Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28730
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Good morning from South Staffs where it’s cloudy as I write, but we may expect some sun later.
There are one or two less common words in today’s Giovanni puzzle, so I shall be interested to see what commenters make of it.
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 Female apt to turn around and quarrel (4)
TIFF – Put together Female and ‘apt’ or ‘suitable’, then reverse the lot (turn around).
3a Green energy source that could get a person all agitated (5,5)
SOLAR PANEL – Anagram (agitated) of A PERSON ALL.
9a Horse that can be seen on the moon! (4)
MARE – Double definition: a female horse; or a geographical feature seen on the Moon (the Latin for ‘sea’).
10a Deceptive male is in charge (10)
MISLEADING – Put together Male, IS (from the clue), and what someone is doing if they are in charge.
11a Raymond heading off to become dog trainer? (7)
HANDLER – Remove the initial letter (heading off) from the surname of an American crime novelist whose first name is Raymond.
13a Rodent caught by the unusual mechanical device (7)
RATCHET – Put together a rodent, the cricket abbreviation for ‘caught’ and an anagram (unusual) of THE.
14a Job of someone working on box? (11)
WOODCARVING – Cryptic definition of the decorative work that might be done on
a wooden box, or beech or oak….
18a Awfully ancient men securing a means of support (11)
MAINTENANCE – Anagram (awfully) of ANCIENT MEN with A (from the clue) inserted, to get a form of financial support.
21a Warded off wild guy losing head, Fifties-style rocker (7)
AVERTED – Remove the first letter (losing head) from a frequenter of wild parties, then add the short form of the name of some 1950s rockers.
22a Governors of ancient city-state to the west (7)
SATRAPS – Start with an Ancient Greek city state, plus the ‘S which indicates ‘of’, then reverse the lot (to the west) to get some ancient Persian governors.
23a Frightfully vain chum is showing fanatical pride (10)
CHAUVINISM – Anagram (frightfully) of VAIN CHUM IS.
24a Characters in sea garnered seaweed (4)
AGAR – Hidden in the clue.
25a Restaurant serving rubbish is located by southern lake (10)
ROTISSERIE – Put together another word for rubbish, IS (from the clue), Southern, and one of the Great Lakes, to get a restaurant specialising in cooking meat on the spit.
26a Egg on quiet little boy (4)
PROD – The musical symbol for ‘quiet’ plus the short form of a boy’s name.
1d The old woman coming in to try to sell native weapon (8)
TOMAHAWK – A two-letter word for ‘the old woman’ is placed between TO (form the clue) and ‘try to sell’.
2d No one sadly in favour of starting in the morning (8)
FORENOON – ‘In favour of’, followed by an anagram (sadly) of NO ONE.
4d What’s used by basket-maker, old gentleman outside back of house (5)
OSIER – Old and a form of address for a gentleman, wrapped around the last letter (back) of housE.
5d Medical expert to go abroad, getting to the heart of the matter (9)
ALLERGIST – The French for ‘to go’ followed by a word for the nub or heart of a matter.
6d Scheme, what’s believed to allow accommodation of silver in royal house (11)
PLANTAGENET – A scheme followed by an article of belief wrapped around the chemical symbol for silver.
7d Those opposing audibly, making beastly noises (6)
NEIGHS – Noises made by horses which might sound like a word for those opposed to the ‘Ayes’.
8d Smooth ambassador showing love for English (6)
LEGATO – Another word for an ambassador or envoy, with the final English replaced by the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
12d Mad reasons to get vehicles using diesel? (11)
LOCOMOTIVES – A four-letter (Spanish) word for ‘mad’ followed by ‘reasons’, giving us some railway vehicles that may run on diesel, though the more interesting ones run on coal and water, making steam.
15d Steps to effect climate change for the better? (4,5)
RAIN DANCE – Cryptic definition of a ritual that may be carried out in times of drought.
16d Let’s have no more pets in peril (8)
ENDANGER – The definition here is a verb. Split the answer (3,5) and you get ‘let’s have no more’ and ‘pets’ or ‘tantrums’.
17d This person, a certain Democrat, is moderate in speech maybe (8)
MEASURED – Put together a pronoun for ‘this person’, A (from the clue), another word for ‘certain’, and Democrat.
19d Dish carried by Esau ceremoniously (6)
SAUCER – Hidden in the clue.
20d Decamp from Eastern Mediterranean area (6)
LEVANT – Double definition: an unusual word for ‘to decamp’; or an old term (usually preceded by ‘the’) for the Eastern Mediterranean.
22d Muddy liquid getting left out — one sort of exotic food (5)
SUSHI – Remove the L (left out) from some muddy or half-frozen liquid, then add the Roman numeral for one.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOCK + TERNS = NOCTURNES