Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29065
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Bonjour from Chateau de l’Epervière at Gigny-sur-Saône, on the last Friday of our stay.
I didn’t find today’s Giovanni as difficult as last week, though I did have a bit of a hold-up in the NW corner.
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5a Spoke angrily, being broke? (7)
SNAPPED – Double definition: made a short angry remark; or broke in two.
7a Declares a piece of poetry ‘inadequate’ (5)
AVERS – A (from the clue) followed by a piece of poetry with its last letter removed (inadequate).
9a Man who may be a lumberjack? (6)
FELLER – This is an informal spelling of an informal word for a man, and could also describe the job of a lumberjack.
10a One day, having got tiddly, refused to budge (3,5)
SAT TIGHT – The short form of one of the days of the week, followed by ‘tiddly’.
11a One to grumble about order more clearly expressed? (10)
COMPLAINER – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, the letters denoting the holder of an order of honour, and ‘more clearly expressed’.
13a Ailments needing tablets, relieving the head (4)
ILLS – Remove the first letter (relieving the head) from another word for tablets.
14a One creating trouble is meek if charm is found out (8-5)
MISCHIEF-MAKER – Anagram (found out) of MEEK IF CHARM IS.
16a What’s only partially found, ocean wreck (4)
UNDO – Hidden (only partially) in the clue.
17a What’s ‘common’ with beastly connotation? (5,5)
HORSE SENSE – Cryptic definition of an alternative expression for something which may begin ‘common’.
19a Oppose criminal boldness (8)
CONFRONT – One of the usual criminals followed by another word for boldness, or the appearance of boldness.
20a Shelter any number repeatedly in part of boat (6)
KENNEL – This is a shelter for a canine companion. Two examples of the algebraic expression for ‘any number’ are placed inside an essential part of a boat.
22a What a surprise, baddy has gone round country house! (5)
DACHA – Put together an exclamation which may stand for ‘what a surprise!’ and a disreputable person, then reverse the result to get a Russian country house.
23a Detective briefly restricts terrible riot in US city (7)
DETROIT – An abbreviation for ‘detective’ wrapped around an anagram (terrible) of RIOT.
1d Cry, given report of Trump’s barrier? (4)
WAUL – A homophone (given report) of the barrier that Mr Trump wanrs to put along the Mexican border is an old word for ‘cry’, now mainly found in compound with a reference to cats
2d Go towards a silvery fish, keeping very quiet (8)
APPROACH – A (from the clue) and a common freshwater fish, wrapped around the musical symbol for ‘very quiet’.
3d Minister is tense, having got nothing right (6)
PASTOR – A grammatical tense followed by the letter which looks like zero or nothing, and Right.
4d This plant may be poisonous — peril I knew about (10)
PERIWINKLE – Anagram (about) of PERIL I KNEW.
5d Old-fashioned secretary taking various notes (5)
STENO – Anagram (various) of NOTES. I would have thought this was more commonly an American usage.
6d Tidiest garden reconfigured and broken into smaller units (13)
DISINTEGRATED – Anagram (reconfigured) of TIDIEST GARDEN.
8d Choral music’s central character, eccentric university type? (7)
SCHOLAR – Anagram (eccentric) of CHORAL and the middle letter of muSic.
12d Job of female leading one church organisation to facilitate communication (4,6)
POST OFFICE – Put together a job, OF (from the clue), Female, the Roman numeral for one, and the abbreviation for the Church of England.
14d Piece on US gangster’s virility (7)
MANHOOD – A piece on the chessboard followed by an American term for a gangster.
15d Wild mammals? Just pussies, as you might say (8)
MEERKATS – Homophones (as you might say) of a word for ‘just’ or ‘only’, and some animals also called pussies.
17d Cheer from unruly yahoo outside front of restaurant (6)
HOORAY – Anagram (unruly) of YAHOO wrapped around the first letter of Restaurant.
18d Pleasing little stone shelters (5)
SWEET – An abbreviation for STone wrapped around aother word for ‘little’.
21d Limited number operating for a time (4)
NOON – A short form of ‘number’ followed by ‘operating’ or ‘working’.
The Quick Crossword pun TREE + MENDERS = TREMENDOUS