Crossword 755 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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11th February, 2012 2 comments

A movie target?

You might have noticed a few film titles here. I didn’t deliberately set out to make a theme puzzle but I did in the end use a few movies to overcome the sometimes mind-numbing prospect of selecting words arbitrarily. Any handhold will do when that anaesthetic sets in.

Crossword 755 solution

Crossword 755 solution

Three of the titles appear clearly, AMADEUS, BAD TASTE and PETER PAN, though only the first is clued as one. Two other titles, BRIEF ENCOUNTER and STARLIGHT HOTEL, are split. (If there are movies titled Scoria, Wheel or Seedy they’d be a bonus.)

Completely themed puzzles – with every answer closely tied to the theme – are virtually impossible to compose. I have enormous admiration for some of the British setters who regularly manage to get more than half-a-dozen answers into thematic line. (Of course using an assymetrical grid would allow it but would break a major unwritten rule and thus be the worst sort of cheating.) For example, a recent puzzle by the doyen of British setters, Araucaria (John Graham) in the Guardian, managed six Wagnerian titles (if you include MASTERSINGERS).

Araucaria’s puzzles however are often thematic rather than themed: you have to work out the theme before some of the clues make sense. No so here.

You might detect the odd theme from me but it will never be necessary to get it in order to winkle out any answers. At the same time I will resist any temptation to use a theme from such a narrow range of possible answers as, say, the titles of Shakespeare’s works, let alone those of Wagner.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
7 BRIEF
Short twisted fibre (5) Anagram of FIBRE.
8 ENCOUNTER
Decapitated blokes present an argument in response to meeting (9) Decapitated blokes = m/EN, present an argument in response to = COUNTER.
10 GREENIE
Gullible, that is your typical environmentalist (7) Gullible = GREEN, that is = IE.
11 RESIGNS
Has the power of a monarch about the first of September – then abdicates (7) Has the power of a monarch = REIGNS, first of September = S.
12 SEEDY
Positive response comes back about journalist being scruffy (5) A positive response = YES, comes back = SEY about journalist = ED
13 PLACE NAME
Identify in two ways how to put your location in the atlas’s index (5,4) Identify = PLACE and NAME.
14 ALSO-RAN
Loser managed after Laos collapsed (4-3) managed = RAN after anagram of LAOS
16 BALLAST
Dance with a very good person to provide stability at sea (7) Dance = BALL, a very good person = A ST.
18 APPRAISED
A little computer program brought up to be evaluated (9) A little computer program = APP, brought up = RAISED.
21 WHEEL
Women head list for a revolver (5) Women = W, list = HEEL (in sailing)
23 EYEBALL
A way to view pieces of belly scattered around A&E (7) Anagram of BELLY including A and E.
24 ADDED UP
Badly duped following commercial that made sense (5,2) Anagram of DUPED after commercial = AD.
25 STARLIGHT
That girl’s making a twinkle (9) Anagram of THAT GIRLS.
26 HOTEL.
The lodge in Lesotho telephoned (5) Hidden word, LesotHO TELephoned..
Down Answers and Clues Explanations
1 VILENESS
The enormity of vessel in distress … (8) Anagram of VESSEL IN.
2 IF ONLY
… provided merely as a wistful expression (2,4) provided = IF, merely = ONLY.
3 PETER PAN
An immature character, a favourite with the Queen, on a vessel (5,3) favourite = PET, the Queen = ER, vessel = PAN.
4 SCORIA
I will be presented with Oscar surprisingly for “Rock” (6) Anagram of I + OSCAR.
5 NUTSHELL
Crazy? The pits, in a few short words (8) Crazy = NUTS, the pits = HELL.
6 STIGMA
A character from Athens takes time to develop a sign of infamy (6) A character from Athens = SIGMA, takes = container indicator, time = T.
7 BOGUS
Go back in public transport vehicle for cod (5) Go back = OG in public transport vehicle = BUS.
9 RESPECT
Honour for political leader in secret arrangement (7) political leader = P in anagram of SECRET
14 AMADEUS
A film about Mozart amused a pervert (7) Anagram of AMUSED A (pervert = anagram indicator).
15 READABLE
About a bad uprising – article in French – clearly written (8) About = RE, a bad uprising (reversal indicator) = DAB A, article in French = LE
16 BAD TASTE
Data best interpreted as showing poor aesthetic judgement (3,5) Anagram of DATA BEST.
17 ANECDOTE
A short account of an incident one acted out (8) Anagram of ONE ACTED (out = anagram indicator).
19 PREPAY
Make a 100% deposit and beg to hold record (6) beg = PRAY, to hold = container indicator, record = EP.
20 SILAGE
A wise person eats the Italian livestock fodder (6) Wise person = SAGE, the Italian = IL.
21 WIDTHS
Why I drink the hard stuff initially: no Jims, just Beams (6) Acrostic: Why I Drink The Hard Stuff. Initially = acrostic indicator.
22 LAPEL.
Revere the French friend when ascending (5) the French = LE, friend = PAL, ascending = reversal indicator..
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  1. david.tossman Feb 12 2012, 4:01pm

    Cod is given in the version of the Oxford Dictionary as (adjective) not authentic; fake: "a cod Mittel-European accent."

    In Chambers I find the adjective defined as mock, sham, done, intended as a joke or take-off

    Wiktionary notes that “Illegitimi non carborundum” is a well-known example of cod Latin.

    Revere for a type lapel I'm afraid now appears be an error on the part of the Wordweb computer thesaurus and on my part for using that program. It certainly gives revere and revers as types of lapel, but I see now in other references that the spelling rever is preferred. The French-style pronunciation is misleading I suppose. I stand humbled and apologetic.

    I see however that the error is common enough to be acceptable, perhaps, to non-prescriptive lexicographers (ie most). A Google search for "revere collar" yielded 1,310,000 pages while "rever collar" yielded only 398,000 pages. Clearly 'revere' is preferred by tailors and dressmakers.
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  2. Michael Jameson Feb 11 2012, 4:35pm

    I have just successfully completed solving cryptic crossword puzzle 755 but I am still baffled why
    (a) clue 7 down refers to "cod" and
    (b) clue 22 down starts off with "Revere ....".

    Can anyone enlighten me on these?

    Michael Jameson
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