last letter of JanE. Nice to see that the anagram fodder includes the é in the right place.
Paper version: Cryptic definition of someone preparing for a personal match, rather than a sporting one.
22a The old man, short character that is often very colourful (7)
PALETTE – An informal word for ‘the old man’ or ‘father’, followed by a character of the alphabet with its ending removed.
23a Pet? It ceases to wander around in the morning (7,3)
SIAMESE CAT – Anagram (to wander) of IT CEASES, wrapped around ‘in the morning’.
24a Spot troublesome animal in garden? (4)
MOLE – Double definition: a spot or blemish on the skin; or one of the little pests that tunnels under your lawn.
25a They initially organised squatting protest about nothing in passage (10)
TRANSITION – Put together the first letter (initially) of They, ‘organised’, and an old-fashioned student protest wrapped around the letter which looks like a zero.
26a High-class violin not the first requirement for jazz (4)
TRAD – Remove the first letter from the abbreviated name of a violin made by a famous Cremonese maker, and you get a variety of jazz.
1d Height of talent learner’s shown for piano (8)
ALTITUDE – Start with a word for ‘talent’ or ‘gift’, then replace the Piano with Learner.
2d Catch fish after getting new net (8)
ENTANGLE – Anagram (new) of NET followed by ‘go fishing’.
4d Shrub needing good ‘ack? (5)
GORSE – Good followed by the sort of animal that a (h)ack is, with the initial H similarly removed.
5d Taking it easy, is inside, not giving in (9)
RESISTING – Put IS (from the clue) inside ‘taking it easy’.
6d Wealthy firm (11)
SUBSTANTIAL – Double definition, both adjectives referring to a metaphorical or actual solidity.
7d Being victorious but not initially in baseball division (6)
INNING – Remove the initial letter from ‘victorious’ and you get one of the nine divisions of a baseball game.
8d Branch of philosophy, hard one for unorthodox sect to grasp (6)
ETHICS – Anagram (unorthodox) of SECT wrapped round Hard and the Roman numeral for one.
12d Wolves keeping supporters outside, walkers with their kit? (11)
BACKPACKERS – Some political or financial supporters wrapped around the collective noun for wolves.
15d Soldiers in a salute showing assent (9)
AGREEMENT – A (from the clue) and ‘salute’ wrapped around the way an officer may refer to the soldiers under his command.
16d Area 26 set up somewhere in Devon (8)
DARTMOOR – Put together another word for ‘area’ or ‘space’ and the answer to 26a, then reverse the lot to get an upland area in Devon.
17d Cleric is right, always having the last word? (8)
REVEREND – Put together Right, ‘always’, and another way of referring to ‘the last’.
19d Cricket side determined to get compensation (6)
OFFSET – One of the sides of the cricket pitch followed by ‘determined’ or ‘fixed’,
20d Part of Japan, a magnificent country (6)
PANAMA – Hidden in the clue.
22d Letters at bottom of page about the French philosopher (5)
PLATO – A three-letter acronym written at the bottom of a page to indicate that there is more material on the other side, wrapped around one of the forms of the definite article in French, producing a Greek philosopher.
The Quick Crossword pun PURSE + WADER = PERSUADER