Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28802
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the sun continues to shine and the grass to turn brown.
I fairly rattled through today’s Giovanni, hence the low difficulty marking, but as always it is a matter of getting onto the same wavelength as the setter. If the bits of General Knowledge required for some answers aren’t in your head, the clues can be solved from the wordplay, but you may take a little longer.
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1a Large lettuce, one received by host (6)
COSMIC – A type of lettuce followed by the host in a nightclub wrapped around the Roman numeral for one.
5a What sounds like woman’s strong colouring substance (8)
DYESTUFF – This is a homophone of the short form of a woman’s name (including the ‘s) and of a synonym for ‘strong’.
9a New home in which Irish look to have inherited item (8)
HEIRLOOM – Anagram (new) of HOME wrapped around an abbreviation for Irish and an instruction to look.
10a Holy words conveyed by woman traditionally (6)
MANTRA – Hidden in the clue.
11a Maid once tortured as one deemed devil-possessed (8)
DEMONIAC – Anagram (tortured) of MAID ONCE.
12a One skilled at the lathe or the canvas? (6)
TURNER – Double definition: a sort of skilled worker; or the surname of a painter.
13a Cut off from established site for shooting practice (8)
ESTRANGE – An abbreviation for ‘ESTablished’ followed by somewhere used for shooting practice.
15a You and I having quiet time expressed sorrow (4)
WEPT – Put together the pronoun for ‘you and I’, the musical symbol for quiet, and an abbreviation of Time.
17a Darling gets left in shower (4)
PELT – Insert Left into a darling.
19a Black Prince of yesteryear more intelligent (8)
BRAINIER – An abbreviation of Black followed by the former monarch of Monaco.
20a After setback the fellow had to keep moggy separate (6)
DETACH – Wrap a short form of ‘the fellow had’ around a moggy, then reverse the lot (after setback).
21a More lustrous nobleman gets external support (8)
PEARLIER – A structural support – of a bridge, perhaps – wrapped around a rank of the nobility.
22a Badly behaved youngster — Robin, that is? (6)
HOODIE – The surname of Robin of Sherwood followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
23a Disorder great by port — police may need this? (4,4)
RIOT GEAR – A South American port followed by an anagram (disorder) of GREAT.
24a You’d once set about embracing Guildhall figure, making emotional appeal (8)
DEMAGOGY – An archaic way of saying ‘you’d’ is reversed (set about) and wrapped around one of the mythical giants in London’s Guildhall.
25a Team the French put into short race? (6)
ELEVEN – A race or competition with its final letter removed (short) wrapped around one of the forms of the definite article in French.
2d Food with which old character inadequately entertains yours truly (8)
OMELETTE – An abbreviation for Old and another word for a typographical character with its last element removed (inadequately), placed with side of ‘yours truly’.
3d Monkey has brief time in flowing stream (8)
MARMOSET – Anagram (flowing) of STREAM wrapped around a brief period of time.
4d Singer in church getting nothing right, nun losing head (9)
CHORISTER – Put together an abbreviation for CHurch, the letter which looks like a zero (nothing), an abbreviation for Right, and the title given to a nun, minus its first letter (losing head)
5d Mad Tory practice upsetting group of US politicians? (10,5)
DEMOCRATIC PARTY – Anagram (upsetting) of MAD TORY PRACTICE.
6d Reputation of old city within country (7)
STATURE – Another word for a country wrapped around the ancient Chaldean city most commonly found in crosswords.
7d Sort out university book collection corner (8)
UNTANGLE – Put together an abbreviation for University, an abbreviation for one of the collections of books in the Bible, and a corner.
8d Sweet and holy father given a monetary allowance (8)
FRAGRANT – The abbreviation for the title given to a Catholic priest, followed by A (from the clue) and a monetary allowance such as students used to get.
14d Be independent and surprisingly genial too (2,2,5)
GO IT ALONE – Anagram (surprisingly) of GENIAL TOO.
15d Court has 500 got rid of — something nasty in this place? (8)
WOODSHED – ‘To court’, as in courting one’s lover, followed by the Roman numeral for 500 and ‘got rid of’, giving us what Aunt Ada Doom in Cold Comfort Farm complained of having seen.
16d Unconvincing kind — Liberal engaged in that political programme (8)
PLATFORM – A word for a glib or unconvincing explanation, followed by a kind or type, with Liberal inserted into the result.
17d Professional record with upper-class English in introduction (8)
PROLOGUE – Put together a short form of ‘professional’, a record of events, the letter indicating ‘upper class’, and English.
18d Imprisoned by doctor, beaten foes become humiliated (4,4)
LOSE FACE – Anagram (beaten) of FOES, with ‘doctor’, as in ‘doctor someone’s drink’, wrapped around it.
19d Support very hot — Conservative gets in (7)
BACKING – One of several words which could describe current temperatures, with Conservative inserted.
The Quick Crossword pun WIGHT + BORED = WHITEBOARD