Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28856
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Good morning from South Staffs. A bright start to this early autumn day.
As usual with Giovanni, there is an element of General Knowledge in the clues today, but the wordplay should enable these to be worked out.
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1a New limo to be given gold front — special example of this! (10)
AUTOMOBILE – Anagram (new) of LIMO TO BE with the chemical symbol for gold put in front of it,
6a Old boy may be given it — but not while still alive! (4)
OBIT – An all-in-one clue. The abbreviation for an old boy of a school followed by IT (from the clue), giving us something that may be written about a person who has died.
9a Sixty minutes with one alluring female (5)
HOURI – A period of 60 minutes followed by the Roman numeral for one.
10a Crumbling terrain around Western Australia — does it need this? (9)
RAINWATER – Anagram (crumbling) of TERRAIN wrapped around the initials of Western Australia.
12a Rod may go along with me to the river (7,6)
FISHING TACKLE – Cryptic definition of what an angler needs as well as a rod.
14a Go right back around rocks to find amphibian (4,4)
TREE FROG – Put together GO (from the clue) and an abbreviation for ‘right’, reverse the result, and insert a rocky barrier at sea.
15a Part of county in south-east — it’s not this around north-east! (6)
THANET – The opposite of ‘this’ wrapped around the abbreviation for North-East, producing an area in Kent which includes Margate and Ramsgate.
17a Skin preparation? Simpleton absorbs it the wrong way (6)
LOTION – Reverse IT (from the clue) and insert the result into a word for a simpleton.
19a Personal appeal of woman who does and is attached to mum (8)
CHARISMA – Put together a ‘woman who does’ like Mrs Mopp, IS (from the clue) and another word for mum.
21a They may need to get the political landscape mapped out afresh (13)
CARTOGRAPHERS – Cryptic definition of people who draw maps, whether political or physical.
24a A new Conservative in very bad breakaway movement (9)
SEVERANCE – Put together A (from the clue), New and Conservative and insert the result into ‘very bad’.
25a Rubbish food from the butcher? (5)
TRIPE – Double definition , the second being a variety of offal.
26a Mark‘s violent movement (4)
DASH – Double definition, the first being a punctuation mark which features in all these hints.
27a Physicist of principle begins here to be disturbed (10)
HEISENBERG – Anagram (to be disturbed) of BEGINS HERE, giving us a physicist whose Principle was one of Uncertainty.
1d Star taken round hospital, being hurt (4)
ACHE – A sporting star performer wrapped around the abbreviation for Hospital.
2d Pig out getting this food? (7)
TRUFFLE – Cryptic definition of an edible fungus often unearthed with the aid of a pig.
3d Women at matches taking a leading role? (5,2,6)
MAIDS OF HONOUR – Cryptic definition of the women who accompany a bride at her wedding.
4d Rough sound with one drunk turning up for Mexican food (8)
BURRITOS – Put together a rough edge to a voice, the Roman numeral for one, and the reverse of a word for a drunkard.
5d Not up for deceitful action (5)
LYING – This deceitful action could also describe your position before you get out of bed.
7d Indicate something risky — zero range of knowledge! (7)
BETOKEN – Put together a gambling transaction, the letter which looks like a zero, and a word for a range of knowledge commonly found preceded by ‘beyond our’.
8d Like violent 10, changing terrain to lake? (10)
TORRENTIAL – 10 here is the answer to 10a. Anagram (changing) of TERRAIN TO followed by Lake.
11d Hit by hostile elements (7-6)
WEATHER-BEATEN – Cryptic definition of someone or something which has been exposed to natural forces.
13d Inclined to give a special emphasis (10)
ITALICISED – Like this hint!
16d Store’s top jumpers? They may be looking for them (8)
SHOPPERS – The first letter (top) of Store’s followed by some people jumping (on one leg, perhaps), giving us some people who may indeed be looking for jumpers in a store.
18d This Rev. spouting does well (7)
THRIVES – Anagram (spouting) of THIS REV.
20d Little girl has point to make about a particular pope (7)
SISTINE – A shortened form of the word for a female sibling followed by one of the points on a fork. The result is an adjective describing the acts of a particular pope, one of whom of that name had a world-famous chapel in the Vatican named for him.
22d Indian female managed to keep English in tow repeatedly (5)
RANEE – Another word for ‘managed’ followed by two examples of English.
23d Request around start of recital for a particular composer (4)
BERG – Another word for ‘request’ or ‘ask’ wrapped around the first letter of Recital.
The Quick Crossword pun MAIZE + HENRY = MASONRY