Crossword 756 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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18th February, 2012 Leave a Comment

That sinking feeling

Still revelling in the wide open spaces of the 15×15 grid, and with this particular pattern offering space for a couple of 15-letter answers, I began this puzzle with a challenge to myself, the old YELLOW SUBMARINE.

The wordplay wasn’t too hard to come up with: it had to yield a few good anagrams and sure enough the irresistable US mine layer soon appeared.

Crossword 756 solution

The tricky part was coming up with a non-obvious direct part of the clue – the definition that balances the wordplay. Simply saying “Beatles hit” was going to be too flat and perhaps too easy. “1960s song” too hard, “A lily-livered warship” is not ideal – it’s clunky if not completely inane – but at least it connects convincingly with the wordplay.

In hindsight it would have been nice to have somehow worked “hit” into it after the “blow”. Ah well. It’s the deadlines, you see. Sometimes they provoke creativity, other times they kill it. That’s my excuse, anyway.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ACOLYTE
Locate eccentric, yes, inside with an altar boy (7) Anagram of LOCATE containing Y (yes).
5 SUBSOIL
Dirt might give us boils (7) Anagram of US BOILS.
9 IDEAL
What I do after shuffling the cards is perfect (5) Charade.
10 TAXIDERMY
Stuffing, an unknown quantity, I put in dry meat when cooked (9) unknown quantity = X, I inside anagram of DRY MEAT (cooked = anagram indicator).
11 SURROGATE
A replacement certain to eat right – goat stew (9) certain = SURE, to eat = containment indicator, R (right), anagram of GOAT, (stew = anagram indicator).
12 NASAL
Adenoidal astronauts take on student (5) astronauts = NASA, student = L.
13 DEAD SET
Determined to have zombies prepared (4,3) zombies = DEAD prepared = SET.
14 TABLETS
Battles played out with small computers (7) Anagram of BATTLES.
16 LAY A BET
Gamble, getting non-professional to assist in some wrongdoing (3,1,3) non-professional = LAY, assist in some wrongdoing = ABET.
18 AVENUES
A meeting place’s means of access (7) meeting place’s = VENUES.
19 RUMBA
Dance with a queer graduate (5) queer = RUM graduate = BA.
21 CLOCKWISE
What the horologist should be or turn to? (9) Double definition.
23 OFF-LIMITS
Films of it may be out of bounds (3-6) Anagram of FILMS OF IT.
24 ADAGE
American prosecutor in time exhibits a Maxim (5) American prosecutor = DA in time = AGE.
25 SIAMESE
Tie, say, is same when knotted on engineer (7) Homophone definition plus anagram of IS SAME + E (engineer).
26 LETTERS.
Communications from landlords? (7) Cryptic definition..
Down Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ADIOS
A do is arranged to farewell a Spaniard (5) Anagram of A DO IS.
2 OVEN-READY
Day never goes wrong with duck on top prepared for roasting (4-5) Anagram of DAY NEVER with duck = O (cricket).
3 YELLOW SUBMARINE
With US mine layer blow asunder a lily-livered warship we were all in in ’66 (6,9) Anagram of US MINE LAYER BLOW.
4 ENTRANT
Newcomer managed getting into collapsing tent (7) managed = RAN inside anagram of TENT.
5 SEXIEST
The most seductive male chauvinist has internal energy (7) male chauvinist = SEXIST including energy = E.
6 BED AND BREAKFAST
Bad debts freak an organisation providing casual board (3,3,9) Anagram of BAD DEBTS FREAK AN (organisation = anagram indicator).
7 OGRES
Threatening figures in progress (5) Hidden word in prOGRESs.
8 LOYALISTS
Stalwarts love to lay back in rolls (9) love = O, lay back = YAL, inside rolls = LISTS.
13 DELIRIOUS
Madly excited putting food shops around Brazilian city university (9) food shops = DELIS, Brazilian city = RIO, university = U.
15 ELUCIDATE
Clarify a delicate arrangement handling uranium (9) Anagram of DELICATE including uranium = U.
17 TACTILE
Tangible lattice-work (7) Anagram of LATTICE.
18 AROUSAL
With parole cut short at both ends, take in America for some excitement (7) parole cut short at both ends = AROL, take in = container indicator, America = USA.
20 MAFIA
Gangsters follow mother with an Italian car, but the car isn’t tailed (5) mother = MA, Italian car = FIAT, isn’t tailed = deletion indicator
22 EPEES.
Notice physical exercise on the rise with fencing equipment (5) Notice = SEE, physical exercise = PE, on the rise = reversal indicator..
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