Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29861
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Good morning from South Staffs. Seven more sleeps before the big day, and the Grinches in Whitehall are preparing a great big package of misery for everyone. It’s probably just as well that our setter today got 1a in before such references are banned again.
Today’s crossword took me a fairly standard Friday time, with 2d one of the last in.
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1a Cinders swept up by this rake? (6,8)
PRINCE CHARMING – It’s panto season (nearly) and this is a cryptic definition of someone who weds Cinders.
9a Report showing a noble going round clubs (7)
ACCOUNT – A (from the clue) and a foreign nobleman, placed either side of the abbreviation for the club suit in a deck of cards.
10a Many a groom wishes he was speechless (4,3)
BEST MAN – This is the man who traditionally ‘supports’ the bridegroom by giving an embarrassing speech at the wedding reception.
11a Money remitted via the phone? (4)
CENT – A small piece of money which sounds like (via the phone) another word for ‘remitted’.
12a Landlady maybe had to conceal electronic address? (10)
LETTERHEAD – Another word for a landlady or lessor, followed by HAD (from the clue) wrapped round the usual abbreviation for Electronic.
14a Notice was about something found in the playground (6)
SEESAW – Another verb for ‘notice, followed by the reverse (about) of WAS (from the clue).
15a Fresco Manchester’s exhibiting from an old American society (8)
COMANCHE – Hidden in the clue.
17a Officers riding free within two seconds (8)
MOUNTIES – These Canadian police officers are appearing for the second Friday in a row. Another word for ‘free’ or ‘release from bonds’, placed between an informal word for a second and an abbreviation for Second.
18a Blasted bugle — a thing known for its delicacy? (6)
BELUGA – Anagram (blasted) of BUGLE A.
21a Part of house daughter, newly-wed, will hide in twice (6,4)
DINING ROOM – An abbreviation for Daughter and a newly-wed man, placed either side of two instances of IN (from the clue).
22a This hotel accommodating Charlie and Oscar’s parrot? (4)
ECHO – All four letters of the answer are represented by the words used in the NATO alphabet. ‘This’ is the answer itself. ‘This’ and Hotel are placed either side of Charlie, and Oscar brings up the rear.
24a Covers hid less when rearranged (7)
SHIELDS – Anagram (when arranged) of HID LESS.
25a Flashy entertaining knight gets decoration (7)
GARNISH – The chess notation for a knight is inserted into another word for ‘flashy’ or ‘gaudy’.
26a Hide blade, embracing with spy (5,3,6)
CLOAK AND DAGGER – Here we have another word for ‘hide’ or ‘conceal’, another word for ‘with’ and a short-bladed weapon, producing the traditional image of a spy.
1d Busted open (lead-free) car’s struts (7)
PRANCES – Anagram (busted) of (o)PEN (lead-free – having the leading letter removed) and CAR’S.
2d Minor ordered to accompany in swindle (15)
INCONSEQUENTIAL – Put together IN (from the clue), another word for ‘swindle’, and another word for ‘ordered’ or ‘listed in order’.
3d Ace driver? (4)
CLUB – I think this is a double definition, the first being one of the four aces in a pack of cards, the second being a golf implement.
4d Something to eat, sweet, when eating left tons (6)
CUTLET – Another word for ‘sweet’ (perhaps applied to a small child) wrapped round Left, with Tons added at the back.
5d Design sort of mini boat (8)
AMBITION – Anagram (sort of) of MINI BOAT.
6d Walked all over in fog looking hot, had a bite inside (10)
MISTREATED – Another word for ‘fog’, followed by the colour you may go when you’re hot wrapped round another word for ‘had a bite’.
7d Calculating anaesthetic needed with crisis in middle of night (6-9)
NUMBER-CRUNCHING – Put together crosswordland’s favourite synonym for ‘anaesthetic’, another word for a crisis (when it comes to the ——), IN (form the clue) and the middle letter of niGht.
8d Nervous individual going to Germany, for instance getting a lift (2,4)
ON EDGE – Split the answer (3,1,2) and you have another word for an individual, the IVR code for Germany, and the reverse (getting a lift) of a Latin abbreviation for ‘for instance’.
13d Rise of long-tail gnats aerially covering part of Britain (4,6)
EAST ANGLIA – Hidden in reverse (Rise … covering) in the clue.
16d Bear sank at sea somewhere in America (8)
NEBRASKA – Anagram (at sea) of BEAR SANK.
17d Humble in more than one way (6)
MODEST – Another word for a way of doing something, followed by an abbreviation for something which is a way or road.
19d One more adult — him, apparently! (7)
ANOTHER – An abbreviation for Adult, followed by a phrase (3,3) which may indicate ‘him’ by excluding an alternative.
20d Registered, determined to follow Liberal Democrat out (6)
LOGGED – Start with an abbreviation for Liberal, then add a word for ‘determined’ or ‘persistent’ minus one of its instances of an abbreviation for Democrat.
23d Motorists circling about neighbourhood (4)
AREA – One of the motoring organisations wrapped round the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
The Quick Crossword pun EYE + KNEAD + EWE = I NEED YOU