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1 Laugh very loudly cutting piece of cake for bird (9)
CHAFFINCH – A two letter word for a laugh and the musical notation for very loudly go inside (cutting) a word meaning a piece of cake or easy,
6 See through deception: there’s one in the clue… (5)
COLON – A two letter word for see inside (through) a word meaning a deception. The solution is the punctuation mark of which there is one in the clue.
9 …there’s one in the clue, but not in polite conversation (1,4,6,4)
FOUR LETTER WORD – Something you should not use in polite conversation – there is one of these in the clue in a literal rather than a figurative sense. The others have 6, 3, 2, 3, 3, 2, 6 and 12 respectively.
11 Of all the single digit numbers, this is 9 (4,3,3,5)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST – Oh, this is very clever! A description of the number 9 amongst single digits but also the answer is also an example of the answer to nine across.
12 US state where William resided 1981-82 (7)
INDIANA – Where Prince William was for approximately nine months during the years in question.
14 “Masses are ultimately absorbed by trifles,” say pretentious types (6)
PSEUDS – The final letters (ultimately) of masses and are inside another word for which trifles are an example (say).
16 Breast reduction gets negative reaction (3)
BOO – Remove the final letter (reduction) for another word for a breast.
18 Times cryptic by foremost of setters could be fan-bloody-tastic (6)
TMESIS – An anagram (cryptic) followed by the first letter (foremost of) setters. The answer means the splitting or separation of a word into parts by one or more intervening words.
20 Simon said call him repeatedly; Garfunkel rejected nonsense lyrics (3-2-2)
TRA-LA-LA – You need to remember the name of a song by Paul Simon, “You can call me Al”. Repeat the final word of the title and follow with the first name of Garfunkel. Finally reverse all of the letters (rejected).
24 The Telegraph crossword is often positioned so poorly (5,3,7)
UNDER THE WEATHER – A cryptic and double definition. It has been a long time since I solved the Telegraph crossword in the paper itself but I presume is still appears below the forecast of expected climatic conditions across the country.
26 Get first prize in the WI fair covering iconic song (6,2,3,4)
BLOWIN IN THE WIND – A word meaning fair (as in hair colour) goes around (covering) a word meaning get first prize and the “in the WI” from the clue.
29 “Lispy” duck? That’s just silly (5)
DAFFY – Double definition time with the cartoon duck who lisps and a word meaning just silly.
30 Person proposing to Iron Man is potty (9)
NOMINATOR – An anagram (is potty) of TO IRON MAN.
1 Tea without milk or sugar for clergyman (8)
CHAPLAIN – Split 3,5 this would describe a cup of tea with no additions.
2 Excited to get employment in a bar (7)
AROUSED – A word meaning employment inside the A from the clue and a word for a bar.
3 Reportedly Rupert’s grandparents or other ancestors (9)
FOREBEARS – Presuming a traditional nuclear family, a homophone (reportedly) of the number of grandparents Rupert (he of the ursine nature) would have.
4 Oddly, niece is born in Nice (3)
NEE – The odd letters of niece.
5/14 Betty’s soapdish! (6)
HOTPOT – Thou needest to split the final word into soap and dish and thence to recall Betty in the Street of the Coronation and thinketh of the dish that she frequently cooketh. Thou mayest need to be of a certain age to recalleth this and methinks that it requireth a little too much familiarity with the genre.
6 Pinky-orange colour produced by final flicker in ember (5)
CORAL – The final letter of flicker inside another word for an ember.
7 Under fifty, dare to get squished into skin-tight outfit (7)
LEOTARD – After the Roman numeral for fifty put an anagram (get squished) of DARETO.
8 Fresh air sounds like something naturist would enjoy (6)
NUDITY – A homophone (sounds like) of NEW(fresh) DITTY (air – as in a song).
10 Take care where you write your answer (4)
TEND – Think about the clue number and where you write the answer to 10d.
13 Husband’s middle reverting to six-pack (3)
ABS – Reverse the middle three letters in husband.
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15 Egyptian river rising and engulfing a poor Egyptian town (2,7)
EL ALAMEIN – Reverse (rising) the name of the Egyptian river and it around (engulfing) the A from the clue an a word meaning poor.
17 Next to Newfoundland, this breed is more manageable size (8)
LABRADOR – The name of this dog is also the name of a territory next to Newfoundland.
19 Heard Bernie legged it with ill-gotten gains (4,3)
MADE OFF – A homophone (heard) of the surname of Bernie, the disgraced American stockbroker. This does not work for me as a homophone as the surname is not pronounced in the way that the solution is pronounced.
21 He doesn’t believe what he is told, not entirely (7)
ATHEIST – The answer is hidden in WHAT HE IS TOLD.
22 Doubt I could be moved to make a better offer (6)
OUTBID – An anagram (could be moved) of DOUBT I.
23 Student, eruditely answering numerous starters for 10 (4)
LEAN – another word meaning the answer to 10d. The abbreviation for a student or learner followed by the first letters (starters) of the second, third and fourth words in the clue.
25 Spitting cobra in Yosemite, camouflaged (5)
RAINY – The answer is hidden inside COBRA IN YOSEMITE.
27 Trendy new pub (3)
INN – A two letter word meaning trendy followed by the abbreviation for new.
28 Cricket umpire holding belly in (3)
TUM – The answer is hidden in CRICKET UMPIRE.