Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28700
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Good morning from South Staffs this Good Friday, where the weather is wearing a suitably penitential aspect.
Giovanni has provided us with a crossword appropriate for the day, but either the master has slipped up, or there has been a glitch in the editorial process, in that the definition in 20d in the paper (and online at the time I solved the puzzle) is, in my view, incorrect.
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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9a Retired WI batsman eats very little grub (5)
LARVA – The West Indian batsman who once scored 501 not out wrapped around Very.
10a English drunkard, Heather, collected items of mysterious nature (9)
ESOTERICA – Put together English, a habitual drunkard, and another word for heather.
11a A group of soldiers housed in brand-new tower (7)
MINARET – A (from the clue) and one of the usual regiments of crossword soldiers, with ‘brand new’ or ‘fresh out of the box’ wrapped around them.
12a Our good Parisian backing British member of royal family (7)
BOURBON – Put together British, OUR (from the clue), and the French for ‘good’, to get a member of the French or Spanish royal families.
13a Best people yell when leader is got rid of (5)
CREAM – Remove the initial letter (leader) from a word for ‘yell’.
14a Quiet person taking things easy, keeping near church member (9)
PRESBYTER – Start with the musical symbol for ‘quiet’, then add someone who is relaxing or taking a break, wrapped around another word for ‘near’. The answer is an elder in one of the Nonconformist churches, or a minister in the Episcopal church.
16a Becoming popular again? That wouldn’t affect Abba (6,1,8)
MAKING A COMEBACK – … because ABBA is a palindrome.
19a Bitter scorn — our aunt’s beginning to be horrible (9)
RANCOROUS – Anagram (horrible) of SCORN, OUR and the first letter of Aunt.
21a Cleric I had written about, footballing cheat (5)
DIVER – Put together an abbreviated clerical title and the short form of ‘I had’, then reverse the lot.
23a Fuss in horses’ accommodation — lead the horses out to these? (7)
MEADOWS – The area behind a town house where the horses and carriages were kept, wrapped around ‘fuss’ or ‘commotion’.
25a Trick needed to cross slope — something climber uses (7)
CRAMPON – A word for ‘trick’ or ‘cheat’ wrapped around a sloping roadway.
27a See rhino moving around lake, where land and water meet (9)
SHORELINE – Anagram (moving) of SEE RHINO wrapped around Lake.
28a See 17 Down
1d Fruit in shapeless mass page brought forward (4)
PLUM – A shapeless mass of something, with the Page brought to the front.
2d Female organised church in the country (6)
FRANCE – Put together Female, ‘organised’ or ‘managed’, and the Church of England.
3d Marriage possibly over in US city (10)
SACRAMENTO – For Catholics, but not Protestants, marriage is one of a collection of seven of these: Baptism and the Eucharist are two others, which the Protestants recognise as well. Add on the cricketing abbreviation for Over, to get the state capital of California.
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4d Pound to dine in revolutionary inn (4,2)
BEAT UP – Reverse (revolutionary) another word for an inn, then insert another word for ‘dine’.
5d Thus doctor hugs US brother in hat (8)
SOMBRERO – Put together ‘thus’, and one of the sets of letters denoting a medical doctor wrapped around an American dialect word for ‘brother’ (as in the Uncle Remus stories).
6d Fellows given superior list of options (4)
MENU – Some fellows or chaps followed by the letter denoting ‘superior’ or ‘upper-class’.
7d American agents sound sheepish eating dry doughy stuff (8)
CIABATTA – The US spy agency followed by the sound a sheep makes wrapped round two letters indicating ‘dry’, as in ‘abstaining from alcohol’.
8d Uncle is lowly man with no money ending in gutter (10)
PAWNBROKER – Put together a low-ranking chess piece, ‘with no money’, and the last letter of gutteR.
13d Old male caught in embrace brings dishonour (10)
COMPROMISE – Start with a word for ‘embrace’ or ‘include’, then insert Old and Male.
15d Something on meal table, a crude base that’s rickety (5,5)
BREAD SAUCE – Anagram (rickety) of A CRUDE BASE.
17d and 28 Across: Legal stitch-up in which you suppose some might get jumpy? (8,5)
KANGAROO COURT – A form of mock trial named for some Australian marsupials who jump to make progress.
18d A firm has us twitching — is it good if we can hear? (8)
ACOUSTIC – Put together A (from the clue), an abbreviation for a firm or company, US (from the clue), and a nervous twitch.
20d Catholic head of school with a set of beliefs exuding love (6)
SACRED – The wordplay here is the first letter (head) of School, followed by A (from the clue) and a set of beliefs (from the Latin for ‘I believe’) missing the letter which looks like a love score at tennis. Unfortunately, when you put these elements together you get a word which does not mean ‘catholic’ (which means ‘universal’ or ‘orthodox’). The definition should be something like ‘holy’ or ‘religious’.
Later update: the first word of the clue has been changed to ‘Holy’ on the Telegraph puzzles site.
22d Mist, very limited, above a stream (6)
VAPOUR – A short (limited) form of Very, followed by A (from the clue) and ‘stream’ as a verb.
24d Sign of more than one female losing head (4)
OMEN – The plural form of ‘female person’ missing its first letter.
26d Do for one! (4)
NOTE – Re and Mi are others.
The Quick Crossword pun COLLIE + FLOUR = CAULIFLOWER