Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29005
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, a grey day lit up by the magnolia stellate in full bloom in our garden.
I flew through the top half of today’s Giovanni, then ground to a halt in the bottom half, where both SW and SE quadrants took a while to get into.
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1a Musical some Parisian brought back is having soothing effect (8)
SEDATIVE – Put together the title of a musical about the wife of an Argentinian dictator and the French word for ‘some’, then reverse the result.
5a SF film with US singer, one to impress (6)
ETCHER – The usual crossword science fiction character followed by an American singer who first came to prominence in a duo with Sonny Bono.
9a Member cares about dangerous situation escalating (4,4)
ARMS RACE – One of the members of the body followed by an anagram (about) of CARES.
10a Homeless types with boy going round collecting nuts (6)
NOMADS – Reverse (going round) another word for a boy, then wrap the result around another word for ‘nuts’ or ‘insane’.
12a European foundation opened by queen (6)
BASQUE – The foundation on which a structure is built, wrapped around an abbreviation for queen, giving us a member of the people living around the Atlantic end of the Pyrenees.
13a Biblical land penetrated by princess from place across the Pond (8)
CANADIAN – The proverbial ‘land flowing with milk and honey’, wrapped around the short form of the name of the late Princess of Wales.
15a Very enthusiastic Greek god gets a look in (7)
ZEALOUS – The chief of the Greek gods wrapped around A (from the clue) and ‘look!’.
16a Goes wild, losing head for a very long time (4)
AGES – Remove the first letter (losing head) from ‘goes wild’.
20a Smell coming from Athens, maybe? Not good (4)
REEK – Remove the Good from the adjective describing a native of Athens.
21a English politician restricted, having nothing more to offer (7)
EMPTIED – Put together English, one of the usual politicians, and ‘restricted’.
25a Making noise about a top man after second bit of scandal (8)
CREAKING – Put together the second letter of sCandal, the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, A (from the clue), and the top man in a monarchy.
26a Withdraw remedy (6)
REPAIR – Double definition: to withdraw to a private room; or to remedy or fix something which is broken.
28a Indicators of ancient mounds truncated at the front (6)
ARROWS – Remove the first letter from some ancient burial mounds.
29a William wanting summer in Paris had finally found accommodation (8)
BILLETED – Put together a familiar form of William, the French for ‘summer’, and the last letter of haD.
30a New day in which revolutionary makes a comeback (6)
MODERN – Reverse (makes a comeback) the usual Socialist revolutionary, and insert the result into a short form of one of the days of the week.
31a Interlude with silly utterances putting us off (8)
ENTR’ACTE – Anagram (silly) of (u)TTERANCE(s) with the letters of US (from the clue) removed.
1d Grotty old carriage parked outside B&B (6)
SHABBY – A horse-drawn carriage, an informal form of ‘chaise’, wrapped around the two Bs from the clue.
2d Lunatic getting upset over request to provide material (6)
DAMASK – Reverse (upset) a word which can mean ‘lunatic’, then add a verb for ‘request’.
3d Wrong to get rude, somehow making one distressed (8)
TORTURED – A legal term for a civil wrong, followed by an anagram (somehow) of RUDE.
4d Fault with item in workshop (4)
VICE – Double definition: a character fault, the antithesis of virtue; and an item which clamps the work in place on a workbench.
6d Part of body with duty to store hard gold (6)
THORAX – A duty or levy wrapped around Hard and the heraldic term for gold.
7d His anger comes out in judicial enquiries (8)
HEARINGS – Anagram (comes out) of HIS ANGER.
8d Eruption with head showing intemperance (8)
RASHNESS – An eruption on the skin followed by a promontory or head(land).
11d Part of university group girl is kept outside (7)
FACULTY – A group or sect with a girl’s name wrapped around it. The heroine in the original King Kong was played by someone with that name.
14d Brightly coloured bird losing its tail (7)
FLAMING – Remove the final letter from a bright pink bird.
17d Endlessly applaud one in concert broadcast (8)
PROCLAIM – Remove the final letter (endlessly) from another word for ‘applaud’, add the Roman numeral for one, then wrap one of a series of concerts held in London every summer around the result.
18d Confession of mistake in football match may be related (8)
REFERRED – Split the answer (3,4) to get a statement about a mistake by the person in charge of a football match.
19d Shopkeeper given abuse about supply potentially drying up? (8)
JEWELLER – A source of water traditionally accessed with a bucket on a rope, one which may dry up in a drought, with some verbal abuse wrapped around it.
22d Long pin, being distorted, ends in the litter (6)
SKEWER – Another word for ‘distorted’ or ‘out of true’, followed by the last letters (ends) of thE and litteR.
23d Gum to chew not consumed (6)
MASTIC – Remove ‘consumed’ from a posh word for ‘chew’.
24d Requirement for spectacles to be offered by game (6)
BRIDGE – Double definition: what spectacles need to keep them on your nose; and a card game.
27d Some idiots ignore indicator (4)
SIGN – Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun SKULL + LEVERS = SCHOOL LEAVERS