Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28826
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Good morning from South Staffs, with a sunny start to the Bank Holiday weekend. My thanks to Senf for filling in for me last week.
There didn’t seem to be anything particularly difficult in today’s Giovanni, and I went through it in something approaching record time for me. It will be interesting to see what others think.
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1a Unfortunately a pest will eat little plant (5,3)
SWEET PEA – Anagram (unfortunately) of A PEST, wrapped around a word for ‘little’.
9a Something uttered by minister is clever, devious (8)
VERSICLE – Anagram (devious) of IS CLEVER.
10a Gloomy sailor going to doctor (4)
DRAB – The abbreviated title of a doctor followed by one of the usual crossword sailors.
11a Story from the past about small fuss involving Conservative (12)
REMINISCENCE – Put together the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, a prefix indicating smallness, and another word for a fuss or tantrum wrapped around an abbreviation for Conservative.
13a Protected with weapons, having to guard old biblical city (8)
ARMOURED – Old and a Chaldean city frequently found in crosswords, wrapped in ‘with weapons’.
15a Abandon hot place noted for its rats (6)
DESERT – Double definition, the first a verb, the second a noun, with reference to the North African campaign during World War 2.
16a Distinguished man has house in which to entertain Her Majesty (4)
HERO – An abbreviation for house wrapped around the regnal cipher of the Queen.
17a Having multiple involvement, except for a small bit (5)
SHRED – Remove the A from a word for ‘having multiple involvement’ or ‘divided between’.
18a What makes man worry regularly, being amiss (4)
AWRY – Alternate letters (regularly) from two words in the clue.
20a Polish match official in trouble ultimately (6)
REFINE – Put together an abbreviation for the official in charge of a football match, IN (from the clue), and the last letter (ultimately) of troublE.
21a Demeanour of a bishop, one enthralled by experimental composer (8)
CARRIAGE – Put together A (from the clue), the abbreviated title given to a bishop, and the Roman numeral for one. Wrap the result in the surname of an American composer known for 4’ 33”.
23a State of America — is it wavering, wobbling? (4,8)
WEST VIRGINIA – Anagram (wobbling) of IS IT WAVERING.
26a Fifty had a meal past normal bedtime? (4)
LATE – The Roman numeral for fifty followed by ‘had a meal’.
27a Feature of climate has artist getting home before autumn (8)
RAINFALL – Put together the usual crossword artist, a two-letter word for ‘at home’, and what our American cousins call autumn.
28a Raiders for years on the rampage (8)
FORAYERS – Anagram (on the rampage) of FOR YEARS.
2d Arab in conflict? (8)
WARHORSE – Cryptic definition of what an equine Arab might be in a conflict.
3d Bert is gloomy — medical expert sorts that out (12)
EMBRYOLOGIST – Anagram (sorts that out) of BERT IS GLOOMY.
4d 3R for instance will get this textbook (6)
PRIMER – Put together the sort of number that 3 (or 7 or 19) is, and the R from the clue.
5d French plane I ditched in river (4)
AVON – The French word for an aircraft, minus its I, giving us one of several British rivers.
6d Ran campaign — gangs helped, becoming audible (8)
CRUSADED – Homophones (becoming audible) of a word for ‘gangs’ followed by a word for ‘helped’.
7d Image of trendy company included (4)
ICON – The abbreviation for ‘company’ inserted into a two-letter word for ‘trendy’.
8d Daughter, see, saving a bit of money in proper fashion (8)
DECENTLY – An abbreviation for Daughter and a see or diocese in East Anglia which makes regular appearances in crosswords, wrapped around a piece of American small change.
12d Fleet Street area friend keeping still or showing great delight? (12)
ECSTATICALLY – The postal district of London in which Fleet Street is to be found and a political friend, placed either side of a word for still or immobile.
14d Greek party with king or queen in charge (5)
DORIC – Put together the usual crossword party, the Latin abbreviation for a king or queen, and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’
16d Difficult conflict ending with unreliable equipment (8)
HARDWARE – Put together another word for ‘difficult’, a military conflict, and the last letter (ending) of unreliablE.
17d Writer‘s lowest point, upsetting after famous novel (8)
SHERIDAN – A novel by Rider Haggard, followed by the reverse (upsetting) of a word for ‘lowest point’, the opposite of ‘zenith’, giving us the inventor of Mrs Malaprop.
19d Record held by player, e.g., is terrific (8)
REGISTER – Hidden in the clue.
22d Church musician, one who shouldn’t be playing? (6)
RINGER – Double definition, the first being someone found in the belfry.
24d Miss out as captain (4)
SKIP – Double definition, the second being perhaps the captain of a bowls team.
25d Chasm making female pull up (4)
GULF – Put together Female and a word for ‘pull’, then reverse the result.
The Quick Crossword pun RISQUE + VERSE = RISK AVERSE