Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28951
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Good morning from a chilly South Staffs.
There was one new word for me in today’s Giovanni, though readily gettable from the wordplay, and there is one answer which those who profess to know nothing about organised religion may struggle with, but otherwise I found this to be a reasonably straightforward puzzle.
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7a US President, first to consider dreadful lie ‘good’ (8)
COOLIDGE – The first letter of Consider followed by an anagram (dreadful) of LIE GOOD.
9a Process I discovered in part of west London (6)
ACTION – A part of London found at the western end of the Central Line, wrapped around I (from the clue).
10a Plants offering a hundred places for bees (6)
CHIVES – The Roman numeral for a hundred followed by the places where bees are kept.
11a Glowing quality of artist can die out (8)
RADIANCE – The usual crossword artist followed by an anagram (out) of CAN DIE.
12a They perhaps will join chaps in awful sect making declarations (14)
PRONOUNCEMENTS – Start with the part of speech of which ‘they’ is an example, then add an anagram (awful) of SECT wrapped around some chaps.
15a Ardent leader of men behind struggle (4)
WARM – A struggle or armed conflict followed by the first letter of Men.
17a Colour to hide a blemish (5)
TAINT – A colour or shade wrapped around A (from the clue).
19a Short log about military operation (4)
RAID – Remove the final letter (short) from a log or journal, then reverse the result.
20a New tin drum isn’t bad thing to have in orchestra (4,10)
WIND INSTRUMENT – Anagram (bad) of NEW TIN DRUM ISN’T.
23a Transgress with long hair? Dad’s intervening (8)
TRESPASS – Another word for ‘Dad’ inserted into a piece of long hair.
25a Component of fuel to be abandoned at once (6)
OCTANE – Anagram (abandoned) of AT ONCE.
27a Hindu law expressed in notice about restricting damage (6)
DHARMA – Reverse (about) a short form of a publicity notice, and wrap the result around a word for ‘damage’. For Hindus, according to Wikipedia, this term signifies behaviours that are considered to be in accord with Ṛta, the order that makes life and universe possible, and includes duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and “right way of living”
28a It’s improving — fine grin is spreading (8)
REFINING – Anagram (is spreading) of FINE GRIN.
1d Insect seen in August, maybe — name not given (4)
MOTH – Remove the N (name not given) from something of which August is an example.
2d Prime team? (6)
ELEVEN – Double definition: a prime number; or a term for a sports team derived from the number of players.
3d Kept in garage, a rare car component? (4)
GEAR – Hidden in the clue.
4d Vehicle encountered going north and getting in the way (6)
TANDEM – Reverse (going north, in a down clue) a word for ‘encountered’, then insert AND (from the clue).
5d Second teacher — one won’t let everything go through (8)
STRAINER – An abbreviation for Second followed by a teacher of physical or vocational skills.
6d Compromise is trick, meeting heard (10)
CONCESSION – A trick or cheat followed by a homophone (heard) of another word for a meeting, perhaps of a court or Parliament.
8d Girl’s outburst creates revulsion (7)
DISGUST – A short form of a girl’s name (she might even have been a princess once), plus the ‘S from the clue, followed by a sudden outburst of wind.
13d Had to worry, travelling — fit for the journey? (10)
ROADWORTHY – Anagram (travelling) of HAD TO WORRY.
14d Counters for fast food? (5)
CHIPS – Double definition, the first being the counters used to keep score in a poker game, for example.
16d What some women wear going to bash in government department (8)
MINISTRY – The plural of a type of dress or skirt followed by a bash or attempt.
18d Access to service station possibly, something truly unexciting (4-3)
TURN-OFF – Another way of describing the slip road from a motorway at a junction or service station is also something which removes any sense of excitement one may be feeling.
21d Processed fruit may be this awkwardly placed (2,1,3)
IN A JAM – Where fruit may be found after it has been boiled with sugar and put in a jar.
22d Church service, shortened one with money collected (6)
MATINS – To get this Church of England service, start by removing the final letter from a service more commonly held in a Roman Catholic church, then wrap the result around some old slang for money.
24d God of love upset and angry (4)
SORE – Reverse (upset) the Greek god of love.
26d Number of Leninists turning up (4)
NINE – Hidden in reverse (turning up) in the third word of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun NOCK + NEED = KNOCK-KNEED