Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27681
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At the time this gets posted we will be fast asleep in bed. Santa, wearing beach shorts and Jandals, will be sliding down our chimney. Our Christmas Day will have begun.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.
This week we have the pleasure of blogging a Rufus Christmas puzzle. Happy Christmas Rufus, and a special mention too for Jay who has given us such fun on Wednesdays.
10a We yearn for change in 2015 (3,4)
NEW YEAR : Anagram (change) of WE YEARN.
12a Within easy reach, like Scrooge was at first (4)
NEAR : Double definition, the second meaning being tight-fisted.
13a An intriguing little party, part of YMCA ball (5)
CABAL : To use the pantomime imagery it’s not behind you it’s hiding in the clue.
14a How not to get things done, acting like Jack in pantomime? (4)
IDLY : Double definition, the first could be procrastination and the second refers to a character from Dick Whittington.
17a Covers broadcast entertainment, often including pantomime (7)
MASQUES : A homophone (broadcast) of a word meaning covers.
18a Calls to make appeal to evil-doer? (5,2)
DROPS IN : Split 4,3 it can be an exhortation to be good.
19a Joining one, perhaps, with gin cocktail (7)
UNITING : A four letter word which could be one or other numbers then an anagram (cocktail) of GIN.
22a Some saying mince pie, one can add a little weight (7)
EPIGRAM : An anagram (mince) of PIE and then a small metric weight.
24a What people sing for joy (4)
GLEE : Double definition, the first meaning is an archaic one. Its usage is mainly found these days in a type of club.
26a Article concerning author of words for 9 Down? (4)
ANON : A very very prolific author. Split 2,2 to find the indefinite article and a word for concerning.
29a Gets the game started (7)
FLUSHES : Cryptic definition, what the beater is expected to do at a shoot.
30a A big hit, verse in card that’s popular (1,2,4)
A LA MODE : A from the clue, a three letter word for a big hit followed by a piece of poetry. Can’t really see what the card does here apart from surface reading.
31a One may have this at Christmas dinner — a boxer usually has one (6,7)
SECOND HELPING : Double definition, what a pugilist might have to assist him.
2d Discloses what’s present? (7)
UNWRAPS : How one gets at the goodies tomorrow.
4d Publicise routes which are used by Santa? (7)
AIRWAYS : An all in one made up of a short word to publicise and a generic word for routes.
5d Some may get upset over trifles at parties (7)
CUSTARD : The yellow stuff that is used as a topping on trifles.
6d Just open for a drink (4)
AJAR : A from the clue and a colloquial word for a glass of beer.
8d For the present it shall be nameless (9,4)
ANONYMOUS GIFT : Cryptic definition for something given by an unknown donor.
9d Carol a Wagnerian may want to change (4,2,1,6)
AWAY IN A MANGER : Anagram (change) of A WAGNERIAN MAY. We heard a moving version of this on Radio NZ a couple of hours ago.
15d Port one gets in casks (5)
TUNIS : A synonym for casks has I (one) inserted to get this North African port.
20d Die of cold (3,4)
ICE CUBE : Cryptic definition. The die does not mean to expire but is the singular of the thing shaken for board games.
21d Fancied one invited to the party, we hear (7)
GUESSED : A homophone (we hear) of one who came to visit.
22d Cut in, using short language over noisy party (7)
ENGRAVE : The short form of the language used by most of us and then a rowdy party.
23d Shabby ski slope? (3-4)
RUN DOWN : Double definition. The second is what confronts you at the top of the chairlift.
27d Loves receiving a greeting from somewhere in the US (4)
OHIO : Two tennis loves around a simple greeting.
A couple of answers in the SE corner kept us guessing for a while. In the spirit of Christmas we will call them all favourites today.
Quick Crossword pun deck ‘+ orations = decorations