Crossword 762 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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31st March, 2012 2 comments

The fiend in need

I suppose I do know what it is about them, but I’d rather not. Ogres, I mean. They keep turning up. Between them, ogre and ogres have appeared in my puzzles ten times in ten years. The fact is that short words that begin and end with vowels are immensely useful grid builders. Some of these words now seem to survive only in crosswords and Scrabble. Eyrie and eerie, Esau, Erse, etui, erne, o’er …. They are, indeed, known as crosswordese.

Crossword 762 solution

Crossword 762 solution

Crosswordese is a much more important language for tackling American-style crosswords. These puzzles have hardly any black squares — all letters in all words are cross-checked. That places a much greater burden on setters there (called, for good reason, constructors) who have to use brand names, initalisms, exclamations and txt as well as the dreaded West African trees to construct their grids.

Crossword enthusiasts in America have to collect these obscurities just as as do Scrabble freaks, and for the same reason. You can’t play at a decent level without them.

The British style of grid we use here calls for fewer of these oddities. In theory they can be spurned entirely. The temptation remains, but I don’t think I’ve ever been guilty of using erne, o’er or eyrie in a grid. But Esau, I’m afraid, has put in one or two appearances, and I fall victim to ogres all too often, as I did here in 11 across.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CODDLE
Merry old king has embraced theologian in feather bed so they say (6) Merry old king = COLE, embraced = containment indicactor, theologian = DD (Doctor of Divinity)
4 SOUTHPAW
Left better person to wash-up (gauchely, of course) (8) Anagram of TO WASH UP
10 ANCHORAGE
A change or alteration in Alaska (9) Anagram of A CHANGE OR
11 OGRES
Monstrous threats seen in the return of some lesser gods (5) Reversed hidden word in lesSER GOds
12 PAYMENT
Make a mistake with an empty remittance (7) Anagram of AN EMPTY
13 NOT SURE
Lacking certainty, our nest is repositioned (3,4) Anagram of OUR NEST
14 VENTURE CAPITAL
Risk investment in business making novel alternative cup (7,7) Anagram of ALTERNATIVE CUP
18 BACKSEAT DRIVER
Meddler is to support misguided advertiser (8,6) support = BACK + anagram (misguided) of ADVERTISER
22 UNRATED
Ill natured, as yet of no determined quality (7) Anagram (ill) of NATURED
24 LACQUER
A hard finish for Japan (7) Double definition
26 DALLY
Waste time with dead friend (5) dead = D, friend = ALLY
27 BRASSICAS
Support garments (just like that) in the form of cabbages and cauliflowers (9) Support garments = BRAS, just like that = SIC, in the form of = AS
28 DISPENSE
Shell out, being rather thick about internet service provider (8) rather thick = DENSE, internet service provider = ISP
29 GRATIS.
Soldiers grab a betrayer for free (6) Soldiers = GIS, grab = containment indicator, betrayer = RAT.
Down Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CRAMPS
Politicians supporting the Collision Repair Association get hampers (6) Politicians = MPS, Collision Repair Associatin = CRA
2 DECAY
Short month comes to a sticky end in rot and disintegration (5) Short month = DEC, a = A, sticky end = Y
3 LOOSEST
Toilets the eastern way are the most informal (7) Toilets = LOOS, eastern = E, way = ST
5 OCEAN
Canoe upset by the Indian, for example (5) Anagram of CANOE
6 TWO-STEP
Best-loved pig, twirling initially, turns up in a ballroom dance (3-4) Best-loved = PET, pig = SOW, twirling initially = T, turns up = reversal indicator
7 PIROUETTE
I peter out, collapsing from a rapid turnaround on tip toe (9) Anagram of I PETER OUT
8 WESTERLY
You and I and a styler upset in the wind (8) You and I = WE = anagram of STYLER
9 BACTERIA
From rising wind and suchlike, a billion germs (8) rising = reversal indicator, wind = AIR, and suchlike = ETC, a = A, billion = B
15 ENCIRCLES
How the hunting party rounds up Roman Catholic in eerie silence (9) Roman Catholic = RC inside anagram (eerie) of SILENCE
16 CADILLAC
Get luxury car from bounder (not well) on account (8) bounder = CAD, not well = ILL, account = AC
17 ABOUNDED
African leader leapt, had plenty (8) African leader = A, leapt = BOUNDED
19 SET TYPE
A determined sort of person, Caxton had to do it before printing (3,4) determined = SET, sort of person = TYPE
20 INCISOR
Inland Revenue takes new coins for a chopper, by gum (7) Inland Revenue = IR, takes = containment indicator + anagram (new) of COINS
21 CRISES
Many wage increases result in unstable situations (6) Many = C (a hundred) wage increases = RISES
23 DEBTS
Good man on four-poster, turning over, has incurred obligations (5) Good man = ST, four-poster = BED, turning over = reversal indicator
25 UNCUT.
A French copper on time, ready for the barber (5) A French = UN, copper = CU, time = T.
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2 Responses to “Crossword 762 answers and explanations”

  1. david.tossman Apr 9 2012, 11:30pm

    Hi Bob
    The connection in 24 across is based, I'm afraid, on a bit of general knowledge which, like all such trivia, people either know or don't know. Japan is a old-fashioned type of hard black lacquer named after Japan in the same way than china is named after China. I have seen old lacquered knickknacks described as "japanned".
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  2. Bob Cornwell Apr 9 2012, 8:11pm

    Hi David
    Am newish to cryptic crosswords and have a problem with 762 24 across
    Your answer is lacquer a "double definition I follow the hard finish but cant see the association with "for Japan" Help
    Bob C
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