Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100,012
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Good morning and Happy Christmas from South Staffs.
A nice, gentle puzzle today, so even if you’re full of Christmas lunch, it shouldn’t detain you too long.
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1a Shy pharmacist upset about patient’s first greeting (5,9)
HAPPY CHRISTMAS – Anagram (upset) of SHY PHARMACIST wrapped round the first letter of Patient.
9a Way in, we hear, for candidates (8)
ENTRANTS – These candidates for an examination or competition sound like (we hear) another word for ‘way in’.
10a Maudlin, oddly missing European Union: goodbye! (5)
ADIEU – The even-numbered letters (oddly missing) of mAuDlIn followed by the initials of the European Union.
12a Polish part of Mediterranean (4)
EDIT – This word for polishing a piece of writing is hidden in the clue.
13a Man’s cheeky application? (10)
AFTERSHAVE – Cryptic definition of something a man may splash on his cheeks (but not if he’s bearded).
15a Skin of cucumber safe to eat, easy to swallow (8)
CREDIBLE – The outside letters (skin) of CucumbeR, followed by a word for ‘safe to eat’.
16a Greeting from Egyptian striker leaving hotel before lunch (6)
SALAAM – Start with an Egyptian international footballer who plays for Liverpool, remove the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, then add the Latin abbreviation for ‘morning’ or ‘before lunch’.
18a Tell, perhaps, that woman to follow damaged car (6)
ARCHER – Anagram (damaged) of CAR followed by a pronoun for ‘that woman’, giving us someone of whom William Tell is an example.
20a Present month? (8)
DECEMBER – Something which is literally true, or the month for giving presents – a bit of a giveaway in a Christmas crossword.
23a Commission standing when Democrat replaces Republican (10)
DEPUTATION – Start with a word for someone’s standing in the eyes of the world, then replace the initial Republican with Democrat.
24a Reportedly cry for booze (4)
WINE – An alcoholic drink which sounds a bit like a sad cry.
26a Produce small piece on board (5)
SPAWN – Small followed by a chess piece.
27a Most of family regularly turn tail in court (8)
TRIBUNAL – Another word for a clan or extended family, minus its last letter (most of), followed by alternate letters (regularly) of tUrN tAiL.
28a Sign here? It’s no exaggeration (14)
UNDERSTATEMENT – Split the answer (5,9) and you have the place where your signature might go on a document.
2d Thoughtful writers I have cut down (7)
PENSIVE – Things you write with, followed by the short version (cut down) of ‘I have’.
3d Measure garden? (4)
YARD – Double definition: an Imperial measure of length; or what our American cousins call their back garden.
4d One can only carry two of these? (8)
HANDFULS – Cryptic definition of amounts which, by definition, one person can only carry two of.
5d Home raised animals together (2,4)
IN STEP – Another word for ‘at home’ followed by the reverse (raised) of some domestic animals.
6d Lads aren’t playing after temperature changed (10)
TRANSLATED – An abbreviation for Temperature followed by an anagram (playing) of LADS AREN’T.
7d Pantomime character rewarded by Rolling Stone? (3,4)
ALI BABA – Cryptic definition of the pantomime character who learns the magic words which get him into the cave where a large number of malefactors have hidden their loot.
8d Unexpectedly mark up trees in shop (11)
SUPERMARKET – Anagram (unexpectedly) of MARK UP TREES.
11d Posh car is carrying worker with electronic goods for sale (11)
MERCHANDISE – The abbreviated brand name of some upmarket cars and IS (from the clue), placed either side of a factory worker, then Electronic is added to the end of the result.
14d Amateur unusually entitled to bring in volunteers (10)
DILETTANTE – Anagram (unusually) of ENTITLED, wrapped round the initials of the old name for the Army Reserve.
17d Moan and lie about after last of Xmas pudding (8)
SEMOLINA – The last letter of XmaS followed by an anagram (about) of MOAN and LIE.
19d Person hoping for major promotion?
CAPTAIN – Cryptic definition of an army officer whose next promotion would be to the rank of major.
21d Military unit told to carry kit (7)
BRIGADE – An archaic word for ‘told’ or ‘ordered’, wrapped wround some kit or equipment.
22d Rank sculptures (not English) (6)
STATUS – Remove the English from some pieces of work produced by a sculptor.
25d Preserve antidote (4)
CURE – Double definition, the first being to preserve meat.
The Quick Crossword pun SAND + TACK + LAWS = SANTA CLAUS