Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29113
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Good morning from sticky South Staffs, where we hope today will be a little cooler.
I found that today’s Giovanni went in quite quickly, but if you are not familiar with some of the words used it may take a bit longer to tease the answers out of the wordplay.
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1a Nobleman upset due to being excluded from activity (7,3)
COUNTED OUT – A noble rank (Monte Cristo had one) followed by an anagram (upset) of DUE TO.
6a Some earl or duke? Possibly (4)
LORD – Hidden in the clue, which is an all-in-one.
8a Engineers getting caught, stuck in rubbish — we bring relief (3,5)
RED CROSS – One of the usual regiments of engineers, followed by a word for ‘rubbish’ wrapped around the abbreviation for ‘caught’ on a cricket scorecard.
9a Cosy at home, confronting the enemy (6)
INTIME – ‘At home’ followed by the dimension sometimes known as ‘the enemy’. The answer is a French word, but is in the BRB.
10a Written pieces, small bits with no heading (8)
ARTICLES – Remove the first letter from some small, possibly subatomic, bits, to get some opinion pieces in a newspaper or magazine.
11a Prayer in Latin translated by unknown character (6)
LITANY – Anagram (translated) of LATIN, followed by an algebraic unknown.
12a Thus house has no use in one part of London (4)
SOHO – Another word for ‘thus’ followed by HO(use) (from the clue) with the USE removed.
14a Imagine meal mostly containing fat? (7)
SUPPOSE – Remove the final letter (mostly) from a late meal, and wrap the result around a two-letter clothing size for larger people.
18a Infuriated and enraged, going berserk (7)
ANGERED – Anagram (going berserk) of ENRAGED.
20a Brag as one involved in murder? (4)
CROW – Another word for ‘brag’ which is also a bird for which the collective noun is ‘murder’.
23a Divine manifestation of a king at the rear of a tank? (6)
AVATAR – A (from the clue) and another word for a tank, followed by A (from the clue again) and the Latin abbreviation for a king.
24a Earth disturbed by number seen as menace (8)
THREATEN – Anagram (disturbed) of EARTH followed by a three-letter word for a two-digit number.
25a Men only half clever engaging a wise fellow (6)
ORACLE – The letters signifying military personnel who are not officers, and the first half of CLEver, placed either side of A (from the clue).
26a Cinema must throw a shouter out (8)
ARTHOUSE – Anagram (must throw … out) of A SHOUTER, giving us a type of cinema which does not show mainstream popular films.
27a Expanse of water providing a bit of summer entertainment (4)
MERE – Hidden in the clue.
28a Adopt a series of steps to disappear quickly (4,6)
TAKE FLIGHT – A synonym of ‘adopt’ followed by a collective noun for steps or stairs.
1d Pirates from whom may be heard rude affectation (8)
CORSAIRS – These pirates are a homophone (may be heard) of a 6-letter word for ‘rude’ or ‘uncultured’ and a four-letter word for ‘affectation’.
2d University head gathers 500 for briefing (6)
UPDATE – An abbreviation for University and another word for ‘head’ (often a bald one), wrapped around the Roman numeral for 500.
3d Chariot overturning in the land of Spartacus (6)
THRACE – Reverse (overturning) a generic word for a chariot or vehicle and insert the result into THE (from the clue), to get the land where Spartacus is supposed to have come from.
4d Princess meeting poet and pharmacist (9)
DISPENSER – The short form of the name of the late Princess of Wales, followed by the surname of the author of The Faerie Queen.
5d Huge number sing by way of conveying love (8)
TRILLION – Start with a word for ‘sing’ (like a bird), then add a two-letter word which can mean ‘by way of’ wrapped around the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
6d Freedom from restraint that is minimal in Quito (8)
LATITUDE – Quito is in Ecuador, the name of which tells us that it is close to the Equator, and that therefore one of its geographical co-ordinates will be a very small number. That geographical co-ordinate is also a word for ‘freedom from restraint’.
7d Old fellow in revolt is to become a Catholic (8)
ROMANISE – Put together Old and another word for a fellow. Wrap a verb for ‘revolt’ around the result.
13d US author may, from what we hear? (9)
HAWTHORNE – This 19th-century American author sounds like the plant also known as may.
15d Maybe Oxford poetry is all there is (8)
UNIVERSE – A short form of the word for an institution of which Oxford is an example, followed by another word for ‘poetry’.
16d Historical leader of independence, guerrilla in imitation of others (8)
PASTICHE – Put together another word for ‘historical’, the first letter (leader) of Independence, and crosswordland’s favourite Marxist guerrilla.
17d Sign of injury that is seen on street causing most dismay (8)
SCARIEST – Put together the mark of a healed wound, the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’, and the abbreviation for STreet.
19d Not bad, we may become pessimistic (8)
DOWNBEAT – Anagram (may become) of NOT BAD WE.
21d Little woman coming to the Spanish house of prayer (6)
BETHEL – One of the protagonists in Little Women followed by the Spanish definite article, leading us to a Hebrew word for ‘house of the Lord’ which is applied particularly to some chapels of the Free Churches.
22d Like a racket that’s hurt, ear finally having to be covered (6)
STRUNG – ‘Hurt’ (by a nettle or a wasp, perhaps) wrapped around the last letter (finally) of eaR, giving us a characteristic of a tennis or badminton racket (or racquet).
The Quick Crossword pun CENSER + BULL = SENSIBLE