Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30182
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This is New Zealand’s traditional summer holiday time. The weather gods are behaving according to the rule book and we are having a spell of perfect weather at present. Looks like it is going to last for some time yet so all the outdoor activities planned for New Year should be smiled upon too.
Happy New Year everyone wherever you are.
Another good fun Wednesday puzzle to challenge and amuse us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Moving pests off cleaner stuff? (8,7)
PERSONAL EFFECTS : An anagram (moving) of PESTS OFF CLEANER.
10a Free facilities, free at last (5)
LOOSE : An informal word for facilities or conveniences and then the final letter of free.
11a Art form Liszt’s last symphony covers (7)
EROTICA : The alternative name for Beethoven’s Third Symphony contains the last letter of Liszt.
12a Swimmer circumnavigating one’s island nation (7)
TUNISIA : A fast-swimming ocean fish contains Roman numeral one, the ‘S (from one’s), and I(sland).
13a Address of gentleman with no time in prison (3)
SIR : A slang word for prison loses its T(ime).
14a Surplus could be normal, having nothing for America (7)
OVERAGE : Start with a word meaning normal or not extreme and change its A(merica) to the letter signifying nothing.
17a Weapons going west in aeroplane’s racks (7)
ARSENAL : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
22a Vendors using lines adopted by people who view (7)
SELLERS : People who view contain the abbreviation for line, twice.
24a Reportedly understand the Irish, say (3)
SEA : A homophone of a word meaning understand or comprehend.
25a Travel permit for small group (7)
TRIPLET : Travel, or a journey and then permit or allow.
26a If missing nightlife, lost temper (7)
LIGHTEN : An anagram (lost) of NIGHTL(if)E, once the word if has been removed.
28a Private meal, excluding starter (5)
INNER : Remove the first letter from what is usually the main meal of the day.
29a Influenced Independent politician needing relaxation for broadcast (9)
IMPRESSED : I(ndependent), then a Member of Parliament and a homophone (for broadcast) of a word meaning relaxation.
30a Information about out-of-date fish by workers is welcome (6,9)
GOLDEN HANDSHAKE : Out-of-date or obsolete is contained by a three letter word for information, then manual workers and a type of white-fleshed fish. We aren’t sure have got the definition correctly identified here. Any thoughts?
4d Calm primate eating veg (7)
APPEASE : An animal primate contains small green vegetables.
5d Complex vote in the Republic of Argentina? (7)
ELECTRA : A word meaning ‘vote in’ and then the IVR code for Argentina.
6d What’s left after smoothing affairs across Italy? (7)
FILINGS : Affairs or dalliances contain the IVR code for Italy.
8d Film shown as Nepalese dined out? (3,6,3,3)
SEE NAPLES AND DIE : An anagram (out) of AS NEPALESE DINED.
15d Heartfelt proposal in agreement to go topless (9)
EMOTIONAL : A proposal that could be part of a formal meeting is inside an agreement or contract with the first letter missing.
16d Man greatly admired setter, perhaps needing a lift (3)
GOD : The reversal (needing a lift) of what a setter could be an example of.
18d Dry sounding sort of cereal (3)
RYE : A homophone (sounding) of a synonym for dry or droll.
20d A goal mostly keeping learner free (2,5)
AT LARGE : The learner driver letter is inside ‘A’ from the clue and a goal or something to aim for, without its last letter.
22d Seasonal producer of plants — a criminal (4,3)
SALT PAN : An anagram (criminal) of PLANTS A. We are looking for a facility that produces something used for seasoning.
23 People who record woodsmen? (7)
LOGGERS : A double definition.
Quickie pun deign + Germany = danger money