Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29316
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. I hope you’re all coping with the ‘new normal’ of isolation and empty supermarket shelves.
I finished this crossword in what is ** time for me, but it seemed to be more of a struggle than that. I didn’t much like 25a, which was my last one in, and there was a touch of Giovanni obscure vocabulary as well.
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1a Guaranteed essentially filling food from part of Scandinavia (6)
DANISH – The middle two letters (essentially) of guaranteed inserted into a word for some prepared food.
5a Refuse to accept former company representative having authority (8)
OFFICIAL – The refuse when an animal is gutted, wrapped round the three-letter acronym for a former British chemical company.
9a Noble actor is about to get into painting (10)
ARISTOCRAT – Anagram (about) of ACTOR IS with a general word for activities such as painting wrapped around it.
10a Film failed to be broadcast (4)
MIST – This thin film of moisture sounds like (to be broadcast) another word for ‘failed to hit’.
11a Boyfriend joins family across capital, ultimately to see Olympic Torch? (8)
FLAMBEAU – Start with an abbreviation for ‘family’ wrapped around the last letter (ultimately) of capitaL, then add an old-fashioned word for a boyfriend or suitor.
12a Substitutes Greek character blocking second pass back (6)
LOCUMS – Start by putting Small and a mountain pass either side of a Greek letter, then reverse (back) the result to get people who substitute for absent doctors or pharmacists.
13a Shop of fine appearance? Not half (4)
DELI – To get this food shop, remove the second half from a word for ‘fine’ or ‘not robust’.
15a BBC loses case most originally see as inopportune (8)
UNTIMELY – Put together a familiar term for the BBC minus its outside letters (loses case), the first letter (originally) of Most, and the usual ecclesiastical see in Cambridgeshire.
18a Instinctive swimming rivals, extremely competitive at heart (8)
VISCERAL – Anagram (swimming) of RIVALS, with the first and last letters (extremely) of CompetitivE inserted in the middle.
19a Woman‘s complaint when mother leaves (4)
LADY – Remove a short word for ‘mother’ from a complaint or illness.
21a Deny purpose of attending auction? (6)
FORBID – Split the answer (3.3) and you could get the reason you went to an auction.
23a At home, slip by artist in shower (8)
RAINFALL – Put together the usual artist who is a member of the Royal Academy, ‘at home’, and another word for a slip or trip.
25a Natural talent is something easily understood (4)
GIFT – Double definition, both of which are in the BRB, though the second is rather less familiar.
26a Cutting temperatures toughens tree out in conservatory (10)
GREENHOUSE – Anagram (out) of (t)OUGHENS (t)REE, with the abbreviations for Temperature removed.
27a Exposed area always reflected light source (8)
REVEALED – Put together an abbreviation for Area and another word for ‘always’, reverse (reflected) the result, then add a three-letter acronym for a modern device for emitting light.
28a Dessert following starter of scallops (6)
AFTERS – Another word for ‘following’, followed by the first letter (starter) of Scallops.
2d Time of year car park is regularly close to full (5)
APRIL – Alternate letters (regularly) of cAr PaRk Is, followed by the last letter (close) of fulL.
3d Foolishly Dominican’s beginning to ignore suffering from sleeplessness (9)
INSOMNIAC – Anagram (foolishly) of (D)OMINICAN, leaving off the first letter (beginning to ignore).
4d Attractive individual getting hot for large rugby player (6)
HOOKER – Start with a non-PC word for an attractive woman, Replace the initial Large with Hot, and you get a front-row forward.
5d Novel is one well-known to each of us (3,6,6)
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND – This is the title of a Dickens novel, which is paraphrased by the last 6 words of the clue.
6d Ineffectiveness of fine against public service (8)
FUTILITY – An abbreviation for Fine followed by a public service such as electricity or water.
7d Variety of pear detailed in illustrated magazine (5)
COMIC – Remove the final letter (de-tailed) from a variety of pear to get a copy of the Beano or Dandy.
8d Gathered embarrassment visiting island upset daughter (9)
ASSEMBLED – Start by wrapping a Mediterranean island (one where Napoleon was exiled) around an embarrassment or disorder, reverse (upset) the result, then add Daughter.
14d Condense mostly impressive book describing centre of Bratislava (9)
EPITOMISE – A word which can mean ‘impressive’ minus its last letter (mostly) followed by a large, heavy book wrapped around the middle letters (centre of) BratISlava.
16d Drain cash fund to obtain electric vehicle (4,5)
MILK FLOAT – Another word for ‘to drain’ (the udders of a dairy animal, perhaps), followed by the cash fund a trader keeps in the till for giving change.
17d Spendthrift pair with gold becoming spoilt (8)
PRODIGAL – Anagram (becoming spoilt) of PAIR and GOLD.
20d Compete over news article that generates capital (6)
VIENNA – Another word for ‘compete’ or ‘struggle’, followed by two examples of the abbreviation for New and an indefinite article.
22d Graduate taking the plunge? (5)
BATHE – The letters after the name of an Arts graduate followed by THE (from the clue).
24d Defeated player looks teary from time to time (5)
LOSER – Alternate letters (from time to time) of LoOkS tEaRy.
The Quick Crossword pun GEL + LEE + DEALS = JELLIED EELS