Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100009
Hints and tips by Father Christmas
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Cor blimey me, as if I aven’t got enough to do this morning after me busiest night of the year. Them reindeer don’t look after themselves you know and Mrs Christmas wants her insatiability sorting if you know what I mean. Well a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
I suppose it’s an honour to be asked to blog a puzzle but that there Big Dave geezer doesn’t pay so it’s slave labour for me and the rest of the blogging team.
As it’s Christmas I will tell you what keeps us going. It’s you lot. You happy few, you merry band of brothers and sisters who daily give your thanks and tell your puzzling tales of woe or success. You who struggle yet persevere and become proficient whether openly or in lurkerville. Today’s blog is dedicated to you. Each and every one of you. Merry Christmas
Today’s hints and tips have been written with Christmassy love and care by Father Christmas. They are here to help with the clues you cannot solve or to explain the clues you do not understand. I hope they do so. Definitions which usually appear at the beginning or end of a clue are underlined and the answers are hidden under the greyed out click here boxes.
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1a / 4a Processed pasty and chips harm one’s hope for today (5,9)
HAPPY CHRISTMAS: WE have an anagram to start us off today. It is a gift from today’s setter to mark the occasion. Anagram (processed) of PASTY CHIPS and HARM so easy, so easy that I suspect a sting in the tail later on.
4a As this clue is linked to one across I suggest you look there for my hint. It has been nice talking to you though.
9a Whisky-maker by loch offering heavenly peace? (9)
STILLNESS: This whisky maker is the apparatus used for distilling alcoholic drinks. It is followed by one of Scotland’s 31,000 lochs (google search). That is an awful lot to trawl through on Christmas morning so I will try to narrow it down for you.
1. Loch **** contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined – but it’s not Scotland’s biggest Loch (that’s Loch Lomond) or deepest Loch (that’s Loch Morar).
2. It’s only 6 degrees Celsius “warm” all year round – so if you’re a fan of open water swimming, you might want to look elsewhere for a dip! This also means though, that even in winter Loch **** never freezes over and on very cold winter days you can see steam rising from the surface of the Loch, as it is warmer than the surrounding air!
3. Loch **** is part of The Caledonian Canal which was built in the 19th century to allow ships to make their way from the North Sea to the Atlantic without having to face the dangers of the Pentland Firth.
4. The waters of Loch **** are very dark due to the peat washed from the hills into the Loch – perfect cover for any creatures that might be living in the depths!
5. Loch **** only has one island, the tiny “Cherry Island” near Fort Augustus – it’s an artificial island called a “crannog”, which was built during the Iron Age.
6. Loch **** was once watched over by Scotland’s smallest manned lighthouse The Bona Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper used to put a lantern in his window to guide ships from Loch **** into Loch Dochfour. Today Bona Lighthouse has been restored and is available as a holiday home.
7. Before modern roads were built along the shores of Loch ****, people travelled along the Loch by Paddle Steamer. A boat trip is still the best way to experience Loch ****, you can either choose a leisurely cruise or a thrill-seeking trip on a RIB!
8. Did you know the first ever ****** sighting was way back in 565AD by St Columba? According to legend, the Irish monk’s servant was attacked by a “water beast”, although the attack is said to have happened on the River **** rather than the Loch itself.
9. One of our favourite facts about Loch ****, is that you can use Google Earth to look for ****** under the surface of the Loch! Give it a try!
10. Loch **** lies in the Great Glen faultline and seism.
10a Recommended posh starter for girl dressed as Santa? (5)
URGED: Begin with the letter that represents posh in Crosswordland. Now wrap the colour I traditionally wear around the starting letter of the word girl.
11a Corporations where growth is predicted today (7)
TUMMIES: These corporations have appeared before and usually cause problems to those who have not yet encountered them and those with short memories. They are the part of our anatomy that may grow due to overindulgence during the festive season.
12a Christmas should be an escape from this kind of TV show (7)
REALITY: Christmas time is a time when we try to forget the normal trials and tribulations of everyday life. This thing we are escaping from is the name of a type of TV show. One where normal sane people expose their idiotic selves to the watching world. Mrs Claus and I have never seen one of these programmes
13a Chorister with a lisp does this stuff (6)
THINGS: Think what a chorister does. Now say it as if you had a lisp. Why does the word lisp contain the letter S? Why do choirs sound so good.
15a Square presents for the old man? He could appear to be aged in these (8)
NINETIES: Split 4,4 The first part of the answer is a number which happens to be a square number. The second part is a traditional gift for a man to adorn his collar with. Together they give the name of a decade which if you reach might make you aged. If you are aged thus please reveal yourself.
