Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29083
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Good morning from South Staffs, where a strange bright object has appeared in the sky.
The usual sprinkling of General Knowledge, some with a religious flavour, needed to make solving today’s Giovanni straightforward. If you have to rely on the wordplay to get to the answer it will take you a little longer.
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1a Rascal getting caught leaving an Asian boat (6)
SAMPAN – Remove the cricket scorecard abbreviation for Caught from another word for a rascal, then add AN (from the clue).
5a That woman, see, is wrong — unacceptable beliefs (8)
HERESIES – A pronoun for ‘that woman’ followed by an anagram (wrong) of SEE IS.
9a Writer with label on in US building (8)
PENTAGON – Put together a writing implement, a label, and ON (from the clue) to get this US Government building.
10a Viewer to look again after turning round? (6)
PEEPER – This word for a surreptitious viewer can be reversed to get the act of coming back for a second look.
11a In retrospect, ‘rubbish’ opera right? Its content is wet! (8)
RADIATOR – Put together another word for ‘rubbish’, a Verdi opera, and Right, then reverse (in retrospect) the result, to get part of a wet central heating system or a car’s cooling system.
12a Vegetable to spoil one of the lines in garden? (6)
MARROW – ‘To spoil’ followed by a line.
13a Flag to be positioned by a road (8)
STANDARD – Another word for ‘to be positioned’ followed by A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for RoaD.
15a Not all candidates take an examination (4)
TEST – Hidden in the clue.
17a Devilish walk with leader getting lost (4)
ARCH – Remove the first letter (leader getting lost) from a military walk.
19a Feature of vehicle — it’s green, novel (8)
STEERING – Anagram (novel) of IT’S GREEN.
20a Caustic comments from father? A time to interrupt (6)
SATIRE – Insert A (from the clue) and Time into a word for ‘father’ or ‘to father’.
21a Maybe Hearts footballers won’t like the sight of these (3,5)
RED CARDS – Double definition, the first relating to hearts or diamonds.
22a Critic of food provided for baby at home (6)
RUSKIN – A piece of food given to teething babies, followed by ‘at home’ to get a 19th-century critic and author.
23a Disorder in NE town — it must be investigated (4,4)
WENT INTO – Anagram (disorder) of NE TOWN IT.
24a Daughter is given something flowery — not a success! (8)
DISASTER – Put together Daughter, IS (from the clue), and a perennial flowering plant.
25a Man sounding serious (6)
ERNEST – A man’s name which is a homophone (sounding) of another word for ‘serious’. This is a piece of wordplay which features in a well-known comedy by Oscar Wilde.
2d Helpful final word expert supplies (8)
AMENABLE – The final word of a Christian prayer followed by ‘expert’ or ‘skilled’.
3d Like the beauty queen — no ‘queen’, being most small-minded? (8)
PETTIEST – Remove the Latin abbreviation for a queen (or king) from an adjective that, by definition, describes the winner of a beauty contest, and you get ‘most small-minded’.
4d Not eating out? Maybe one is struggling to get a good deal (9)
NEGOTIANT – Anagram (out) of NOT EATING.
5d Ye’d rush and draw near, involved in drawn-out conflict (7,5,3)
HUNDRED YEARS’ WAR – Anagram (involved) of YE’D RUSH and DRAW NEAR.
6d Beryl gives remedial treatment without electric current (7)
EMERALD – Anagram (gives … treatment) of REMED(i)AL, with the symbol for electric current removed.
7d Businessperson of significance starts to expect results (8)
IMPORTER – Another word for ‘significance’ followed by the initial letters (starts) of Expect Results.
8d Say nothing about wife — is husband inclined to nag? (8)
SHREWISH – Put together an instruction to ‘say nothing’ or ‘be quiet’, the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, Wife, IS (from the clue), and Husband.
14d Movement to attract cats and dogs? (4,5)
RAIN DANCE – Cryptic definition of some rhythmic movement designed to call down from heaven something which may be described as ‘cats and dogs’ if it falls heavily. This is something we haven’t needed this summer so far – though we have a cricket tournament which works just as well!
15d Naughty sort — nude or just having nothing on top? (8)
TONSURED – Anagram (naughty) of SORT NUDE, giving us the word describing a monk’s hairstyle.
16d Politicians giving mathematical analysis around model set up (8)
STATISTS – Reverse (set up, in a Down clue) a verb which applies to the act of being an artist’s model, and insert the result into an abbreviated form of the mathematical science of collecting and interpreting numerical data.
17d A female relation breathing in fresh air out in the country (8)
AGRARIAN – A (from the clue) followed by an abbreviated form of the word for an elderly female relation wrapped around an anagram (fresh) of AIR.
18d Nibbles hard bread endlessly — retaining awful diet (8)
CRUDITES – Remove the final letter (endlessly) from the word for the hard bit on the outside of a loaf, and wrap the result around an anagram (awful) of DIET, to get some raw vegetables served as nibbles.
19d Snacks former body-builder smuggled aboard ship (7)
SARNIES – A diminutive form of the first name of a famous body-builder turned film actor and politician, with the usual crossword ship wrapped around it, producing an informal word for ‘sandwiches’.
The Quick Crossword pun MISTY + MEANER = MISDEMEANOUR