AFR Cryptic (30/1/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DELIBERATE
Measured food store blast (10) DELI + BERATE
6 SPIN
European country quelling a revolution (4) SPAIN minus A
9 BASEL
Settlement established by large part of Switzerland (5) BASE + L
10 MAELSTROM
State of confusion left in company of great performer with millions (9) L inside MAESTRO + M
12 ESOTERIC
Large amount of unnatural secretion is hidden (8) Anagram of (SECRETIO)n
13 MALIGN
Abuse man holding girl back with no right (6) MAN outside (GIRL reversed mnius R)
15 MENDED
Broken mover is repaired? (6) M + ENDED
16 ASININE
A serious offence committed in middle of theft is foolish (7) A + SIN + IN + th(E)ft
18 END
A number of aldermen defended resolution (3) aldermEN Defended
19 CORONER
One who looks at passing or one switching with a passenger in car? (7) (OR + ONE) replacing A in CAR
21 KINDER
Learning centre for young children could be more thoughtful (6) Double Definition
24 UNTIED
Insecure relative, losing head, died (6) (a)UNTIE + D
25 STRANGLE
Learner pushed in foreign choke (8) L inside STRANGE
27 TRANSPOSE
Change position of senators upset about opening of parliament (9) Anagram of SENATORS outside (P)arliament
28 TRAIL
Time to attack or hang back (5) T + RAIL
29 DIET
Break down therapist’s primary selection of food (4) DIE + (T)herapist
30 AT A STRETCH
Crates that moved about continuously (2,1,7) Anagram of CRATES THAT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DABBED
Criminal running around base is slightly touched (6) BAD reversed + BED
2 LISSOME
Flexible schedule seen briefly by few (7) LIS(t) + SOME
3 BALLET DANCERS
Members of company, all in bed, can rest undergoing treatment (6,7) ALL inside anagram of BED CAN REST
4 REMAINDERS
Wine knocked back in dodgy seminar with leftovers (10) RED reversed inside anagram of SEMINAR
5 TREE
Hospital removed from a small number a large growth (4) THREE minus H
7 PORCINI
Forest growth of pigs almost identified by one (7) (PORCIN)e + I
8 NOMINEES
Votes against admitting explosive candidates (8) NOES outside MINE
11 STATIONMASTER
Railway worker adjusted to steam trains (13) Anagram of TO STEAM TRAINS
14 HAD KITTENS
Equipment wired into redesigned handset was alarmed (3,7) KIT inside anagram of HANDSET
17 ACTUATED
Motivated peak body knocked back head of delegation (8) ACTU + anagram of
20 RAT RACE
Creative work held up by people’s hectic routine (3,4) ART reversed inside RACE
22 ENGRAFT
English river transport is securely set (7) ENG + RAFT
23 HEALTH
Low-growing shrub spread across large state (6) HEATH outside L
26 BOOT
Put the frighteners on tense baggage handler (4) BOO + T

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3 Responses to AFR Cryptic (30/1/2021) Solution

  1. Graham says:

    Hello David, some tricky clues last week! I have to ask about MENDED – I see that “repaired” is the definition but how do you get M + ENDED from the cryptic part?
    Graham
    Augusta WA

    • Charmaine says:

      Hello Graham : I’m guessing that if the word MOVER is ‘broken’ into 2 parts i.e. M plus synonym for OVER which is ENDED, result could be MENDED.

  2. David Stickley says:

    Yes, Charmaine has it right. There’s only one way “mover” can be broken so that it makes sense from a solving perspective, but, as the wordplay is not standard, a ? has been added to indicate word abuse.

    David