Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28945
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Good morning from South Staffs.
No horses were frightened during my solving of today’s puzzle from Giovanni, and those who object to religious references can relax, since this appears to be a secular puzzle.
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1a Competition between two close teams in pub west of city (5,5)
LOCAL DERBY – Another word for a pub near one’s home, followed by a city in the East Midlands.
6a Bad feeling when there’s destruction about (4)
MOOD – Reverse (about) another word for ‘destruction’ or ‘disaster’.
10a What may be flowering in season — nitrogen not needed (5)
SPRIG – Remove the chemical symbol for nitrogen from one of the seasons of the year.
11a A dad with the twitching complaint disinclined to act (9)
APATHETIC – Put together A (from the clue), another word for ‘dad’, THE (from the clue), and a nervous twitch.
12a Silly South American country running short of energy and food (8)
CHILDISH – Remove the Energy from the end of a South American country, then add a plate of food.
13a Taking part in debate, a marvellous group of top people (1-4)
A-TEAM – Hidden in the clue.
15a Model soldier to travel north (7)
PARAGON – Put together an airborne soldier, ‘to travel’, and North.
17a Take revenge to avoid an odd outcome? (3,4)
GET EVEN – If you want to avoid ‘odd’ you need to …
19a Heading for shelter in city mostly torn apart by conflict (7)
LEEWARD – Remove the final letter (mostly) from a West Yorkshire city, then insert an armed conflict into the result.
21a Rise and fall of baddy from ‘ere (7)
CADENCE – A baddy or bounder, followed by a word for ‘from ‘ere’.
22a One sister of Beth in British university, small and elegant (5)
BIJOU – The Roman numeral for one, and the name of one of Beth’s sisters in Little Women, with abbreviations for British and University placed either side.
24a Illegal traveller taking a route east of Gloucestershire town (8)
STOWAWAY – Put together the name of a town in Gloucestershire, usually followed by ‘on the Wold’, A (from the clue) and a route or means.
27a Superior crackpot, fellow on paper maybe not mentioned (9)
UNUTTERED – Put together the letter used to indicate superiority (of class), another word for a crackpot, and one of the usual crossword journalists.
28a Believe in nothing and waste away? (5)
OPINE – The letter which looks like a zero, followed by ‘waste away’ (with unrequited love?).
29a The time one’s arranged to meet (4)
DATE – Cryptic definition of a meeting set up with a potential romantic partner.
30a Manchester has this top fellow on stage (7,3)
LEADING MAN – If you consider the spelling of ‘Manchester’ you might see that it has this, which is also the term for the principal male actor in a play.
1d Composer’s sound inclination (4)
LIST – This is an inclination from the vertical which sounds like the name of a 19th-century Hungarian composer and pianist.
2d New orchestra that has pulling power (9)
CARTHORSE – Anagram (new) of ORCHESTRA.
3d The foreign female OK as an immigrant? (5)
LEGAL – A French definite article (‘the’ foreign) followed by a dialect word for a young woman. This gives us a word describing the status of someone who has not broken the law, whether as an immigrant or in some other context.
4d Girl and boy admitting current attempt to withhold truth? (7)
EVASION – A girl’s name – perhaps the one who sang Loco-motion – followed by a boy child wrapped around the algebraic symbol for electrical current.
5d Put up with big, unending embrace that’s painful? (4,3)
BEAR HUG – Another word for ‘put up with’, followed by another word for ‘big’ with its last letter removed (unending).
7d Off the wall, but not entirely without reason (5)
OUTRE – Hidden in the last two words of the clue.
8d ‘Tom ended drunk’, copper intervening put down on paper (10)
DOCUMENTED – Anagram (drunk) of TOM ENDED, wrapped around the chemical symbol for copper.
9d What terrible left-winger outside Parliament finally gets stopped? (8)
THWARTED – Anagram (terrible) of WHAT, followed by the colour denoting a political left-winger wrapped around the final letter of ParliamenT.
14d Session certain to make one enthralled (10)
SPELLBOUND – A session or period of time followed by another word for ‘certain (to)’
16d University type had to be sent down after a drug bust (8)
GRADUATE – Anagram (bust) of A DRUG, followed by ‘sent down’ or ‘swallowed’.
18d Vehicle belonging to artist on front of mansion gets barbarous treatment (9)
VANDALISM – Put together a small commercial vehicle, a Surrealist artist plus the letter indicating ‘belonging to’, and the first letter (front) of Mansion.
20d Merit of some Parisian bottle unopened (7)
DESERVE – the French word for ‘some’ followed by another word for bottle or courage with its first letter removed (unopened).
21d Odd crew at sea, cramped (7)
CROWDED – Anagram (at sea) of ODD CREW.
23d Jack joins member of family for a trip (5)
JAUNT – The playing-card symbol for a Jack followed by a female relative.
25d A party with sailors below deck (5)
ADORN – Put together A (from the clue), one of the usual crossword parties, and the letters after the name of one of Her Majesty’s sailors.
26d The wren, regularly disappearing bird (4)
TERN – Remove alternate letters (regularly disappearing) from the first two words of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun CAULS + ENTERS = CALL CENTRES