Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29227
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Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, damp December morning, with the prospect of Christmas shopping to come.
There was nothing too difficult for me in today’s Giovanni, though the long anagram in 5d took some untangling.
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1a Scottish king seen as dull mug (6)
DUNCAN – A dull brown colour followed by a metal mug give us the name of the king of Scotland who is murdered in Macbeth.
5a Maiden, one facing emotional pressure as ‘the other woman’? (8)
MISTRESS – Put together the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, the Roman numeral for one, and ‘emotional pressure’.
9a Wild ape, grunter in exciting tale (4-6)
PAGE-TURNER – Anagram (wild) of APE GRUNTER.
10a A modern miss collecting pounds for charity (4)
ALMS – A (from the clue) and the form of address for a woman which does not disclose her marital status, placed either side of the Latin abbreviation for pounds sterling.
11a Free from grime when brought into class (8)
DEGREASE – Another word for ‘when’ inserted into a word for ‘class’ or ‘rank’.
12a Numbers crazy about fruit (6)
DAMSON – Put together an abbreviated way of writing ‘numbers’ and another word for crazy, then reverse (about) the result to get a tree fruit.
13a Think as timid type that’s lost love (4)
MUSE – Remove the letter which looks like a love score at tennis from the name of a small furry animal which is traditionally timid.
15a Community member, mostly horrible, wanting drink in pub? (8)
VILLAGER – Remove the final letter (mostly) from another word for ‘horrible’, then add a type of beer.
18a Displaced people creating ado with Paris wrecked (8)
DIASPORA – Anagram (wrecked) of ADO and PARIS.
19a Things that can kill animal in retreat (4)
GATS – Reverse (in retreat) the type of animal seen in The Monarch of the Glen to get a slang word for firearms.
21a Bird, old and cold, grasped by an animal doctor (6)
AVOCET – ‘An animal doctor’ is ‘- —’ (1,3). Insert Old and Cold into the result.
23a I exist concealing endless desire, one appearing to be unreal (8)
ILLUSIVE – Put together a four-letter word for ‘desire’ or ‘passion’ minus its last letter and the Roman numeral for one. Insert the result into another way of saying ‘I exist’.
25a English people of fashion in college (4)
ETON – English followed by the French word for ‘people of fashion’ gives us the public school near Windsor which is the alma mater of many politicians and aristocrats.
26a Direction taken by sailor? One makes a bit of a meal of it! (4,6)
MAIN COURSE – This part of a meal consists of two words: the first of then can also refer to the sea; and the second to a direction or route.
27a New tiro, learner within day working with skill (8)
ADROITLY – Put together an anagram (new) of TIRO and the letter indicating a learner. Then wrap an anagram (working) of DAY around the result.
28a Planet faced with onset of deadly shortage? (6)
DEARTH – The first letter (onset) of Deadly, followed by the name of a planet in our Solar System.
2d Superior wise person demonstrates customary style of language (5)
USAGE – the letter indicating ‘upper-class’ or ‘superior’ followed by a word for a wise person.
3d Gloomy church always getting smaller in number (9)
CHEERLESS – Put together an abbreviation for CHurch, a poetic word for ‘always’, and ‘smaller in number’
4d Something sweet making aunt go crazy (6)
NOUGAT – Anagram (crazy) of AUNT GO.
5d Variation by mule — this being awkward? (15)
MANOEUVRABILITY – Here we have a sort of reverse anagram. The answer (this) when anagrammed (awkward) gives us VARIATION BY MULE.
6d Go across step half missing on rickety ladder (8)
STRADDLE – The first half of STep followed by an anagram (rickety) of LADDER.
7d Field with only half the Spanish football team (5)
REALM – Start with a famous Spanish football team (4,6), then remove the final 5 letters.
8d Thus male has no time for self-denial, being languid (9)
SOMNOLENT – Put together another word for ‘thus’, Male, NO (from the clue), and the period of fasting which precedes Easter.
14d As one outside home, very unlike welcome guest (9)
UNINVITED – another way of saying ‘as one’ wrapped around ‘(at) home’ and Very.
16d Possibly a sugar, not something bitter (9)
ANGOSTURA – Anagram (possibly) of A SUGAR NOT.
17d One opposed gets to induce scorn (8)
CONTEMPT – If someone supporting something is ‘pro’ then someone opposed to it may be ‘—’ (3). Then add another word for ‘induce’.
20d Having a position in power, subsequently lambasted (6)
PLACED – An abbreviation for Power followed by another word for ‘lambasted’.
22d Piece of poetry from somewhere in Switzerland, unfinished? (5)
CANTO – remove the final letter from one of the political divisions of Switzerland and you get a section of a long poem.
24d Call and sink into chair maybe after six (5)
VISIT – The Roman numeral for six followed by ‘sink into chair’.
The Quick Crossword pun BLISS + TERSE = BLISTERS