Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28838
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a fine morning.
Giovanni told us last week that he was taking a break during September, and I don’t think this is one of his, though the assumption of familiarity with Scripture at 19a and 22d is rather like him. No particular problems this morning.
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1a Stuck on a couple of pages, then called it a day? (8)
APPENDED – Put together A (from the clue), two examples of the abbreviation for page, and ‘called it a day’.
6a Bullies are evident in this game (6)
HOCKEY – Cryptic definition of a game which used to begin with a bully-off.
9a A hundred and one restrictions in places like London (6)
CITIES – The Roman numerals for a hundred and one, followed by some restrictions.
10a People who scoff in this corner shop (8)
SCORNERS – Hidden in the clue.
11a Influence of bank probed by newspaper (8)
LEVERAGE – The sort of bank used to prevent a river from flooding, wrapped around an informal term for a newspaper.
12a Calm down male faced with something falling down chimney? (6)
SOOTHE – A male pronoun preceded by the black stuff which accumulates in chimneys where open fires are used.
13a Flattery? The blind man’s put out (12)
BLANDISHMENT – Anagram (put out) of THE BLIND MAN’S.
16a Allowed granny to go to church — that’s mattered, getting outside (12)
COUNTENANCED – Put together another informal term for a granny and the abbreviation for the Church of England, then wrap a verb meaning ‘mattered’ or ‘was significant’ around the result.
19a Smell attached to old biblical city? That’s funny! (6)
HUMOUR – Put together a bad smell, Old, and the usual Old Testament city in the Chaldees.
21a Opportunist, unknown character in court (8)
CHANCERY – Another word for an opportunist followed by an algebraic unknown, giving us a division of the High Court which was satirised by Dickens in Bleak House.
23a Wicked home with time for witty conversation (8)
BADINAGE – Put together another word for wicked, ‘at home’, and a long period of time.
24a Fire in one holiday cottage accommodating any number (6)
IGNITE – The Roman numeral for one followed by a French holiday cottage wrapped around the algebraic term for ‘any number’.
25a End of May — before the usual time for annual to appear (6)
YEARLY – The last letter of MaY followed by ‘before the usual time’.
26a What sounds like rubbish provided by Heather gossiping (8)
TATTLING – A homophone of a word for rubbishy stuff, followed by one of the words for heather.
2d Proper to have journalist briefed (6)
PRIMED – ‘Proper’ or ‘buttoned-up’ in behaviour, followed by the usual crossword journalist.
3d Lover dumped on foreign island? One can’t feel at home (5)
EXILE – A two-letter term for a former lover followed by the French for ‘island’.
4d Revile girl’s father and show anger (9)
DISPARAGE – Put together the short form of a girl’s name plus the ‘S from the clue, a short word for father, and ‘show anger’.
5d Carrying gun, did bulge out (7)
DISTEND – DID (from the clue) wrapped around a WW2 British submachine gun.
6d Criminals — Robin and suchlike primarily? (5)
HOODS – The surname of Robin the outlaw from Sherwood Forest followed by the first letter of Suchlike.
7d Prisoner having got moulded obeyed the rules (9)
CONFORMED – One of the usual crossword prisoners followed by ‘moulded’ or ‘shaped’.
8d Close shave leader avoided running to ground (8)
EARTHING – Remove the first letter (leader avoided) from a phrase (4,5) for a close shave, and you get an electrical term for running the current to ground.
13d Belt making bonier lad look silly (9)
BANDOLIER – Anagram (making … look silly) of BONIER LAD.
14d Left-wing party is beginning to threaten (9)
SOCIALIST – Put together a type of party (my school Parents’ Association used to organise these), IS (from the clue), and the first letter of Threaten.
15d Settle in work mostly wearing coat (8)
POPULATE – Remove the final letter (mostly) from the Latin word for a (musical) work, and insert the result into a verb meaning ‘coat with metal’.
17d Hoary worker hugging citizen that’s lost a lot of heart (7)
ANCIENT – One of the usual insect workers wrapped around CI(tiz)EN with a chunk of its middle removed (lost a lot of heart).
18d Something very small supporting a big mass? (6)
PROTON – A subatomic particle made up of a word for ‘supporting’ or ‘in favour of’ and a heavy weight.
20d Prepared to study before getting Third in Physics (5)
READY – The third letter of phYsics tacked on to a word for ‘study’.
22d Famous wedding venue overlooking lake or some other waterway (5)
CANAL – The venue for the New Testament wedding feast where water was turned into wine, followed by an abbreviation for Lake.
The Quick Crossword pun GENERALS + TRIKE = GENERAL STRIKE