Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29149
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Good morning from a grey and windy South Staffs.
I found today’s Giovanni quite tricky, with 3d and 6d the last two in. I knew I was looking for an anagram in 3d, but took a long time to get to the answer.
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1a Philosopher showing aptitude, performer going over the top? (7)
BENTHAM – An inclination or aptitude followed by the word for an actor who overplays his role. The answer was an English philosopher of the 18th and 19th centuries, who put forward the principle that “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.” His preserved remains were, at his instruction, displayed at University College, London.
5a Distant artist needing energy, in disordered state (7)
FARRAGO – Put together another word for ‘distant’, the usual crossword artist, and another word for ‘energy’ or ‘vitality’.
9a Garden tool not right — it should be drier (5)
TOWEL – Remove the R(ight) from a garden hand tool to get something to dry yourself with.
10a Unexciting partner in an impasse (9)
STALEMATE – ‘Unexciting’ or ‘past its best’ followed by a life partner.
11a Band’s ending — is gig put off? (10)
DISCONCERT – Put together the last letter (ending) of banD, IS (from the clue), and a musical gig or performance.
12a Ruler starts to expect miracles immediately, right? (4)
EMIR – The initial letters of the last 4 words of the clue.
14a Claim dire sin somehow should be made illegal (12)
CRIMINALISED – Anagram (somehow) of CLAIM DIRE SIN.
18a Green type shows this problem (12)
INEXPERIENCE – Cryptic definition of the disadvantage displayed by someone who is green, or new to a job.
21a Christopher, husband in social group (4)
KITH – A diminutive form of Christopher followed by Husband, giving us a group normally seen in the phrase ‘—- and kin’.
22a Cheddar rather than brie? Bad luck! (4,6)
HARD CHEESE – A physical description of Cheddar, as opposed to Brie, produces this metaphorical expression for ‘bad luck’.
25a A vile tent — foul air (9)
VENTILATE – Anagram (foul) of A VILE TENT.
26a Star must get hold of office assistant quickly (5)
APACE – A star performer wrapped around the acronym for someone who works directly for a more senior person in an office.
27a King, a Northumbrian one, first to enjoy alcoholic drink (3,4)
RED WINE – Put together the Latin abbreviation for king, the name of one of the kings of Northumbria, and the first letter of Enjoy.
28a Resists abnormally religious women (7)
SISTERS – Anagram (abnormally) of RESISTS.
1d Happen to be facing revolutionary change (6)
BETIDE – BE (from the clue) followed by the reverse (revolutionary) of the sort of change you might make to a piece of text.
2d Youngest sheep in Australian territory (6)
NEWEST – The abbreviation for the Australian state of which Darwin is the capital, wrapped around some female sheep.
3d Flowering plant exciting holier poet (10)
HELIOTROPE – Anagram (exciting) of HOLIER POET.
4d What is noted to be the ‘food of love’? (5)
MUSIC – A reference here to the first line of Twelfth Night: ‘If —– be the food of love, play on …’ Something which is a collection of notes (is noted).
5d Pleasant influence of guy in European country (9)
FRAGRANCE – To guy or tease, with the country across La Manche wrapped around it.
6d Bird to perceive the sound of river rising (4)
RHEA – Start with ‘perceive the sound of’, then move the abbreviation for River to the top (river rising) to get this flightless bird.
7d Like a fog around end of October creating panic (8)
ALARMIST – A two-word (1,2) phrase for ‘like’ or ‘in the manner of’ and a light fog, placed either side of the last letter of OctobeR.
8d Set aside across the street, we hear? (8)
OVERRODE – Another word for ‘across’ followed by a homophone (we hear) of another word for ‘street’.
13d Idiots obstruct leaders (10)
BLOCKHEADS – ‘Obstruct’ of ‘get in the way of’, followed by some leaders of departments or states.
15d Meal drama — terrible breakfast food? (9)
MARMALADE – Anagram (terrible) of MEAL DRAMA.
16d Give sign of approval to maiden perhaps seen as idle (4,4)
TICK OVER – The sign of approval a teacher might put against a correct piece of work, followed by something which may be a maiden in cricket.
17d Ordained theologian goes round estate with trendy curate finally (8)
DESTINED – Put together an abbreviation for ESTate, another word for ‘trendy’, and the last letter of curatE, then wrap the letters after the name of an academic theologian around the result.
19d Peril created by fellows leading a church (6)
MENACE – Some fellows or chaps followed by A (from the clue) and the initials of the Church of England.
20d People dealing with needles in channels (6)
SEWERS – Double definition: people using needles to make stitches; or underground channels for taking away waste.
23d Acts to produce legal documents (5)
DEEDS – Double definition, both nouns, the first being ‘acts’ or ‘exploits’.
24d One lacking intelligence brought up in part of France (4)
MIDI – Put together the Roman numeral for one and Kath’s favourite word for ‘lacking intelligence’, then reverse the result to get a word for the South of France.
The Quick Crossword pun LEVER + LOAN = LEAVE ALONE