Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29304
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has started bright and sunny.
This was a steady solve for me, with no particular hold-ups, and I was a little surprised to find that I had reached the border of *** time.
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1a Conflict with the German guard (6)
WARDER – An armed conflict followed by one of the forms of the definite article in German.
5a Performed at do with cute eccentric (5,3)
ACTED OUT – anagram (eccentric) of AT DO and CUTE.
9a Escape holding large wooden torch (10)
FLASHLIGHT – Put together Large (from the clue) and a type of wood, then wrap a noun meaning ‘escape’ around the result.
10a Deer got up, we heard (4)
ROES – A type of deer, in the plural, which sounds like another word for ‘got up’.
11a Support Poles travelling around America (8)
ESPOUSAL – Anagram (travelling) of POLES, wrapped around the three- letter acronym for America.
12a Procedure of one exercise class on field (6)
RECIPE – A shortened word for a park or playing field followed by the Roman numeral for one and the letters denoting a period of misery in the school gym.
13a Used to be banks in both Whitstable and Ramsgate (4)
WERE – The outside letters (banks) of WhitstablE and RamsgatE.
15a Player from United with model back in apartment (8)
FLAUTIST – To get this orchestral player, put together United and the reverse of a verb for ‘model’ or ‘pose’, then wrap an apartment around the result.
18a Female mashed potato hard way (8)
FOOTPATH – Put together Female, an anagram (mashed) of POTATO, and Hard.
19a Regularly seen Friends on repeat (4)
REDO – Alternate letters (regularly seen) of FRiEnDs On.
21a It’s star-studded party given by two unknowns (6)
GALAXY – A party or festival followed by two algebraic unknowns.
23a Poorest born then cark it, existing in the middle (8)
NEEDIEST – The French for ‘born’, followed by a more orthodox word for the event for which the Australian (?) slang is ‘cark it’, followed by the middle letters of existing.
25a That man’s hiding small sound of gas escaping (4)
HISS – The possessive pronoun for ‘that man’s’, with Small inserted.
26a Scolding husband detained by drunk in bar ages (10)
EARBASHING – anagram (drunk) of IN BAR AGES, wrapped around Husband.
27a Send some French dressing (8)
DESPATCH – The French for ‘some’ followed by a dressing or repair.
28a Wet turf by animal home (6)
SODDEN – Split the answer (3,3) and you have a turf and a wild animal’s home.
2d Choppers bearing large mechanical parts (5)
AXLES – The sort of choppers which can cut down trees, with Large inserted.
3d Dodgy detective excelled over good person (9)
DISHONEST – Put together a two-letter detective rank, another word for ‘excelled’, and the abbreviation of the title given to a good or holy person.
4d Enjoy run, hour covering exotic isle (6)
RELISH – Abbreviations for Run and Hour, placed either side of an anagram (exotic) of ISLE.
5d Winged overseer in grange loft, hen or thrush (5,2,3,5)
ANGEL OF THE NORTH – An absolutely brilliant lurker found in the last five words of the clue.
6d Overwhelmed by test, sorted out lesson (8)
TUTORIAL – Anagram (sorted) of OUT, with a test or ordeal wrapped around it.
7d Tips from rabbi in document of classic design (5)
DORIC – An abbreviation for ‘document’ wrapped around the first and last letters (tips) of RabbI.
8d Exhausted keeping new exhibition under wraps (9)
UNEXPOSED – Put together New and a shortened word for an exhibition or trade fair, then wrap a word for ‘exhausted’ (often seen in conjunction with ‘up’) around the result.
14d Vivid Lloyd Webber musical man recalled (9)
EVOCATIVE – Put together the title of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and another word for ‘man’ or ‘chap’, then reverse the result.
16d Upended in grass, outhouse damaged (9)
TARNISHED – Put together IN (from the clue) and ‘grass’ or ‘inform on’, reverse the result, and add an outhouse.
17d Simple Simon’s core worry, being pushover (4,4)
EASY MEAT – Put together another word for ‘simple’, the middle letter (core) of SiMon, and ‘worry’ or ‘gnaw at’.
20d Article in Next, Barking store primarily for southerners (6)
TEXANS – Anagram (barking) of NEXT wrapped around an indefinite article, followed by the first letter (primarily) of Store. These southerners are from the USA.
22d Storyteller‘s written up main work (5)
AESOP – Reverse (up) another word for ‘the main’, then add a Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work to get an Ancient Greek teller of stories or fables.
24d Following son in church (5)
SINCE – Put together Son, IN (from the clue), and an abbreviation for the Church of England.
The Quick Crossword pun PURSE + SWAYS + SIEVE = PERSUASIVE