Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29904
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the noise of the diggings continues. It’s been going on for a month now but at least they’re not right outside my house any longer.
The usual Monday fare today but I thought at the easy end of the spectrum. I got ten of the acrosses and then all of the downs on first pass so * it has to be. It will be interesting to see how you all got on with it.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Extremely reprehensible landlord one who voted for Trump? (10)
REPUBLICAN: Start with an RE (extremely ReprehinsiblE) and follow with a word for the landlord of your local.
9a Mandarin, endless stream, a curate translated (10)
BUREAUCRAT: A Scottish stream without its last letter (endless) followed by an anagram (translated) of A CURATE. This clue would have been easier if I’d known how to spell the answer!
10a Good sense shown retaining original of Russian legal document (4)
WRIT: Take a word for good sense or nous and insert (retaining) an R (original of Russian).
12a Work hard to get a new advertising phrase (6)
SLOGAN: A word meaning to work hard followed by the A from the clue and an N(ew).
13a More rum for visitor (8)
STRANGER: This visitor is also a word meaning more rum as in more odd.
15a King, or fine British author (6,6)
GEORGE ORWELL: The name of six kings followed by the OR from the clue and then a word meaning fine or healthy.
18a Computer place in centre, neat if in need of refreshment (8,4)
INTERNET CAFE: An anagram (in need of refreshment) of CENTRE NEAT IF. Indeed it would be a neat place to go if you were in need of refreshment!
21a Herb that may be found in most of NE Spanish region (8)
TARRAGON: This herb is also the name of a Spanish province located in Catalunya but without its last letter (most of).
22a Refuse to accommodate husband’s party (6)
THRASH: A word for refuse, as in rubbish, has an H(usband) inserted (to accommodate) to give a party or bash.
25a Mate in capital hugging daughter in top spot, perhaps (10)
PALINDROME: Another word for a mate, the IN from the clue and a European capital city are all placed around (hugging) a D(aughter) to get a word for what TOP SPOT is an example of. Here’s another example – “Dennis and Edna sinned”.
26a Combat vehicle‘s brown and khaki, primarily (4)
TANK: A shade of brown placed around a K (Khaki primarily).
27a British want to protect the old scoundrel (10)
BLACKGUARD: A charade of B(ritish), a word meaning a want or need and then a word for to protect gives an old word for a scoundrel.
1d Sturdy vehicle showing decay externally (6)
ROBUST: A vehicle used for public transport is inside a word for to decay (showing . . . externally).
2d Standards concerning minister (6)
PARSON: Standards, on a golf course perhaps, followed by a word meaning concerning.
3d Attend American sanctuary to withdraw (4,1,7)
BEAT A RETREAT: The first word of the answer could be split (2,2) to give a phrase meaning to attend. Then you need an A for American and the final word is a sanctuary or den.
4d Popular Chinese island (4)
INCH: The usual two letter for popular followed by an abbreviation of Chinese. I’ve always though these two letters were Switzerland but apparently they can be China or Chinese in American English.
5d A tap losing pressure — reach with some difficulty (2,1,7)
AT A STRETCH: Take the A from the clue, TAP without the P (losing Pressure) and then a word for a reach. Split it all (2,1,7) to get the answer.
8d Behind everybody, nevertheless (5,3)
AFTER ALL: A word for behind or following followed by a word for everybody.
11d What may be wanted after a night on the tiles destroyed her good faith (4,2,3,3)
HAIR OF THE DOG: Anagram (destroyed) of HER GOOD FAITH.
14d Public brawl — nobody’s charged (4-3-3)
FREE FOR ALL: Double definition.
16d Model intoxicated? Take no action (3,5)
SIT TIGHT: The first word means to model or pose and the second is a slang term for intoxicated or slightly drunk.
19d Some worship a god at temple (6)
PAGODA: A lurker hiding in (some) the next four words.
20d Screen student in cast (6)
SHIELD: Take a word for cast, as in thrown, and insert (in) an L for student.
23d Leaders in Dallas Invitational set course record (4)
DISC: First letters of (leaders in) the next four words.
I thought all these clues were very good and it would be unfair to pick out just a few. Therefore the only ones I’ve put in blue are the ones on my podium with 18a on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: BRED + SOURCE = BREAD SAUCE
Bottom line: PURSER + VEER = PERSEVERE
Third pun: EYE + SACK + KNEW + TUN = ISAAC NEWTON