Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30440
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve been away in Wellington for a few days for a family gathering but are home again now and back into our regular crossword routine. A relatively gentle solve for us with smiles all the way through.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a What farm birds eat is peanuts (11)
CHICKENFEED : A double definition, peanuts here is used metaphorically.
10a Divided Conservative and Labour? (5)
CLEFT : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative and the end of the political spectrum represented by Labour.
11a E.g. Scouse or Glaswegian in charge of philosophical debates (9)
DIALECTIC : What Scouse and Glaswegian are examples of and then the two letters for ‘in charge’.
12a Harassed husband hurt after wife disappears (7)
HOUNDED : A synonym for hurt has its W(ife) removed and this follows H(usband).
15a Detective’s amongst fans, those appearing without kit (7)
NUDISTS : Fans or enthusiasts surround Detective Inspector’s.
18a Disheartened Ant or Dec changing style (3,4)
ART DECO : An anagram (changing) of A(n)T OR DEC with the central letter of Ant removed.
20a Running away from work wearing silver or gold, say (9)
ELOPEMENT : The short way of referring to an artistic work is enclosed by what silver, gold or any other member of the Periodic Table, is an example of.
22a Ale is repeatedly drunk in predominantly Polish region (7)
SILESIA : An anagram (drunk) of ALE IS IS.
23a Admire Rashford’s header playing United (7)
MARRIED : An anagram (playing) of ADMIRE plus the first letter of Rashford.
2d One allowed to catch finale of Jonathan Creek (5)
INLET : The Roman numeral one and allowed or permitted contain the last letter of Jonathan.
3d Dad struggling with knee, which is massaged (7)
KNEADED : An anagram (struggling) of DAD and KNEE.
5d Joyful, old and superior member of an insect colony? (9)
EXUBERANT : A prefix meaning old or former, then a word borrowed from German for superior plus a member of an insect colony.
6d Doctor article newspaper journalist sketched out (7)
DRAFTED : The title for a doctor, then the indefinite article, the ‘pink’ newspaper and a senior journalist.
7d People who finance banks give bribes (4-7)
BACK-HANDERS : A term for people who give financial assistance includes (banks) give or present.
9d German composer turned up a piano part with D flat (8,3)
BACHELOR PAD : Start with the German composer, then the reversal of ‘A’ from the clue, P(iano) and a part in a film or play, and finally, ‘D’ from the clue.
13d Complaint of diner having, say, sipped rum (9)
DYSPEPSIA : An anagram (rum) of SAY SIPPED.
16d Adult leaving El Dorado loaded showed great pleasure (7)
DROOLED : An anagram (loaded) of EL DOR(a)DO with its A(dult) removed.
17d That lady gets together with a big noise for affair (7)
SHEBANG : A personal pronoun for ‘that lady’ and an onomatopoeic big noise.
18d Try case of assault, arresting tense worker (7)
ATTEMPT : The first and last letters of assault surround T(ense) and a ‘fill in’ worker.
19d Feeling of ecstasy going? (7)
EMOTION : The abbreviation for the drug Ecstasy and then going or movement.
1d set the tone of this puzzle for us so gets our vote for favourite.
Quickie pun auntie + pass + toe = antipasto