Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29299
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This puzzle was published on 29th February 2020
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! – Anyone else notice the serendipidity of puzzle number 29299 on the 29th? There was a clue that I hated on the day (4d – my fault!) which was more than made up for by three terrific clues in my opinion.
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1a Appropriate European base (7)
GERMANE – A GERMAN European and The natural logarithm base of e.
5a Mad Lear runs amok in distress (7)
ALARMED – An anagram (runs amok) of MAD LEAR
9a First class drinks party (9)
RECEPTION – The name for a new class of children in a school and also a formal drinks party.
10a Mayonnaise sent back contains bug (5)
ANNOY – A reversed hidden clue is contained back in esi ANNOY am.
11a Adult female holding on so soon (7)
ALREADY – A from the clue and a LADY (female) holding RE for on/reference.
12a General‘s son the one she loves? (7)
SHERMAN – A charade of S for Sone, and HER MAN i.e. the one she loves.
13a Left by train, heading for York specifically (9)
EXPRESSLY – An EXPRESS train with L(eft) and the heading letter in Y(ork).
16a Wise for instance feeding one to sea eagle (5)
ERNIE – Place I for one inside an ERNE or sea eagle..
17a Love makes an entrance audibly (5)
ADORE – A homophone of A DOOR (an entrance, reportedly).
18a Escaped over water breaking pottery (9)
DELFTWARE – A reversal (over) of FLED for left and then an anagram (breaking) of WATER.
21a Sub-machine gun loaded by little honey (7)
SWEETEN – A STEN gun includes (is loaded by) WEE for little.
22a King George takes in walk — that’s better (7)
GAMBLER – Place AMBLE/walk inside GR for George Rex or King George
25a Money one might charge incautious tourist (5)
RHINO – The definition is an slang word for money and if you were incautious enough to scare a RHINO in Africa you might get charged.
26a From remote areas: patriotic slogan? (2-7)
UP-COUNTRY – The definition for rural might be cryptically be a patriotic slogan for UP (the) COUNTRY.
27a Strict tea-user seen sloshed (7)
AUSTERE – Make an anagram (seen sloshed) of TEA USER.
28a Disappointed — at being dropped? (3,4)
LET DOWN – A simple double definition.
1d Rubbish sack taken into French station (7)
GARBAGE – Place a BAG/sack inside La GARE for a train station in France.
2d F1 driver perhaps fantastic in two runs (5)
RACER – ACE for fantastic inside two instances of R for Run (from the cricketing abb.).
3d Brightest star‘s expression of surprise about record (5)
ALPHA – AHA! for surprise around/about an LP or Long Playing record (one for the kids!!).
4d Furies in Ireland? Certainly! (7)
ERINYES – ERIN for Ireland (poetically) and YES for Certainly. Had to get the Greek book out!.
5d Many set free? (7)
AMNESTY – Clue of the Month for me and an All-in-One to boot. An anagram (free) of MANY SET where the whole clue is the definition when accompanied by a Question Mark.
6d Humiliation in a crypt? (9)
ABASEMENT – A from the clue and then BASEMENT for a crypt – an underground room.
7d Arab stopping Mona’s obsessive single-mindedness (9)
MONOMANIA – An OMANI/Arab inside (stops) MONA from the clue.
8d Senior woman rough on needy (7)
DOYENNE – A rough anagram of ON NEEDY.
14d Working on pitches in this discipline? (9)
PHONETICS – Another top clue – an anagram (working) of ON PITCHES.
15d Conductor to choose route, we hear (9)
ELECTRODE – ELECT for to choose and then RODE – a homophone (we hear) of ROAD.
17d Oddly able to leave one country for another (7)
AUSTRIA – Remove the odd letters of A b L e from the country of AUSTRalIA.
18d Set out at night? (7)
DENTURE – A nice cryptic definition of the set of teeth that ends up in a glass at night.
19d Coherent US soldier going into pub (7)
LOGICAL – A GI or US Soldier inside yer LOCAL pub.
20d Nobleman with those near the start (5,2)
EARLY ON – A charade of EARL (nobleman) and YON (those)
23d Carry out horse? (5)
MOUNT – To MOUNT an attack and a horse is a MOUNT (which you can MOUNT!)
24d Header missed in tight draw (5)
LOTTO – Remove the first letter (header missed) in (b)LOTTO or tight/drunk.