Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29107
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Good morning from South Staffs on a grey Friday with the promise of rain to come.
Nothing terribly obscure from Giovanni this morning, though some definitions are not the most obvious.
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1a Gentleman full of love giving away ring — it’s precious (6)
SILVER – A form of address for a gentleman wrapped around L(o)VE (from the clue) minus the ring-shaped letter.
5a Ladies maybe in place where spa water is available? (8)
BATHROOM – This place, which may be labelled ‘Ladies’ could also describe a place in a West Country spa town known to the Romans as Aquae Sulis.
9a Creator of life in a bookshop? (10)
BIOGRAPHER – Cryptic definition of someone who writes books about the life of an individual.
10a Father of twenty children, unmarried man neglecting half! (4)
BACH – Remove the second half from the word for an unmarried man, to get this member of a German musical dynasty.
11a Horse in stable needed by one riding (8)
STALLION – Put together another word for a stable (or part of one), the Roman numeral for one, and a preposition linking the rider to the horse.
12a It’s ineffective, carrying everything in case (6)
WALLET – Another word for ‘everything’ placed inside another word for ‘weak’ or ‘ineffective’ gives us a case for our cash and cards.
13a Avoid bypass — waste of time (4)
SHUN – A medical bypass, minus the abbreviation for Time.
15a This mint sacked moneymaker? Probably not (8)
TINSMITH – anagram (sacked) of THIS MINT.
18a Similarly resembling Ernie, being comical? (8)
LIKEWISE – Another word for ‘resembling’ followed by the surname of the late Ernie, comic partner of Eric.
19a Bird heading west, not very close (4)
NEAR – Start by reversing the name of a large carrion bird, then remove the V (not very).
21a Inattentive sailor discharged? (6)
ABSENT – One of the usual crossword sailors, followed by another word for ‘discharged’ or ‘dispatched’.
23a Devon town with distinction, getting on (8)
CREDITON – Start with another word for ‘distinction’ or ‘honour’, then add ON (from the clue).
25a It’s only fair (4)
JUST – Double definition: ‘only’ or ‘barely’; and ‘fair’ or ‘reasonable’.
26a Chief of crooks spinning grander lie (10)
RINGLEADER – Anagram (spinning) of GRANDER LIE.
27a Absurd activities with some in Paris at back of old coach (8)
CHARADES – The shortend form of the word for an early motor coach, followed by the French for ‘some’.
28a Route taken by an Asian (6)
PATHAN – A route or road followed by AN (from the clue), giving us an Afghan tribesman.
2d Charlie and I had one set of books (5)
IDIOT – Put together the short form of ‘I had’, the Roman numeral for one, and the abbreviation for one of the sets of books in the Bible.
3d After six look around entrance to institute — requirement for guard (9)
VIGILANCE – The Roman numeral for six, followed by a swift look wrapped around the first letter of Institute.
4d Traveller to pass away after travel is cut short (6)
ROADIE – Remove the final letter from a word for ‘travel’ or ‘wander’, then add ‘pass away’.
5d Hides ten benches needing repair out of sight (6,3,6)
BEHIND THE SCENES – Anagram (needing repair) of HIDES TEN BENCHES.
6d Hurling an object? Quarrel must be contained (8)
THROWING – Another word for an object wrapped around a word for a quarrel.
7d Not all are belligerent, subversive (5)
REBEL – Hidden in the clue.
8d Players roar after foul play outside the box (9)
ORCHESTRA – Anagram (after foul play) of ROAR wrapped around a box or trunk.
14d A shock? One may go through it for the better (9)
HAIRBRUSH – The shock is to be found on your head, and the clue is a cryptic definition of something which may improve the appearance of the said shock.
16d Beggar to stop in middle of busy road on slope (9)
MENDICANT – Start by finding the two letters which look like the designation of the main motorway going north from London. Wrap these around another word for ‘stop’, then add a verb meaning ‘slope’.
17d Spent a whole season or a short day outside Bury (8)
WINTERED – Another word for ‘bury’ with the short form of one of the days of the week wrapped around it.
20d Chum we had upset in a flap (6)
DEWLAP – Put together another word for a chum and the short form of ‘we had’. Then reverse the result to get a flap of loose skin on an animal’s neck.
22d Some people ate rare piece of fruit? (5)
EATER – Hidden in the clue is a general term for an apple which is not a cooking apple.
24d The end, nothing very big (5)
OMEGA – The letter which looks like a zero or nothing, followed by a Greek prefix for ‘very big’.
The Quick Crossword pun MELLOWED + EARS = MELODIOUS