Crossword 798 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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8th December, 2012 1 comment

Perhaps I should abandon these little commentaries. Parsing the clues some weeks after writing them, as I do, reveals failings that I would rather not dwell upon, yet I often feel compelled to mention them here.

Crossword 798 solution

This puzzle seems to have an excess of hidden-word clues. I should not beat myself up about these things, I suppose. I can offer the excuse that at least hidden words are pretty easy and make up for some of the trickier clues here, some of which are on reflection perhaps not entirely fair.

There I go again. I am never surprised at complaints. Indeed I am surprised I don’t get more, but then if I do I am naturally more inclined to defend than apologise.

The Times, I understand, imposes some excellent rules on its setters: no more than two plurals per puzzle (and those not to share a final S), for example, and I should really do the same sort of thing to myself. No more than two hidden words per puzzle (and an average over multiple puzzles of less than one) would be a good start.

I fear however that these suspicions of regret are too late since the next two or three puzzles have probably broken the self-imposed and only-supposed rule and have already been committed to print.

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
7 ENCLOSURE
Pen one’s cruel letters in disguise (9) Anagram of ONES CRUEL
8 LASSO
Catch beast with rope also knotted around front of scooter (5) Anagram of ALSO containing front of scooter = S
11 FADDISH
It’s briefly fashionable to put more into seafood (7) put more = ADD, seafood = FISH
13 VESTIGE
In some of the harvest I get a trace (7) Hidden word, harVEST I GE t
14 TRAINERS
Coaches here but one could go on foot (8) Double definition
15 SIMLA
An Indian city said by some to be like another (5) Homophone
16 PRESELL
Create a demand in the market for a bad speller (7) Anagram of SPELLER
19 TOBACCO
You will often find this where there is smoke (7) Cryptic definition
22 ARSON
Clergyman doesn’t begin criminal activity (5) Deletion, p/ARSON
24 VICTORIA
I decay at 101 when back in Virginia, a state of Australia (8) I decay = IROT, at 101 = CI, when back = ICTOR, contained by Virginia = VA
26 TOEHOLD
Instructed to grab broken hoe, making small purchase (7) Instructed = TOLD, to grab = containment indicator, broken = anagram indicator, anagram of HOE
27 ORCHARD
Force central firm to make a place for fruitful enterprise (7) Force central = ORC, firm = HARD
30 CANAL
A fluid connection used in linguistic analysis (5) Hidden word, linguisti CANAL ysis
31 NECESSARY.
As scenery is ruined it becomes essential (9) Anagram of AS SCENERY.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BEEF
Worker that flies noisily for the meat (4) Worker that flies = BEE + noisily = F
2 ICED
Chilled out in police detention (4) Hidden word, pol ICE Detention
3 DOMICILE
Meek and mild when I’m back in a home (8) Meek and mild = DOCILE including I’m back = MI
4 EUCHRE
Her cue has to be rewritten. Get cards for this (6) Anagram of HER CUE
5 HEAVYSET
They save, strangely enough, from being quite stout (8) Anagram of THEY SAVE
6 CLASPS
Clips shown quietly in tutorial (6) quietly = P, tutorial = CLASS
9 SEISMIC
Earthmoving is of some use. Is Michelangelo? (7) Hidden word, u SE IS MIChelangeno
10 OREGANO
A herb much used in the food of Naples or Genoa perhaps (7) Anagram of OR GENOA
12 ALTER
Change later (5) Anagram
16 PLASTIC
Flexible A-list characters, somehow politically correct on the outside (7) Anagram of ALIST contained by politically correct = PC
17 EASTERN
Oriental has English leader behind (7) English leader = E, behind = ASTERN
18 LOVED ONE
Duck cooked dear (5,3) Duck = LOVE, cooked = DONE
20 BOOKCASE
Volume storage solution is in reserve, a task for the judge (8) reserve = BOOK, a task for the judge = CASE
21 CHAIR
The professor’s seat of learning (5) double definition
23 NOODLE
Pasta can make one old (6) Anagram of ONE OLD
25 CROUCH
Credit a cry of pain for a lowered posture (6) Credit = CR, a cry of pain = OUCH
28 AMAH
Domestic help for a mother and husband (4) a mother = A MA + husband = H
29 DAYS.
Time passed in a stupefied state for the Listener (4) Homophone, stupefied state = DAZE.
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  1. doczoe Dec 8 2012, 8:01pm

    Well thank goodness you're not compiling for the Times. Your crossword's one of the great pleasures in my week. As many have sung in My Funny Valentine: don't change a thing for me.
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