AFR Cryptic (Christmas AJ 2020) Solution

  Answers and Clues Explanations
ADVENT
Commercial made by outlet is coming (6) AD + VENT
BIOLOGISTS
Old part of tree is cut into bits for life scientists (10) (O + LOG + IS) inside BITS
COVER DRIVE
Offside play by one positioned in the centre? (5,5) Cryptic definition
DESERT
Leave high and dry wasteland (6) Double Definition
EMISSION
Pass over one featured in extensive Time issue (8) (MISS + I) inside EON
FESTIVE
It’s about Victor being in charge and happy (7) (ITS reversed + V) inside FEE
GREEN TEA
Drunken teenager leaves drink (5,3) Anagram of TEENAGER
HOLIDAYED
Brick carrier taking cover certainly had a break (9) HOD outside (LID + AYE)
IDEA
I Pick out nucleus of neat plan (4) ID + EA
JOLLY
Ecstasy plugged by all except a drunk to some degree (5) JOY outside (ALL minus A)
KNOT
Boss’s number replacing one in kit (4) K(i)T replaced by NO
LOSE IT
Blow up centre of enclosed site in a state of disrepair (4,2) enc(LO)sed + anagram of SITE
MAGISTRATES
Gift-givers, right, restricted by governments and judges? (11) MAGI + R inside STATES
NATIVITY SCENE
Events in a city disrupted Yuletide display (8,5) Anagram of EVENTS IN A CITY
OLD STYLE
Set oddly replaced with type from the past (3,5) Anagram of SET ODDLY
PUDDING
Sweet thing turned up damaged at the front by accident (7) UP reversed + (D)amaged + DING
QUIRE
Group of carollers, say, vocalised part of book (5) Sounds like CHOIR
ROADSIDE
Promotion is not going forward in travelled area, by the way (8) [AD + (IS reversed)] inside RODE
STOCKING
Gift collection from St Nick got greatly distributed (8) Anagram of (ST NICK GO)t
TOSSPOTS
They take alcohol regularly to small locations (8) TO + S + SPOTS
UNIMPEDED
Open university attended by politician and senior journalists? (9) UNI + MP + ED + ED
VESPER
Unravelling of verse inspired by quiet prayer (6) Anagram of VERSE outside P
WEIRDLY
Some of us idly moved across river in an odd way (7) WE + (IDLY outside R)
XMAS
Crazy Mexicans giving up nice holiday (4) Anagram of MEXICANS minus NICE
YEAR
Period pieces collected by wealthy earl (4) wealthY EARl
ZILLION
A great number suffering in holy land (7) ILL inside ZION

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4 Responses to AFR Cryptic (Christmas AJ 2020) Solution

  1. Charmaine says:

    Hi David
    I’d like to let you know that your Crosswords page in the last AFR was very much appreciated as a welcome, pleasurable, gratifying and mentally ‘satisfying’ contribution to my Christmas activities. It was a delight. Thank you very much.
    Compliments of the Season and all the very best to you and your family for the New Year.
    Charmaine

  2. Rob Watson says:

    Is “OLD STYLE” really an anagram of “SET ODDLY”? D -> L? D’oh!

    • David Stickley says:

      Ahh, yes, you are right Rob. Looking back, I wanted an easy anagram for an unusual term and misread “set oldly” for “set oddly”. “oldly” doesn’t look right so my brain did an auto-correct. Should’ve gone to SpecSavers! I’ve been working on another clue. How about:

      Type to sell dye mostly abroad (3,5)

      Thanks

      Stickler

      • Rob Watson says:

        Not sure that ‘Type” is a definition for OLD STYLE (but it might be?), but at least the anagram is sound.