Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28916
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Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, wet, windy morning.
A good dose of General and Biblical Knowledge from Giovanni this morning, and some variant clue construction, but plenty of anagrams to get you going. The parsing of 12d, my last one in, eluded me until quite late in the process, when the penny dropped with a resounding clang.
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1a Vermouth knocked back, sensible drink (6)
TISANE – Reverse (knocked back) an informal term for vermouth, as in ‘gin and –‘, then add ‘sensible’, and you get an infusion of which Hercule Poirot was fond.
4a Relation, terribly hot inside, gets to strip (8)
UNCLOTHE – A male relative wrapped around an anagram (terribly) of HOT.
9a No longer left with something to sell abroad (6)
EXPORT – The prefix indicating ‘former’ or ‘no longer’, followed by the nautical term for left.
10a An insect disturbed people years ago (8)
ANCIENTS – AN (from the clue) followed by an anagram (disturbed) of INSECT.
11a Worry about a little container for firework explosive (9)
CARTOUCHE – A worry or concern wrapped around a small quantity.
13a Island lady wants French article rather than English one (5)
LUNDY – Start with LADY (from the clue). Remove an English indefinite article and replace it with a French one, to get an island in the Bristol Channel
14a More than one female professional wins me bonuses, working (13)
BUSINESSWOMEN – Anagram (working) of WINS ME BONUSES.
17a Rescues the art neglected in a valuable box (8,5)
TREASURE CHEST – Anagram (neglected) of RESCUES THE ART.
21a What breakfast menu may have, creating stir (3,2)
EGG ON – The breakfast menu may have bacon on, or porridge on, or…
23a Old college not genuine? Conflicting noises perhaps here? (9)
POLYPHONY – The short form of the name given to some institutes of higher education before they were all turned into universities, followed by ‘not genuine’, giving us the sort of music where several voices sing different lines, generally producing a harmonious whole.
24a This writer was first to admit depression and softened (8)
MELLOWED – Another word for ‘this writer’ and another word for ‘was first’ wrapped around a depression.
25a Mo‘s support (6)
SECOND – Double definition: a short time; or support for a motion in debate.
26a Mad chaps beginning to talk, interrupting performance (8)
DEMENTED – Put together ‘chaps’ and the first letter (beginning) of Talk, then insert the result into a performance or action.
27a Plants with bosses laying off a thousand (6)
ASTERS – Remove the Roman numeral for a thousand from another word for bosses, to get these flowering perennials.
1d Knight is buried in the church for that reason (6)
THENCE – THE (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the Church of England, placed either side of the chess notation for a knight.
2d Like sheep and goats with destinies unalike ultimately (Bible story) (9)
SEPARABLE – The final letters (ultimately) of destinieS and unalikE followed by the term for the stories told by Jesus to illustrate points of doctrine or morality, like the story of the Good Samaritan or, as in this all-in-one clue, the story of the Last Judgment.
3d In agitated state over silly group of students outside (7)
NERVOUS – Anagram (silly) of OVER, with the acronym for a student political organisation wrapped around it.
5d Like some silly poetry — no lines scan, unfortunately (11)
NONSENSICAL – Anagram (unfortunately) of NO LINES SCAN, giving us a term which could be applied to the verse of Lear, Lewis Carroll, or Spike Milligan, among others.
6d Six feet under — or heading that way? (4,3)
LAID LOW – Cryptic definition of a phrase indicating that someone is very ill, or has succumbed.
7d Number performing — such may be in the groove (5)
TENON – A cardinal number followed by ‘performing’, like an artiste in the theatre, giving us the projection on one part of a joint which fits into the groove or mortise in the other.
8d Trying to convey excited ‘yes’ with a sign (8)
ESSAYING – Anagram (excited) of YES and A SIGN.
12d Hippie cells will have this important feature (11)
CENTREPIECE – This is a variant of a ‘hidden in the clue’ construction. Here we have the hidden word, but we also need to put in front of it a description of where it is found in the group of words concealing it.
15d Came across city, keeping on, as one having regular beat (9)
METRONOME – ‘Came across’ followed by a European capital city wrapped around ON (from the clue).
16d Played with IT, like groups at schools? (8)
STREAMED – A term for watching films or TV over the internet, which also described the practice of dividing schoolchildren into groups by reference to their overall ability.
18d Shivery nudes beginning to edge away — now possibly?! (7)
SUNDOWN – An all-in-one clue where we have an anagram (shivery) of NUD(e)S followed by an anagram (possibly) of NOW, and the whole clue defines the answer.
19d Top lady — see me turn up with crowd following (7)
EMPRESS – Reverse (turn up) ME (from the clue), then add a crowd or throng.
20d Group of stars with yen to hide in the underworld (6)
HYADES – The underworld in Greek mythology, with an abbreviation for Yen inserted.
22d Grand Old Man embracing the Parisian dolt (5)
GOLEM – The three-letter acronym for Grand Old Man wrapped around a French definite article to get a Yiddish term for a dolt or, more widely in Jewish folklore (and the Discworld series of Terry Pratchett) a human figure brought to life.
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The Quick Crossword pun HURRY + KEYNES = HURRICANES