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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28856

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

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.

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           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,

ARVE Error: need id and provider

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.

Image result for tree frog

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.

Image result for heisenberg's uncertainty principle


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.

Image result for truffle hunting pigs

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.

Image result for burritos

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.

Image result for sistine chapel

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

31 comments on “DT 28856

  1. Another very friendly Friday inside back pager – I particularly liked 15a as it made me think of a ‘discussion’ Gnomethang and I regularly have about the island in question

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT

  2. A pleasant and gentle end to the week. I liked 7d and 13d. I’ll give top place to 27a although I’m uncertain.

  3. Oh good I’m back on Giovanni’s wavelength after a blip last week. This was a delightful walk in the park. Have to admit that 27a was new to me. I’m with RayS in liking 7d and 13d but can’t decide between them for Fav. TVM Giovanni and DT.

  4. Thought perhaps Giovanni was letting us off the GK this week but, no, he saved them for a sting in the tail.
    My favourite was 11d.

    Thanks to DG and to DT, who’ll doubtless be glad to have reached the end of his double stint!

  5. I found this a little difficult today, last in was 15a which I thought was an ‘iffy’ clue .
    22d was an alternative spelling to the word I knew , perhaps the clue should have reflected this.
    Remembered the principle in 27a, something to do with electrons and location not being exact-never mind going for a ***/***.
    Nearly put in basket until I solved 8d- thanks DT for the pics.

  6. **/** Not up my street at all, but got it done quickly enough. 2d is a marginal favourite, though there’s nothing today that really gets the juices flowing.
    Thanks to setter and DT.

  7. A pretty straightforward puzzle this morning from Giovanni. I don’t suffer from GK dislike so am quite happy with the overall crossword, with 11d my COTD. I would also give an honourable mention to 27a.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  8. I too found this a pleasant solve easier than others this week. Only real hold up was putting Kennet instead of Thanet my reasoning being The SE county around NE but actually Kennet is somewhere else. Checkers eventually put me right. 19a and 27a tied for COTD.
    Thanks to Gio and DT.

  9. I made hard work of 27a by failing to realise it was an anagram but otherwise a fairly benign solve (for Giovanni). 11d was my favourite.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT again.

  10. Finished, but only through bloody-mindedness, once the bung-in’s exceeded 10 I lost interest.
    One to forget.
    Thanks all.

  11. An enjoyable end to the week that felt a little tricky while solving but was actually finished pretty quickly. Funnily enough this didn’t feel like Giovanni to me, but apparently he still has the Friday slot.

  12. I must be losing my touch (or my mind), cos couldn’t do more than a few until resorting to B.D. Having GOURMET for 2d didn’t help. (wild guess). Liked 13d when I had a few letters to help. Getting too old, I guess.

  13. I’m not one for political correctness but “loon” and “simpleton” (17a). Really?. Other than that a rather uninspiring slog for me but did like 13d and 2d ,which I thought were very clever .
    Thanks to setter and DT.

    1. I am intrigued to know what the PC terms are for these two words.

      Can you enlighten me or are you saying that these sort of people shouldn’t be mentioned in a crossword?

    2. He holds him with his skinny hand,
      ‘There was a ship,’ quoth he.
      ‘Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!’
      Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

      Not only a loon. A grey-beard one to boot and the word eftsoons.

      1. Eftsoon is a new one on me and what a goodie it is.

        Loon is such a great word, helped by its etymology.

        I have seen recently in crosswords nuts, crackers, nutter crackpot, dolt, idiot, potty and even bonkers (a tremendous word).

        So, what do you think Lord & Letter are getting at? If they think the aforementioned words, along with the two in yesterday’s puzzle, shouldn’t be used in crosswords they will be disappointed on a regular basis as they’re going nowhere.

      2. I must be a simpleton … had to look up “eftsoons” in the dictionary.

        I’m sure I have seen it before, but forgot it. What a loon!

        Political correctness gone mad?

        1. If you had a son or daughter with learning difficulties would you be happy if they were described using either of those words? No, thought not so hardly “political correctness gone mad”

          1. Thereby hangs a debate. Should we play with these words or consign them to the bin? Having looked afresh at 17ac I would say consign it to the bin. There is a Loon Duck in Canada that could be used.

          2. Well, that puts to bed whether you are PC or not. You clearly are.

            I have presented at 400+ schools, for the last 10 years, working with 1000s of children who have learning difficulties (it’s my speciality) and not once have I heard any of the words I have mentioned bandied about. Not once.

            So where is your connection between a child with learning difficulties and these words?

            Compilers aren’t going to stop using these words. However, I suppose you can try and drum up some interest and give it your best shot.

  14. A steady solve for me today. Favourite was 27 a (Heisenberg) a lovely anagram, I thought. Having got 22d and 11d by then, it was so tempting to think that the answer to 27a started “Newton…”. And this delayed me for a while. Thanks to all.

  15. I also found this tougher than most commentators. I think because of several all-in-one answers and failing to recognise 7 down without writing it out horizontally! Must admit I do not remember Heisenberg although I must have heard of him once as I studied physics to uni level. Old age is setting in.

  16. This seemed a tad on the mild side for a G, but still about average for a general back-pager. Certainly a pleasant solve. 2.5* / 3.5*

  17. Bunged in weather struck in 11d until I realised my mistake.
    Didn’t get the area in 15a.
    Couldn’t parse my answers in 12a and 21a which is hardly surprising as they both are cryptic defs. Oh I do hate them.
    I wasn’t nice to Rufus then and not going to be with Giovanni now.
    Liked the doublé in 10a/8d though.
    And 1a was fun too.
    Favourite clue 22d.
    Favourite hint 13d even if it refers to yet another cryptic def .
    Thanks to the Don and to DT.

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