Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28682
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is struggling to break through the morning mist.
I was held up in the NE corner of today’s Giovanni, hence the *** marking, but the wordplay, as usual, should enable solvers to reach all the answers.
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 Bill about to enter woodland that’s divine (8)
FORECAST – The definition here is a verb. Reverse (about) the abbreviation for a bill or account, and insert the result into a large wood.
5a Make sense of marine unit (6)
FATHOM – Double definition, the second being a measurement used at sea, especially for measuring the depth of the water.
9a Funny chap Eric brought to head for indolence (8)
IDLENESS – The surname of one of the Monty Python cast whose first name is Eric, followed by a head or promontory.
10a Pipe in underground passage changed at the entrance (6)
FUNNEL – start with a word for an underground passage, then change the initial letter.
12a Holy group beginning to voice our relish (6)
SAVOUR – Put together the initials of a religious organisation noted for its work with the homeless and for its brass bands, the first letter of Voice, and OUR (from the clue).
13a Moving with aim to settle in Herts town (8)
TRENDING – An aim or objective inserted into a town in Hertfordshire with a station on the commuter line from Euston.
15a Unnatural pose to employ in embrace (7)
ESPOUSE – Anagram (unnatural) of POSE followed by ‘to employ’.
16a Money put down — little time to waste for Oriental drink (4)
SAKE – The money put down as a bet or investment, with Time removed.
20a What curiously is the opposite of 22? (4)
THAW – Anagram (curiously) of WHAT, giving us the opposite of the answer at 22d.
21a Commanding officer with onset of hunger tucked into cheese roll (7)
BRIOCHE – Put together the acronym for an Officer Commanding an operation and the first letter of Hunger, then wrap a French cheese around the result.
25a Sort of business person no longer given beer (8)
EXPORTER – The prefix for ‘no longer’ or ‘former’ followed by some strong, dark, beer.
26a Settle down temporarily in enclosure with a politician (6)
ENCAMP – The abbreviation used for an enclosure with a letter, followed by A (from the clue) and the usual politician.
28a Country artist starts to enjoy landscape on far side of island (6)
ISRAEL – Put together a two-letter abbreviation for ‘island’, the usual artist who is a member of the Royal Academy, and the first letters of Enjoy Landscape.
29a Fellow hugging one companion, soldier going round American state (8)
MICHIGAN – Put together the roman numeral for one, the letters after the name of someone given an award which starts ‘Companion’, and the reverse (going round) of an American soldier, then wrap a fellow or chap around the result.
30a Good American, he had demonstrated sentimentality (6)
GUSHED – Put together Good, an abbreviation for American, and the contracted form of ‘he had’.
31a Despatched from ‘ere in a few words? (8)
SENTENCE – Another word for ‘despatched’ followed by “from ‘ere”.
1d Fragile insect around is getting maiden hiding (6)
FLIMSY – A Russian doll clue. The cricket abbreviation for a maiden over has IS (from the clue) wrapped around it, then a common insect is wrapped around the result.
2d Bank inadequate — this person’s experience for a second time (6)
RELIVE – another word for ‘bank (on)’ with the final letter missing (inadequate), followed by another way of saying ‘this person has’.
3d Conservative is on adventure to achieve victorious outcome (8)
CONQUEST – An abbreviation for CONservative, followed by the sort of adventure King Arthur’s knights might have undertaken.
4d Band of specially trained troops on top of hotel (4)
SASH – The initials of one of the UK’s special forces units, followed by Hotel.
6d Old boys in maul after reunion (6)
ALUMNI – Anagram (after reunion) of IN MAUL. It took me a while to get away from the idea that OB should be in the answer somehow.
7d Give one award for playing for being put at a disadvantage (8)
HANDICAP – Put together another word for ‘give’, the Roman numeral for one. And the award given to a sportsman for playing in an international side.
8d Traduced mum showing furrowed brow, we hear? (8)
MALIGNED – Another word for ‘mum’ followed by a homophone (we hear) of ‘furrowed’ or ‘wrinkled’ brow.
11d City offering quiet repose? No, upset! (7)
PRESTON – Put together the musical symbol for quiet, some repose, and the reverse (upset) of NO (from the clue), to get a city in Lancashire.
14d Trip in vessel ending in Greece with happiness spreading round (7)
JOURNEY – Put together a pottery vessel (Keats wrote an ode about a Grecian one) and the last letter of GreecE, then wrap another word for happiness around the result.
17d Always getting caught in police trap, manoeuvring car? (8)
STEERING – A poetic word for ‘always’ inserted into a police trap where criminals are fooled into giving themselves away by the promise of some easy profits.
18d Seductive females full of anger — they want blood! (8)
VAMPIRES – Another word for anger inserted into an old-fashioned word for seductive women which is itself a short form of the answer, giving us some folkloric monsters, of whom Count Dracula is an example.
19d Bird — that which covers short distance (8)
WHINCHAT – Another word for ‘that which’ wrapped around a short Imperial measurement.
22d From what we hear, discharges stop abruptly (6)
FREEZE – A homophone (from what we hear) of ‘discharges’ or ‘lets loose’.
23d Sheep falling over trap in border area (6)
MARGIN – Reverse (falling over) a word for a male sheep, then add a sort of trap.
24d Victoria describes one drunkard (6)
SPONGE – Double definition, the first being a sort of cake.
27d Ms Blyton turns up to have a meal (4)
DINE – Reverse (turns up) the first name of the author of the Noddy and Famous Five books.
The Quick Crossword pun SCOTT + SPINE = SCOTS PINE