Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28664
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has started bright but frosty.
A little more ecclesiastical from Giovanni this morning, but nothing to frighten the horses too much.
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1a Vessel in the morning crashing into bridge (6)
SAMPAN – The Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’ inserted into another word for bridge.
4a Something cutting — it is evident in racism sadly (8)
SCIMITAR – Anagram (sadly) of RACISM wrapped around IT (from the clue).
9a Cross province heading west, protected from the elements somehow? (6)
INDOOR – Start with an old word for the Cross of Christ, followed by the initials of an Irish province, then reverse the lot (heading west).
10a Wicked type perched and troubled saint (8)
SATANIST – Another word for ‘perched’ followed by an anagram (troubled) of SAINT.
11a I am maiden protected by being in fruit tree (9)
PERSIMMON – A generic word for a human being wrapped around the contracted form of ‘I am’ and the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over.
13a Live satisfactorily by edge of wood (5)
DWELL – The last letter (edge) of wooD, followed by ‘satisfactorily’.
14a Advocates of one-party state overthrown in a riot at last (13)
TOTALITARIANS – Anagram (overthrown) of IN A RIOT AT LAST.
17a Odd impostor tends to be following a sort of artistic style (4-9)
POST-MODERNIST – Anagram (odd) of IMPOSTOR TENDS.
21a Little living things Georgia found in beer (5)
ALGAE – Another word for beer wrapped around the abbreviation for the US state of Georgia.
23a Old contrary female meets copper beside street as usual (9)
CUSTOMARY – Put together the chemical symbol for copper, the abbreviation for street, Old, and the name of the ‘quite contrary’ girl whose garden grew with silver bells and cockleshells, and pretty maids all in a row.
24a French art, exceptionally erotic and mysterious (8)
ESOTERIC – The French for ‘art’ as in ‘thou art’ followed by an anagram (exceptionally) of EROTIC.
25a Firm admits an offence — risks may be taken with money here (6)
CASINO – The abbreviation for a company or firm wrapped around an indefinite article and a moral offence.
26a Dealing with consumption, try not finishing initially (8)
TREATING – TR(y) (try not finishing) followed by consumption of food.
27a Stopped being cold, and slowed down (6)
CEASED – Cold followed by ‘slowed down’ or ‘relaxed’.
1d Dangerously smooth Bond type full of impudent talk (6)
SLIPPY – Someone like James Bond or George Smiley wrapped around an informal word for impudent talk.
2d Controls costs, following method (9)
MODERATES – Another word for ‘method’ followed by ‘costs’ or ‘charges’.
3d Lover is a wet, admitting fear ultimately (7)
AMORIST – A (from the clue) followed by ‘wet’ or ‘damp’ wrapped around the last letter of feaR.
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5d Sellers of goods given dull jobs outside ace institution (5,6)
CHAIN STORES – The abbreviation for an ace in a deck of cards and the abbreviation for INSTitute are placed inside some dull household tasks.
6d Person making repair grabs a thread (7)
MEANDER – A (from the clue) inserted into a repairer gives us a verb which can mean to ‘thread one’s way through.
7d Food providing energy after journey (5)
TRIPE – A journey followed by Energy. Whether you regard the answer as constituting food is a matter of taste.
8d Girl reading having leg pulled? That’s cruel (8)
RUTHLESS – Start with a girl’s name (she has an Old Testament book named for her), then add a church reading minus the alternative term for the leg side in cricket.
12d Presumably not the way a woman speaks a curse (11)
MALEDICTION – Split this (4,7) and it could describe the way men speak.
15d Bill joins union stars — they may examine business statistics (9)
ACTUARIES – Put together an abbreviation for a bill or account, an abbreviation for a Trade Union, and one of the signs of the Zodiac.
16d The old man going one way and another — torn apart, that’s obvious (8)
APPARENT – The two-letter informal word for ‘the old man’, first reversed, then the right way round, followed by ‘torn apart’.
18d Most likely to inherit everything? (7)
MEEKEST – Cryptic definition. The people who shall inherit the earth, according to the Sermon on the Mount, but in the superlative form (most likely).
19d I had to catch the sun, put on a desert island? (7)
ISOLATE – I (from the clue) and ‘had’ (for dinner), placed either side of the Latin word for the sun.
20d The answer your setter has chosen? Gosh! (2,4)
MY WORD – A mild exclamation, like ‘Gosh!’, which could also how our setter would describe his choice of answer.
22d Good number in front of this person in small statue (5)
GNOME – Put together Good, an abbreviation for number, and ‘this person’.
The Quick Crossword pun PURSE + PYRES = PERSPIRES
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