AFR Cryptic (Christmas 2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUP-TIE
Court that is holding up important match (3-3) (CT + IE) outside UP
4 TAVERNER
Old publican never wavered punching sailor (8) Anagram of NEVER inside TAR
8 CANAPE
Wicker, say, forming the frame of a soft sofa (6) CANE outside (A + P)
14 SACRE BLEU
Cable user translated curse in French (5,4) Anagram of CABLE USER
15 LISLE
Section of spool is lengthening thread (5) spooL IS LEngthening
16 ELASTIC
Accommodating player’s final piece not needed in different recitals (7) Anagram of RECITALS minus PLAYE(R)
17 ANNUITY
Unit varied in some form of guaranteed income (7) Anagram of UNIT inside ANY
18 BRAWL
Law broken at the end of brother’s dispute (5) Anagram of LAW after BR
19 SLITHERED
Moved like a snake and slid around the edges of ravine (9) SLID outside [THE + (R)AVIN(E)]
20 APPALOOSA
Alarm rings when backing horse (9) APPAL + OO + (AS reversed)
22 OCEANIA
Canoe damaged by one heading to abandoned Pacific islands (7) Anagram of CANOE + I + (A)BANDONED
23 DULY
First of December and July not starting at the proper time (4) (D)ECEMBER + j)ULY
25 SHOW
Point out hydrogen generated in plant (4) H inside SOW
26 ARMLET
Worn band, right, designed in forged metal (6) R inside anagram of METAL
28 WINE-GROWER
Secure, for example, person who argues with primary producer (4-6) WIN + EG + ROWER
33 LOOSE
Local toilets are ultimately free (5) LOOS + AR(E)
34 TIMBALE
Pastry shell and diced lamb included in hamper (7) Anagram of LAMB inside TIE
36 POSTCARDS
Office vehicles transporting 500 unsealed messages (9) POST + (CARS outside D)
38 TREASURED
Precious time guaranteed in study (9) T + (SURE inside READ)
39 LEANT ON
Wiry heavyweight could be intimidated? (5,2) LEAN + TON
40 SCONE
Cake and ice cream served after end of mains (5) CONE after MAIN(S)
41 RECIPROCAL
Right sort of police car should be exchanged (10) R + anagram of POLICE CAR
43 THRILL
Blast horn every second in farm (6) (H)O(R)N inside TILL
46 ORES
Property of prospector, essentially mineral aggregates (4) prospectOR ESsentially
49 BACH
Composer’s time not put into collection (4) BATCH minus T
51 PROGRAM
Course and golfer’s limitations shown in golf tournament (7) (G)OLFE(R) inside PROAM
54 EXCAVATOR
Cover a tax adjusted for digger (9) Anagram of COVER A TAX
57 FRACTURED
Crude raft, going through turbulence, could be broken into pieces (9) Anagram of CRUDE RAFT
58 MONTH
March is definitely one or two days (5) MON(day) + TH(ursday)
59 THREADS
Linked postings detailed three commercials? (7) THRE(e + ADS
61 OBTAINS
Gets boat repaired in slipway primarily (7) Anagram of BOAT + IN + (S)LIPWAY
62 OASIS
Central region of coast is a nice place to get out of the heat (5) c(OAS)t + IS
63 SANHEDRIN
Sinner had worked for Jewish council (9) Anagram of SINNER HAD
64 TARRED
Sealed wine opened by bad lot in retreat (6) RED after (RAT reversed)
65 ASSEMBLY
Foreign embassy accommodating large group (8) Anagram of EMBASSY outside L
66 CREEPS
Unpleasant people cooked recipes except for starter from India (6) Anagram of RECIPES minus (I)NDIA
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASSAVA
Donkey in cave nearly finished off a source of starch (7) [ASS inside (CAV)e] + A
2 PECAN
Big bird, giving up, left one large nut (5) PELICAN minus (L + I)
3 INEDIBLE
One bleedin’ terribly bad (8) I + anagram of BLEEDIN
4 THUMBNAIL
Small picture is cut from this and arranged in album (9) (THIS minus IS) + anagram of IN ALBUM
5 VOLCANO
Belcher’s volume can offend initially (7) VOL + CAN + (O)FFEND
6 RESOLVED
Determined loser stood up and voted, missing out on overtime (8) LOSER reversed + (VOTED minus OT)
7 EMERSON
Great Australian tennis player – one kept from coming out? (7) EMERSION minus I
9 ABASHED
She locked in a criminal taken aback (7) SHE inside (A + BAD)
10 AFTERGLOW
Get far at sea with gloomy light following sunset (9) Anagram of GET FAR + LOW
11 ENCODE
Company in need falsified record secretly (6) CO inside anagram of NEED
12 PLAYGOER
Lover of theatre company’s finale held in converted pergola (8) COMPAN(Y) inside anagram of PERGOLA
13 DELICATESSEN
Had seconds in odd-looking, licensed food shop (12) (ATE + S) inside anagram of LICENSED
21 PROMOTE
Push forward for spot (7) PRO + MOTE
24 TRUSTEES
Property managers become inefficient by not working in areas dominated by swingers (8) RUST inside TEES
25 SALUTARY
Helpful trade union given a rise in pay (8) TU reversed inside SALARY
27 TRAILS
Evening dress, worn by king, hangs down (6) R inside TAILS
29 INPUT
Sputnik, with casing stripped, disrupted an electrical signal (5) Anagram of s)PUTNI(k
30 RACISM
Upstanding coach is associated with male prejudice (6) CAR reversed + IS + M
31 GETS UP
Guest, revitalised by sleep, finally rises (4,2) Anagram of GUEST + SLEE(P)
32 TENANT
Section of camp making room for an occupant (6) TENT outside AN
34 TURN OF PHRASE
Expression for “punter” has changed (4,2,6) Anagram of FOR PUNTER HAS
35 MEDIA
News channels met briefly to support rolling over (5) ME(t + (AID reversed)
37 ROOTROT
Run after mob member suffering from disease (7) TROT after ROO
42 CHARACTER
Contract broken by air conditioning person (9) AC inside CHARTER
44 RYE WHISKY
Timber hospital doused in hazardous spirit (3,6) (YEW + H) inside RISKY
45 LOCATING
Jaguar, say, one discovered during extensive detective work (8) (CAT + I) inside LONG
47 PROMISEE
They are given assurance supporting male that makes sense (8) PRO + M + I SEE
48 OVERHEAR
Catch version relayed by a hero in rebellion (8) VER inside anagram of A HERO
50 HOTLINE
Emergency communication link should be scrambled in hotel (7) Anagram of IN HOTEL
52 OLD BOYS
Bad blood certainly disheartened former students? (3,4) Anagram of BLOOD + Y(e)S
53 MINI-SUB
Transport in one thousand for returning underwater explorer (4-3) (BUS IN + I + M) reversed
55 RESENTS
Is angry about gifts with no originality? (7) (p)RESENTS
56 AFLOAT
A feature of a street parade on the surface (6) A + FLOAT
60 AGREE
Concede a strong desire should be curtailed (5) A + GREE(d

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2 Responses to AFR Cryptic (Christmas 2019) Solution

  1. David says:

    I give in. What was the hidden message all about?

    • David Stickley says:

      Hi David,

      It was just a festive greeting. I didn’t want an obvious message that solvers could work out ahead and prefill, so I started it in a “random” part of the Christmas tree outline.

      Best

      David