It is that time when I post my personal favourite cryptic crossword clues of the year. I found it hard to whittle down the list to ten, what with the variety of gems from debuting setters with fresh styles - notably Picaroon of the Guardian, Rorschach of the Independent and Lightning of The Hindu. Eventually I gravitated towards my usual soft spots - the crackling &lit, innovative wordplay and sly surfaces.
Here are my top ten clues of 2012. Take a stab at solving them. Enjoy!
Sunday Times 4474 (Tim Moorey): Reconstructing roughly? (7,7) C______ ______S
Guardian 25823 (Arachne): It might drop me, if uninitiated in its use (9) T_______E
Times 25169: Taking betrothal with zeal, I failed to get a grip on matrimony, ultimately? (9,6) E________ _____R
Guardian 25638 (Picaroon): He has left the property (7) T_____E
Sunday Times 4467 (Dean Mayer): Heavy weight is breaking wooden floor (8) A______H
THC 10505 (Textrous): So this may be a 'dots' animal? (9) D_______N
Independent 8130 (Klingsor): As one's awfully mean, small tips for waiters ensue (2,5) __ M____
Sunday Times 4506 (Dean Mayer): Danger - albeit rum - at sea (7,8) B______ _______E
FT13968 (Dante): When models that have lost their shape are employed? (6) S_____
Guardian 25697 (Orlando): Mafia-style base? (6,4) F_____ ___T
Which cryptic clues will you pick for your Best Of 2012 list?
Wish you a happy Christmas and lots of joy for the New Year.
[Update: See comments for answers.]
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