Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28933
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. The Christmas guests have departed, and we have settled down to finishing off the Christmas food.
The Telegraph Puzzles site didn’t publish this week’s Giovanni on time at midnight, and it still hadn’t appeared after I’d done the Quick crossword, so I gave up and went to bed, then got up earlier than usual to tackle this one. I’m not really a morning person, which may explain why I found it to be on the tricky side.
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8a One expressing sorrow afterwards with soldiers getting buried (8)
LAMENTER – Another word for ‘afterwards’ wrapped around some soldiers.
9a Rushed party with madame initially unmethodical (6)
RANDOM – Put together another word for ‘rushed’, one of the usual crossword parties, and the first letter of Madame.
10a Enjoy what archaeologists do (3)
DIG – Double definition: some rather elderly slang for ‘enjoy’ or ‘appreciate’; or literally what archaeologists do in an excavation.
11a Princess good in Indian garment? Take a different view (8)
DISAGREE – The short form of the name of the late Princess of Wales, followed by an item of dress worn by Indian women with Good inserted.
12a Chaps needing to take off remain troubled (6)
AIRMEN – Anagram (troubled) of REMAIN.
13a Local jerk’s a daft drunk — will he do any job? (4-2-3-6)
JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES – Anagram (drunk) of LOCAL JERK’S A DAFT.
15a New student and father somewhere in Surrey (7)
FRESHER – The abbreviated form of the title ‘father’ given to Catholic priests, followed by a town in Surrey, producing a term for a first-year student.
18a Animal, look, chewing length of cloth (7)
GAZELLE – An old cloth measure equal to 1¼ yards, inserted into a steady stare.
21a Convey obvious message or depart in silence? (2,7,6)
GO WITHOUT SAYING – A figurative expression for a statement of the obvious, which could literally be a description of departing without making a statement.
24a Walked endlessly in plain territory (6)
STEPPE – Remove the final letter (endlessly) from another word for ‘walked’ to get a Russian plain.
25a Blessed and married after salutation (8)
HALLOWED – A word of greeting followed by ‘married’.
26a Tool with chrome, odd bits flaking off (3)
HOE – Remove the odd-numbered letters from cHrOmE.
27a Course taken by some in parliament re-elected (6)
ENTRÉE – This course of a meal is hidden in the clue.
28a Warbled with a lurch, not finishing drink (8)
SANGAREE – To get this West Indian drink, put together another word for ‘warbled’, A (from the clue), and ‘lurch’ or ‘stagger’ with the final letter removed.
1d Any number hugged by show girl in seaside area (6)
MARINA – A girl found in West Side Story or The Sound of Music, wrapped around the algebraic symbol for ‘any number’. Or, of course, Howard’s would-be lover from Last of the summer Wine
2d Make a new assessment of what someone says? (6)
REMARK – Double definition, the first being to reassess an examination paper.
3d Bloomer is what wise men became aware of (4,2,9)
STAR OF BETHLEHEM – A flower otherwise known as Ornithogalum umbellatum is what the biblical wise men from the East followed to seek the infant Jesus.
4d Soldier in a mess? No (7)
ORDERLY – A post or duty which may be held by a soldier, which is literally the opposite of ‘in a mess’.
5d During this action one may have a change of heart (5,10)
ORGAN TRANSPLANT – … or liver, or kidney …
6d Extra money in box about to be hidden (8)
INCREASE – IN (from the clue) followed by a box or container wrapped around the Latin expression for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
7d Herald rushed, went down for funny-sounding Oxford don (8)
FORETELL – The funny-sounding don is Dr Spooner. Take synonyms for ‘rushed’ and ‘went down’, then treat them as Dr Spooner might have done.
14d Line given audibly? (3)
CUE – A homophone (given audibly) for a line of people, or a line of dialogue in a play which prompts the entrance of an actor.
16d Sitting like a bird, right over egg — smart! (8)
ROOSTING – Put together Right, Over, an egg-shaped letter, and a verb for ‘smart’ or ‘hurt’.
17d Captains bring fish aboard ship (8)
SKIPPERS – Some smoked fish with the usual abbreviation for a steamship wrapped around it.
19d Floral decoration that is left upside down (3)
LEI – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ and Left, then reverse the result to get a Hawaiian garland.
20d Lady succeeded ultimately, having superior game (7)
DUCHESS – Put together the final letter of succeedeD, the letter indicating ‘superior or ‘upper-class’, and a game played on a board with 64 squares.
22d Small farmer in the old Arab territory (6)
YEOMAN – An old way of printing ‘the’ followed by one of the Gulf States.
23d Relations terribly insecure, having abandoned biblical city (6)
NIECES – Remove the biblical Chaldean city from INSEC(ur)E, then anagram (terribly) the rest.
That’s me done for 2018. See you all next year.
The Quick Crossword pun BERTHED + HAZE = BIRTHDAYS