Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29011
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a beautifully sunny spring day.
I found no particular problems with today’s Giovanni, and completed it in ** time.
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1a Activists making gain excitedly embraced by people in tents (11)
CAMPAIGNERS – Anagram (excitedly) of GAIN, inserted into some people who spend their holidays in tents (or caravans or motorhomes).
7a Concise treaty (7)
COMPACT – Double definition, the first an adjective, the second a noun.
8a Changed, being dull, given a time inside (7)
MUTATED – A (from the clue) and Time, with another word for dull colours wrapped around them.
10a Flow of water unfortunate, river infiltrating club (8)
MILLRACE – Another word for unfortunate or bad (luck) and an abbreviation for River, with a ceremonial club wrapped around them.
11a Little dogs outside home? They may be very pretty (3-3)
PIN-UPS – Some juvenile dogs wrapped around ‘(at) home’.
13a One who entertains a lot of people (4)
HOST – Double definition: the man in charge of a party; or the crowds who may come to the party.
14a I half-read a little, sadly lacking education? (10)
ILLITERATE – Anagram (sadly) of I RE(ad) (half-read) A LITTLE.
16a Agent has a share in process of putting things right again (10)
REPARATION – Put together a shortened form of the word for an agent or commercial traveller, A (from the clue) and a share (of food, perhaps).
18a Second letter to the Corinthians (4)
BETA – Cryptic definition of the second letter of the Greek alphabet.
21a Offer to look after Her Majesty (6)
TENDER – Another word for ‘look after’ followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher.
22a Mushroom — I will have it dunked in milky drink! (8)
SHIITAKE – A frothed-up milky drink wrapped around I (from the clue) and IT (from the clue), giving us a Japanese mushroom.
24a Fault admitted by the German fellow lacking direction (7)
DRIFTER – A geological fault (there’s a very large one in Kenya), with one of the forms of the German definite article wrapped around it.
25a Usefulness or uselessness with leader absent? (7)
UTILITY – Another word for usefulness which, with a leading F becomes a word for uselessness.
26a Big bird in Donegal flying with glee (6,5)
GOLDEN EAGLE – Anagram (flying) of DONEGAL and GLEE.
1d Copper not entirely cross with you and me — a fluffy wet type? (7)
CUMULUS – Put together the chemical symbol for copper, a crossbred animal with its last letter removed (not entirely), and a pronoun for ‘you and me’. The answer is something seen overhead.
2d Characters inside home agreed to be miserly (6)
MEAGRE – Hidden in the clue.
3d Like some lorries lacking rear piece, say (10)
ARTICULATE – Remove the final letter (lacking rear piece) from a word which describes lorries which have a tractor unit and a trailer.
4d Lark, partridge, pheasant …? (4)
GAME – Triple definition. The first one is not a bird. The second and third are frequently shot, so are both examples of the answer.
5d Needed hospital facility, wasn’t well (8)
ENTAILED – The hospital department where otorhinolaryngologists practise, followed by ‘wasn’t well’.
6d End of week with tot being given a fruit (7)
SATSUMA – Put together an abbreviated form of the last day of the week (or first of the weekend), a verb meaning ‘to tot (up)’, and A (from the clue).
7d A politician in church preached, becoming oily (11)
CAMPHORATED – Start by putting together A (from the clue) and one of the usual politicians. Wrap an abbreviation for ‘church’ around the result, then add a synonym of ‘preached’ or ‘gave a public speech’.
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9d Leader’s type to writhe in anguish (11)
DESPERATELY – Anagram (to writhe) of LEADER’S TYPE.
12d Very good having miss to entertain you in ship’s compartment (5,5)
PILOT HOUSE – Another word for ‘very good’ or ‘holy’, followed by a verb for ‘miss’ or ‘have go astray’ wrapped around an archaic form of ‘you’ (singular) now found mainly in ‘church language’ or some dialect forms. The answer is an alternative name for the place from which a ship is controlled.
15d Eastern relation going potty (8)
ORIENTAL – Anagram (going potty) of RELATION.
17d Out of breath decorating? Not I! (7)
PANTING – Remove the first I from a word for ‘decorating’ often seen grouped with ‘decorating’.
19d Look at dictator submerged in river (7)
EXAMINE – A river in Devon wrapped around the former dictator of Uganda.
20d Greeting given to ruler on a walk (6)
HIKING – Split this (2,4) and you could have a somewhat informal greeting for a monarch.
23d What’s served up in their breakfast? Cheese (4)
BRIE – Hidden in reverse (served up) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun LIT + HUR + ALLEY = LITERALLY