Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28862
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Good morning from South Staffs as the sun struggles to break through the early cloud.
Some nice anagrams to get you started on today’s Giovanni, and one old chestnut resurrected from the past, which may give newer solvers pause for thought.
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7a I’d panic with our garb astray — could it be in here? (6,8)
AIRING CUPBOARD – Anagram (astray) of I’D PANIC and OUR GARB.
9a Successful book rep doing more business than the rest? (10)
BESTSELLER – Split (4,6) this could be a commercial traveller making more deals than his colleagues.
11a Undertaking demand after short time (4)
TASK – An abbreviation for Time followed by ‘demand’.
12a Sheep — not so many in the middle (3)
EWE – This female sheep is made up of the middle three letters of a word for ‘not so many’.
13a They may hiss, exerting pressure (5,5)
STEAM IRONS – Cryptic definition of some domestic items used for pressing.
16a Class enthralled by tutors or teachers (4)
SORT – Hidden in the clue.
17a Stories offering discord reader finally abandoned (7)
FICTION – A generic word for non-factual writing is reached by removing the final letter of readeR from a word for discord or inability to get along.
18a Any number taken on board by one engaged in money matters (7)
FINANCE – Put the algebraic symbol for ‘any number’ into an engaged person.
20a Start to select apparatus for dramatic performance (4)
SKIT – The first letter (start) of Select followed by some apparatus or equipment.
21a Earnest prayers from competitors filled with worry (10)
ENTREATIES – The competitors in a tournament wrapped around another word for ‘worry’ (as in ‘What’s —ing you?’)
23a Building secured, sealed off at the front (3)
HUT – Another word for ‘secured’ or ‘closed’ with the first letter removed.
24a Island in risky enterprise (4)
SKYE – Hidden in the clue.
25a Athlete comes to Scottish peak, having eaten a bit of food (6,4)
RUNNER BEAN – A track athlete followed by the name given to mountains in Scotland wrapped around A (from the clue).
28a Daughter is in grass on blanket (14)
INDISCRIMINATE – Daughter and IS (from the clue) inserted into what a ‘grass’ does when he shops someone to the police.
1d Be like a pachyderm and don’t get upset easily (4,1,5,4)
HAVE A THICK SKIN – This metaphorical expression is also literally true of a pachyderm, the last two words of the answer corresponding to the meaning of the two Greek words from which ‘pachyderm’ derives.
2d Very dry except when river floods in (4)
BRUT – A word for ‘except’ with River inserted, giving us some very dry champagne.
3d Quartet participating in concerts no longer (4)
ONCE – Four letters to be found in cONCErts.
4d See battle trophy being put outside, a sort of shell (7)
SCALLOP – A word for ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’ inserted into the sort of battle trophy that Native Americans were reputed to take from their enemies.
5d Little old peers and VIPs, terribly dictatorial (10)
OPPRESSIVE – An abbreviation (little) for Old followed by an anagram (terribly) of PEERS and VIPS.
6d Happy to embrace good person, a competitor (10)
CONTESTANT – Another word for ‘happy’ wrapped around the abbreviation for a good or holy person and A (from the clue).
8d Artist careered off course in a zone few get to? (10,4)
RESTRICTED AREA – Anagram (off course) of ARTIST CAREERED.
10d Mum’s upset the little boy (3)
SAM – Start with another word for mother, add the ‘S from the clue, then reverse the lot to get a short form of a boy’s (or girl’s) name.
14d The saint wicked? Is the opposite (10)
ANTITHESIS – Anagram (wicked) of THE SAINT, followed by IS (from the clue).
15d Erotic miss involved in muscle-building exercises (10)
ISOMETRICS – Anagram (involved) of EROTIC MISS.
19d Lieutenant to suffer at home (5-2)
STAND-IN – Another word for ‘suffer’ or ‘endure’, followed by ‘at home’. Think of the literal meaning of ‘lieutenant’ rather than a military rank.
22d Breeze is fine, clearing the head (3)
AIR – Remove the first letter (clearing the head) from another word for ‘fine’ weather.
26d Essayist producing excellent article in French, revolutionary (4)
ELIA – Put together the two letters which look like an alphanumeric expression indicating excellence, add a French definite article, then reverse the lot, to get the pen name of the 19th-century essayist Charles Lamb. This used to appear regularly in crosswords, but doesn’t seem to have shown up in the Telegraph for several years.
27d Attend bash (4)
BEAT – Split the answer (2,2) to get a phrase meaning ‘attend’.
The Quick Crossword pun BRIGHTON + EARLY = BRIGHT AND EARLY