Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29197
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Good morning from South Staffs this All Saints Day, a grey and drizzly one.
I took a little while to get started on today’s Giovanni, but things then began to fall into place and there was a steady solve.
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1a Super present from creepy pupil in New York (3,5)
BIG APPLE – Another word for ‘super’ and a traditional present for teacher give us the name familiarly applied to New York.
5a Tot by sea in Brittany in holiday season (6)
SUMMER – To tot or add up, followed by the French for ‘sea’ (not the Breton for ‘sea’, which would spoil the wordplay!).
9a Disgraceful riot soon breaking out — university steps in (9)
NOTORIOUS – Anagram (breaking out) of RIOT SOON with University inserted.
11a Leading quartet of Cavaliers missing in rolls (5)
LISTS – Remove the first four letters from another word for the Cavaliers in the English Civil War.
12a Sleep needed by relations — some linen must be provided (6)
NAPKIN – A short sleep followed by a generic word for your relations.
13a Wonderful king embraced by chum gets to soften up (8)
MACERATE – Put together another word for ‘wonderful’ and the Latin abbreviation for king, then wrap another word for a chu, or pal around the result.
15a Player on bench that’s got diminished is farmed out elsewhere (13)
SUBCONTRACTED – The short form of the word for a player in a sports team who is not one the starting line-up, followed by ‘diminished’ or ‘reduced’.
18a Transformation of construction firm — hurt’s been nasty (13)
REFURBISHMENT – Anagram (nasty) of FIRM HURT’S BEEN.
22a Like teacher, editor and social worker featured in illustration (8)
PEDANTIC – Put together an abbreviation for ‘editor’ and one of the usual social insects, then wrap a shortened word for an illustration around the result.
23a Water flowing in street in the morning — engineers brought in (6)
STREAM – Abbreviations for ‘street’ and ‘in the morning’, placed either side of the initials of a regiment of engineers.
26a Old Roman spies given new name under cover (5)
CINNA – The acronym for the US spy agency wrapped around New Name. The result is one of the conspirators who assassinate Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play, or his namesake, a poet who is set upon by mistake by the vengeful mob. When he protests that he is a poet, not a conspirator, they kill him for writing bad verse.
27a Wacky quality of sentimentality combined with shortage of subtlety (9)
GOOFINESS – A three-letter word for sticky sentimentality, followed by a word for ‘subtlety’ missing its last letter.
28a Fruit in cold drink son removed (6)
CHERRY – Cold followed by a fortified wine minus the abbreviation for Son.
29a One who changes sides, finding fault with common soldiers (8)
DEFECTOR – A fault in manufacture, followed by the usual soldiers who are not officers.
1d African queen maybe entertaining 999? (8)
BENINESE – A social insect which has a queen, wrapped around another way of looking at 999.
2d Rose in journey on male beast (3,2)
GOT UP – Split this (2,3) and you have ‘journey’ and a male sheep.
3d One about to enter Iberian FC entrance (7)
PORTICO – The Roman numeral for one and the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ are inserted into the name of a Portuguese football team.
4d This could be Anita the writer, ladies and gentlemen! (4)
LOOS – This familiar word for rooms found with ‘Ladies’ or ‘Gentlemen’ written on the door is also the surname of a writer.
6d Most horrible whopper punching guts naughtily (7)
UGLIEST – Anagram (naughtily) of GUTS wrapped around a whopper or ‘pork pie’.
7d Composer’s sister said to be in ruin (9)
MISHANDLE – If the composer of Messiah was Mr ——, then his unmarried sister would be Miss ——, and that’s a homophone of another word for ‘ruin’.
8d One of 11 misbehaving in resort (6)
ROSTER – Anagram (misbehaving) of RESORT, producing an example of the answer to 11a.
10d Quiet and initially wild like a sorcerer? (8)
SHAMANIC – Put together an instruction to be quiet, the first letter (initially) of And, and a word for ‘wild’ or ‘extremely busy’.
14d Splendid Scottish university, one taken over by English (8)
STERLING – Start with a Scottish university city near the site of the battle of Bannockburn, then replace the first instance of a Roman numeral for one with English.
16d Party offering drinks facility? Then get canned, drunk! (4,5)
BARN DANCE – Somewhere to be served a drink followed by an anagram (drunk) of CANNED.
17d A moister ground arises from spray (8)
ATOMISER – Anagram (ground) of A MOISTER.
19d Form of entertainment that’s loud and dishonest (7)
FUNFAIR – The musical symbol for ‘loud’ followed by ‘dishonest’ or ‘unjust’.
20d Emergency set-up, product that sells quickly (7)
HOTLINE – Originally a top-level communication system between the leaders of the USA and USSR during the Cold War, this could be split (3,4) into a word which can mean ‘most wanted’ and a word for a product or range of products.
21d Drug I accept will work, getting rid of torment finally (6)
IPECAC – Anagram (will work) of I ACCEP(t) after removing the final letter of tormenT.
24d Woman associated with garden books as part of festival (5)
EVENT – The woman who lived in the Garden of Eden, and the abbreviation for the books in the second part of the work in which she appears.
25d It’s nothing, darling! (4)
LOVE – Double definition: a zero score in tennis; or a term of endearment.
The Quick Crossword pun MOULT + TEASE = MALTESE