Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100006
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Merry Christmas Everyone – a lovely sunny morning here in East Kent, the turkey’s in the oven and a typical Rufus crossword, full of cryptic definitions, anagrams and a few Christmassy clues to please those of us who like a theme, to start the day’s solving, while Mr CS peels the sprouts.
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1a Contemplate special thing that’s celebrated on Christmas Eve (5,5)
WATCH NIGHT The night of Christmas Eve when special church services are held – a verb meaning to contemplate followed by an anagram (special) of THING.
9a She has a part in Victorian nativity (4)
ANNA There’s a girl’s name hidden in part of VictoriAN NAtivity.
10a He tries to give Three Wise Men free treats (10)
MAGISTRATES Another name for the Three Wise Men followed by an anagram (free) of TREATS.
11a Place to ski that may be busy now or in repose (6)
RESORT OR (from the clue) inserted into another word for repose.
12a Sports jackets — or Yule logs? (7)
BLAZERS Light sport jackets could also be a description of Yule logs (not the chocolate ones!)
15a After Prohibition, secure backing for US drinking spot (3-4)
BAR-ROOM Follow a prohibition or ban with a reversal (backing) of a word meaning to secure, especially a boat.
16a Upset having run out of drink? (5)
SPILT A verb meaning upset, eg a glass, which would mean that the drink would run out and be wasted.
17a Norse figure of myth, originally (4)
THOR A mythical Norse god is hidden in myTH ORiginally.
18a Adamant the figure must go on the tree (4)
FIRM A type of tree often seen indoors at this time of year followed by the Roman numeral for a thousand. The 12th edition of the BRB seems to have been a little carried away with the Os in the definition of this letter!
19a Thought end of carol perfect (5)
IDEAL A thought followed by the ‘end’ of carol.
21a Distribution of gifts in big ship (7)
LARGESS Another word for big followed by the abbreviation for steamship.
22a Fruit for the Christmas cake is planted in the wet season (7)
RAISINS IS (from the clue) ‘planted’ into the wet season in tropical countries.
24a Rarely taken walk (6)
BYPATH A cryptic definition of a secluded or indirect way.
27a Pondered over the beef, we hear, and warmed drink (6,4)
MULLED WINE Part of a verb meaning pondered followed by a homophone of a peevish complaint (beef here being an informal term for such a complaint) produces one of my least favourite beverages.
28a Ordered, as whisky may be (4)
NEAT Tidy and ordered or how some people like to drink their whisky.
29a Monks’ party? Correct (3,2,5)
SET IN ORDER A group of monks could describe a way of putting things straight.
2d A street where many go at Christmas (4)
AWAY A (from the clue) and a street or passage.
3d A coloured print for the home (6)
CHINTZ A cryptic definition of cotton fabric often used for curtains and other home furnishings.
4d They’re crackers having fruit, that leads to disturbed rest (7)
NUTTERS A hard shelled edible fruit followed by (that leads to) an anagram (disturbed) of REST.
5d Farm butter (4)
GOAT A farm animal that ‘butts’ mentioned in the BRB’s definition of the verb!
6d At that point, change for theatre (7)
THEREAT An anagram of (change for) THEATRE.
7d Love party dress girl’s put on for this time (4,6)
ANNO DOMINI A girl’s name followed by the letter than looks like a zero (love), a party, and a very short dress.
8d Dressed up, Pam’s on time for Christmas entertainments (10)
PANTOMIMES An anagram (dressed up) of PAMS ON TIME.
12d After drinks party, those getting smashed may be here (6,4)
BOTTLE BANK A cryptic definition of where the ‘empties’ go after a party.
13d Happy carol that’s become legendary (10)
APOCRYPHAL An anagram (that’s become) of HAPPY CAROL.
14d Potatoes and small pudding on board (5)
SPUDS Put an abbreviated pudding into (on board) the abbreviation for ship we met in 21a.
15d Unclear note to get king’s support (5)
BLEAR A musical note followed or supported by Shakespeare’s tragic king.
19d This turns out to sum up Panama, for example (7)
ISTHMUS An anagram (turns out) of THIS followed by a reversal (up in a down clue)of SUM.
20d One’s often held to be illuminating by carol-singers (7)
LANTERN Another cryptic definition that shouldn’t cause any problems for solvers.
23d A sticker for the traditional method of roasting (6)
SKEWER A cryptic definition of something I used earlier to ensure the stuffing stays put in the turkey.
25d Excess shown by fifty caught in a bit of a fiddle (4)
GLUT Insert the Roman numeral for 50 into the material used to make strings for a fiddle or violin.
26d Formerly a feature of reunion celebrations (4)
ONCE A hidden feature of reuniON CElebrations.
My first ever on-the-day blog as a terrified new blogger was of a Rufus puzzle back in May 2010, so it has been a real treat to have the chance to explain one of his puzzles again. Happy Christmas and a big thank you to Rufus. I’m off to check progress on the veg front, baste the turkey, and have a go at the Elkamere Toughie to warm up the grey matter ready for the special Elgar Double Toughie.