Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28014
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1a Vehicle insurance required to cross upper-class Canadian city (9)
VANCOUVER – a type of road vehicle and another word for insurance go round (to cross) the letter used to mean upper-class or posh.
6a Note no intro for stringed instrument (4)
HARP – drop the first letter (no intro) from a type of musical note.
10a Man on board losing head in the dark (5)
NIGHT – the board is a chess board and the man loses his first letter (head).
11a Homes were vandalised, at a place not specified (9)
SOMEWHERE – an anagram (vandalised) of HOMES WERE.
12a Changed them at one, shabby in appearance (4-5)
MOTH-EATEN – an anagram (changed) of THEM AT ONE.
14a Fool about to produce gunpowder ingredient (5)
NITRE – an informal word for a fool is followed by a preposition meaning about or concerning.
15a Soccer player in rear of bus with someone crying (7)
SWEEPER – bring together the last letter (rear) of the word bus and someone who’s crying.
16a Sovereign exercises right in capital, upon return (7)
EMPEROR – the abbreviation for physical exercises and R(ight) go inside the reversal of a European capital city.
18a Was left holding son (7)
EXISTED – a verb meaning left (the stage, for example) containing the abbreviation for son.
20a Boasted about any number installed (7)
CROWNED – a verb meaning boasted or bragged contains the letter used in mathematics to mean ‘any number’.
21a Rule: keep leader of government in check (5)
REIGN – insert the leading letter of government in a verb (or noun) meaning check or control.
23a Wisecracks made by individuals touring ship (3-6)
ONE-LINERS – individuals go round (touring) a passenger ship.
“I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”
25a Rude when drinking drop of vodka on the rocks (9)
INSOLVENT – an adjective meaning rude or impertinent contains the first letter (drop) of vodka.
26a Small figure in corner may be from fashionable collection (5)
INSET – charade of an adverb meaning fashionable or trendy and a collection or group.
28a Row in dead heat on river (4)
TIER – a dead heat or draw followed by R(iver).
29a One delivering goods, perhaps confused by an order (6,3)
ERRAND BOY – an anagram (confused) of BY AN ORDER.
1d There’s this malice in missive, no mistake (5)
VENOM – hidden word. The word ‘this’ in the clue seems to be redundant.
2d Silver’s following Tonto’s third horse (3)
NAG – Silver was of course the name of the Lone Ranger’s horse so the surface makes sense. The chemical symbol for silver comes after the third letter of Tonto.
3d In a difficult situation there (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT – double definition, the first meaning forced to make a difficult decision or answer a difficult question.
4d Tourist, Italian, wearing eyeshade (7)
VISITOR – the abbreviation for Italian vermouth is contained inside (wearing) an eyeshade.
5d Love affair beginning in remote country church (7)
ROMANCE – string together the beginning letter of remote, a Middle Eastern country and the abbreviation for the established church in England.
7d Row after vehicle on round brings contaminant (5,6)
AGENT ORANGE – this is the code name of the contaminating defoliant used extensively by US forces during the Vietnam war. A row or chain (of mountains, say) follows a vehicle or means and the round letter.
8d Page handed over is liked better (9)
PREFERRED – the abbreviation for page is followed by a verb meaning handed over or passed to someone else (for a decision, say).
9d See 22d
13d Newspaper article on grown-up children (3,3,5)
THE BIG ISSUE – this is a street newspaper sold by homeless people as a means of earning a legitimate income. String together a definite article, an adjective meaning grown-up and a legal term for children.
15d Flavour of small juicy fruit, perfect (9)
SPEARMINT – the abbreviation for small is followed by a juicy fruit and an adjective meaning perfect or in pristine condition.
17d Preparation for eyesight (9)
PROVISION – a preposition meaning for or ‘in favour of’ followed by another word for eyesight.
19d See cod? I see flounders (7)
DIOCESE – an anagram (flounders) of COD I SEE.
20d Cold and stern — welcoming to architect? (7)
CREATOR – the abbreviation for cold and a stern or backside contain (welcoming) TO.
22d/9d Sound of a bell heard by Welsh boy and English actress (4,4)
NELL GWYN – charade of a homophone (heard) for the sound of a bell (especially at a funeral) and a Welsh male forename.
24d Delay eating a Malaysian dish (5)
SATAY – a verb to delay or suspend legal proceedings contains (eating) A (from the clue).
27d Blubber may be extracted from whales, obviously (3)
SOB – our second and final lurker of the day.
The clues I liked best were 18a, 13d and 19d. Which one(s) have you awarded a star to?
Today’s Quickie Pun: HARE + STILE = HAIRSTYLE