Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28886
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Good morning from Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire, where we’re visiting family, and a cold and frosty morning it is.
The usual Friday fare from Giovanni, with well constructed clues leading to the answer even if it is a slightly uncommon word.
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1a Purr maybe as one with no original ideas? (7)
COPYCAT – Split the answer (4,3) and this is what you may do if you start purring.
5a Forthcoming, like a shop assistant? (2,5)
IN STORE – A phrase meaning ‘forthcoming’ which is also where a shop assistant works.
9a Study couple leading galloping dance (5)
CONGA – ‘Study’ or ‘scan’ followed by the first two letters (couple leading) of GAlloping.
10a Suffering painful disorder could make chum irate (9)
RHEUMATIC – Anagram (could make) of CHUM IRATE.
11a Winds disturbing isle after festival (10)
EASTERLIES – A major Christian festival followed by an anagram (disturbing) of ISLE.
12a Ceremony takes politician to foreign river (4)
POMP – Crosswordland’s favourite foreign river followed by the usual politician.
14a Curate involved with mad fun? It’s artificial (12)
MANUFACTURED – Anagram (involved with) of CURATE and MAD FUN.
18a Minister of religion I squashed, one admitted for holy promotion! (12)
CANONISATION – Put together a minister of religion (one found in a cathedral chapter), I (from the clue), and a phrase (3,2) for ‘squashed’ wrapped around the Roman numeral for one. The result is the formal process of declaring someone to be a saint.
21a Country home in which artist settles (4)
IRAN – ‘At home’ wrapped around the usual crossword artist.
22a Piercing action of tool, ace for penetrating (10)
IMPALEMENT – The abbreviation found in the corner of an ace in a pack of cards, inserted into another word for ‘tool’.
25a Big man about fifty tackled by rival who looks out for trouble? (9)
VIGILANTE – A Russian doll type of clue. A verb meaning ‘rival’ or ‘contend’. Wrapped around a very big man, wrapped around the Roman numeral for fifty.
26a One isolated for more extended period, not good (5)
LONER – Remove the Good from a word for ‘more extended period’.
27a What can go round, one way and another (7)
ROTATOR – A palindrome (one way and another) describing something which revolves around its axis.
28a Daughter always to slip up making brief excursion (3,4)
DAY TRIP – Put together an abbreviation for Daughter, a poetic word for ‘always’ and another word for ‘slip up’.
1d Baddie hugging revolutionary 5 Across (6)
CACHED – A heel or rotter wrapped around the usual crossword revolutionary, giving us another way of expressing the answer to 5 Across.
2d Maybe fine joke is rubbish ultimately (6)
PUNISH – Put together the sort of joke which relies on a play on words, IS (from the clue) and the last letter (ultimately) of rubbisH.
3d Talk with girl, French mistress (10)
CHATELAINE – An informal talk followed by a girl’s name produces the mistress of a castle in France.
4d End of flight has upset parrot in mountainous region (5)
TYROL – The last letter of flighT followed by the reverse (upset) of a type of parrot, giving us some mountains in Austria.
5d Trendy English member meeting worker becomes crude (9)
INELEGANT – Put together another word for ‘trendy’, English, one of the members of the body, and one of the usual insect workers.
6d Thus yours truly gets the lot? Not entirely (4)
SOME – Another word for ‘thus’ followed by ‘yours truly’.
7d Boat launched with bosses in attendance? (8)
OUTBOARD – ‘Launched’, as in ‘my new book is —‘, followed by the collective noun for the directors of a company, giving us a type of boat named for its method of propulsion.
8d Get away, having admitted commercial prank (8)
ESCAPADE – A short word for a commercial inserted into ‘get away’.
13d Yokel’s part, reconstructing arrangement for golf tournament (6,4)
STROKE PLAY – Anagram (reconstructing) of YOKEL’S PART, producing the most commonly used format for professional golf tournaments.
15d Old city chap wearing gold stars (4,5)
URSA MINOR – Put together the Old Testament city in the Chaldees, a chap’s name (perhaps your Uncle in the USA), ‘wearing’ and the heraldic term for ‘gold’.
16d Bill given greeting, always someone deemed a success (8)
ACHIEVER – Put together an abbreviation for a bill or account, a two-letter greeting, and another word for always.
17d Like circle and rings expected to meet requirements? (2,6)
ON TARGET – Where the circle or rings which an archer or shooter aims at may be found.
19d Note sense in what’s being said (6)
TENNER – The note is a bank note, and is a homophone, (in what’s being said) of the sense of a remark.
20d Place where you’ll see prisoners out of bed get agitated (4,2)
STIR UP – A slang word for the place where prisoners are, followed by ‘out of bed’.
23d Change the last word, last bit of record (5)
AMEND – The final word of a Christian prayer followed by the last letter of recorD.
24d Part of the theatrical scenery in residence (4)
FLAT – Double definition, the second being a residence in an apartment block.
The Quick Crossword pun TIGHT + TANNIC = TITANIC