Posted by Pierre on December 24th, 2012
You’re probably all too busy doing last-minute stuff to be solving crosswords or reading blogs, so in an effort to get you to have a look at a lovely Quiptic from Moley, I have added at the end of the blog the best-ever Christmas cracker joke …
Quiptic setters, quite rightly, don’t do themes, but there’s a gentle one here to get you in the mood for the festive season. VIRGINS, WISE MEN, RUDOLPH … you get the picture.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
7 Hurl pod out for one of Santa’s team?
(HURL POD)* with ‘out’ as the anagrind.
8 Prudent fellows in Christmas story
A cd cum dd. If you’ve never read this beautifully ambiguous poem by TS Eliot, do so now.
9 Requirement of female born to daughter
A charade of NÉE, the feminine past participle of naître, to be born, used in obituaries mostly, and D.
10 Art schism about a festival
(ART SCHISM)* with ‘about’ as the anagrind.
12 Doctrine that’s about the return of animals
A charade of C (circa, or ‘about’) and DEER reversed.
13 Gleaming silver trash
Your Christmas tree is no doubt this. A charade of AG for the chemical symbol for ‘silver’, and LITTER for ‘trash’.
15 Work on piece under sunshade, initially
The initial letters of On Piece Under Sunshade.
16 New yarn I incorporated was wet
17 It’s destined, we’re told, to be a party
A homophone of FATE.
18 Joey to do movement from Beethoven’s 9th
ODE TO JOY
Love divine, all loves excelling … It’s (JOEY TO DO)* with ‘movement’ as the anagrind and a really clever clue from Moley.
20 7 across’s running mate has characteristic of 17 down
Rudolph’s mate would be a foxy lady, wouldn’t she?
21 Scott poem buried in various places by the side of a Scottish lake
Sir Walter Scott’s poem. A charade of LOCH, IN and VAR.
22 Wicked boy heard in church
A homophone (‘heard’) of KNAVE.
24 Anniversary could be Julie’s undoing
25 Is King’s play gently touching?
(IS KINGS)* Unless it was of the French variety, obviously …
1 A special log for Christmas?
A cd. This word would have come across to our shores with the Norsemen. GOD JUL is Norwegian for Happy Christmas.
2 Fine head and excellent quality
A charade of GOOD and NESS.
3 Sped around in charge with added zest
An insertion of IC for ‘in charge’ in SPED. What your mulled wine will be later on today.
4 Silently transformed to be 13 across
(SILENTLY)* and your tree is no doubt already this.
5 Exchange Rate Mechanism accepted by outfit’s puppet character
An insertion of ERM in KIT for Miss Piggy’s inamorato.
6 Fresh sign, initially, of intelligence
A charade of NEW and S for the first letter of ‘sign’.
11 Rattle Ivy badly with factual broadcasts
(RATTLE IVY)* with ‘badly’ as the anagrind.
12 Love god’s reindeer
Another mate of 7ac is also the Roman god of love.
14 Some heat engine generated was consumed
Hidden in hEAT ENgine.
16 Delights about Miss Grenfell’s broadcast
A charade of RE for ‘about’ and a homophone of JOYCE’S, referring to the brilliant comic actress Joyce Grenfell.
17 Fixes son unwisely by deception
19 Fold and put issue to bed
A dd. If you have ‘issue’, or children, this is what you’ll be doing tonight and hoping that they don’t wake up at four o’clock to see if Santa’s been.
20 Richard Branson’s young lady?
A cd. And referring to Mary, of course. No room at the inn, and all that.
21 Peer told to give praise
Another homophone clue: of LORD.
23 Sheep-like but having no love for this plant
Moley’s asking you to remove O for ‘love’ from [O]VINE for ‘sheep-like’. Isn’t English wonderful? OVINE, BOVINE, URSINE, LUPINE, MURINE, and of course referring to our setter today, TAUPINE (actually, I made that up).
Thank you to her for the Christmas puzzle. As promised …
Two snails decided to get rid of their shells to see if it made them go faster, but they just became more sluggish.
Joyeux Noël à tous.