18a More than one part‑payment is returned in warehouses (8)
DEPOSITS: Reverse (returned) the word IS from the clue and drop it into an example of what a warehouse might be.
20a Christmas stallholder‘s Left-wing paintings rejected (6)
TRADER: Begin with the colour associated with left wing politics and add what paintings are. The word rejected suggests that we reverse what we have.
23a Horrible article about jolly recipe (7)
FORMULA: An adjective meaning offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste or being dirty. is followed by the only single letter article in the dictionary. Together they are wrapped around a jolly. A member of the armed forces amphibious light infantry.
24a Sandy goes to salon naked – one joins the stampede (7)
BUFFALO: Begin with a yellowish beige colour and add the word SALON with its outer letters removed (naked)
26a Love appearing in person as part of the cocktail set? (5)
OLIVE: Use the letter that looks like the Tennis score for zero points and add a description of a personal appearance as opposed to a recording. These are amongst my favourite foods
27a Yuletide essentials: ice and Rogers dancing (9)
GROCERIES: Anagram (dancing) of ICE and ROGER’S. Mmmmn more food
28a Cooked decent leg, but not appreciated (9)
NEGLECTED: Anagram (cooked) of DECENT LEG
29a Back at home fit for a pig – delightful! (5)
TASTY: Reverse (back) the word AT from the clue. Add a pig’s home.
1d Paused, as that man has and I would, to take in gallery (9)
HESITATED: Oh dear. One of those. Start with a contraction of He is. Place a gallery of which there are four in London and one in St Ives inside another contraction, this time of I would. Simples.
2d Pointy thing that makes light go off in a new way (5)
PRISM: A cryptic description of a triangular piece of clear glass used by Isaac Newton during his experiments with the spectrum of light
3d Barking and shouting to make student coming second become quiet (7)
YELPING: take a word meaning shouting and change the second letter L (student) for a letter P (quiet)
4d Perhaps Cheshire Cat’s first appearance – he holds contrary view (6)
CHEESE: Begin with the first letter of the word CAT. Find a word meaning to view. Reverse that word (contrary) and place it inside the word HE (he holds). This is a nice food to leave out for me on a cracker with a dollop of Branston Pickle.
5d Calm shower after siesta (8)
RESTRAIN: Place a word describing a shower weather-wise after a word describing what a siesta is.
6d One’s given a grilling South American fashion (7)
SAUSAGE: Use the abbreviation for South American. Now add a word meaning fashion as in habitual or customary practice
7d Criminal imagined hijacking fine being increased (9)
MAGNIFIED: Start with an anagram (criminal) of IMAGINED which is wrapped around (being hijacked) the abbreviation for Fine. Or you could say Anagram (criminal) of IMAGINED & F
8d Cunning clothes commercial, alas (5)
SADLY: A word meaning cunning contains (clothes) Crosswordland’s commercial, the shortened form of advertisement,
14d This person’s left gin, rum being 20’s line perhaps (9)
IMPORTING: A three-part charade. A contraction of the words I am (this person’s.) The nautical term for left. An anagram (rum) of GIN
16d Stupid lists – you’re wasting time terribly (9)
SERIOUSLY: Anagram (stupid) of LISTS YOU’RE without the letter T. (Wasting time)
17d Poker hand like a poker face? (8)
STRAIGHT: A double definition, the first a poker hand of cards in sequence. The second being how a poker player should keep his face during play
19d Bubbly they use will bring sleep (4-3)
SHUT-EYE: Anagram (bubbly) of THEY USE
21d Female the French court, following about as muse (7)
REFLECT: Begin with the abbreviation for female. Place the masculine French word for the inside an abbreviation of court. Now put what you have after Crosswordland’s usual suspect for about
22d A little way overseas (6)
ABROAD: In England our road numbering system uses letters to denote the type of Road. Generally M is for the motorways. A is for the radial routes out of London and B roads are the smaller country roads. So to parse this clue we need the letter A given generously in the clue. Then split a little way 1,4. A way can be a path or a lane. Not here though. It won’t be an M and it won’t be an A.
23d With Fahrenheit just above 50, have taken off (5)
FLOWN: The abbreviation for Fahrenheit is followed by the Roman numeral for fifty. These two letters are then followed by a verb meaning to have or to possess
25d Police department’s occupied as finding dangerous substances (5)
ACIDS: The Criminal Investigation Department is surrounded by the word AS
And that’s your lot. Mrs Christmas is calling and a husband must do his duty. On behalf of Big Dave, his gorgeous wife Pam and my fellow bloggers I wish you all the very best of times. Peace happiness and goodwill to you all.
With love, Father Christmas
Quickie Pun RAIN+DEAR=REINDEER