Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29035
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Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is trying to break through the early morning cloud.
Today’s Giovanni took me a little longer than some of the puzzles I have blogged recently, but as always the wordplay enables the solver to get to the more obscure answers.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Mobster, chap wrecking domestic vessels (11)
CHAMBERPOTS – Anagram (wrecking) of MOBSTER CHAP.
7a Faint expression of petulance when idiot enters (4,3)
PASS OUT – A facial expression indicating petulance (I think the French call it a ‘moue’) wrapped around another word for idiot.
8a Something that’s light and attractive in man fussy about clothes? (3,4)
FOG LAMP – This is something which is a light. Another word for a dandy or beau, wrapped around an informal term for ‘attractive ‘ or ‘dolled up’.
10a Pirate and co looking funny, as in G&S? (8)
OPERATIC – Anagram (looking funny) of PIRATE and CO.
11a Settle as female politician, about to be installed (6)
ENCAMP – Put together the first name of the late Mrs Sharples of Coronation Street and the usual crossword politician, then insert a Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’.
13a Call to offer token of love (4)
RING – Double definition, the first being to call on the telephone.
14a Foolishly, I err — second needed to think again (10)
RECONSIDER – Anagram (foolishly) of I ERR SECOND.
16a Hoovers before bedtime maybe, making a fresh start? (5,5)
CLEAN SLATE – Split the answer (6,4) and you get a verb which is a general term for ‘Hoovers’ or ‘scrubs’, followed by an adverb relating to the time of day when bedtime is a likely option.
18a Some vain, capricious old ruler (4)
INCA – Hidden in the clue.
21a Prayer from head of show binding stars together (6)
ORISON – A prominent Northern Hemisphere constellation, also called the Hunter, wrapped around the first letter (head) of Show.
22a Son making fun of fancy needlework (8)
SMOCKING – An abbreviation for Son followed by ‘making fun of’.
24a Disorder that’s heard in street, attack knocking leader out (7)
STAMMER – To get this speech disorder, start with an abbreviation for STreet, then add a word for ‘attack’ (or the weapon which might be used) minus its first letter (knocking leader out).
25a Less well off, never loses heart, having yearn to be included (7)
NEEDIER – Remove the middle letter (loses heart) from NE(v)ER (from the clue), then insert another word for ‘yearn’, more often seen in participle form, as in ‘I’m – – ing to meet you’.
26a Surely no hero, husband leaving, going off in a wrongful manner (11)
ERRONEOUSLY – Anagram (going off) of SURELY NO (h)ERO without the H (husband leaving).
1d Tank — it’s newly installed in European laboratory (7)
CISTERN – Anagram (newly) of IT’S, inserted into the acronym for a European nuclear research centre based in Switzerland.
2d A type such as I being heard making affirmation (6)
AVOWAL – A (from the clue) followed by a homophone (being heard) of the type of letter represented by I (or A, E, O …)
3d Beginning to be histrionic, one with small room, one who painted? (10)
BOTTICELLI – Put together the first letter (beginning) of Be, a three-letter acronym for ‘histrionic’ or ‘exaggerated’, the Roman numeral for one, a small room in a prison, and the Roman numeral for one again.
4d Bird annoyed, led astray (4)
RUFF – Remove the LED (led astray) from the end of a word for ‘annoyed’, and you get this male bird, whose mate is a reeve.
5d Musician producing something alive almost, concert’s last piece (8)
ORGANIST – Remove the last letter (almost) from a generic word for a living creature, then add the last letter of concerT.
6d Like sailor going out from Kent, say, with prize (7)
SEAWARD – The compass bearing indicating the part of the UK where Kent is to be found, followed by a prize or grant.
7d Mathematical devices for farm vehicles (11)
PROTRACTORS – Another word for ‘for’ followed by some farm vehicles.
9d Decorator offering mediocre material stirred her wrath (11)
PAPERHANGER – Put together some mediocre or unstimulating material (on television, for example), an anagram (stirred) of HER, and another word for ‘wrath’.
12d Opening with word of prayer to glide — in cantor’s style? (10)
PORTAMENTO – Put together an opening in a ship’s side, the traditional final word of Christian prayers, and TO (from the clue), to get a musical term for a continuous glide from one tone to another.
15d Trendy old person who may betray someone? (8)
INFORMER – Another word for ‘trendy’ or ‘popular’ followed by an adjective describing something old or past.
17d English chum entertaining Irish in a state forbidding alcohol? (7)
EMIRATE – An abbreviation for English followed by another word for a chum wrapped around an abbreviation for IRish.
19d The most important person, stupid, heartless, as one making a din (7)
NOISILY – A representation (2,1) of ‘the most important person’, as in ‘look after —— —‘, followed by another word for ‘stupid’ with its middle letter removed (heartless),
20d Cheats — group of e.g. pirates aboard ship (6)
SCREWS – The usual crossword ship wrapped around the people on board her (who may or may not be pirates).
23d Smile making 13 look stupid (4)
GRIN – Anagram (making … look stupid) of the answer to 13a.
The Quick Crossword pun MIRROR + CULL = MIRACLE