No.10 December 2015

ChannelXmas'15

Across
1 Tries to extract information from footwear (5)
4 Auckland suburb of equal value to Mistress Gwyn (7)
8 Prime minister? (5)
11 Bond’s boss is crazy? I say, hard cheese! (9)
12 “The Saint” – new film set around part of Auckland (9)
13 How helium balloons work as emergency transports (8)
14 Chap endlessly fêted Dame before 33 summer holiday (10)
16 Remove stoppage from unopened protective screen (7)
17 Ransack belongings to find what 22 used (5)
19 Love food? Try muesli (but skip the Spanish chicken starter) (5)
20 Feel so undressed, being gifted seven-fold in 13/38 (4)
21 Talk first, talk pointlessly, talk like a bird-brain! (7)
22 Fully comprehensive cover lets him make a killing (6)
26 He speaks for a Tory, rejecting extremes (6)
27 In favour of tree being in proportion (3,4)
28 Oddly priggish gift in 13/38 (4)
31 Maya to complain about Ms Wolf (5)
33 Maya to stroll westward to find indigenous folk (5)
34 Crack-head metal-head removed – a headcase (7)
35 Do they think they will salivate when shown meringue desserts? (10)
37 Type of scheme to add sulphur to ancient monuments (8)
39 Encourage small part of organisation that sends vital information to Head? (5,4)
40 Butler at nightclub in Casablanca, I hear, eats duck while making studies of effective speaking (9)
42 Park a ship on the rocks… (5)
43 …more than half broken in two, with crack edging towards relaxation area (3,4)
44 Sacred syllable spoken in acidic surroundings, giving extra clout (5)
Down
1 Type of chart found in plunder once traitor ousted (3)
2 Maya, RNZ’s Jim, and (I hear) Mr Apple shortly to get taonga (11)
3 Fold-up radiation protection (3,5)
4 Woody, long-standing supporter of solar-powered air fresheners; Green, but may turn Red (10)
5 Heart of true love, extremely standard (4)
6 Talk about a little boredom (5)
7 Times of greatest exposure left anything from Yorkshire to middle of month (3,5)
8 Think about Yogi? (4,2,4)
9 Tattoo with aircraft peripherals (7)
10 Flyer could hardly circulate more widely at present time (6,9)
13/38 “‘E ate kangaroo pie!” – punk rock version of traditional song (1,6,2,1,5,4)
15 A musical composition from 26 10 (8)
18 Licence to unleash verbal torrent (4,4)
23 Naïve style of art, one with German flying bomb inverted in glass (11)
24 Pinafore, say? Red, say? Police are called up (5,5)
25 Difficult to judge Kiwi in song (6,4)
29 Drinkers with elevated BMI placed on biers, sadly (8)
30 A knockout (twice!) on “Dynasty” as 33 10? (4,)
32 Front of watch with various edges exchanged (7)
36 Tony longs to remove togs of silky material (5)
38 See 13
41 Note: back tailless horse (3)

An Xmas Xword!

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