Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28640
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, frosty morning.
Nothing Biblical from Giovanni this week, but a few words which gave me some pause during the solving process.
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1a Desires bringing problems for ‘Arry (6)
ITCHES – ‘Arry is of course a crossword Cockney, so drops his aitches. Remove the initial H from some problems or holdups to get the answer.
5a Something in a music bar here again — attend! (8)
BACKBEAT – A four-letter word for ‘here again’ (as in “I’m —-“) followed by a phrase (2,2) which could be an order to attend something.
9a Futile message offering to give everything away? (3,3,7)
ALL FOR NOTHING – This could be a message put out by someone wanting to give away all he owns.
10a One of two American brothers, awful whingers (8)
GERSHWIN – Anagram (awful) of WHINGERS, giving us the surname of George or Ira, two musical Americans.
11a Foul kitchen — cook finally dismissed from particular community (6)
ETHNIC – anagram (foul) of (k)ITCHEN with the last letter of cooK removed.
12a Some ‘daddy’, nasty sort of ruler (6)
DYNAST – Hidden in the clue.
14a Officer in twilled fabric meeting social worker (8)
SERGEANT – A twilled worsted fabric used for making suits, followed by a social insect.
16a Revolutionary embraced by fools and jerks (8)
TWITCHES – The usual crossword revolutionary, with another word for fools wrapped around him.
19a Hazel has this funny act in front of relations (6)
CATKIN – Anagram (funny) of ACT followed by some relatives.
21a One in tent wants hot, not cold, food box (6)
HAMPER – Start with a word for someone spending time in a tent, then swap the initial Cold for Hot.
23a Restrictive practice in business? I stop men working (8)
NEPOTISM – Anagram (working) of I STOP MEN.
25a Awkward brute is interrupting office task, a delaying tactic (13)
FILIBUSTERING – A routine office task wrapped around an anagram (awkward) of BRUTE IS.
26a Troubles after President initially talks foolishly (8)
PRATTLES – The first letter of President followed by ‘troubles’ or ‘disturbs’.
27a Handle last bit of wordy agreement (6)
TREATY – Another verb for ‘handle’ followed by the last letter of wordY.
2d Artist coming to church in attempt to establish window pattern? (7)
TRACERY – Put together the usual crossword artist and the initials of the Church of England, then wrap an attempt around the result.
3d Port‘s making frameworks for vessels (5)
HULLS – Double definition: a port in Yorkshire plus the ‘S; or the outer shells of ships.
4d Street work — look at something taking time (9)
STOPWATCH – Put together the abbreviation for STreet, the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work, and ‘look at’, to get something which can measure the time taken to perform an action.
5d Their skins pose risks? Crazy! (7)
BANANAS – In cartoons and political jargon, the skins of these fruits pose a threat to the unwary. They are also used as a metaphor for something crazy or ridiculous.
6d Attractive person quietly leaving knockout match (5)
CUTIE – Remove the musical symbol for ‘quietly’ from a sporting contest (3,3) the winner of which will proceed to the next round while the loser is out of contention.
7d Second set correct? Wrong set for most intelligent (9)
BRIGHTEST – If the first set is set A, then the second set is …? Add on another word for ‘correct’ and an anagram (wrong) of SET.
8d Member of tribe has point of view not English — Scotsman? (7)
ANGLIAN – Another word for ‘point of view’ with the final English removed, followed by the given name of a typical crossword Scotsman.
13d Navigator in car leading smug group (9)
AUTOPILOT – Put together another word for ‘car’, another word for ‘smug’ or ‘sanctimonious’, and another word for a group or collection.
15d Nicer pet I trained to be award-winner? (9)
RECIPIENT – Anagram (trained) of NICER PET I.
17d Punishment? Explain the thing that caused it (4,3)
WHAT FOR – A euphemism for physical punishment, as in ‘I’ll give you —- —‘. This can also be read as a request to explain why the punishment was awarded.
18d Employment in wicked activities? Such may give one a headache (7)
SINUSES – Some wicked or wrong acts wrapped around ‘employment’.
20d Sixth sense within one of the other five? (7)
INSIGHT – Another (shorter) word for ‘within’ followed by one of the five senses.
22d Nonconformist and bishop in dance (5)
REBEL – The chess notation for a bishop inserted into a Scottish or Irish dance.
24d Fabric, not quite enough for small room (5)
TOILE – Another word for the smallest room in the house, with its last letter removed (not quite enough)
The Quick Crossword pun BANNED + ANNA = BANDANA