Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29649
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6a Reject, lacking new incentive (4)
SPUR : Remove the abbreviation for new from the end of a word meaning reject.
10a Mature writer on the teaching of religion (5)
RIPEN : The two letters for the teaching of religion in schools, and then an instrument to write with.
11a Adopt a defensive stance as traditionalist away (6,3)
SQUARE OFF : Traditionalist or not trendy person, and then away or not here.
19a Two features of cricket go too far (7)
OVERRUN : A series of six deliveries and a scoring unit are the two cricket features.
21a Rest may be depressed by tall tale (3-4)
LIE-DOWN : A tall tale or porky and then a word meaning depressed.
22a A bit of bacon, as always possessing such sound quality (5)
NASAL : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
24a Resolve mainly intact, yet must be broken (8)
TENACITY : An anagram (must be broken) of INTAC(t) YET once the last letter of intact has been removed.
27a Quick-tempered — bails out, catching cold, consumed by anger (9)
IRASCIBLE : Quite a Russian doll here. On the outside we have a three letter word for anger which contains an anagram (out) of BAILS, which itself contains C(old).
28a Attacks answer found in run-down area making a comeback (5)
MAULS : The reversal of a run-down urban area contains A(nswer).
29a Willing to see golf celebrity losing first (4)
GAME : The phonetic alphabet ‘golf’ and a word for a celebrity without its first letter.
30a Be quiet about temperature after exercise, seeing contagion (10)
PESTILENCE : Start with the two letter physical exercise, then a seven letter instruction to be quiet contains T(emperature).
1d Short cut on course of healing (4)
CURE : The first two letters of the word cut and ‘on’ or relating to.
2d Copy of will must support oddly free criminal (9)
REPROBATE : An approved copy of a will follows alternate letters (oddly) from the word free.
3d Reach end of session consumed by fury (5)
RANGE : A synonym for fury contains the last letter of session.
4d Sign of a posh zip (7)
AUSPICE : ‘A’ from the clue, the single letter signifying posh, then zip that could be used in a culinary sense.
5d English raise a doubt about right for royal attendant (7)
EQUERRY : E(nglish), then raise a doubt or bring into question contains R(ight).
8d Polish engineers penalise workers on time (10)
REFINEMENT : String together army engineers, penalise monetarily, male workers, and T(ime).
9d Cross as partygoers seen in outskirts of Tonbridge (8)
TRAVERSE : The first and last letters of Tonbridge enclose partygoers having a good time.
14d Article with sample of opinions about tango? Staggering! (10)
ASTOUNDING : The indefinite article and then a term for a sample of opinions contains tango from the phonetic alphabet.
16d Abandoned deceit, cunningly taking in both sides separately (8)
DERELICT : An anagram (cunningly) of DECEIT contains the letters used to refer to each hand.
18d A session performance is a change of direction (5-4)
ABOUT-TURN : ‘A’ from the clue, a session possibly of an illness and then a performance or act.
20d VIP without somewhere to eat? (7)
NOTABLE : Split the answer 2,5 to understand this VIP’s problem.
21d Soft sanction includes lifting of Merkel’s refusal (7)
LENIENT : Sanction or allow contains the reversal of a refusal in Angela Merkel’s home language.
26d Land in water (4)
ISLE : A cryptic definition that could describe any of the components of the country in which we live.
We had our usual trouble trying to select a single favourite so will leave that up to you.
Quickie pun fare + retail = fairy tale