Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30428
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The election process still has another three days to run so once again this blog is being put together at the end of day spent issuing ballot papers.
Another enjoyable solve for us.
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1a Respect wizard after half an hour (6)
HOMAGE : The first two letters of hour and then a wizard or sorcerer.
4a Currently playing well, Arsenal’s wingers relaxed (8)
INFORMAL : A 2,4 phrase meaning currently playing well is followed by the first and last letters of Arsenal.
10a New trend in consuming very convenient food (2,6)
TV DINNER : An anagram (new) of TREND IN contains V(ery).
13a Dealing with sound German car heading for Osnabruck (5)
AUDIO : The German car with four rings as a symbol and then the first letter of Osnabruck.
14a Cooler product used by cockney coiffeuse? (3-11)
AIR-CONDITIONER : A product used by a coiffeuse without the letter that cockneys tend to drop.
17a Gossips trashed lead congressman dropping ecstasy (14)
SCANDALMONGERS : An anagram (trashed) of L(e)AD CONGRESSMAN without one of its E(cstasy)s.
23a Person generating much interest left Noah’s rebuilt boat (4,5)
LOAN SHARK : The abbreviation for left and an anagram (rebuilt) of NOAHS and the appropriate boat.
24a Force out and criticise group of freemasons (8)
DISLODGE : Criticise or pan, and the collective noun for a group of freemasons.
26a Ponder nature rambles around big road (8)
RUMINATE : An anagram (rambles) of NATURE contains UK’s major thoroughfare.
27a Typically, mere jokers to some extent backing Corbyn? (6)
JEREMY : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
1d Like complex gadgets, with problem conserving energy (2-4)
HI-TECH : A problem or snag contains E(nergy).
3d Very vivid, good hip-hop which gets uncovered (7)
GRAPHIC : The abbreviation for good, then an alternate name for hip-hop music and the central three letters (uncovered) of ‘which’.
7d The setter’s diamonds extracted from the earth (5)
MINED : A word meaning ‘the setter’s’ and then D(iamonds).
8d Sailor’s left pig covered in fat (8)
LARBOARD : Clarified fat surrounds a male pig.
12d Romantic illumination may please nursing student (11)
CANDLELIGHT : A synonym for may and then please or enrapture contains the student driver letter.
15d Local banks arranged account (9)
NARRATIVE : Local or of the region contains (banks) the abbreviation for arranged.
16d I make defamatory remarks about Brit, for example (8)
ISLANDER : ‘I’ from the clue and a word meaning make defamatory remarks.
18d Force someone like Milligan or Sellers to follow doctor (7)
DRAGOON : The title for a doctor, then what Milligan, Sellers or even Secombe are examples of.
19d Greet us excitedly, giving wave, perhaps (7)
GESTURE : An anagram (excitedly) of GREET US.
20d Lean runner by North American city (6)
SKINNY : A snow runner, then N(orth) plus the Big Apple.
Quickie pun made + marry + Anne = Maid Marian