Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29452
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1a Leverage needed for acquisition (8)
PURCHASE : A double definition. The acquisition is achieved by buying.
9a Fine points supplied by French city with connections (8)
NICETIES : A city on the French Riviera and then connections or links.
12a One in my reserves is a very rich person (9)
MONEYBAGS : ‘My’ from the clue contains ‘one’ from the clue and then reserves or claims as a right.
14a Sweetener found in cake and sugar, essentially (4)
BUNG : A type of small cake and then the central letter of sugar.
16a Stops son being adopted by believers (7)
DESISTS : Believers in a god contain S(on).
19a Tension caused by troubled coward crossing line (4,3)
COLD WAR : An anagram (troubled) of COWARD contains L(ine).
21a Supporters mostly go without food around November (4)
FANS : Remove the last letter (mostly) from ‘go without food’ and inside this the letter represented by November in radio communications.
25a Spinning fine yarn that’s beyond words (9)
INEFFABLE : An anagram (spinning) of FINE and then a yarn that might come from Aesop.
27a Spoil broadcast by Independent politician (6)
IMPAIR : The abbreviation for independent, a member of parliament and then another word for broadcast.
29a Refuse to drop British music such as this (6)
GARAGE : Remove B(ritish) from refuse or rubbish.
30a Stress caused by cooking pies and mash (8)
EMPHASIS : An anagram (cooking) of PIES and MASH.
1d Both parents must cover North American state (6)
PANAMA : Two two-letter familiar words for parents surround the abbreviation for North American.
2d Sport needing a hundred in syndicate (6)
RACING : ‘A’ from the clue and the Roman numeral for hundred are in a syndicate or band.
3d Sacred time’s filled with passion (5)
HOTLY : The abbreviation for time is found within another word for sacred.
4d Situation report supporting the girl (7)
SHEBANG : A personal pronoun for ‘the girl’ and then the report made by a discharging firearm.
7d License to lift fodder stored in empty locale (8)
LEGALISE : fodder made from compressed and fermented green matter is reversed inside the first and last letters of locale.
8d Intrusion that sees new stars possessing sixth sense (8)
TRESPASS : An anagram (new) of STARS surrounds supernatural perception.
11d Some famous editors took drugs (4)
USED : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
15d Reluctant and regretting going topless, full of new resolve (9)
UNWILLING : A word meaning regretting loses its first letter and inside this we have N(ew) and resolve or determination.
17d Becoming aware of exhibition centre turning up in swindle (8)
SCENTING : The initials for a Birmingham exhibition centre are reversed inside a swindle or targeted fraud.
20d Heartlessly quick strike (4)
RAID : Remove the central letter (in this case P) from a synonym for quick.
21d Licence charge about right with party millions (7)
FREEDOM : A charge contains R(ight), then a two letter party or function and M(illions).
23d Becomes relaxed under student charters (6)
LEASES : The letter displayed by a student driver and then a word meaning becomes relaxed.
26d Footballers must have it on hospital trust (5)
FAITH : The controlling organisation for footballers, then ‘It’ from the clue and H(ospital).
We’re sure there are going to be lots of different choices for favourite but we will go for 17d as it took us a while to remember the previously encountered exhibition centre.
Quickie pun grave + heat + rein = gravy train