A Puzzle by Madcap
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1a Wound is no handicap (7)
SCRATCH: Double definition.
5a Agreement vetoes right for intercourse (7)
CONTACT: A commercial agreement between parties without (vetoes) the letter R (right).
9a Post man called (4)
MAIL: A homophone (called) of male (man).
10a Spies not using artificial intelligence in tailing despicable father (10)
PRIESTLING: A five-letter word meaning spies followed by the tailing from the clue without (not using) the abbreviation for artificial intelligence.
12a Common reached by street with A-road (8)
STANDARD: The abbreviation for street followed by a three-letter word meaning with, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for road.
13a Untidy garbage mostly (6)
RAGBAG: An anagram of GARBAGE without its final letter (mostly).
14a Not the main way to go in general (5)
BROAD: Double definition, the main way to go being an A-Road.
16a Runner (Evesham to Stratford) excited Eva when claiming a victory (5,4)
UPPER AVON: A two-letter word meaning excited followed by the surname of the Argentinian Eva that includes (claiming) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for victory.
18a New socialite in ruins abandoned special hair extensions (9)
SIDEBURNS: A three-letter word for a new socialite in an anagram (abandoned) of RUINS followed by the abbreviation for special.
20a Explosive is concealed within fixed panel (5)
SHEET: The abbreviation for High Explosive inside a three-letter word meaning fixed.
23a Tart's eaten by my parrot (6)
COPIER: A three-letter word for a tart (as in food) inside (eaten by) a three-letter word meaning my.
24a What about beast in pen taking rap for literary legend? (8)
EPIGRAPH: A two-letter word meaning what around (about) a three-letter word for a farm animal kept in a pen or sty and the rap from the clue.
26a Bill introduced short time before first Queen's rule (10)
ADMINISTER: A two-letter word for a bill followed by a three-letter abbreviation word for a period of time, the abbreviation for first and the regnal cipher for the queen.
27a What lad needs to get laid daily! (3,1)
THE I: The definite article followed by the letter added to lad to get laid.
28a Gift posted in advance? (7)
PRESENT: Split 3-4, this could mean posted in advance.
29a Modest offering reportedly from Leith on Great British Bake-off? (7)
PRUDISH: A homophone (reportedly) of PRUE DISH.
2d Business to flower as offshore trader (7)
COASTER: The abbreviation for company followed by a five-letter word for a type of flower.
3d Spent everything - going to pot (3,2)
ALL IN: Double definition.
4d Drinks constant stimulants, they say (6)
CUPPAS: The abbreviation for constant followed by a homophone (they say) of uppers (stimulants).
6d Old boy's always inspired, essentially correct - is he a seer? (8)
OBSERVER: The abbreviation for old boy preserving the S from ‘s followed by a four-letter word meaning always that includes (inspired) the middle letter (essentially) of correct.
7d Advance warning - stage strike to stop the rebuilding (9)
TELEGRAPH: A three-letter word for a stage and a three-letter word meaning strike all inside (to stop) an anagram (rebuilding) of THE.
8d Aperitif in South Africa bottled by odd characters from Congo (7)
CINZANO: The IN from the clue and the IVR code for South Africa inside (bottled by) the odd letters on Congo.
11d Home Office section brief outlines aim: ‘primarily England nation to be sovereign’ (11)
INDEPENDENT: A two-letter word meaning home and a four-letter brief word for a section of an office includes (outlines) a three letter word meaning aim and the first letter (primarily) of England and Nation.
15d I connect with heart of Jesus following end of prayer services (9)
AMENITIES: The I from the clue, a three-letter word mean connect and the middle letter (heart) of Jesus all follow a four-letter word used at the end of a prayer.
17d Champion in terrible marauding - first being knocked out (8)
GUARDIAN: An anagram (terrible) of MARAUDING with the first letter removed (being knocked out).
19d OK? It would be KO if this! (2,5)
IN ORDER: A description of being arranged alphabetically.
21d Air is nippy (7)
EXPRESS: Double definition (nippy being used in the sense of fast).
22d Through which your self-image will be turned around (6)
MIRROR: Cryptic definition of a reflective surface.
25d Judged wine to contain a sediment at the bottom (5)
RATED: A three-letter word for some wine includes (to contain) the A from the clue and the last letter (at the bottom) of sediment.