Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28599
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, cold December morning.
You will need some Biblical and General Knowledge this morning, as well as your Roman numerals, to deal with today’s Giovanni. All fairly clued, as we would expect.
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 Form is stocked with 100 great books (8)
CLASSICS – Another word for a school form followed by IS (from the clue) wrapped around the Roman numeral for 100.
5a Mount desert animal to cross river (6)
CARMEL – The animal known as ‘the ship of the desert’ wrapped around River, giving us the name of a mountain in Israel associated with the prophet Elijah.
9a From what we hear, actor Smith loves men fighting (8)
MATADORS – A homophone (from what we hear) of the first name of a recent holder of the Doctor Who role and another word for ‘loves’. These men take part in tauromachy.
10a English author to obtain from library? (6)
BORROW – Double definition, the first being the surname of the author of Lavengro and The Romany Rye.
12a Bank interest rates initially revised after crash (9)
RIVERSIDE – An anagram (after crash) of REVISED and the first letters (initially) of Interest Rates.
13a A side is amazing (5)
AWING – A (from the clue) followed by the side piece of a large house.
14a Drop off as junior public schoolboy tackling Latin (4)
FLAG – The name given to junior schoolboys who had to perform menial tasks for senior pupils, wrapped around Latin.
16a Introduce intellectual, having poured out a drink (5,2)
BRING IN – Remove (having poured out) the A from another word for an intellectual, then add the drink known as ‘mother’s ruin’.
19a Examination — one of those coming down here is confused! (7)
MEDICAL – This physical examination is an anagram (confused) of one of the Down answers in this crossword. There are two to choose from – 4d and 21d – so take your pick.
21a Lady’s title provided by steward on arrival (4)
DONA – The title given to a Spanish noblewoman is hidden in the clue.
24a Greek letter that is half-obscured by an earlier one (5)
THETA – Start with THAT (from the clue), then replace the second half with the name of a Greek letter which precedes our answer in the Greek alphabet.
25a Partisan as certain as could be (9)
SECTARIAN – Anagram (could be) of CERTAIN AS.
27a Article by relative that may have been written at university (6)
THESIS – A definite article followed by an informal term for a female sibling.
28a End of the line — not just for a French supremo (8)
WATERLOO – A London railway terminus named for the battle which finally defeated a French emperor.
29a After game the female had got her skates on? (6)
RUSHED – The initials of one of the forms of a game played by people with odd-shaped balls, followed by the pronoun for ‘the female’ and a contracted form of ‘had’.
30a Spoilt child being naughty gets exposed (8)
IMPAIRED – A three-letter word for a naughty or mischievous child, followed by ‘exposed’ or ‘brought out’.
1d Capturer of pictures of the first person embraced by woman (6)
CAMERA – One of the forms of the first person pronoun is inserted into a woman’s name – Ms Delevingne, perhaps
2d Voice — it returns in cave eerily (6)
ACTIVE – This is a grammatical voice: an anagram (eerily) of CAVE wrapped around the reverse of IT (from the clue).
3d Religious meal in which prophet entertains 500 (5)
SEDER – The Roman numeral for 500 inserted into another word for prophet. The answer is a Jewish Passover meal.
4d Grumbling, being bothered about parking (7)
CARPING – ‘Being bothered’ or ‘taking trouble’, wrapped around the symbol for a car park.
6d Notice something being said in worship (9)
ADORATION – A short form of a commercial notice followed by a public speech.
7d Arrives before one to get into game, rescheduled match (8)
MARRIAGE – Start with an abbreviation for ‘arrives’, add the Roman numeral for one, and put the result inside an anagram (rescheduled) of GAME.
8d Old-style solicitor with some flaw, a gentleman (3,5)
LAW AGENT – Hidden in the clue.
11d Swimmer beginning to worry with tide going out (4)
WEBB – The first letter of Worry followed by the technical term for the tide going out, giving us the surname of the first man to swim the English Channel.
15d Vital cure could be moneymaking (9)
LUCRATIVE – Anagram (could be) of VITAL CURE.
17d One to flatter in the most sincere way? (8)
IMITATOR – The sincerest form of flattery, according to the proverb, is …? The answer is the person carrying out that action.
18d What’s shown by one with endless lolling around? (8)
IDLENESS – An all-in-one clue, where the whole clue is the definition, and the wordplay has the Roman numeral for one followed by an anagram (lolling around) of ENDLESS.
20d Go over items presented systematically (4)
LIST – Double definition, the first being what a ship going over to one side is doing.
21d Lecture using new media to entertain 150 (7)
DECLAIM – Anagram (new) of MEDIA wrapped around the Roman numeral for 150.
22d Bandleader in factory meeting HM (6)
MILLER – A type of factory followed by the regnal cipher of the Queen.
23d Not informed, as very many may be (6)
UNTOLD – A large number impossible to count may be described as this.
26d Any number in region where sport can be watched (5)
ARENA – The algebraic symbol for ‘any number’ placed inside a region or zone.
The Quick Crossword pun HARES + PRAISE = HAIRSPRAYS