Crossword 797 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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This puzzle features at 4 down my first ever Spoonerism clue . It’s a rare device in cryptics but far from unknown. Alan Connor in his crossword blog on the Guardian website does a quite thorough analysis here.

Crossword 797 solution

Crossword 797 solution

Because the only possible Spoonerism indicator is a reference to Spooner, it is a distinctly unsubtle device and thus unsatisfactory if used often.

Fresh Spoonerisms are also quite hard to devise although the original Dr Spooner’s students and colleagues at Oxford wrung a good lot out of the joke even as the poor man continued to work and attempted to retain the respect and serious attention of his students.

The story is told in the Guardian’s obituary from 1930. It seems that Dr Spooner never really told a student that he had “tasted a whole worm.” Nor did he really tell a groom that it is “kistomary to cuss the bride.”

Hard to devise as they may be, a friend of mine has developed quite a knack for Spoonerisms and has come up with some beauts. My favourite: Horace Rabbit for Robert Harris, the café and coffee brand.

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
7 CLAPTRAP
Applaud a hazard for golfers with pretentious talk (8) Applaud = CLAP, a hazard for golfers = TRAP
9 ACCEPT
Workplace insurers destroyed pet bear (6) Workplace insurers = ACC + anagram of PET
10 SCREAM
About to be included in a fraudulent scheme, an extremely funny one (6) About = RE, included in = containment indicator, fraudulent scheme = SCAM
11 TEMPLATE
Casual worker overdue making a standard guide (8) Casual worker = TEMP, overdue = LATE
12 REDRAWN
Drafted again with blood-coloured unprocessed nitrogen (7) blood-coloured = RED, unprocessed = RAW, nitrogen = N
13 RETAIL
Later I managed the shop’s business (6) Anagram of LATER I
14 MIXED BLESSING
Wild sex, smiling about rumpled bed, is not altogether a good thing (5,8) Anagram of SEX SMILING, about = containment indicator + anagram of BED
17 ODIOUS
Overdraft plus debts: detestable (6) Overdraft = OD, debts = IOUS
19 AVIATED
Flew back with endless detail to Virginia (7) backwards DETAI + Virginia = VA
22 POOH-POOH
Show contempt for Winnie twice (4-4) reference to Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
23 VENDOR
There’s a dealer in heaven, Dorothy (6) Hidden word, hea VEN DOR othy
24 ORANGE
There’s nothing by the stove but fruit (6) Nothing = O, stove = RANGE
25 REDOUBLE.
Be louder: stupidly make it four times more than it was originally (8) Anagram of BE LOUDER.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SLICER
A knife in the broken relics (6) Anagram of RELICS
2 APPENDIX
Smart phone program to finish at nine gives a little more after the last chapter (8) Smart phone program = APP, finish = END, nine = IX (Roman numerals)
3 CRIMEA
An unlawful act performed on a place where the Light Brigade charged (6) An unlawful act performed = CRIME on A
4 BAD MARKS
The sound of Spooner’s crazed dog when likely to fail the course (3,5) Spoonerism (swapping initials) of MAD BARKS
5 SCULPT
Carve out a little rowboat but don’t finish training (6) A little rowboat = SCULL, but don’t finish = SCUL + training = PT
6 SPOTTING
How you might catch sight of marijuana in a swindle (8) Marijuana = POT, swindle = STING
8 PATENT LEATHER
Treat elephant badly: put on shiny shoes? (6,7) Anagram of TREAT ELEPHANT
14 MEDIOCRE
Befuddled medico about to be of no exceptional ability (8) Anagram of MEDICO + about = RE
15 DISCOVER
Find the platter finished (8) platter = DISC, finished = OVER
16 ISTANBUL
Turkey part slain but jumping around (8) Anagram of SLAIN BUT
18 ON HAND
Working with a member of the crew nearby (2,4) Working = ON, a member of the crew = HAND
20 INVADE
What the pioneers did, having a strange idea about Nevada (6) Anagram of IDEA including Nevada = NV
21 DROLLY.
Lordly mismanagement imposed in a jocular manner (6) Anagram of LORDLY.

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