Thursday, 7 March 2013

Cryptic 001 "Absolute Beginners"

Here is my first full cryptic puzzle.

The Across Lite version can be downloaded here.

Enjoy, Banquo

Cryptic001
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ACROSS

1. Number a politician with headless fools' caricatures (8)
5. Spectre of financial institution problems, say (6)
9. Leaders of central African nation reogranise "barer" Capital (8)
10. Finish fixing car wheel, say (6)
12. Allow sailor between English and the French (6)
13. Impress strip on a topless group with some leg showing (8)
15. Spreads uncooked; filling empty friend in ship (7)
16. Undergarment on model. Spoilt (4)
20. Attach note inside duck (4)
21. Beheaded unfriendly date (7)
25. Strength in finish is imposed (8)
26. Impression taken from look of a cad engaging (6)
28. Girl... disorientated... the lane... losing time [6]
29. Police lithium check is sensible (8)
30. Lines in cubes make moody stage effect (3,3)
31. Self contradictory endless gas from an idiot (8)
DOWN

1. Curled shut (6)
2. Lunatic brother coming up beneath mother (6)
3. Rising volley circumvents Queen and Prenny's covers (8)
4. Geek starts national exhibition with leading railway designers (4)
6. Killer guitarist (6)
7. Game on numbers without hole is made by University Challenge team (8)
8. Above broken seat is gorge (8)
11. Girl in bottle of eels? (7)
14. Struggled as wide declared (7)
17. English Setter discarded and snared (8)
18. Read testament in its entirety stubbornly (8)
19. Day endless group is initially made to diet (8)
22. Dry metal on cut ice (6)
23. Food a vicar cooked (6)
24. Idiot in jacket (6)
27. Company with a number to entice (4)