Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29167
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Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy, grey day.
Nothing too obscure in today’s Giovanni, and a rather clever construction in 5d, where the answer was obvious, but it took me a while to spot how the parsing worked.
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8a Ferry soldiers back repeatedly (2-2)
RO-RO – Start with the usual abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers, reverse it (back) and repeat. This is the sort of ferry where you drive on at one end and off at the other.
9a Ellington? Not his first instrument! (3)
UKE – Remove the first letter from the title usually accorded to this famous musician, to get a small plucked instrument.
10a An examination in a chamber (6)
ATRIAL – The indefinite article followed by another word for an examination, especially one in court.
11a Problem involving upper-class person acting insincerely (6)
POSEUR – another word for a problem or puzzle, wrapped around the letter which indicates ‘upper-class’.
12a Mythical daughter, opponent no longer with us (8)
ANTIGONE – A four-letter prefix, often used on its own to indicate an opponent of something, followed by ‘no longer with us’ or ‘having left’. The answer is the daughter of Oedipus from Greek mythology, and is also the title character in a play by Jean Anouilh.
13a Fresh thought about helping to restrict opposing team (15)
RECONSIDERATION – Split the answer (2,3,4,6) and you have the Latin abbreviation for about or concerning, another short word for ‘opposing’, a sports team, and a helping of food.
15a Country fellows settling in a sort of valley (7)
ARMENIA – A (from the clue) and a drowned valley wrapped around some fellows or chaps.
17a Eccentric, like policeman who has finished duty? (7)
OFFBEAT – Split (3,4) this could describe a policeman who has finished his foot patrol.
20a Severest edict to upset employees in shops (5,10)
STORE DETECTIVES – Anagram (upset) of SEVEREST EDICT TO.
23a Game that gets the French going round a monument? (8)
LACROSSE – The French definite article wrapped around A (from the clue) and the sort of monument often found in graveyards.
25a Gas supplying energy to most of Kent region (6)
ETHANE – Energy followed by the former Isle at the east end of Kent, with its last letter removed.
26a Scoundrels against Her Majesty — one swears (6)
CURSER – Some scoundrels or dogs followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher.
27a Big bird from Cornwall heading west (3)
ROC – Hidden in reverse (heading west) in the clue.
28a Secure hair (4)
LOCK – Double definition, the first a verb, the second a piece of hair.
1d Moody Maureen got out of bed (6)
MOROSE – A short form of the name Maureen, followed by ‘got out of bed’.
2d Loose men terribly in need of company? (8)
LONESOME – Anagram (terribly) of LOOSE MEN.
3d Dawn working hard to bring fresh hope for the economy? (7,8)
SUNRISE INDUSTRY – The first word of the answer is another word for ‘dawn’, the second another word for ‘working hard’. The whole is a new and rapidly-growing business sector, often involving electronics.
4d Once again locks up fellow among left-wingers (7)
REMANDS – The usual left-wing politicians wrapped around another word for ‘fellow’.
5d Graduate briefly employed by Birmingham school (6,2,7)
MASTER OF SCIENCE – The short form of this university qualification is hidden in BirminghaM School.
6d It’s correct to go after loud alarm (6)
FRIGHT – The musical symbol for ‘loud’ followed by ‘correct’ or ‘accurate’.
7d Murderer in hut, concealing body initially (4)
CAIN – Remove the first letter (initially) of Body from another word for a hut, and you get the first murderer in the Bible. He killed his brother Abel.
14d Cells seen as round with very small area (3)
OVA – Put together the round letter, Very and Area.
16d Revolutionary member of political party mostly offering nonsense (3)
ROT – Remove the final letter (mostly) from the informal name of one of the main UK political parties, then reverse (revolutionary) the result.
18d Bishop came down hard on diocese with casual attitude? (8)
BLITHELY – Put together the chess notation for a bishop, ‘came down’ (as a plane or bird might), Hard, and the East Anglian diocese beloved of crossword setters.
19d Deep down that somehow engages listener (2,5)
AT HEART – Anagram (somehow) of THAT wrapped around the organ used for listening.
21d Sartre turned out to be most unusual (6)
RAREST – Anagram (turned out) of SARTRE.
22d Girl from French city undermining continental community (6)
EUNICE – The initials of the continental community we are supposed to be leaving, followed by city on the Mediterranean coast of France.
24d Plant on a wall pruned and growing upwards (4)
ARUM – Remove the final letter (pruned) from something (such as a painting) which is ‘on a wall’, then reverse the result (growing upwards).
The Quick Crossword pun CHEEPS + KATE = CHEAPSKATE