During this year, whenever I've liked a clue exceptionally and found pen-paper or my laptop within reach, I've made a note of it. Sharing with you my favourite ten of that list.
Some of them I struggled with and some I solved on sight, but all seem deliciously obvious after seeing how they work.
Times 24520 was a brilliant puzzle with every clue a treat - I've picked two out of it for this list. In some cases it was the full grid that I relished more than individual clues – Guardian 25142 and Guardian 25044 for the way the theme has been structured to cover a huge range of clues, Guardian 25104 for its theme so elusive I didn't cotton on to it till the very end, the India-special Indy of 26th Aug (I wish the paper gave us linkable archives. Update: Good news - Anax has shared Indy 7445 as an interactive grid - link).
On to those top ten clues. Have a good time solving.
Guardian 25165 (Brendan): Hercule P's mistaken where body is found (9)
Times 24633: Nose and eyes, from what we hear, often indicated by hands (5) V____
Times 24703: Stuck one's neck out when split in two, for example (8) A_____M_
FT 13558 (Loroso): Just a device to say "I'm drunk" and others will drink (7) E_____L
Times 24520: Sort of food almost everyone, surprisingly, eats these days (4-5) O___-R____
Times 24520: Steer dogs past wide swamp (9) O______L_
Times 24658: Lost it (the war, presumably) ... (5,1,6) T____ A ______
FT 13420 (Alberich): One fishes out dude, according to him? (7) S_____R
Guardian 25180 (Brendan): Is a bit less liable to change (10)
@diogeneb on twitter: Harry "I met scar" Potter! (8)
Which clues were your favourites of 2010?
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