Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29221
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a rare sunny morning.
I found the top half of today’s Giovanni quite tricky, which pushed my difficulty rating well into ***.
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1a Tree about to be planted by another tree outside a workplace (8)
CALABASH – The Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ and a deciduous tree, placed either side of the short form of a scientist’s workplace, giving us a Central American tree.
5a Notice wickedness — you need guidance (6)
ADVICE – A commercial notice followed by the opposite of virtue.
9a Rabbit to look radiant outside a house (8)
BUNGALOW – Put together a three-letter informal word for a rabbit, and a verb for ‘look radiant’ (what ladies do while gentlemen perspire and horses sweat) wrapped around A (from the clue).
10a Glasses? They can make high-pitched sounds (6)
FLUTES – Narrow glasses used for champagne share the name of a woodwind instrument in the upper register of the orchestra.
12a Part of Greater Manchester in short religious book (6)
ECCLES – Double definition: a town in Greater Manchester with a particular variety of cake named for it; and the abbreviation for a book of the Old Testament which comes between Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. The words of this song are taken from that book:
13a Need to be without others, showing malice (8)
WANTONLY – Another word for ‘need’ or ‘desire’ followed by ‘without others’.
15a Garments for certain racehorses? (7)
JUMPERS – Some warm clothing or some racehorses which don’t run on the Flat.
16a The first person coming to ship creates confusion (4)
MESS – A pronoun for the first person followed by the usual crossword steamship.
20a Regret in audience for what is saucy (4)
ROUX – The answer is a homophone (in audience) of a word for ‘regret’, and is a mixture of butter and flour used to thicken sauces.
21a Character landed in wharf (7)
QUALITY – A verb meaning ‘landed’ (often followed by ‘upon’) is inserted into a wharf of landing-stage.
25a Name one who is contemptuous about part of the UK (8)
MONICKER – Someone who is jeering or contemptuous wrapped around the initials of the part of the UK which is not Great Britain.
26a Each group backs the ultimate character, one showing huge enthusiasm (6)
ZEALOT – The last letter of the alphabet followed by an abbreviation for ‘each’ and a group or collection.
28a Some exuberant ribaldry in the clan (6)
TRIBAL – Hidden in the clue.
29a Manufacturing establishment hard to find in Notts town (8)
WORKSHOP – Hard is inserted into a town in north Nottinghamshire.
30a Writer sitting by river to become more profound (6)
DEEPEN – The name of a Welsh or Scottish river, followed by something to write with.
31a Lively trip with side getting sozzled (8)
SPIRITED – Anagram (getting sozzled) of TRIP and SIDE.
1d Taxi came first, being sent urgent message (6)
CABLED – Another word for a taxi followed by ‘came first’ (in a race), giving us a way that urgent messages were first sent by electronic means.
2d International organisation intricately decorated outside? Madness! (6)
LUNACY – An adjective for an intricately decorated piece of textile is wrapped around the initials of the international organisation based in New York which succeeded the League of Nations.
3d Having dined in inn, revolutionary gets assaulted (6,2)
BEATEN UP – Reverse (revolutionary) another word for ‘inn’ and wrap it around ‘having dined’.
4d Last bit of this jaunt — go on spending spree? (4)
SHOP – The final letter (last bit) of thiS, followed by a jaunt or trip.
6d Solitude not so bad? One may get weak (6)
DILUTE – Anagram (bad) of (so)LITUDE without the SO.
7d Meant to be at home, getting looked after (8)
INTENDED – A two-letter word for ‘at home’ followed by ‘looked after’.
8d French art, for example, is subject ultimately for writer (8)
ESSAYIST – Put together the French for ‘art’ – as in ‘thou art’ – another word for ‘for example’, IS (from the clue), and the last letter (ultimately) of subjecT.
11d Children’s author heard song (7)
CARROLL – The surname of the author of Alice in Wonderland which sounds like a word for a song, usually a seasonal one in modern usage.
14d Son pushed lips out and talked excitedly (7)
SPOUTED – The abbreviation for Son, followed by ‘pushed lips out’.
17d Put up for annual test, Megane passed finally (8)
PROMOTED – Put together a Latin word for ‘for’, the acronym for an annual test of motor vehicles , and the last letters (finally) of MeganE and passeD.
18d US general taking team south of stream (8)
BURNSIDE – A Scottish stream and another word for a sports team, giving us the surname of a 19th-century American general who may be known across the pond, but meant nothing to me. But apparently his distinctive style of facial hair is still named after him, though the two halves of his name are interchanged.
19d Treks are tricky for one proceeding in the nude (8)
STREAKER – Anagram (tricky) of TREKS ARE. I’ve used this clip before, but it probably bears repetition.
22d Get rid of drug, creating ticklish situation (6)
SCRAPE – Another word for ‘get rid of’, particularly where something mechanical is concerned, followed by a single letter name for an illegal drug.
23d Outmoded beret that should be thrown out? (3-3)
OLD-HAT – A beret, cap or bonnet which is past its best could be described as this.
24d Silly dispute never ending, unfortunately (6)
STUPID – Anagram (unfortunately) of DISPUT(e) (never ending).
27d Love being in dance band (4)
HOOP – The letter which looks like a love score at tennis is inserted into an informal word for a dance.
The Quick Crossword pun CAR + OWN + ASIAN = CORONATION