Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30038
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Weather here absolutely atrocious over virtually all of the country. Just what we don’t need for the mid-winter school holiday break.
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9a Ridiculous claim by one area of the UK that’s hostile (8)
INIMICAL : An anagram (ridiculous) of CLAIM follows Roman numeral one and the area of the UK sometimes erroneously called Ulster.
11a Inappropriate team from Manchester holding us back (8)
UNSUITED : A Manchester football team (not City) surrounds the reversal of ‘US’ from the clue.
13a Bet on yield varying as instructed (10)
OBEDIENTLY : An anagram (varying) of BET ON YIELD.
16a Standing question over current situation (6,3)
STATUS QUO : A word for standing or repute, then the two letter abbreviation for question and the cricket abbreviation for over.
21a Expected tense performers (4)
DUET : A word meaning expected, and T(ense).
24a General manager must be in — it’s a terrible shame (6)
STIGMA : An anagram (terrible) of IT’S A contains G(eneral) M(anager).
25a City incorporating weirdly random part of France (8)
NORMANDY : An East Coast American city is outside an anagram (weirdly) of RANDOM.
27a The new island state with moral values (7)
ETHICAL : An anagram (new) of THE, then I(sland) and a West Coast US state.
28a The girl would look a day for such a large amount (8)
SHEDLOAD : A way of saying ‘the girl would’ using a personal pronoun and then ‘D; a two letter word for look, ‘A’ from the clue and D(ay).
29a Gamble, eating most of dodgy cut of meat (7)
BRISKET : A three letter word meaning gamble contains a synonym for dodgy with the last letter removed.
2d Tailgated dangerously without learner being worried (8)
AGITATED : Remove the trainee driver letter from an anagram (dangerously) of TAI(l)GATED.
3d Rallies planned to recruit born politicians (8)
LIBERALS : An anagram (planned) of RALLIES contains B(orn).
4d It’s all over! (4-2-4)
WALL-TO-WALL : A cryptic definition for a phrase often used to describe floor coverings.
5d Mean ones to keep identity withheld? (4)
ANON : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d One saying nothing about parking charge (6)
IMPUTE : Roman numeral one, then saying nothing or speechless contains P(arking).
8d Loving look of forest clearing, still timeless (4,3)
GLAD EYE : A forest clearing or dell, then ‘still’ as used to mean moreover, loses its T(ime).
11d Friend supporting a Parisienne queen in a biased way (9)
UNEQUALLY : The French feminine indefinite article, then QU(een) and a friend or associate.
17d Chances covering international match will be quirks (8)
ODDITIES : I(nternational) and a match that could even be a drawn one, are surrounded by chances or possibilities.
20d Do a runner from second complainant (7)
SCARPER : S(econd) and a complainant or persistent whinger.
23d Helps when cover for broadcast is held (6)
AVAILS : A synonym for ‘when’ contains a homophone (for broadcast) of a cover a bride might wear.
26d University administrator may find source of agreement in study (4)
DEAN : The first letter of agreement is inside a study or reading room.
Quickie pun burly + nurse = Berliners