Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29089
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is breaking through early morning cloud and a warm day is in prospect.
There were a couple of, I thought, rather stretched synonyms in today’s Giovanni, and some interesting all-in-one clues, which stretched my solving time towards *** difficulty.
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1a Gasp, having a cold, turning over in sleep (6)
CATNAP – Put together a verb for ‘gasp’, A (from the clue) and Cold, then reverse the result (turning over) to get a short sleep.
5a What’s wonderful about short love affair? It’s puzzling (8)
BAFFLING – Reverse (about) a piece of 1960s slang for ‘wonderful’, then add a word for a short love affair.
9a Have to be seen as one in the grammar class? (9,4)
AUXILIARY VERB – The answer is a grammatical term, and what we are looking for is what the word ‘have’ might be in one of its uses.
10a Male snoring terribly — more than once when he should be getting up? (8)
MORNINGS – Male followed by an anagram (terribly) of SNORING.
11a Artist and count meeting very infrequently (6)
RARELY – The usual crossword artist followed by another word for ‘count’ which is a verb here, often found followed by ‘on’.
12a Scenes from another world packed with energy (6)
VENUES – Insert Energy into one of the other planets of the Solar System.
14a Unendingly dedicated Socialist gets destroyed (8)
DEVOURED – Remove the final letter from another word for ‘dedicated’, then add the colour usually associated with Socialists to get ‘destroyed’ or ‘consumed’.
16a An Oxford connection? (8)
SHOELACE – Cryptic definition of something which may fasten something like an Oxford.
19a Journeys taking in good long stretches high up (6)
RIDGES – Insert Good into some journeys on horseback or in a form of transport, to get a geographical feature of hilly areas.
21a One goes to bed, dropping down heavily (6)
ANCHOR – Cryptic definition: the bed here is the seabed.
23a What makes perfect performance — sacrifice all round (8)
PRACTICE – A deed or performance with a synonym of ‘sacrifice’ wrapped around it, giving us what, according to the saying ‘makes perfect’.
25a High-up executive officer pens directive after negotiation (4,9)
VICE PRESIDENT – Anagram (after negotiation) of PENS DIRECTIVE.
26a Professional is desperate and keeps going (8)
PROLONGS – A short form of ‘professional’ followed by ‘is desperate’ or ‘yearns’.
27a Animals dash — first signs of dry season (6)
ELANDS – The French word for ‘dash’ followed by the first letters of Dry Season, producing some large antelopes.
2d Do a meal, possibly stewed with veg? (1,2,4)
A LA MODE – Anagram (possibly) of DO A MEAL, giving a cookery term for beef stewed with vegetables or, for our American readers, a dessert served with ice cream.
3d President offering nothing, nothing, nothing initially (5)
NIXON – This US president is made up of a three-letter word for nothing, the letter which looks like zero or nothing, and the first letter of Nothing.
4d A pony’s transformed with lei — in this Pacific region? (9)
POLYNESIA – Anagram (transformed) of A PONY’S and LEI.
5d Prejudiced educationist, one idiot to be shut up (7)
BIASSED – Put together the Roman numeral for one and another word for an idiot, then wrap the letters after the name of someone with a degree in education around the result.
6d Entrance area for receiving you (5)
FOYER – FOR (from the clue) wrapped around an old word for ‘you’.
7d Be idle, offering story before a whole lot of drinks (3,6)
LIE AROUND – A (false) story followed by A (from the clue) and a set of drinks ordered in a pub for one’s fellow drinkers.
8d Clouds unable to move disperse finally (7)
NEBULAE – Anagram (to move) of UNABLE followed by the final letter of dispersE.
13d Lunch I ate turned out to be bad (9)
UNETHICAL – Anagram (turned out) of LUNCH I ATE.
15d Relatives surprisingly willing to fit in? (9)
VERSATILE – Anagram (surprisingly) of RELATIVES.
17d Dynasty no longer existing in foreign city (7)
HANOVER – This German city is made up of a Chinese imperial dynasty followed by ‘no longer existing’ – or a British royal house.
18d Eastern maiden pursued by journalists, one married to ruler? (7)
EMPRESS – Put together Eastern, the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, and the generic term for journalists.
20d Aroused old lover gets named (7)
EXCITED – The usual former lover followed by ‘named’ or ‘referred to’.
22d City’s farewell message — refusal to be upset (5)
RIPON – Start with the three letters which may be found as a farewell message on a tombstone, then reverse (upset) a word of refusal and add it on, to get a city in Yorkshire.
24d English article thanks character from Greece (5)
THETA – An English definite article followed by a short word of thanks.
The Quick Crossword pun SHORE + TANNED = SHORTHAND