Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28850
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where after a fine, sunny start to the day the latest instalment of what we used to call equinoctial gales before they gave them fancy names has blown in and it’s pouring with rain.
There was nothing particularly out of the way about today’s Giovanni, though there did seem to be a lot of Lego-type clues, judging from the number of times my hints say ‘followed by’ or ‘put together’.
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 Supply prisoner with words of commendation (10)
CONTRIBUTE – One of the usual prisoners followed by a speech of praise or eulogy.
6a Ace getting married is emotionally overwhelmed (4)
AWED – The letter found in the corner of an ace in a pack of cards, followed by another verb for ‘married’.
9a Tree in line a knight hides behind (5)
ROWAN – A straight line of people or things followed by A (from the clue) and the chess notation for a knight.
10a Number here with heartless interceptions — grasping types (9)
TENTACLES – The number of this clue followed by the sort of interceptions made when one rugby player stops another, with the middle letter removed (heartless).
12a Oriental festival the beginning of November (7)
EASTERN – A Christian festival in March or April every year, followed by the first letter of November.
13a Show initiative after quiet appeal (5)
PLEAD – The musical symbol for quiet followed by ‘show initiative’ or ‘take charge’.
15a Show drama beginning with hellish location (7)
DISPLAY – An alternative name for the Greek god Pluto, and by extension the name given to his kingdom, followed by a staged drama.
17a Flounder as man at party, finally upsetting top lady (7)
STAGGER – Put together a man at a male-only party, the last letter (finally) of upsettinG, and the regnal cipher of our monarch.
19a A way to get around the Big Apple, no matter what (7)
ANYROAD – A (from the clue) and a way or route, placed either side of the initials of the city known as the Big Apple.
21a Bird the woman’s tucked into, something smoked (7)
CHEROOT – A water bird wrapped around the pronominal adjective for ‘the woman’s’.
22a Is word of disapproval backfiring for African? (5)
TUTSI – Put together IS (from the clue) and an expression of disapproval, then reverse the result (backfiring) to get a member of an African people found in Rwanda and Burundi.
24a Attack impudent talk about parrot (7)
PILLORY – Reverse (about) some impudent talk or sauce, then add a type of parrot. This is the sort of attack where someone is exposed to public ridicule.
27a Useless stuff from American soldier — maiden breaks down (9)
GIMCRACKS – Put together the letters denoting an American soldier, the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, and ‘breaks down’.
28a Spirit with look not OK — ugh, awful! (5)
GHOUL – Anagram (awful) of LO(ok) (not OK) and UGH.
29a Type to be curt, sending husband away (4)
SORT – Another word for ‘curt’ with the H removed (sending husband away).
30a Job is troubled with angst with chaps interrupting (10)
ASSIGNMENT – Anagram (troubled) of IS and ANGST, wrapped around some chaps.
1d Twenty losing head and heart (4)
CORE – Another word for twenty with its first letter removed.
2d State requirement after moths have invaded wardrobe? (3,6)
NEW JERSEY – This US state is what you may need after the moths have ruined your favourite sweater.
3d Royal females governed small island (5)
RANIS – ‘Governed’ or ‘managed’ followed by an abbreviation for island.
4d Like fatty food in college pantry? (7)
BUTTERY – This word for a place where food and drink were dispensed in an Oxford or Cambridge college, derived from the French for ‘bottle’, could also describe food rich in a dairy fat.
5d Letters may inform them of legal requirements (7)
TENANTS – Here we have an ‘all in one’ clue. The letters are people who let, rather than written communications, and the answer (them) is the people to whom the letting is made.
7d Writer has extra line fitting in (5)
WILDE – A cricket extra wrapped around Line, giving us a Victorian writer and dramatist.
8d Some French notion about traitor supplying essential requirements (10)
DESIDERATA – Put together the French for ‘some’ and a notion or concept wrapped around an informal word for a traitor.
11d Quieten down, having a very quiet rest (7)
APPEASE – Put together A (from the clue), the musical symbol for ‘very quiet’, and ‘rest’ or ‘comfort’.
14d Notice five workers keeping time — rewards offered (10)
ADVANTAGES – Put together a short form of a publicity notice, the Roman numeral for five, and some of the usual insect workers wrapped around a long period of time.
16d Dafter ladies maybe where seaside entertainment takes place? (7)
LOOPIER – A familiar term for the Ladies or Gents, followed by a seaside structure which may have a theatre at the end of it.
18d Small room in house left half abandoned, wonderful thing earlier (5,4)
GLORY HOLE – The second word is made up of an abbreviation for HOuse and the first half of LEft. The first word is an object of pride or splendour.
20d Describes leading couple from Denmark, old people (7)
DEPICTS – The first two letters of DEnmark followed by the ancient inhabitants of Scotland, the ‘painted people’.
21d Big figures in firm, one going down after failure (7)
COLOSSI – Put together the abbreviation for a firm or company, a failure to win or make a profit, and the Roman numeral for one.
23d Mum grabbed by sailor in river (5)
TAMAR – One of the usual sailors wrapped around another word for Mum, giving us the river which divides Cornwall from England.
25d A church musician may have such an ear? (5)
ORGAN – Double definition: an instrument often used in church music; or a part of the body such as an ear.
26d Scamper as female on fire (4)
FLIT – Female followed by ‘on fire’.
The Quick Crossword pun PIQUE + DEMAND = PEAK DEMAND