Crossword 804 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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Crossword 804 solution

The clue for 16 down is not elegant, infringing one of the “rules” of the game by having more words than necessary (pleonasm if you will), being in effect a double clue. I did this because I felt it needed a little help: the answer, while hardly a “hard word”, might not be familiar to quite a few solvers.

I had a little difficulty cluing 14 down and got around it with an unusual device: indicating a plural with “and another …”. A little clunky perhaps but I hope it’s fair enough, even though the anagram indicator is naughtily doing double duty.

You will see here that I am trying to forestall criticism by doing it myself. Is that fair enough?

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COLOURLESS
Pale and wan, soul closer to collapse (10) Anagram of SOUL CLOSER
6 OTIC
Opposition leader with twitch of the ear (4) Opposition leader = O + twitch = TIC
10 TAILLIGHT
Pursue flimsy red car component (9) Pursue = TAIL, flimsy = LIGHT
11 GREEN
Envious of being immature (5) Double definition
12 HEALTH INSURANCE
She ran unethical new scheme providing elective surgery cover (6,9) Anagram of SHE RAN UNETHICAL
13 SEEDS
Notice dancing school beginners are nuts, for example (5) Notice = SEE, dancing school beginners = DS
15 GAS HEATER
Slice open a restaurant customer to get warmer (3,6) Slice open = GASH, a restaurant customer = EATER
18 INGRAINED
Trendy garden I cultivated is deep-rooted (9) Trendy = IN + anagram of GARDEN I (cultivated = anagram indicator)
19 ELAND
An antelope that is no good out of a British country (5) no good = NG deleted from a British country = ENGLAND
20 CHINESE CHECKERS
The proofreaders at the Beijing Review are game (7,8) Double definition
25 SLEEP
Rest, taking shelter in an empty ship (5) shelter = LEE, empty ship = SP
26 FURIOUSLY
Your flu is bad in a wild and stormy manner (9) Anagram of YOUR FLU IS
27 SO-SO
Run up repeatedly, it’s said, but it’s not outstanding (2-2) Homophone clue. Run up = sew
28 UNDERSIDES.
I undressed funnily revealing soles (10) Anagram of I UNDRESSED.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CATCH
Suddenly apprehend a doorstopper (5) Double definition
2 LAID AN EGG
Like a good bird, flopped in performance (4,2,3) Cryptic/double definition
3 UNLIT
There are fifty in the apartment and it’s not burning yet (5) fity = L (Roman numeral), apartment = UNIT
4 LOGGING ON
Starting to use a computer, googling madly before noon (7,2) Anagram of GOOGLING + noon = N
5 SITES
Locations used while set is rebuilt (5) Anagram of SET IS
7 TIE-IN
Link that is inserted in a can (3-2) that is = IE, can = TIN
8 CONFERRED
Granted a title, having had a serious talk about it (9) Double definition
9 AGGRIEVE
Give rage somehow and cause sorrow (8) Anagram of GIVE RAGE
13 SUIT-CASES
Grips become jobs for detectives (4-5) become = SUIT, jobs for detectives = CASES
14 SHAKE-UPS
He’s up? Ask for reorganisation, and another, equally drastic (5-3) Anagram of HES UP ASK
16 SIDE HORSE
Hide roses sneakily in a piece of gymnastic equipment (for the team trotter?) (4,5) Anagram of HIDE ROSES + (additional clue – team = SIDE, trotter = HORSE)
17 TRAVERSED
A paper aeroplane, having risen bearing a piece of poetry, passed over (9) A paper aeroplane = DART. having risen = reversal indicator, bearing = containment indicator, a piece of poetry = VERSE
21 IDEAS
Turn aside suggestions (5) Anagram of ASIDE
22 ELFIN
Like a fairytale character absorbed in self-indulgence (5) Hidden word, s ELFIN dulgence
23 CHOPS
Sudden hits from many a substance in beer (5) Many = C (a hundred), a substance in beer = HOPS
24 STYES.
Eye infections by the way? Indeed (5) way = ST (street), Indeed = YES.

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