Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28814
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Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny but fresher morning.
It took me a little while to get going on this week’s puzzle from Giovanni, and 10a was a new word to me. But, as usual, once the puzzle had been solved, it was difficult to see what had caused the hold-up – though I thought that the definition in 23a was a bit of a stretch.
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5a See 11 Across
7a Mistaken to have new leader? One has a point (5)
PRONG – Start with a word meaning ‘mistaken’, then change the first letter (new leader).
9a Hairstyle augmented by the French item of jewellery (6)
BANGLE – A hairstyle with a square-cut fringe followed by the French definite article.
10a Shrub man with special pole found by railway (8)
BARBERRY – A man whose place of business is denoted by a red and white striped pole, followed by an abbreviation for ‘railway’.
11a & 5 Across Elder assessing tot in difficulty — reason for optimism? (4-6,7)
ROSE-TINTED GLASSES – Anagram (in difficulty) of ELDER ASSESSING TOT.
13a Completely dry? You’ll find some bar ideal (4)
ARID – Hidden in the clue.
14a Anglicans might get upset? No need for one prolonged row! (8,5)
SLANGING MATCH – Anagram (upset) of ANGLICANS M(i)GHT, with one of the Roman numerals for one removed.
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16a Sitting by river see sport (4)
POLO – An Italian river followed by ‘See!’.
17a Normal ‘mister’, a man out of the ordinary? (10)
MAINSTREAM – Anagram (out of the ordinary) of MISTER A MAN.
19a Big flow of water about needing a sailor to do something (8)
CATARACT – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, one of the usual crossword sailors, and a verb meaning ‘do something’.
20a Hesitation about meat presented in show (6)
The Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’ The reverse (about) of a word expressing hesitation, followed by a type of meat.
22a Start of sunny spring? Smashing! (5)
SWELL – The first letter of Sunny followed by a spring.
23a Left-looking journalist with nastiness for all (7)
DESPITE – Reverse (left-looking) the usual crossword journalist, add some petty nastiness, and you get a word meaning ‘for all (that)’ or ‘notwithstanding’.
1d Any number in depression squealed (4)
SANG – The algebraic expression for ‘any number’ inserted into a word for a depression more often seen as a verb.
2d Acting as guide for us, the fellow leading band (8)
USHERING – Put together US (from the clue), the pronoun for ‘the fellow’, and a band or group of people.
3d Shown mercy, revolutionary soldiers rushed outside (6)
SPARED – Reverse (revolutionary) the initials of a regiment of gunners, then wrap a word for ‘rushed’ around the result.
4d One sees weather coming? Take care moving into wild forest (10)
FORECASTER – Anagram (moving) of CARE with an anagram (wild) of FOREST wrapped around it.
5d Summer month’s upset, having an absence of fertiliser (5)
GUANO – Reverse (upset) the short form of a summer month, then add ‘an absence of’.
6d It’s bad — tetanus, unfortunately, is confirmed (13)
SUBSTANTIATED – Anagram (unfortunately) of IT’S BAD TETANUS.
8d Knight wearing gaudy decoration (7)
GARNISH – The chess notation for a knight inserted into another word for ‘gaudy’.
12d Head of enterprise talked about workplace being expanded (10)
ELABORATED – The first letter (head) of Enterprise and a word for ‘talked (in public)’, placed either side of the short form of a scientist’s workplace.
14d Works hard penning article — choice phrases required? (7)
SLOGANS – A verb meaning ‘works hard’ wrapped around one of the forms of the indefinite article.
15d Suspicion of haze, result of dampness (8)
MISTRUST – Another word for ‘haze’ followed by what happens to iron when it gets damp.
17d It’s miserable, suffering from a disease in childhood? (6)
MEASLY – Something which is miserable or inadequate, which could also describe the state of a child suffering from what used to be a common ailment.
18d Knowing there’s a conflict over recreational drug (5)
AWARE – A (from the clue) followed by an armed conflict and a one-letter abbreviation for an illegal recreational drug.
21d Hide in depression, reportedly (4)
VEIL – This sounds like (reportedly) a sort of depression in the landscape.
The Quick Crossword pun MAULED + OVER = MOLDOVA