Crossword 806 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords, Uncategorized

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Crossword 806 solution

John Graham, aka Araucaria, is widely regarded as the world’s top cryptic crossword setter. He hit the headlines beyond the bounds of crossword-dom recently with his semi-cryptic announcement of cancer.

Araucaria’s puzzles are tests of both ingenuity and erudition, always formidably witty and superbly built, if a little cavalier with the rules (such as they are) of the game.

I have not attempted them often and I’ve completed them even less frequently, but they have always elicited my stunned admiration. Araucaria is, to me, very close to being a perfect hero.

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPOOFS
Parodies score points off old folk’s silly leaders (6) Acrostic (“leaders”): S core P oints O ff O ld F lks S illy (leaders = acrostic indicator)
4 BASSISTS
British leader helps people with big fiddles (8) British leader = B, helps = ASSISTS
10 LOTTERIES
Tall tales about an aquatic mammal making drawings (9) Tall tales = LIES, an aquatic mammal = OTTER
11 SCRUB
Credit given in sinking boat to make it thoroughly clean (5) Credit = CR, sinking boat = SUB
12 OLD-AGE PENSIONER
A SuperGold card user in Singapore led one astray (3-3,9) Anagram of SINGAPORE LED ONE, astray = anagram indicator
13 TIGHTLY
How I packed it in with little time and lousy light at the end of the day (7) little time = T, lousy light = anagram of light = IGHTL, end of the day = Y
15 COPPERY
With a tan complexion like a police officer? (7) Double definition
17 SPORRAN
Pros ran off with a pipe player’s purse (7) Anagram of PROS RAN (off = anagram indicator)
19 SORRIER
Errors I could make more lamentable (7) Anagram of ERRORS I
21 HIGH COMMISSIONS
Very generous percentage fees paid for certain diplomatic posts (4,11) Double definition
24 LEARN
Study renal collapse (5) