Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29053
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Bonjour from Chateau de l’Epervière at Gigny-sur-Saône, where Mrs DT and I have just arrived on holiday.
Nothing overly difficult in today’s Giovanni, especially if you don’t put a wrong answer in and then spend ages wondering about the crossing entry, as I did.
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8a The blues tunes — millions I’d played (15)
DISILLUSIONMENT – Anagram (played) of TUNES MILLIONS I’D.
9a Greek character is quietly retreating (3)
PSI – Put together IS (from the clue) and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’, then reverse the result.
10a Orator to provide series of letters for someone making a book? (11)
SPELLBINDER – The verb for providing a series of letters to make up a word, followed by someone who physically creates a book.
11a Girl awfully lonely, having lost love (5)
NELLY – Anagram (awfully) of L(o)NELY, with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis removed.
12a Had tot to be heard in four groups of parents? (9)
EIGHTSOME – Put together two words which are, respectively, homophones of ‘had(some food)’ and ‘tot (up)’.
15a Best old friend embraces tiny boy in Christmas story (7)
OPTIMAL – Old and a word for a friend, placed either side of the youngest Cratchit in A Christmas Carol.
17a Dejection ends as first sign of smile breaks out (7)
SADNESS – Anagram (breaks out) of ENDS AS and the first letter of Smile.
19a Artist wants Guinness maybe when eating fish (9)
PORTRAYER – A word for a type of beer of which Guinness may be an example, wrapped around a flat fish.
20a Food dish — dad swallows a stone (5)
PASTA – Another short word for ‘dad’ wrapped around A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for ‘stone’.
21a Time with hint of modernity, as seen in car being developed (11)
RENAISSANCE – Anagram (being developed) of AS SEEN IN CAR, giving us the period which marks the end of the Middle Ages.
24a Retreating sailor, a deserter (3)
RAT – Reverse (retreating) one of the usual crossword sailors.
25a Female novelist conjuring up pure unheard maid (6,2,7)
DAPHNE DU MAURIER – Anagram (conjuring up) of PURE UNHEARD MAID, giving us the author of Jamaica Inn.
1d Very big female singer with rock group — maker of current waves (10)
OSCILLATOR – Put together the clothing abbreviation for ‘very big’, the first name of a Liverpudlian female singer first famous in the 1960s, and a group of rocks on Dartmoor, and you get something which produces waves of electrical current.
2d Gaudy insect on outside of tree (6)
FLASHY – An insect wrapped around a forest tree.
3d Lacking joy and merriment, having little energy in fact (10)
FUNEREALLY – Put together another word for merriment, an abbreviation for Energy, and another way of saying ‘in fact’.
4d A little drink and girl’s beginning to get unwell (4)
GILL – The first letter of Girl followed by ‘unwell’, giving us a small liquid measure, four of which make a pint.
5d Charged as signified, the first character to be brought out (8)
INDICTED – Remove the first letter of the alphabet from a word meaning ‘signified’ to get ‘charged (with an offence)’.
6d Not completely prepared for study (4)
READ – Remove the final letter (not completely) from a word meaning ‘prepared’.
7d Bad harvest — it’s not hard to be very hungry (6)
STARVE – Anagram (bad) of (h)ARVEST with the letter signifying ‘hard’ on a pencil.
8d Now and then look at princess on horse (3,4)
DIP INTO – The short form of the first name of the late Princess of Wales, followed by a type of horse noted for a coat of more than one colour.
13d Good science that is evident in a form of cooking (10)
GASTRONOMY – Good followed by a science which involves telescopes.
14d Maidens perhaps work out — too much exercise may produce this (10)
OVERSTRAIN – Put together the cricketing events of which ‘maidens’ are a subset, and ‘work out’.
16d Extraterrestrial beings? They could give man a stir (8)
MARTIANS – Anagram (could give) of MAN A STIR.
18d Ruin created by little son, mad fellow? (7)
SHATTER – Son followed by the chap who gave a tea party in Alice.
19d Procession is cut, notice having interrupted it (6)
PARADE – A short word for a commercial notice is inserted into another word for ‘cut’.
20d Possible financial agreement ahead of a match (6)
PRENUP – Cryptic definition of something which couples may enter not before getting married.
22d One not first to grab work, offering negative response (4)
NOPE – (O)NE (from the clue) minus its first letter, wrapped around the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work.
23d Arrogance of one in charge of paper is upsetting (4)
SIDE – Put together an abbreviation for the person in charge of a newspaper and IS (from the clue), then reverse the result.
The Quick Crossword pun FRACK + SHUN = FRACTION