Crossword 749 answers & explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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1st January, 2012 2 comments
Crossword 749 solution

Before anyone else does, let me say that 2 down is a rather poor clue, technically OK but with a surface reading that makes no sense. It looks like work in progress rather than a finished job. Silly me. Apart from that, I think I can say with due modesty that this puzzle has some quite pleasing clues though with the usual somewhat excessive reliance on anagrams.

There is a little bit of a movie/TV theme in this puzzle (1,6,16,32,24, 42) and a few local references and usages (eg lollies, 33d). Even if there is nothing local in these puzzles, I always try to avoid the strictly British references so common in the newspaper cryptics.

The explanations here are as explicit as I can make them and in future, depending on feedback, I might go for a more concise form. Please tell me what you think.

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ACROSS Answers, clues Explanations
1 FILMGOERS
Foil germs crawling around the bods in the fleapit Anagram of foil germs (crawling around = anagram indicator).
6, 6D SHORTLAND STREET
Mad hatter sent lords soap Anagram of hatter sent lords (Mad = anagram indicator).
11 CUT DEAD
Refuse to acknowledge what the pathologist might well do Cryptic definition.
12 PARISHIONER
Churchgoer in European city with heroin problem European city = PARIS, anagram of heroin (problem = anagram indicator).
13 DRIPS
Medico and I with an afterthought find postnasal symptom afterthought = PS.
14 SURGEON
He makes nurse go crazy Anagram of NURSE GO (crazy = anagram indicator).
15 DOSED
Given some medicine back in Lourdes, oddly enough Hidden word backwards in LourDES ODdly.
16 MINISERIES
Woes gather in a programme with a small number of episodes Woes = MISERIES, gather = containment indicator for IN.
19 BELLBIRD
British, ill-bred, sloppy, she apparently rings Kiwis at dawn? British = B (as in BBC), sloppy = anagram indicator.
22 UNBURNT
Turn bun quickly before it is over-toasted quickly = anagram indicator (quick in the sense of alive or animated)
25 CRUEL
Brutal filthy lucre filthy = anagram indicator.
26 FRIES
Ref is wrong, does his chips anagram of REF IS.
28 ERATO
The muse of love is in the refrigerator Hidden word in refrigERATOr.
29 MORSE
There is a point in additional code point = S (compass point), additional = MORE.
30 SHIMMER
Boil slowly, getting hot inside with a tremulous light hot = H (as on taps).
31 WAKENING
Rousing a friend for Barbie in the annex friend for Barbie = KEN, annex = WING.
32 WALL STREET
Wastrel let loose where investments fail repeatedly Anagram of WASTREL LET.
36 INNER
Victor is decapitated nearer the centre Subtraction, w/INNER
38 JONQUIL
One of the bloomers used by DJ on quiltmaking duty Hidden word, DJ ON QUILtmaking.
40 GULPS
Takes a quick swig – stopper put back – start to sway stopper = PLUG, start to sway = S
42 GOOD MORNING
A timely greeting for the virtuous, grief-stricken so they say virtuous = GOOD, grief-stricken = MOURNING, so they say = homophone indicator.
43 INSIPID
Swim is half-nice when going back but lacks impact the other way Reversal of DIP IS NI (half-nice).
44 RATEPAYER
A householder must be – probably reluctantly – represented by a rare type Anagram of A RARE TYPE (represented by = anagram indicator).
45 DISCOVERY
A new finding: voices become distorted in drought conditions Anagram of VOICES in DRY.
DOWN
1 FACED
Had a meal, grabbing bill when confronted bill = AC (common abbreviation of account).
2 LATVIAN
Bent nail receives a set from the Baltic Anagram of NAIL receives = container indicator, a set = A TV.
3 GUESS
Reckon visitors have lost their team leader Visitors = guests, lost = subtraction indicator, team leader = T.
4 END USER
Finish with an opportunist as the last buyer Finish = END, opportunist = USER.
5 SUPER
This pension is great Double definition.
6 SEE 6 ACROSS
7 ORSON WELLES
Old actor’s child healthy with minerals applied externally Old actor’s = old actor is, child healthy = SON WELL, minerals = ORES
8 THIRD
This will probably come to you after a second Cryptic definition.
9 AGNOSTICISM
Religious scepticism resulting from a misinterpretation of atomic signs Anagram of ATOMIC SIGNS.
10 DERIDED
Mocked and sacked as a jockey? Cryptic definition.
16 MOUSE
Think at length about nothing but a rodent Think at length = MUSE.
17 SIRLOIN
Radical leader with oil, somehow involved in evildoing, the result of routine butchery Radical leader = R, oil somehow = LOI, evildoing = SIN.
18 ENCORE
Perhaps it’s a sergeant major entering before the extra performance sergeant major = NCO (non-commissioned officer), entering = container indicator, before = ERE.
20 LEFTIST
Fits badly inside, allowed to be a pinko Fits badly = FTIS, allowed = LET.
21 EUREKA
With a cry of discovery, loudly accuse someone of being a stinker Sounds like YOU REEKER (loudly = homophone indicator.)
23 BLACKING OUT
Swooning is substandard in a boxing match substandard = LACKING, boxing match = BOUT.
24 TOM AND JERRY
Trendy major animated movie characters Anagram of TRENDY MAJOR (animated = anagram indicator).
27 STRUT
Walk proudly with support Double definition.
31 WHINGER
A moaning type of rugby player taking heroin rugby player = WINGER, heroin = H.
33 LOLLIES
Sell oil to make confectionery Anagram of SELL OIL.
34 ELLIPSE
See when confused about tablet being upside down and an oval shape Anagram of SEE, about = containment indicator tablet = PILL upside down = reversal indicator.
35 INKIER
More unpleasant to the nose? No way, just a lot darker Subtraction, STINKIER minus ST = way (as in street).
37 REMAP
Set me up in hip-hop to make the new chart me up (reversal indicator) = EM inside hip-hop = RAP.
39 URGED
Recommended being terribly rude about Greek leader Anagram of RUDE, about = containment indicator, Greek leader = G.
40 GUSTO
Puff on oxygen to get vigorous enjoyment Puff = GUST, oxygen = O.
41 SADLY
Deceptive about the Christian era, alas Deceptive = SLY, Christian era = AD.
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  1. david.tossman Jan 17 2012, 11:20am

    Barrie, see my comments on the revised 751 posting. In summary, I now see that the use of IC for 99 and IM for 999 are well established cryptic crossword conventions, attested to in the literature.
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  2. Barrie Graham Jan 7 2012, 1:14pm

    When you get round to it, I enjoyed the bigger-format 751 but being picky I'm not convinced about IC for 99 in 13 down. I reckon 99 is XCIX. Perhaps the clue should have said "one hundred" or "a hundred" for IC rather than 99?
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