ACROSS
 1, 6 and 13 General position before April of a piece written for the paper. (10,4,5)
10 Lead, but not quietly, and it might cause you some pain. (7)
11 They used to do it to babies with an awkward walk, after a point. (7)
12 One of the things the sun does assigns some value about returning help. (8)
13 See 1 across
15 Stone-throwing attack? (5)
17 Sounded contented with the boy about to be pointedly encouraged. (7,2)
19 Exemplary elocution implied, by way of explanation. (2,2,5)
21 A timely break in the circuit’s direction. (5)
23 Where in Latin you have large numbers about to describe the shape of things. (5)
24 Cheerfully encourage brew or softer beverage. (4,4)
27 There’s a small measure employed in getting charged. (7)
28 One isn’t likely to be fighting on home territory. (7)
29 School of reflected importance. (4)
30 Unplugged’s an unusual way to describe such a cozy position! (8,2)
 
DOWN
 1 and 14 Each goes so, to describe a far from fruitful pursuit. (4,5,5)
 2 Uncle looks for gold, perhaps—typical of eastern craft. (7)
 3 Those from old Mesopotamia? (5)
 4 Valid and invalid state of discernment. (4,5)
 5 Nothing on its present condition should be so welcome to some travelers. (5)
 7 Asked for, or just told? (7)
 8 Work of 24 down must be exercising the mind. (3,7)
 9 Something soothing spoken of a royal castle? (8)
14 See 1 down
16 Try a fixed number of bottles—it might establish a precedent. (4,4)
18 Witless, as they used to say? (9)
20 An early navigator coming up with a small company to deal with what they brought back from America. (7)
22 Argued in 16, possibly. (7)
24 What they put to slow down the reaction of one responsible for 8. (5)
25 Cube velocity, to show such a slope. (5)
26 Support essential to older planes. (4)
From the March 27, 1976, issue. Be sure to vote in our contest to pick the new Nation puzzle­meister!