Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28987
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Good morning from South Staffs and Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus to our Welsh readers.
Quite a few anagrams and part-anagrams from Giovanni this morning, but nothing that I found particularly difficult.
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1a Space gone over in open land (4)
MOOR – Reverse (gone over) some space to manoeuvre, and you get an expanse of upland.
3a Footballers given special experience, we hear, in town’s hidden part? (10)
BACKSTREET – Some defensive footballers followed by a homophone (we hear) of a special experience, perhaps one given to a child on his birthday.
8a Plant enabling agents to capture idiot (6)
CASSIA – The acronym of the US spy agency wrapped around an idiot or fool, producing a plant also known as Chinese cinnamon.
9a Mark crosses square in police vehicle (5,3)
SQUAD CAR – A mark left on the body by an old wound, wrapped around an open square in the middle of, for example, a college building.
10a Nothing given to one naughty girl — one may get into bed (3,3)
OIL RIG – Put together the letter which looks like zero or nothing, the Roman numeral for one, and an anagram (naughty) of GIRL. The result is something which penetrates layers of bedrock.
11a Boy hugging beautiful woman is given name (8)
LABELLED – Another word for boy wrapped around the feminine form of the French word for ‘beautiful’.
12a People doing the wrong thing in terrible ruse when lass comes round (8)
MISUSERS – The form of address (traditionally) for an unmarried girl, wrapped around an anagram (terrible) of RUSE.
14a Boys? Bright types from what we hear (4)
SONS – These boy children are a homophone of some bright celestial objects.
16a It’s bound to be quiet at far side of meadow (4)
LEAP – Another word for meadow (as in Gray’s elegy) followed by the musical symbol for quiet.
18a Real don, exceptional old genius in many fields (8)
LEONARDO – Anagram (exceptional) of REAL DON followed by Old.
19a Somewhat OTT adult sank teeth into chum wickedly! (1,3,4)
A BIT MUCH – Put together an abbreviation for Adult, ‘sank teeth into’, and an anagram (wickedly) of CHUM.
20a Conspicuous people given insults heading off (6)
LIGHTS – Remove the first letter (heading off) from some insults or put-downs, and you get some people who may be leaders in their field of activities.
21a Foreign lass in Home Counties, no educated girl (8)
SENORITA – Put together the geographical location of the Home Counties, NO (from the clue) and the girl who was educated in a film title.
22a Quiet state for young man (6)
SHAVER – An instruction to be quiet followed by another verb meaning ‘state’.
23a Camp’s in trouble with herd, ending with frisky elephants? (10)
PACHYDERMS – Anagram (in trouble) of CAMP’S, HERD and the last letter of (frisk)Y.
24a Pantomime character made to look silly (4)
DAME – Anagram (to look silly) of MADE.
1d Maiden in charge of costumes, hazards to health? (8)
MICROBES – Put together the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard, the abbreviation for ‘in charge’, and some costumes.
2d Sort out drinks — conference speakers may need them (8)
ROSTRUMS – Anagram (out) of SORT followed by some strong drinks based on molasses or sugarcane juice.
3d Busy person entertaining a guest, surprisingly gracious act (4,5)
BEAU GESTE – The insect to which a busy person may be likened, wrapped around an anagram (surprisingly) of A GUEST, giving us the French term for a gracious act, or the eponymous hero of a novel by PC Wren about young Englishmen who join the French Foreign Legion.
4d Keeps up unrealistic plans (7,2,3,3)
CASTLES IN THE AIR – Another word for ‘keeps’ or ‘fortresses’ followed by a phrase which means ‘up’ or ‘off the ground’.
5d The termination of concert pianist’s tours? (7)
TRAVELS – The final letter (termination) of concerT, followed by a French pianist and composer, plus the ‘S from the clue.
6d Cede, alas, when beaten in mounted attack (8)
ESCALADE – Anagram (when beaten) of CEDE ALAS.
7d Restricted around end of career and ready to retire (5)
TIRED – Another word for ‘restricted’ or ‘bound’ wrapped around the last letter (end) of careeR, giving us ‘ready to retire to bed’.
13d Rail-user’s excited — leaves the big city behind? (9)
RURALISES – Anagram (excited) of RAIL-USER’S.
15d Notice cancelling barbecue meal? A tricky situation (2,6)
NO PICNIC – What may be a notice telling people that a barbecue or other alfresco meal is off is also a metaphorical expression for something which is hazardous or difficult to achieve.
16d Writing that keeps doing the rounds over a period of time (8)
LONGHAND – Split the answer (4,4) and you have something which takes an hour to make a circuit of a clock face.
17d Keep quiet about wait (8)
PRESERVE – Put together the musical symbol for ‘quiet’, the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, and ‘wait’ (at table).
18d Fish in lake in the morning to get something caught? (7)
LAMPREY – Put together the abbreviation for Lake, the abbreviation for ‘in the morning’, and something caught by a predator.
19d Storyteller producing a work about French art (5)
AESOP – A (from the clue) and the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work, placed either side of the French verb ‘art’, as in ‘thou art’. The answer was a Greek writer of fables.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOCK + TURNS = NOCTURNES