This puzzle is a cryptic family reunion, but we've again invited some close friends that are not actually family. The answer to this puzzle is a theme and a list of fourteen words or proper names or phrases; ten of them are related to the theme, the other four are close, but not actually on theme. Each of these is clued cryptically. Since the definition part of a cryptic clue would give away the theme, these cryptic clues uses family members (e.g., mom, sisters), or non-family members (e.g. friend) as appropriate, to stand in for the definition part of the clue. So for example, if the theme of the puzzle were chemical elements, "Sister picking at nit" would clue "tin". Clues are sorted with answers in alphabetical order, and lengths of each answer are given with the clues. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Sister's exceptional charisma is lacking after dropping facade (7)
  2. Auntie makes key choice of daycare options after school (6)
  3. Friend's castle takes white's central pawn last (6)
  4. Brother's cunning captures defended king and rook (7)
  5. Acquaintance found gas nucleus ejected alpha particle (5)
  6. Nephew, flooring accelerator into a corner, flips (5)
  7. Copilot holding elevation (3)
  8. Heat wave in CA city gets to Granddad (4)
  9. Dad hauls down jib, stows it astern (5)
  10. Alaska declines after setting record for children (6)
  11. Son attains summit after steep scramble (6)
  12. Mom's left soup in the refrigerator (9)
  13. Concealing network hides note for daughter (5)
  14. Azul mostly dropping odd colleague (5)

1 Answer 1


I think they are all

Current or former currencies of countries in the EU.
Most have been replaced by the Euro (family), the others are currencies of EU members which are not using the Euro (friends).


2. ESCUDO = ESC + U + D(aycare) + O(ptions)
3. FORINT = FORT taking (wh)I(te) and (paw)N
4. GUILDER = GUILE captured D(efended) + R
5. KRONA = KR(ypt)ON + A
6. KROON = NOOK< with R from accelerator inside
7. LEV = (e)LEV(ation)
8. LIRA = LA holding IR
9. LITAS = SAIL< with T in
11. PESETA = (STEEP)* + A(ttains)
13. TOLAR = TOR with LA inside
14. ZLOTY = (a)Z(u)L (m)O(s)T(l)Y

Not in the family

I think FORINT, KRONA, LEV and ZLOTY are the currencies which have not been replaced by the Euro.

Title, as explained by El-Guest

News of the day could mean current events (i.e, "currents"-y)

  • $\begingroup$ Well done - pretty much what I had too (had to put my daughter to bed and then got back to find you'd posted! Was missing #2...). rot13(Zl orfg org sbe 5 jnf CBHAQ (ercynprq ol gur Rheb va Plcehf) - SBHAQ -Syhbevar + 'nycun' (svefg bs) C(negvpyr)) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv but I think they are alphabetical $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ You know, I hadn't even noticed that! Well done for nailing down the wordplay on that last one in the end +1 $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ Dominated! Awesome job, hexomino! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ News of the day, ie. rot13(pheerag riragf)? $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 20:12

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