Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29673
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A grey drizzly day as we write this but the forecaster tells us that it should improve towards evening. It is good that we have indoor activities (like putting together a crossword blog) on today’s list of things to do.
All the usual Wednesday fun once again.
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5a Minister sees train regularly taken by nuisance (6)
PRIEST : The second and fourth letters of train are inside a nuisance or annoyance.
10a Level, yet still at the start (5)
EVENS : A synonym for yet and then the first letter of still.
11a Robust binding (9)
STRAPPING : A double definition. The first is often used in relation to youth or young men.
12a Perform better, needing expenditure to cover parking (7)
OUTPLAY : The letter signifying parking is inside another word for expenditure.
13a Macho guards fighting source of cyber invasion? (7)
MALWARE : Macho or relating to men contains fighting, often between nations.
14a Drink mint tea, we hear — right with vichy water (9)
COINTREAU : String together mint or make solid pieces of money, then the letter that sounds like ‘tea’, R(ight) and finally the French word for water.
17a Boasts of loads welcoming Republican (5)
BRAGS : Loads or sackfuls surrounds R(epublican).
18a Runs for son in selected task (5)
CHORE : Start with a word meaning selected or picked and substitute its S(on) with R(uns).
21a Raging fire following a question getting source of water (7)
AQUIFER : ‘A’ from the clue, then Qu(estion) and an anagram (raging) of FIRE.
26a Oil producer‘s old tale about volume (5)
OLIVE : O(ld) and then an untrue tale contains V(olume).
27a Tries tucking in top of trouser suit (6)
HEARTS : the first letter of trouser is within tries in a court of law.
28a European province involved in strike (6)
DANISH : The offshore province of the UK is inside strike or hit violently.
2d Distant relation needs to be up, keeping on the ball (5)
ALERT : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
4d Attractive old volunteers remain without answer (5)
TASTY : The now obsolete initials for the volunteer army and then a word meaning remain without its A(nswer).
5d Principal lover cut knot occasionally (9)
PARAMOUNT : A word for a lover borrowed from the French without its last letter (cut) is followed by the second and fourth letters of knot.
6d Urge Independent politician to oppress the Spanish (5)
IMPEL : I(ndependent), then a Member of Parliament and the Spanish definite article.
7d Tell story and turn on article about fish rising (4,1,4)
SPIN A YARN : Turn or rotate, then the two letter indefinite article surrounds the reversal of a flat fish.
8d Undaunted, the girl’s voice is without limits (6)
HEROIC : The personal pronoun meaning belonging to the girl and then the three central letters (without limits) of voice.
16d Humiliate Hebridean island in terrible mess (9)
EMBARRASS : An anagram (terrible) of MESS contains the Hebridean island where ‘Whisky Galore’ was filmed. (We needed to check this one).
17d Analyse nervous collapse (9)
BREAKDOWN : When the answer is split 5,4 we have a phrase meaning analyse.
18d Ill-tempered taxi driver having to cross river (6)
CRABBY : A familiar name for a taxi driver contains R(iver).
23d Fine during exercise on day, getting jabbed (5)
POKED : The two letter common expression for fine is enclosed by physical exercise and finally D(ay).
24d People who succeed in getting tunes broadcast (5)
HEIRS : A homophone (broadcast) of tunes or melodies.
Quickie pun mince + horse = mint sauce