Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30116
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Another typical Wednesday puzzle to deal with on a cool blustery day.
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1a Incompetent bunch? I’m not sure after demonstration (6)
SHOWER : Demonstration or display and then a two word interjection meaning ‘I’m not sure’.
9a Belief in keeping new promises (10)
IMPRESSION : An anagram (new) of PROMISES is enclosed by ‘in’ from the clue.
10a Signals last of sugar to be removed from preserves (4)
CUES : The last letter of sugar is removed from preserves, possibly using brine or smoke.
11a Tick off day being hugged by a beautiful person (8)
ADMONISH : The three letters for one of the days of the week is surrounded by ‘A’ from the clue and and a colloquial word for a beautiful person.
12a In conclusion, the French play regularly on street (6)
LASTLY : The French definite article, then ST(reet) and the second and fourth letters of play.
13a Report of name being held in reserve (4)
BANG : Reserve or claim for oneself contains N(ame).
15a Unit dismissing one old part of hospital is inconvenient (8)
UNTOWARD : Remove Roman numeral one from the word ‘unit’, then O(ld) and a part of a hospital.
19a Enthusiastic about, if not moving without force (4)
INTO : An anagram (moving) of I(f) NOT without F(orce).
23a Send a letter of request as result of vehicle collision (5-3)
WRITE-OFF : Without the hyphen we have a phrase that could mean send a letter of request.
25a Well-provided-for, having arms from the east (4)
SNUG : A reversal (from the east) of some firearms.
26a Some decide target night should be rejected as unified (10)
INTEGRATED : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Case of remarkable one-time revolutionary (8)
REFORMER : The first and last letters (case) of remarkable and then one-time or used-to-be.
28a Easily irritated, I will leave the City in turmoil (6)
TETCHY : An anagram (in turmoil) of THE C(i)TY without ‘I’ from the clue.
2d Sultry individual without an ID (5)
HUMID : Someone of our species without ‘an’ then ‘ID’ from the clue.
3d Friendly German keeps working for aggressive type (9)
WARMONGER : The temperature used to describe friendly, then a two letter word meaning working and a three letter abbreviation for German.
4d Country game getting a lot of criticism (6)
RUSTIC : New Zealand’s national game, then a familiar word for criticism without its last letter.
7d Runs and manages to find missing leader (5)
RACES : Remove the first letter from ‘manages to find’ or locates.
14d Promise confidence (9)
ASSURANCE : A double definition.
17d Sorry impasse surrounding Conservative flight from reality (8)
ESCAPISM : An anagram (sorry) of IMPASSE contains C(onservative).
22d Trouble from elements in stag groups? (5)
AGGRO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Extra meat after changing sides (5)
FRESH : Start with a word for meat and change its L(eft) to R(ight.
Quickie pun beer + frayed = be afraid