Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28975
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, almost spring-like, morning.
Today’s Giovanni took me longer than last week’s, though it is not easy to see why after the event. No doubt there will be comments again disagreeing with the difficulty marking. To those who expressed their violent disagreement last week, I say only that my difficulty marking is based on the time it takes me to complete the crossword. If it it takes you a longer or shorter time, it’s fine to say so, but don’t take it as an affront if someone else’s experience on a particular puzzle is different from yours.
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1a Smug company male wanting position not contracted (10)
COMPLACENT – Put together an abbreviation for company, Male, a position, and the short form of N(o)T.
6a Spy in relationship (4)
BOND – Double definition, the first being the surname of a fictional spy who has appeared in lots of films.
9a Maiden in state of collapse thinking (10)
RUMINATION – The abbreviation for a maiden over at cricket, inserted into ‘state of collapse’.
10a Crazy travels to the west creating shock (4)
STUN – Reverse (travels to the west) an informal word for crazy.
12a Thin goo, no end of it (4)
SLIM – Remove the final letter from some slippery goo.
13a Rendering holy greeting when meeting extreme group? (9)
HALLOWING – A common word of greeting followed by a political grouping which is not in the centre of a party or parliament.
15a Unconventional lady rent with passion (8)
ARDENTLY – Anagram (unconventional) of LADY RENT.
16a Woman who was beautiful, ace, capital! (6)
HELENA – The name of the woman whose face is said to have launched a thousand ships, followed by the abbreviation found in the corners of an Ace in a pack of cards, giving us the state capital of Montana.
18a Bear trapped in river flood (6)
DELUGE – Another word for ‘bear’ or ‘carry’ with a Welsh or Scottish river wrapped around it.
20a Diplomatic move of Parisian — took steps, getting cut short (8)
DEMARCHE – The French for ‘of’ followed by ‘took steps (in a military manner)’ with its final letter removed.
23a Raid isn’t wrong — time to be seizing property legally (9)
DISTRAINT – Anagram (wrong) of RAID ISN’T followed by Time.
24a Disease making one cause to lean back (4)
YAWS – Start with a word meaning ‘lean’ or ‘move in the wind’, then reverse (back) it to get a tropical disease.
26a Seat with front falling off — could this help fix it? (4)
TOOL – Remove the first letter (front falling off) from a type of seat which may have only three legs, and you get something which may help you to repair it.
27a A foreign fellow approaching, not the first character to be rude (10)
UNMANNERLY – Put together a foreign word for A, a fellow, and ‘approaching’ or ‘almost’ with the first letter of the alphabet removed from it.
28a Beastly home in Dorset town (4)
SETT – Hidden in the clue.
29a Pity — he nods off in a trance! (10)
HYPNOTISED – Anagram (off) of PITY HE NODS.
1d Tactical unit, reportedly essential element (4)
CORE – This word for the central part of something is a homophone (reportedly) of a military grouping.
2d Muttered brief report of mother’s injury (7)
MUMBLED – Split the answer (3,4) and you have another word for ‘mother’ and a verb describing a possible result of an injury.
3d Bosses releasing man misbehaving (4,8)
LINE MANAGERS – Anagram (misbehaving) of RELEASING MAN.
4d Comprehensive booing hard to absorb (5-3)
CATCH-ALL – The letter showing the hardness of a pencil is inserted into a word for booing or heckling.
5d Knight with lots, not complete idiot (6)
NOODLE – The chess notation for a knight, followed by an informal word for ‘lots and lots’ with its final letter removed (not complete).
7d Not in policy plan (7)
OUTLINE – A word for ‘not in’ followed by an agreed policy response to questioning.
8d After study I will get crushed and belittled (10)
DENIGRATED – Put together a study or lair, I (from the clue), and ‘crushed’ or ‘reduced to small pieces’. I’m not convinced that ‘crushed’ is really a synonym of the word we’re looking for here: both mean ‘reduced to small pieces’, but the means of achieving this is totally different.
11d Penny is such a one! (8,4)
MONETARY UNIT – Cryptic definition of something which is a means of exchange.
14d Frank, taking seat, disturbed those awaiting interview? (10)
CANDIDATES – Another word for ‘frank’ followed by an anagram (disturbed) of SEAT.
17d Hold back soldiers with muscle injury (8)
RESTRAIN – The familiar regiment of engineers followed by a stress injury.
19d Keep going as one leaving after everyone else (4,3)
LAST OUT – If you are the one who has to turn the lights out when everyone else has gone home, you’re the —- —.
21d Fellow children being looked after — they show fear (7)
COWARDS – The prefix for ‘fellow’, as in ‘fellow worker’ or ‘fellow author’, followed by a legal term for children who are under the protection of the court.
22d Character of body part (6)
KIDNEY – Double definition, the first a metaphor based on the belief that the organs of the body can affect a person’s character.
25d I would, shortly, being heard and looked at (4)
EYED – A homophone (being heard) of the contracted form of ‘I would’.
The Quick Crossword pun POLLY + ANTHERS = POLYANTHUS