Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28611
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Good morning from South Staffs. Another dusting of snow in the night, followed by a bright start to the day.
We have a pangram from Giovanni this morning, with nods both to the Ashes cricket and the approach of Christmas. With the right set of General Knowledge, there are no particular problems.
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1a Bishop comes to unusual Serbian city (8)
BRISBANE – The chess notation for a Bishop followed by an anagram (unusual) of SERBIAN, giving us an Australian city.
5a Sealing device for cleaner (6)
WASHER – Double definition: something to ensure that a joint in pipework is leakproof; or a household appliance.
9a Grade C is terrible shame (8)
DISGRACE – Anagram (terrible) of GRADE C IS.
10a Pub with group of miners who provided fair entertainment? (6)
BARNUM – Another word for a pub or part of a pub, followed by the initials of the miners’ organisation once led by Arthur Scargill. The answer is a 19th-century showman who, inter alia, ran a circus in partnership with Mr Bailey.
12a Fellow attached to many different clubs (6)
CADDIE – Cryptic definition of someone carrying golf clubs for a living.
13a City resident presenting three articles about province (8)
ATHENIAN – The province is the part of the UK which is not in Great Britain. Take an indefinite article, a definite article and another indefinite article, and wrap them around the initials of the province to get someone from a Greek city.
15a The French and British soon to meet in the country (7)
LEBANON – Put together the French definite article, British, and an archaic word for ‘soon’, to get a Middle Eastern country.
16a Mist with tree not totally visible (4)
HAZE – Remove the final letter (not totally visible) from a nut-bearing tree.
20a Criminal who robbed the rich? (4)
HOOD – Another word for a criminal which is also the surname of the legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest.
21a Butterfly — something flying up, keeping very quiet (7)
SKIPPER – A cricketing term for a ball hit high in the air, wrapped around the musical symbol for ‘very quiet’.
25a After study look for mastery (8)
CONQUEST – Another word for ‘study’ or ‘read over’, followed by ‘look for’ (the Holy Grail, perhaps).
26a Spite shown by nasty little creatures following mum (6)
MALICE – A familiar short word for mum followed by some insects which are parasitic on animals, including the human one.
28a Obsequious host following modern miss around (6)
SMARMY – Reverse (around) the prefix used in an address by a woman who does not wish to be categorised as ‘Mrs’ or ‘Miss’, then add an armed host.
29a Circumspection of one head backing conflict (8)
WARINESS – Put together a conflict, the Roman numeral for one, and a head or promontory.
30a Some monument undraped and plain (6)
TUNDRA – Hidden in the clue.
31a Receiver of holy letter about hostelry gets unpleasant sensation (8)
TINNITUS – One of the recipients of an Epistle from St Paul wrapped around a hostelry or pub, to give us a ringing in the ears.
1d Ornament Edward found in stream (6)
BEDECK – The definition is a verb. Insert a short form of Edward into a Northern dialect word for a stream.
2d Imprisoned at home, expressed grief audibly (6)
INSIDE – Put together ‘at home’, and a homophone of ‘expressed grief’ or ‘expressed frustration’.
3d Be joining skipper finally on ship — a German (8)
BERLINER – Put together BE (from the clue), the last letter of skippeR, and a large passenger ship. The answer is a German or a doughnut.
4d Pleasant member of family becoming heartless (4)
NICE – Remove the middle letter (becoming heartless) from a female relative.
6d More than one saw notice over long period (6)
ADAGES – The short word for a commercial notice, followed by an indeterminate long period of time.
7d General as one who would eat human flesh hot not cold! (8)
HANNIBAL – Start with the term for someone who eats people, then change the Cold to Hot to get a Carthaginian general who brought his elephants over the Alps into Italy.
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8d Those left, having ignored a prompt (8)
REMINDER – Remove (having ignored) the A from a word for ‘those left’.
11d Agent having imbibed drink, upset, bad-tempered (7)
STROPPY – Reverse (upset) a fortified wine from the Douro valley, and insert the result into a secret agent.
14d Sailor on a steamship, incompetent fool (7)
JACKASS – One of the words for a sailor followed by A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for SteamShip.
17d Stocky England batsman once in tricky test (8)
THICKSET – Anagram (tricky) of TEST, wrapped around the surname of a cricketer who came from Zimbabwe, qualified for England, and made huge numbers of runs in domestic cricket while never quite establishing himself as a Test batsman.
18d Huge quantity swirling in a tum, no? (8)
MOUNTAIN – Anagram (swirling) of IN A TUM NO.
19d Vet, I will struggle with an ox creating bother (8)
VEXATION – Anagram (will struggle) of VET I and AN OX.
22d Seabird spotted in wonderful Margate (6)
FULMAR – Hidden in the clue.
23d Boss dismissing men is not mincing words (6)
DIRECT – Remove the military abbreviation for men who are not officers from the title given to someone on the board of a company.
24d Big meals, fine food, with seconds devoured (6)
FEASTS – Fine and an informal word for food, wrapped around Seconds.
27d Christmas visitors marvellous? Not entirely (4)
MAGI – Remove the final letter (not entirely) from a word for ‘marvellous’ to get another word for the Three Wise Men.
The Quick Crossword pun KEW + TICKLE = CUTICLE