Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29406
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from damp and drizzly South Staffs.
A steady solve for me today, with no especial difficulty, but still just getting to *** time.
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1a Shout ‘Vamoose!’ — coyote’s tail gets trapped (6)
SCREAM – A word which might be used to chase off a stray, wrapped round the last letter (tail) of coyotE.
5a Passions and affairs covered by Eastern Echo? On the contrary (8)
FEELINGS – Put together an abbreviation for Eastern and the letter represented by Echo in the NATO alphabet, and insert the result into another word for brief love affairs.
9a The deep connection between Italy and Libya? (13)
MEDITERRANEAN – Barely cryptic definition of the stretch of water between Italy and Libya.
10a Attackers battle to block river crossings (8)
FORWARDS – The sorts of river crossings where you get wet, wrapped round a battle or series of battles. The attackers are members of a football team.
11a Payment I rejected, in part or whole (6)
ENTIRE – Hidden in the clue.
12a Taking turns, watch in raft, an all-round vast place (6)
AFRICA – Reverse (all round) the third, fourth, fifth and sixth words of the clue, then take alternate letters to get a large land mass.
14a Doctor cycles about area, runs hardly at all (8)
SCARCELY – Anagram (doctor) of CYCLES, wrapped round Area and Runs.
16a Soldiers on street — sister and agent heading back (8)
PERSISTS – Put together an abbreviation for street, an informal word for ‘sister’, and the short form of a commercial agent, then reverse the result (heading back).
19a Canadian ready to knock over everyone in bar (6)
DOLLAR – Start with a bar or pole, insert a word for ‘everyone’, then reverse the result.
21a Charm of spoken prayers (6)
PLEASE – The definition is a verb, and is a homophone (spoken) of some prayers or entreaties.
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23a Answer corresponded with 500 brought forward enough (8)
ADEQUATE – An abbreviation for Answer followed by ‘corresponded’ with the Roman numeral for 500 brought to the front.
25a Telling shifts in human interactions (13)
RELATIONSHIPS – Another word for ‘telling’ or ‘recounting’ followed by another word for ‘shifts’ or ‘despatches (goods)’.
26a University town’s giving Bill openings (8)
READINGS – This is the formal term for the process by which a Parliamentary Bill is enacted. A university town west of London, plus the ‘S from the clue.
27a Bacon and his bust (6)
DANISH – Anagram (bust) of AND HIS.
2d Work out exit (4,3)
COME OFF – Double definition: to succeed (of a plan); or to leave the stage.
3d Award goal — that hurts! (5)
ENDOW – A goal or aiming-point, followed by an exclamation for ‘that hurts!’.
4d Mum retails recycled stuff builder needs? (9)
MATERIALS – Another short word for ‘mum’ followed by an anagram (recycled) of RETAILS.
5d Places fostering growth of revolutionary lies (7)
FORESTS – Reverse (revolutionary) OF (from the clue), than add ‘lies’ or ‘reposes’.
6d Cancel Times (electronic) (5)
ERASE – Some historical periods of time followed by Electronic.
7d Twin, one with incoherent dialect found around north (9)
IDENTICAL – The Roman numeral for one followed by an anagram (incoherent) of DIALECT wrapped around North.
8d Soldier, 17, in mess (7)
GENERAL – Anagram (in mess) of the answer to 17d.
13d During delay, journalist must be located (9)
INSTALLED – Put together a short word for ‘during’, ‘to delay’ or ‘play for time’, and the usual crossword journalist.
15d Put on afters — served up, disregarding time as directed (9)
ADDRESSED – ‘Put on’ or ‘supplement’, followed by the reverse (served up) of another word for ‘afters’ or ‘pudding’ without its Time.
17d When erected, integral nest boxes expand (7)
ENLARGE – Hidden in reverse (when erected) in the clue.
18d Old guitar group tracks (7)
SHADOWS – Double definition: the bank which started as backing for Cliff Richard; or ‘tracks stealthily’.
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20d Confirms visiting cricket matches (7)
ATTESTS – A preposition indicating that one is visiting a place, followed by some international cricket matches.
22d Hammered after failing to get first bit bolted down (5)
EATEN – Remove the first letter from ‘hammered’ or ‘thrashed’.
24d College certainly not over for some workers (5)
UNION – An informal word for college or university education, followed by the reverse (over) of a word meaning ‘certainly not’.
The Quick Crossword pun REED + YORE + MINED = READ YOUR MIND