Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29185
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a fine autumn day.
I filled in the grid in today’s Giovanni quite quickly, but took rather longer to understand the parsing, hence the third star for difficulty. I’m still not sure I’ve understood everything.
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6a Group of soldiers that may protect judge in fiery situation? (5,2,6)
GUARD OF HONOUR – The first word is something placed in front of a fire to keep people away from it. The third word is part of the form of address for a judge. Put together these could be read as a way of keeping a judge out of the fire.
8a British character of old sent to India or another country (6)
BRUNEI – Put together British, a Norse system of writing, and the letter represented by India in the NATO alphabet, to get a small Far Eastern country.
9a Means of communicating protracted greeting (4,4)
LONG WAVE – A type of radio broadcasting system – think Test Match special and the shipping forecast – which could also be an extended gesture of greeting or farewell.
10a Slide or jump, but not quietly (3)
SKI – Remove the musical symbol for ‘quietly’ from another word for ‘jump’ to get this form of sliding on snow.
11a Someone full of energy needs to eat a bit reportedly (6)
DYNAMO – A homophone of the answer (4,1,2) could be another word for ‘eat’ followed by ‘a bit (of time)’.
12a Objection to solution to clue? Please say nothing! (3,1,4)
NOT A WORD – This instruction to remain silent could also be a reason why the answer to 16a isn’t ‘threles’.
14a Report of joints at back of pub creating rows (7)
BARNEYS – Another word for a pub followed by a homophone (report of) of one of the joints in the legs.
16a There’s rumbling — fifty will go inside refuge (7)
SHELTER – Anagram (rumbling) of THERE’S wrapped round the Roman numeral for fifty.
20a Wandering round abroad, the Parisian is charming (8)
ADORABLE – Anagram (wandering round) of ABROAD followed by a French definite article.
23a Approaching sign within hospital? (6)
TOWARD – Split this (2,4) and you could have the words on a direction sign in a hospital directing you to a particular set of beds.
24a Idiot in religious service losing head (3)
ASS – Remove the initial letter (losing head) from a Roman Catholic Eucharist service.
25a Endless lament by newspaper employee, one wanting money (8)
CREDITOR – Remove the final letter (endless) from ‘lament’ or ‘weep’, then add a senior newspaper person.
26a Returning in flashy car, I propose unauthorised activity (6)
PIRACY – Hidden in reverse (returning in) in the clue.
27a They may help folk get things off their chest (13)
DECONGESTANTS – Cryptic definition of some medicaments used to clear the airways.
1d Keep mum at home? Isn’t to be kept in (8)
MAINTAIN – Another word for ‘mum’ and ‘at home’, placed either side of a familiar way of saying ‘isn’t’.
2d Lady needing end of wall hidden has installed screen, as recommended (8)
ADVISORY – (L)ADY (from the clue) with the final letter of walL removed. Wrapped round the sort of screen found on the front of a helmet.
3d Not connected, like the one that got away? (3-4)
OFF-LINE – Not connected to the internet, or perhaps a fisherman’s statement that a fish has escaped.
4d Instrument in my bag (6)
CORNET – An exclamation like ‘My!’ followed by ‘to bag’.
5d Pet that may be on lead in front — gosh! (6)
BOWWOW – The front of a ship followed by an exclamation like ‘Gosh!’.
6d Merry and deranged drunk gets manipulated politically (13)
GERRYMANDERED -Anagram (drunk) of MERRY and DERANGED.
7d Rows after areas have dried up due to climate change? (5-8)
RIVER TERRACES – A straightforward, barely cryptic, definition of ‘a fragment of a former valley floor that now stands well above the level of the present flood-plain and is usually covered by fluvial deposits. It is caused by stream incision, which may be caused by uplift of the land, a fall in sea level, or a change in climate’. (Thanks to Google and Encyclopedia.com)
13d Drink Aileen’s regularly taken (3)
ALE – Alternate letters of AiLeEn.
15d Greek character in separatist organisation (3)
ETA – This Greek letter also forms the three-letter acronym of the Basque separatist movement.
17d Popular nightclubs, potentially dangerous places (3,5)
HOT SPOTS – I suppose this is a double definition, a metaphor which can be applied both to places of entertainment where the ‘in’ crowd may be found, and to places where there is a risk of being caught up in fighting.
18d ‘Look!’, you and I call, sinking (8)
LOWERING – Put together ‘look!’ or ‘behold!’, the pronoun for ‘you and I’, and ‘call on the telephone’.
19d Pounds obtained for working found out (7)
LEARNED – The Latin abbreviation for pounds sterling, followed ‘obtained for working’.
21d The German turned up to take part and prepare for presentation (6)
REDACT – Reverse (turned up) a German definite article, then add ‘take part in a play’, to get the term mainly used today for the publication of an official report with the embarrassing bits cut out.
22d Like something pungent? Crooner captures it (6)
BITING – The first name of the archetypal crooner, wrapped around IT (from the clue).
The Quick Crossword pun BEAUX + TALKS = BOTOX (?)