Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28670
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Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.
Nothing too 14a from Giovanni this morning, with only a couple of clues which needed to be teased out, and not very much General Knowledge.
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1a Gave out second message of approval, performed outside (11)
DISTRIBUTED – An abbreviation for Second and a message of approval or thanks, with a word for ‘performed’ wrapped around them.
7a Rebels, unruly lot corralled by ministers of religion (7)
REVOLTS – Anagram (unruly) of LOT inserted into the abbreviated title of some ministers of religion (plus the plural S).
8a Male pets? Mum collects 100 to be held by kids (7)
TOMCATS – Put the Roman numeral for 100 inside another word for Mum, then put the result inside some small children.
10a One bit of veg, nothing beside? Hardly this then! (5)
BEANO – A single leguminous vegetable followed by the letter which looks like a zero. This is a sort of all-in-one clue, where the definition is contrasted with the rather meagre meal suggested by the wordplay.
11a Haiti open possibly for native far from there (9)
ETHIOPIAN – Anagram (possibly) of HAITI OPEN, giving us someone who lives a long way from Haiti.
12a Bill provided in island clothes shop is not accurate (7)
INEXACT – Island followed by a UK clothing chain wrapped around the abbreviation for a bill or account.
14a Radical doctor heading off cold — something fizzy to be swallowed (7)
DRASTIC – An abbreviation for ‘doctor’ and the first letter of Cold, placed either side of a fizzy wine very popular in crosswords.
15a Drink brought round in the morning, given to male in bed (7)
HAMMOCK – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’ and the abbreviation for Male, then wrap the result in a dry white wine.
18a Checks hovels, stifling expression of surprise when knocked over (7)
STYMIES – The sort of hovels that pigs might live in, wrapped around the reverse ‘knocked over’ of an expression of surprise.
20a Under strain, nurse is interrupted by awful noise (9)
TENSIONED – Another verb for ‘to nurse’, wrapped around an anagram (awful) of NOISE.
21a Child unwell — having this? (5)
CHILL – An abbreviation for CHild followed by ‘unwell’, giving us the ailment that may be affecting the said child.
22a Partner to manage thriftily (7)
HUSBAND – Double definition, the first being a male life partner.
23a Sailor acquires objects for shooting practice (7)
TARGETS – One of the usual crossword sailors followed by ‘acquires’.
24a This tremor’s destroyed electronic devices (11)
THERMISTORS – Anagram (destroyed) of THIS TREMOR’S.
1d Go off course entering Belgrade via Tehran (7)
DEVIATE – Hidden in the clue.
2d Outburst from Sarah getting very old (5)
SALVO – A short form of ‘Sarah’ followed by Very and Old.
3d Cider-drinking girl on street looking most embarrassed? (7)
ROSIEST – The name of the girl who features in the title of Laurie Lee’s novel along with cider, followed by the abbreviation for STreet.
4d Plot involving devious chat in groups (7)
BATCHED – A plot in the garden wrapped around an anagram (devious) of CHAT.
5d Momentary crying about politician getting nothing right (9)
TEMPORARY – Put together the usual crossword politician, the letter which looks like a zero, and Right. Insert the result into an adjective which is a synonym of ‘crying’ or ‘upset’.
6d I’d upset member of the upper class, not half — I’ve put something on record (7)
DIARIST – Reverse (upset) I’D (from the clue), then add the first half of a word for a member of the nobility. The record in the definition is a written one.
7d Get home for a bun! (6,5)
RABBIT HUTCH – Cryptic definition of somewhere that a pet bun(ny) may live.
9d Keeps disappearing at the seaside? (11)
SANDCASTLES – Cryptic definition of the keeps or fortresses which children build on the beach, which are washed away by the tide.
13d Hate to lessen — love taking minutes to enter (9)
ABOMINATE – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis and an abbreviation for ‘minutes’. Insert the result into a word for ‘lessen’ or ‘reduce in intensity’ (as a storm may, for example).
16d Resent unchangeable outlook (7)
MINDSET – A four-letter word for ‘resent’, ‘object’ or ‘care’, followed by a three-letter word for ‘unchangeable’ or ‘fixed’.
17d Relations, good first and last, given honour in country (7)
KINGDOM – Put together another word for ‘relations’ or ‘family’, the first and last letters of GooD, and the initials of an honour, to get a word for a country ruled by a monarch.
18d She’s beginning to head off to keep appointment and calms down (7)
SEDATES – Start with S(h)E’S (from the clue), remove the first letter of Head, then wrap the result around an appointment with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
19d Extreme cold here in Normandy on headland (7)
ICINESS – The French (in Normandy) word for ‘here’ followed by a headland.
21d Goods in vehicle on journey (5)
CARGO – A motor vehicle followed by ‘to journey’.
The Quick Crossword pun CON + SIN + TRICK = CONCENTRIC