Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100011
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Merry Christmas everyone. Or in Maori ‘Meri Kirihimete’.
As today is a Wednesday we (at least those of us who get it from the Puzzles site) do still have a Jay puzzle to solve and enjoy.
New Zealand’s special Christmas trees, pohutukawas, have put on a very colourful display this year so we could not resist adding a few very recent photos taken in front of our house. (A click on these pics should enlarge them.)
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Setting required for a selfie? (9)
AUTOFOCUS : A clever all-in-one which describes both a setting on a camera and the mindset of the selfie photographer.
10a Communication from mother cutting fiction, rejected (5)
EMAIL : A familiar word for mother is inside the reversal of a fiction or untruth.
12a Eyes like this seen oddly in secret (5-3)
CLOSE-SET : The first and third letters of ‘seen’ are inside secret or hidden.
13a Smart and very quietly absorbed in study from the east (6)
DAPPER : The two letter musical symbol for very quiet is inside the reversal of study as a university subject.
15a Feature of a newspaper chief with column (8)
HEADLINE : Chief or principal plus column or row.
18a Sort of material that might extend, putting year on prison sentence (8)
STRETCHY : An informal word for a prison sentence and then Y(ear).
19a Hesitated, being employed by father (6)
PAUSED : The male equivalent of the mother in 10a and then a synonym for employed.
26a King and queen finally become informed (5)
LEARN : A king from Shakespeare followed by the last letter of queen.
27a False beliefs of French in souls transformed (9)
DELUSIONS : The French word for ‘of’ and then an anagram (transformed) of IN SOULS.
28a Hunk, perhaps needing metal rings for appliances (11)
DISHWASHERS : A hunk or attractive person and then metal rings often used in association with nuts and bolts.
1d Survive in part of garden that’s blooming! (7)
BLASTED : Survive or endure is inside the part of a garden where plants are actually growing. (Note the exclamation mark after blooming.)
2d Special terms must include change (5)
ALTER : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
3d Unlike poor friend, left with no end of approval (9)
DIFFERENT : An anagram (poor) of FRIEND (L)EFT once the last letter of approval has been removed.
5d Crime may be so like some clues (8)
UNSOLVED : The clues you have not yet got around to, will fit this description.
6d Quits after abandoning start of rugby game (5)
EVENS : The version of rugby that is the national sport of Fiji loses its first letter.
7d Head must accept restriction in range of colours (7)
PALETTE : An old term for the crown of the head surrounds a restriction that could apply to a tennis serve.
16d Doing as is set out will offer identification of condition (9)
DIAGNOSIS : An anagram (set out) of DOING AS IS.
17d Desperate search will include a day for such a game (8)
CHARADES : ‘A’ from the clue and D(ay) are included in an anagram (desperate) of SEARCH.
20d Hates trials supporting defence’s case (7)
DETESTS : Another word for trials follows the first and last letters (case) of defence.
22d Given penalty having invested energy in discovery (5)
FINED : The physics symbol for energy is inside a word meaning discovery.
24d Elk’s good for starter, and this should be cooked! (5)
GOOSE : An alternative name for an elk has its first letter replaced by G(ood).
25d Not many will cross line winged (4)
FLEW : The abbreviation for line is inside ‘not many’.
We always have trouble picking favourites in Jay’s puzzles so instead will nominate all the clues and answers that allude to this special day.
Quickie pun sand + irk + laws = Santa Claus