Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27901
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1a Fancy the Parisian coming over, for example with soldier (7)
ELEGANT – reverse one of the words used in Paris for ‘the’ and add the abbreviation meaning ‘for example’ and our usual soldier insect.
5a Tilted Sally’s mouth — dental upset (7)
SLANTED – the opening letter (mouth) of Sally followed by an anagram (upset) of DENTAL.
9a Cocoa, stale sandwiches: description of Skegness? (7)
COASTAL – the setter must have had some unexciting times in Skegness. The answer is hidden (sandwiches) in the clue.
10a Leave bags? (7)
LUGGAGE – gentle cryptic definition of the bags you take with you when going on leave.
11a Truth from headteacher on the radio (9)
PRINCIPLE – this sounds (on the radio) like a head teacher.
12a This compiler set fantastic answers (5)
MEETS – the objective pronoun that the compiler would use for himself or herself followed by an anagram (fantastic) of SET.
13a Second bird’s tail (5)
STERN – the abbreviation for second and a seabird.
15a Assembled dogs are in, barking (9)
ORGANISED – an anagram (barking) of DOGS ARE IN.
17a Total to exhibit, we hear, in an unknown place (9)
SOMEWHERE – what sounds like a total or aggregate is followed by what sounds like a verb to exhibit (a facial expression, for example).
19a One meekly follows the woman and weeps regularly (5)
SHEEP – a feminine pronoun (the woman) followed by regularly selected letters from ‘weeps’.
22a Cushy start to paper round (5)
PLUMP – an adjective meaning cushy or choice followed by the starting letter of paper.
23a Cleaner put off fellow (9)
DETERGENT – split the answer 5,4 and it could mean to put off fellow.
25a Sea creature company sent back to kill us (7)
OCTOPUS – reverse the abbreviation for company and add an informal verb to kill and US (from the clue).
26a Former lover, male, seen in bay, possibly desperate (7)
EXTREME – start with the short word for a former lover then insert M(ale) into what bay is an evergreen example of.
27a Old shrub left by yard (7)
ELDERLY – a type of shrub (the berries of which can be used to make jelly or wine) followed by the abbreviations for left and yard.
28a Before you can say Jack Robinson in an offhand manner (7)
SHORTLY – two meanings, the second meaning in an offhand manner or brusquely.
1d Flees from larks, avoiding flier? (7)
ESCAPES – start with a word for larks or capers and remove the abbreviated word for a flier or promotional leaflet.
2d Dig into pit after picking up tool for cutting (7)
EXAMINE – a pit or excavation comes after the reversal (picking up, in a down clue) of a cutting tool.
3d Old Greek‘s room (5)
ATTIC – double definition, the first being the dialect of ancient Greek once used in Athens.
4d Call box fake? Not quite (9)
TELEPHONE – charade of the abbreviated form of the word for the box or apparatus in the corner of the room and an adjective meaning fake or fraudulent without its last letter (not quite).
5d Find the answer to one in five? On the contrary (5)
SOLVE – on the contrary means insert the Roman numeral for five into an adjective meaning one or only.
6d Fights ain’t about glue sniffing, initially (9)
ARGUMENTS – a less informal way of saying “ain’t” contains another word for glue or adhesive. We finish with the initial letter of sniffing.
7d Time to go over French composer’s passages (7)
TRAVELS – the abbreviation for time precedes (to go over, in a down clue) a French composer plus the ‘S.
8d Put a bandage on — doctor judged no ass (7)
DRESSED – an abbreviation for doctor is followed by a verb meaning judged or rated without the initial ASS.
14d Snapper at sea we picked up inside — you could be holding it (9)
NEWSPAPER – an anagram (at sea) of SNAPPER with the reversal (picked up, for the second time) of WE inside it.
16d Lacking energy, once sat with Greene’s novel The Power And The Glory (9)
GREATNESS – an anagram (novel) of SAT and GRE[e]NE’S with one instance (once) of E(nergy) being removed.
17d Expect drink with model (7)
SUPPOSE – charade of a verb to drink (used mainly in the North of England) and a verb to model or sit.
18d Climbed hill to pen note (7)
MOUNTED – a small hill goes round (to pen) a note from sonic sol-fa.
20d Suspicion from first bit of evidence? Men let off! (7)
ELEMENT – suspicion here means a smattering or soupçon. The first letter (bit) of evidence is followed by an anagram (off) of MEN LET.
21d China swan: ultimately tacky (7)
POTTERY – a verb to swan or move in a casual, unhurried way is followed by the ultimate letter of tacky.
23d Dirty spades put in office (5)
DUSTY – the abbreviation for the card suit spades goes inside an office or function.
24d South American city without a temperature scale (5)
RATIO – the only South American city known in Crosswordland goes outside (or outwith, as the Scots would say) A and T(emperature).
Top clues for me today were 9a, 26a and 16d. Which one(s) rang your bell?
Today’s Quickie Pun: ROW + MAN + KNOWS = ROMAN NOSE