Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29047
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a damp and rainy South Staffs. I’m rather busy today, so fewer illustrations than usual.
I ran into a block in the SE corner of today’s Giovanni which pushed my solving time well into *** territory.
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1a Jack hopes somehow to become a different man (6)
JOSEPH – The playing card symbol for a Jack followed by an anagram (somehow) of HOPES.
4a After beginning, was first to be frightened (8)
STARTLED – Another word for ‘beginning’ followed by ‘was first’ (in a race, perhaps).
9a A hundred and ten gathered round capital’s highest point (6)
CLIMAX – The Roman numerals for a hundred and ten, placed either side of a South American capital city.
10a Give chaps solarium treatment for lines? (8)
TANGENTS – A three-letter verb for what you do in a solarium, followed by some chaps, to get some geometrical lines.
11a Place with sect dancing — it’s worth seeing (9)
SPECTACLE – Anagram (dancing) of PLACE and SECT.
13a Pervasive quality conveyed by Celia, romantically (5)
AROMA – Hidden in the clue.
14a Men dress and end up looking silly for poet (6,7)
EDMUND SPENSER – Anagram (looking silly) of MEN DRESS and END UP, giving us an Elizabethan poet.
17a Socialist is given praise — lauded finally for showing what he wants wealth to be? (13)
REDISTRIBUTED – Put together the usual crossword Socialist, IS (from the clue), some words of praise, and the final letter of laudeD.
21a Buddhist literature giving us art that’s extraordinary (5)
SUTRA – Anagram (extraordinary) of US ART.
23a Authority allows funny man to join African party in church (9)
CLEARANCE – Put together the surname of the author of some nonsense poetry and the initials of a South African political party, with the initials of the Church of England wrapped around the result.
24a Nerve centre workers needing person of courage (8)
GANGLION – A party of workers followed by an animal used as a metaphor for courage.
25a The old man clumsily handles fruit (6)
PAPAWS – A two-letter word for ‘the old man’ followed by ‘clumsily handles’, giving us tropical fruit better known as papayas
26a Most clever male beasts about to face ordeal (8)
SMARTEST – Reverse (about) some male sheep, then add an ordeal or trial.
27a African is keen, having surrendered heart to Irish songstress (6)
KENYAN – Remove the middle letters (having surrendered heart) from K(ee)N, then preplace them with the name of an Irish singer.
1d Merry little woman nearby left abandoned (6)
JOCOSE – One of the protagonists from Little Women, followed by another word for ‘nearby’ with the L removed (left abandoned).
2d I work on farm — wind here’s terrible (9)
SWINEHERD – Anagram (terrible) of WIND HERE’S.
3d Quiet hard worker given order, a shadow of his former self? (7)
PHANTOM – Put together the musical symbol for ‘quiet’, Hard, a worker insect, and the letters which go after the name of a person given this particular honour.
5d Wild partygoers hiding in piece of furniture that can be covered (11)
TRAVERSABLE – A common item of household furniture, wrapped around the people attending a wild party. ‘Covered’ in the definition is as in ‘covered the ground’.
6d Give new status to head of research — agreed after reorganisation (7)
REGRADE – The first letter of Research followed by an anagram (after reorganisation) of AGREED.
7d Instruction to players, with time of abstinence over (5)
LENTO – The period of fasting in the Christian calendar which leads up to Easter, followed by Over, producing a musical instruction.
8d Loses hope, as some French groups of minimal size (8)
DESPAIRS – One of the forms of the partitive article in French, followed by some examples of the smallest number of people who can form a group.
12d Builders perhaps against having particular vehicles (11)
CONTRACTORS – A prefix for ‘against’ followed by some vehicles often found on farms.
15d One’s ‘not standing’ for this! (9)
SEDENTARY – Cryptic definition of a seated position.
16d Forecasts from newspaper folk, with time being limited (8)
PRESAGES – A generic term for newspaper people wrapped around a long period of time.
18d Attempt to get everyone to eat onion (7)
SHALLOT – Another word for an attempt or try, wrapped around a word for ‘everyone’.
19d Row? Mark has hesitation to join in (7)
TERRACE – A word expressing hesitation is inserted into a mark or vestige of what has been.
20d In hot weather we may have this warning message (6)
LESSON – A warning message, as in ‘Let that be a —— to you!’ can be split (4,2) to show what we may have in the way of clothing in hot weather.
22d Any number will wear long garment in this island country (5)
TONGA – The algebraic symbol for ‘any number’ inserted into a robe worn by Roman senators.
The Quick Crossword pun CHECK + ERRED = CHEQUERED