Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28963
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Good morning from South Staffs on a cold but not snowy morning. It was good to meet some of you at the Birthday Bash on Saturday, though my late arrival meant that I missed a good many of you.
I found Giovanni to be in benevolent mood this week, with the obscurer bits of the puzzle readily gettable from the wordplay.
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1a Professional footballer recompensed (4,4)
PAID BACK – An adjective relating to being professional, as opposed to amateur, followed by a position on the football field.
5a River mouth, a mess to some extent (6)
THAMES – Hidden in the clue.
9a Found to be better again (9)
RECOVERED – Double definition, the first a synonym of ‘found’ (something lost or stolen).
11a Public address system’s beginning to go off? Bother! (5)
ANNOY – Remove the first letter (beginning to go off) from a brand name of a public address system.
12a Restaurants with noise — listeners are initially put off (6)
DINERS – Put together another word for noise and the things you listen with, then remove the first letter of Are.
13a I’m a bit silly about wanting to succeed (8)
AMBITION – Anagram (silly) of I’M A BIT, followed by ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
15a Nice humans troubled with bug, a potential killer (10-3)
SUBMACHINE-GUN – Anagram (troubled) of NICE HUMANS and BUG.
18a I’d crashed, trip being hazardous for messenger? (8,5)
DISPATCH RIDER – Anagram (being hazardous) of I’D CRASHED TRIP.
22a Disease, the same as before, on a grand scale spreading round (8)
EPIDEMIC – The Latin word for ‘the same as before’ with ‘on a grand scale’ (like a Cecil B de Mille film, perhaps) wrapped around it.
23a Dance American country girl ignored repeatedly (6)
CANCAN – Remove a girl’s name from the northernmost country in North America, then repeat the exercise and put the two results together.
26a Jump out of bed and dress? (3-2)
GET-UP – Double definition, the second being a noun phrase.
27a A regiment, having been trained, shoot (9)
GERMINATE – Anagram (having been trained) of A REGIMENT. The shooting here is done by a plant seed.
28a Most horrific little woman given support (6)
DIREST – The short form of a woman’s name (a princess, perhaps) followed by a support of the sort found built into pieces of furniture.
29a Christian maybe left awful church with little hesitation (8)
FLETCHER – Put together an anagram (awful) of LEFT, an abbreviation for church, and a hesitation, and you get thefirst name of Mr Christian of the Bounty .
1d Padre is excited about a heavenly destination (8)
PARADISE – Anagram (excited) of PADRE IS wrapped around A (from the clue).
2d Home container associated with ancient culture (5)
INCAN – The usual word for ‘at home’ followed by a metal container, giving us an adjective related to an old American culture.
3d British song about a very small part of Germany (7)
BAVARIA – An abbreviation for British and an operatic song, placed either side of A (from the clue) and an abbreviation (small) for Very.
4d Float in Irish port (4)
CORK – Double definition, the first being a noun.
6d Getting better in hospital somewhere in London (7)
HEALING – Hospital followed by one of those places at the western end of the District and Central lines.
7d Brought up as chaps to dine in fancy style (9)
MENTIONED – Another word for ‘chaps’ followed by an anagram (in fancy style) of TO DINE.
8d Gnome always covered in grass (6)
SAYING – A poetic word for ‘always’ with the criminal slang for ‘grass’ or ‘inform on’ wrapped around it. ‘Gnome’ here is not the little chap found in some gardens, but a pithy and sententious utterance.
10d Island party has little Bill turning up (8)
DOMINICA – Put together one of the usual crossword parties, a prefix indicating smallness (in skirts, for example), and the reverse (turning up) of an abbreviation for a bill or account.
14d Second audience for pianist (8)
SHEARING – An abbreviation for Second followed by another word for an audience (in court, perhaps), giving us the surname of George, a British jazz pianist who died in 2011.
16d Spooner’s mentioned very cold accommodation (9)
BEDSITTER – Start with another word for ‘mentioned’ and an adjective for ‘very cold’ (weather), then apply the Spooner treatment to get a small area of living accommodation.
17d Step taken around northern biblical city reveals splendour (8)
GRANDEUR – A step along a pathway of competence (think music exams, for example) is wrapped around Northern, and followed by the usual Chaldean city.
19d Healthy places for housing the female mountaineers? (7)
SHERPAS – Insert a pronoun for ‘the female’ into some health resorts, and you get these inhabitants of the Himalayas.
20d Engineer among the top people who may look for practical solution (7)
REALIST – The initials of one of the usual regiments of engineers followed by an expression (1-4) for the people invited to all the best social events.
21d Asked to have breakfast in bed? (6)
BEGGED – BED (from the clue) wrapped around something you might have for breakfast.
24d Train or bus? (5)
COACH – Double definition, the first being a verb.
25d Like some tradition used by moralists (4)
ORAL – Hidden in the last word of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun FALLEN + TIERS = VOLUNTEERS