Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29137
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a hazy South Staffs. My thanks to LetterboxRoy for covering my absence last week.
I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but have added an extra star for some of the clues, which may not be within the comfort zone of all solvers. In particular, I anticipate some howls of protest from the devout atheists among the readership about 10a.
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1a Be on salary that’s been adjusted in a fair manner (10)
REASONABLY – Anagram (adjusted) of BE ON SALARY.
6a Old thing with pointed end to get fish (4)
PIKE – Double definition, the second being a freshwater fish with big teeth.
9a Cube‘s dimension, but not its abbreviated form (5)
EIGHT – The answer is a number which is a cube. To get to it, start with one of the three dimensions of a solid object, then remove the abbreviation for that dimension from the front of it.
10a The last sheep back in the fold? (9)
HUNDREDTH – This is a reference to the parable in St Luke’s Gospel, chapter 15, where the shepherd leaves 99 of his sheep to go and look for the one which has strayed and bring it home to the sheepfold. So far as I can tell, there is no technical term for a ‘fold’ of sheep implying that it has to have 100 members, so unless you know the Bible story, there’s not really a way of getting the answer from the clue.
12a Cast aside is retreating US soldier, not a revolutionary (7)
IGNORED – Reverse (retreating) the two-letter term applied to American soldiers, then add another way of saying ‘not a’ and the colour associated with revolution.
13a Good artist, the Italian revealing holy object? (5)
GRAIL – Put together Good, the usual crossword artist, and an Italian definite article. King Arthur’s knights went looking for this.
15a Hairy style of new champion exuding power (7)
MOHICAN – Anagram (new) of CHAM(p)ION without the P (exuding power).
17a Get across place and ‘ang about (3,4)
PUT OVER – Another verb meaning ‘place’, and another word for ‘ang about, as an ‘elicopter might.
19a English theologian needing external support is most radical (7)
REDDEST – Put together English and the letters after the name of an academic theologian, and insert the result into the sort of support used for a snooker cue when the player can’t reach on his own.
21a Acting without love, one supposedly very blind and eccentric (7)
DINGBAT – Remove the letter which looks like a love score at tennis from another word for ‘acting’, then add a creature proverbially said to be blind.
22a Call girl, model (5)
VISIT – A short form of a girl’s name, followed by another word for what an artist’s model does.
24a Digital devices used by some musicians (7)
PLECTRA – These devices are digital because they are held in the fingers of the musicians concerned, who pluck at stringed indtruments.
27a Looking to escape from the match? … (9)
SEPARATED – Cryptic definition of someone on the way out of a marriage…
28a … unlike this person, enjoying it? (5)
BRIDE – … whereas this is a cryptic definition of someone on the way in.
29a Shock reported for at least 48 hours (4)
DAYS – A period of time lasting at least 48 hours, possibly longer, increasing by 24 each time, which sounds like another word for ‘shock’.
30a Nan’s dry bap, disgusting thing to eat (10)
BRANDYSNAP – Anagram (disgusting) of NAN’S DRY BAP.
1d Regretted being trapped by true dilemma (4)
RUED – Hidden in the clue.
2d Distressed genius had to be sorted out (9)
ANGUISHED – Anagram (to be sorted out) of GENIUS HAD.
3d Gold, fashion for sixties playwright (5)
ORTON – The heraldic term for gold followed by a French word for high fashion, giving us the author of Entertaining Mr Sloane.
4d A revolutionary king on a river with a ferryman (7)
ACHERON – Put together A (from the clue), crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary fighter, the Latin abbreviation for a king, and ON (from the clue), to get one of the rivers which formed the border of the Underworld in Greek mythology.
5d Policy has NI party in a row (5,2)
LINED UP – Another word for a policy or prepared argument, followed by the initials of the Northern Irish party which is at present in a ‘confidence and supply’ agreement with the Conservatives.
7d Hotel is just ahead of me! (5)
INDIA – ‘Hotel’ is a letter in the NATO alphabet. The answer is the letter which comes next.
8d Thrill created by old lover, a real hit when reunited (10)
EXHILARATE – The usual former lover, followed by an anagram (when reunited) of A REAL HIT.
11d It could mean ‘left off’? Absolutely correct! (5,2)
RIGHT ON – If ‘left off’ refers, say, to a light switch, then this phrase, made up of opposites to ‘left’ and ‘off’ could mean the same thing.
14d This writer’s demonstrated — is being locked up, knocked up (10)
IMPROVISED – Start with another way of writing ‘this writer is’, then add a word for ‘demonstrated (the truth of a theorem)’ wrapped around IS (from the clue).
16d See man leaving northern city (7)
CHESTER – Remove the MAN from the front of a northern city, and you get an episcopal diocese (see) which is also a northern city.
18d Having broached French wine, wobbling a bit or shaking (9)
VIBRATION – Anagram (wobbling) of A BIT OR inserted into (having broached) the French word for wine.
20d One offering advice quietly on street gets into row (7)
TIPSTER – The musical symbol for ‘quietly’ and the abbreviation for STreet are put together and inserted into a row of seats in a theatre.
21d City‘s defenders sadly lacking iron (7)
DRESDEN – Anagram (sadly) of DE(fe)NDERS with the chemical symbol for iron removed, giving us a German city.
23d Oversentimental state — should keep very quiet (5)
SAPPY – Another word for ‘state’ or ‘pronounce’ wrapped around the musical symbol for ‘very quiet’.
25d Label attached to cat (5)
TABBY – A label such as the one with the maker’s name in a piece of clothing, followed by ‘attached to’ or ‘next to’.
26d The male politician offering ropy stuff (4)
HEMP – The pronoun for ‘the male’ followed by the usual politician.
The Quick Crossword pun TAPAS + TREE = TAPESTRY