Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28993
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright morning.
A gentle workout from Giovanni this morning, with only one slightly unusual word.
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1a He is officer getting drunk — what’s the drink? (5,6)
IRISH COFFEE – Anagram (getting drunk) of HE IS OFFICER.
10a Home pet, terribly clumsy (5)
INEPT – Another word for ‘at home’ followed by an anagram (terribly) of PET.
11a Singer in incomplete command, needing to hold key (9)
CONTRALTO – Another word for ‘command’ minus its final letter (incomplete) wrapped around a key on a computer keyboard.
12a Daughter is taking time — in that there is no shame (9)
DISHONOUR – Put together Daughter, IS (from the clue), and a period of time wrapped around NO (from the clue).
13a A hundred hurry — there’s this danger with stampede (5)
CRUSH – The Roman numeral for a hundred followed by another word for ‘hurry’.
14a Hurry to engage trendy French dramatist (6)
RACINE – Another word for ‘hurry’ (but not the same one as in 13a) wrapped around ‘trendy’, giving us a 17th-century French tragedian.
16a A learner with aim to get into vehicle for a series of dates (8)
CALENDAR – Put together A (from the clue), Learner, and an aim or objective, then wrap a motor vehicle around the result.
18a Recommend veto, a cad needing to be dealt with (8)
ADVOCATE – Anagram (needing to be dealt with) of VETO A CAD.
20a Important Arab severe, no end, with condition laid down (6)
SHARIF – Another word for ‘severe’ (of a frost, perhaps) with its final letter removed, followed by a conjunction imposing a condition. The answer is a descendant of the prophet Mohammed through his daughter Fatima (or the surname of a bridge-playing film star of yesteryear).
23a No fabric for putting around a bit of wood? (5)
TENON – Put together NO (from the clue) and a light fabric, then reverse the result (putting around) to get part of a wooden joint.
24a Big river or little one gone arid unfortunately (3,6)
RIO GRANDE – Anagram (unfortunately) of
the Roman numeral for one an abbreviation for River and GONE ARID. Thanks to those who spotted the error.
26a King Baddy in simplistic story (9)
NARRATIVE – The Latin abbreviation for ‘king’ and a baddy or traitor, with another word for ‘simplistic’ wrapped around them.
27a Linger as husband left after others have gone? (5)
HOVER – The abbreviation for Husband followed by ‘left after others have gone’.
28a Hemmed in by youngsters, great man falls apart, broken (11)
FRAGMENTARY – Anagram (falls apart) of GREAT MAN, with some young fish wrapped around the result.
2d Grasses about to meet newspaper folk? (5)
REEDS – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’ followed by the plural of the usual crossword journalists.
3d Strike is upsetting local community — 500 involved (3-4)
SIT-DOWN – Reverse (upsetting) IS (from the clue), then add a local community bigger than a village, with the Roman numeral for 500 inserted into it.
4d Two firms operating in a secure environment (6)
COCOON – Two instances of the abbreviation for a firm or company, followed by ‘operating’, producing the secure environment where a silkworm caterpillar turns into a moth.
5d Enjoyment before almost everyone becomes gloomy (8)
FUNEREAL – Put together ‘enjoyment’, ‘before’, and ‘everyone’ with its last letter removed (almost).
6d Not all hear a cheer — a problem for some listeners (7)
EARACHE – Hidden in the clue. The ‘listeners’ are a part of the body.
7d More helpful, having reformed strange facilities for youngsters (13)
KINDERGARTENS – Another word for ‘more helpful’ or ‘gentler’, followed by an anagram (reformed) of STRANGE.
8d Struggle as a swimmer in the sea (8)
FLOUNDER – Double definition, the first being a verb, the second a small flat fish.
9d Ornamental material revealed by girl’s mum (6-2-5)
MOTHER-OF-PEARL – Some nacreous material found on the inside of an oyster shell which could also be a phrase describing a particular girl’s mum.
15d Female gang to afflict Midlands city (8)
COVENTRY – A group of (female) witches followed by ‘to afflict’. The answer has a rugby team supported by our Monday blogger.
17d What sounds like excellent university in Scotland (8)
STIRLING – This university in Scotland is a homophone (sounds like) of a word for ‘excellent’ or a measure of the purity of silver coinage.
19d Dog outside hospital department, a beast seemingly half human (7)
CENTAUR – A disparaging word for a dog, wrapped around the usual hospital department and A (from the clue).
21d Difficult to deal with that topless ‘nutcase’ (4,3)
HARD HAT – The first word is ‘difficult to deal with’, the second is (t)HAT (from the clue) with its first letter removed. The definition in the clue is a cryptic description of the function of the answer.
22d Dad and I heard comic sailor (6)
POPEYE – An informal word for ‘dad’ followed by a homophone (heard) of I, producing a spinach-guzzling cartoon character.
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25d Soldier ultimately quits on promotion? Under no circumstances! (5)
NEVER – Put together the final letter (ultimately) of soldieR and ‘quits’ or ‘level’, then reverse (on promotion) the result.
The Quick Crossword pun HASTE + HACKS = HAYSTACKS