Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29579
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, frosty morning.
A steady solve this week, with some delay in the top half.
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1a Quartz extracted from Abuja’s perfect (6)
JASPER – Hidden in the clue.
5a Complaint, one of many that gamekeeper has? (6)
GROUSE – Double definition, the second being a type of game bird.
10a Gather Jenny maybe is nursing old lady (5)
AMASS – The animal sometimes known as a jenny is wrapped round a short form of the person in the family sometimes known as ‘the old lady’.
11a Successfully defend finale to ITV show (9)
VINDICATE – The last letter of ITV, followed by another word for ‘show’.
12a Barking athlete initially managed to maintain fast time (7)
RAMADAN – Put together another word for ‘barking’ and the first letter (initially) of Athlete, then insert the result into another word for ‘managed’, to get the fasting period observed by Muslims.
13a Government of revolutionary African country seizing this writer (7)
REGIMEN – Reverse (revolutionary) a West African country, then insert a pronoun for ‘this writer’.
14a Tirade by star, one officiating at ceremony (9)
CELEBRANT – A star, or someone famous for being famous, followed by another word for ‘tirade’.
17a Settle in spot that lacks special ingredient (5)
LODGE – Remove the abbreviation for SPecial from a spot or splash, of ink perhaps.
18a Charlie argued regularly with environmentalists’ leader, becoming vulgar (5)
CRUDE – Put together the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO alphabet, the alternate letters (regularly) of aRgUeD, and the first letter (leader) of Environmentalists.
19a Long-lasting and extremely lucrative account (9)
CHRONICLE – The term used for a long-lasting or recurrent disorder, followed by the outside letters (extremely) of LucrativE.
21a European in Chad mistreated mammal (7)
ECHIDNA – Anagram (mistreated) of E(uropean) IN CHAD.
23a Conservative whip and senior journalist disagreed (7)
CLASHED – Put together an abbreviation for Conservative, another term for a whip, and the usual senior journalist.
25a Recall inadequate qualification male coach concealed (9)
SUBMERGED – Put together a university qualification minus its last letter (inadequate), Male, and another word for the form of transport known as a coach. Then reverse (recall) the result to get a word for ‘concealed (under water)’.
26a Statutory holiday gets cut for teacher (5)
Hidden in Remove (cut) STAY (holiday) from the first word of the clue. [Well spotted Stephen – BD]
27a Discovered sailors’ dining areas aboard very large ship (6)
VESSEL – Start with a word for the dining areas used by naval personnel, remove the outside letters (dis-covered), then insert the result between Very and Large.
28a Seldom sees artist going towards bank (6)
RARELY – The usual crossword artist followed by a verb for ‘to bank (on)’.
2d Apprehension evident in the manner of Royal Marines (5)
ALARM – A French expression (1,2) for ‘in the manner of’, followed by the abbreviation for the Royal Marines.
3d Dance Pablo does badly (4,5)
PASO DOBLE – Anagram (badly) of PABLO DOES.
4d Bird heading away from chicken (5)
RAVEN – Remove the first letter (heading away) from a word for ‘chicken’ or ‘cowardly’.
5d At sea, no greater supplier of energy (9)
GENERATOR – Anagram (at sea) of NO GREATER.
6d Due victory, it’s secured by own goal (5)
OWING – The abbreviation for ‘own goal’ is wrapped round another word for ‘victory’.
7d Detectives order foolish individuals around? That’s irregular (9)
SPASMODIC – Put together the initials of the part of the police force where detectives work, the initials of an honour “recognising distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture”, and some foolish or stupid people, then reverse (around) the result.
8d Stuff in food, mostly excellent to begin with (6)
FABRIC – Some 1960s slang for ‘excellent’, followed by a foodstuff which is a staple for a large proportion of the world’s population, missing its last letter (mostly), giving us some woven stuff.
9d Church will support Irishman’s spiritualist meeting (6)
SÉANCE – A common Irish given name for a man, followed by the Church of England.
15d Ludicrous rules essentially a huge lab reforms (9)
LAUGHABLE – Anagram (reforms) of the middle letter (essentially) of ruLes and A HUGE LAB.
16d Port, variety going into barrels at intervals (9)
ARCHANGEL – This is a port in northern Russia. Alternate letters (at intervals) of bArReLs are wrapped round another word for ‘variety’ or ‘variation’.
17d Refurbished ancestral royal house (9)
LANCASTER – Anagram (refurbished) of ANCESTRAL, giving one of the royal houses involved in the Wars of the Roses (or our esteemed DT puzzles editor).
18d Stop about third from end of Victoria Line (6)
CREASE – Another word for ‘stop’ is wrapped round the third letter (counting from the end) of VictoRia, producing a line on a cricket pitch.
20d Tolerate design about to receive investment from university (6)
ENDURE – An aim or design and the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, placed either side of an abbreviation for University.
22d Straighten clothing (5)
DRESS – Double definition, the first being, among other things, when a line of soldiers on parade straightens out.
23d Tree, one that produces small fruits we hear (5)
CEDAR – This evergreen tree is a homophone (we hear) of a word describing a plant which produces small (usually) fruits from which new plants grow.
24d Inn‘s stolen Ethel’s case (5)
HOTEL – A criminal jargon word for ‘stolen’, followed by the outer letters (case) of EtheL.
The Quick Crossword pun STAY + TUSK + WOE = STATUS QUO