Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29215
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Good morning from South Staffs, where it rained overnight and more is forecast.
Plenty of science, some General Knowledge, and a trace of religion: it has to be Giovanni. I don’t have a reliable time for the difficulty marking: my internet connection fell over when I went to submit the completed puzzle, and when I got it back I had a blank grid to fill again.
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1a & 18 Down Possibly a piece of writing that offers a vague opinion? (10,7)
INDEFINITE ARTICLE – Cryptic definition of the grammatical term for ‘a’ or ‘an’.
6a Quiet road? The reverse — it’s noisy (4)
YAWP – Put together the musical symbol for ‘quiet’ and another word for ‘road’ or ‘direction’, then reverse the result. An ugly word, but it is in the BRB.
9a Criticise the Spanish group making decision? (5)
PANEL – Another word for ‘criticise’ followed by the Spanish for ‘the’.
10a Victory’s strange ritual with speed being limited (9)
TRIUMPHAL – Anagram (strange) of RITUAL wrapped around the usual abbreviation for an imperial measurement of speed.
12a Complete departure, terribly hot and bumpy at the outset (13)
THOROUGHGOING – Put together an anagram (terribly) of HOT, another word for ‘bumpy’, and another word for ‘departure’.
14a Idle maybe when entertained by a fellow in the USA (8)
AMERICAN – Here we need the first name of Mr Idle from Monty Python, with ‘a fellow’ wrapped around it.
15a Little message prohibiting Scottish headwear (6)
BANTAM – Split the answer (3,3) and it could be an order prohibiting a particular sort of Scottish headgear.
17a Language in the borders of Surrey full of jargon? (6)
SLANGY – The first and last letters (borders) of SurreY placed either side of an abbreviation for ‘language’.
19a Novel set in foreign city areas with churches (8)
PARISHES – The foreign city is the capital of France, and is wrapped around the title of a novel by H Rider Haggard.
21a Author errs — man ill-suited to be an author (6,7)
ARTHUR RANSOME – Anagram (ill-suited) of AUTHOR ERRS MAN. The author of Swallows and Amazons and with a fascinating life story.
24a See small particles in positions (9)
LOCATIONS – The exclamation for ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’ followed by the particles with a positive electrical charge which are attracted to the cathode in electrolysis.
25a Silly person dipping paper into sauce (5)
SOFTY – A Chinese sauce wrapped around the abbreviation for the pink financial paper.
26a Proper learner in fight (4)
DUEL – Another word for ‘proper’ followed by the symbol of a learner driver.
27a Huge bikes in engineering units (10)
MEGACYCLES – Split the answer (4,6) and you have an informal word for ‘huge’ and another word for ‘bikes’.
1d More than one trouble-maker is besieging politician (4)
IMPS – IS (from the clue) wrapped around the usual politician (one we don’t actually have at the moment).
2d Girl trapped shortly in eating area (7)
DINETTE – A two-letter shortened form of a girl’s name, followed by another word for ‘trapped’ or ‘entangled’ minus its last letter. The answer is a small area in a flat or caravan with a dining table and seating.
3d Imitating action of a card player? (9,4)
FOLLOWING SUIT – Double definition, the second being what a bridge or whist player has to do when a card is led.
4d The country’s reasonable, wanting a new leader (8)
NATIONAL – Start with another word for ‘reasonable’, then change the first letter (new leader) to get an adjective relating to the country as a whole.
5d Marrying and attempting not to have rows initially (5)
TYING – Remove the first letter of Rows from another word for ‘attempting’.
7d Non-believer witnessing robbery (7)
ATHEIST – Split the answer (2,5) and you have the location of someone witnessing a robbery.
8d One with several partners, mostly a pig misbehaving (10)
POLYGAMIST – Anagram (misbehaving) of MOSTLY A PIG.
11d A slim young man surprisingly showing generosity (13)
MAGNANIMOUSLY – Anagram (surprisingly) of A SLIM YOUNG MAN.
13d A small herd, having gone astray, getting gathered together (10)
MARSHALLED – Anagram (having gone astray) of A SMALL HERD.
16d End up with girl getting covered in powder (8)
MAGNESIA – Reverse (up) a word for ‘end’ or ‘objective’, then wrap the result around a girl’s name – possibly Miss Grey, the eponymous heroine of the novel by Anne Brontë.
18d See 1 Across
20d The male boss at newspaper with terrible flu taking care (7)
HEEDFUL – Put together a male pronoun, the usual abbreviation for a newspaper boss, and an anagram (terrible) of FLU.
22d River — little one under which darling almost drowns (5)
RHONE – An abbreviation for River followed by another term of endearment like ‘darling’ with its final letter removed, producing a river in Switzerland and France.
23d A positive response? More than one! (4)
AYES – A (from the clue) and the usual word for a positive response, giving us he word used to describe votes in favour of a Parliamentary motion.
The Quick Crossword pun DEBT + ERMINE = DETERMINE