Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29191
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs this last Friday of Summer Time.
I thought today’s puzzle was one of Giovanni’s trickier compositions, taking me well into *** time. It will be interesting to see whae others think.
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9a Demure English principal (5)
PRIME – ‘Demure’ or ‘buttoned up’ followed by English.
10a Crucial time I have after event at Sadler’s Wells, maybe (9)
OPERATIVE – Put together the sort of production found at Sadler’s Wells (or Covent Garden, or La Scala), Time, and the short form of ‘I have’.
11a Strange quality that lucky and unlucky numbers have? (7)
ODDNESS – In fact, half of all numbers have this quality. But see Gazza’s comment at 7 below, which points out something I’d missed about this clue.
12a Divine messenger‘s strange email gripping church (7)
MICHAEL – Anagram (strange) of EMAIL wrapped round CHurch, giving us one of the archangels.
13a Agent wants old books put in new container (5)
REPOT – A short form of the word for a commercial agent, followed by the abbreviation for the first half of the Bible.
14a Providing precise information on action to blind mice? (9)
DETAILING – This is what the farmer’s wife was doing to the blind mice with her carving knife.
16a The insensibility that a crocodile has? (4-11)
COLD-BLOODEDNESS – A quality of all reptiles, not just crocodiles.
19a Most severe state sure to be troublesome (9)
AUSTEREST – Anagram (to be troublesome) of STATE SURE.
21a Last bit of food eaten by dogs — soft stuff (5)
CURDS – The final letter (last bit) of fooD is inserted into some low-bred dogs.
23a Very cold types in top positions (7)
ICECAPS – Cryptic definition of something found on top of mountains, or at the poles.
25a About to go to Scottish island as one out of the rat race? (7)
RETIREE – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’ followed by a Hebridean island.
27a Gladly given permit to remain unproductive (3,6)
LIE FALLOW – An archaic word for ‘gladly’, usually seen in the construction ‘I had as — (done something or other)’, followed by a verb for ‘permit’.
28a Electrical unit established by a lake in Africa (5)
VOLTA – A common electrical unit followed by A (from the clue). The lake is in Ghana.
1d Colleague in middle of room keeping very quiet (4)
OPPO – The musical symbol for ‘very quiet’, with the middle letters of rOOm wrapped around it.
2d Bring an end to anger through teasing (4,2)
WIND UP – Double definition, the first being to bring an end to a debate or the affairs of a company.
3d Stuff like food that can be served again (10)
REPEATABLE – Put together a three -letter fabric or ‘stuff’, and an adjective which describes food in general.
4d Excited men turning up to be given employment (6)
ROUSED – The usual abbreviation for military men who are not officers is reversed (turning up) and followed by ‘given employment’.
5d Protected with a ‘nutcase’ around? (8)
HELMETED – Cryptic definition of something which protects the head or ‘nut’.
6d Refuse from crowd building up (4)
MARC – This is the technical term for the refuse of grape pressing, used in some cases to make a distilled spirit. It can be found by reversing (building up) a verb for ‘crowd’ or ‘stuff’.
7d Put new energy into troubled lives — one gets little thanks getting involved (8)
VITALISE – Anagram (troubled) of LIVES, wrapped around the Roman numeral for one and a short way of saying ‘thank you’.
8d More than one scientist gets to go round island following old account (10)
GEOLOGISTS – Put together Old, an account of a ship’s voyage, and an abbreviation for Island, then wrap GETS (from the clue) around the result.
13d How to get a goat to sleep? Music! (10)
ROCKABILLY – Split the answer (4,1,5) and you get what might be a way of getting a male goat to go to sleep.
15d Divine act, I fancy, is typical (10)
INDICATIVE – Anagram (fancy) of DIVINE ACT I.
17d Son (10) enthralled by foreign song — he did this? (8)
LISTENED – Put together Son and the number 10 as a word, then wrap a German song around the result.
18d Old poetry, lines put out with too much hype? (8)
OVERSELL – Put together Old, another word for poetry, and the plural abbreviation for ‘lines’.
20d Projects worth millions finally abandoned (6)
THROWS – Anagram (abandoned) of WORTH and the last letter (finally) of millionS.
22d Artist sitting on bank on very few occasions (6)
RARELY – The usual crossword artist, followed by a verb meaning ‘bank’.
24d A vessel not properly closed? (4)
AJAR – A (from the clue) and a pot or vessel.
26d Not all appreciated a mouldy cheese (4)
EDAM – Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun STEW + DENSE = STUDENTS