Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100002 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Christmas Crossword Club
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Merry Christmas – I hope some of you get around to tackling this web-only puzzle.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
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1a Restrict Christmas goodies (6)
As a verb this means to restrict but as a noun it’s a basket full of Christmas goodies
14a Party room? Maybe for midnight feasts (4)
A charade of a party and the abbreviation for R(oo)M gives a place for midnight feasts in a boarding school
25a One way to cool punch (4)
The first of these definitions is a way to cool, for example, soup and the other is a punch
31a Joyous quartet leave celebration (6)
An adjective meaning joyous is created when you remove IV (Roman numerals for four / quartet) from a celebration
1d Celebrated form of mahogany (8)
This Scottish celebration is an anagram (form) of MAHOGANY
2d Chop up bird cooked and eaten at Christmas (5,3)
The bird in the second part of the charade is usually prefixed with MAG
11d Waits here! (5,7)
These waits are an archaic term for people who welcome in Christmas by playing or singing out of doors at night
16d Geese highly regarded as a group (5)
A flock of wild geese in flight!
19d Winter dance thrown for enjoyment? (8)
What could be a dance in the winter is actually something thrown for the enjoyment of the thrower rather than the victim!
27d Bet it’s neat rum! (4)
This fixed stake put down by a poker player (bet), usually before the deal, is an anagram (rum) of NEAT
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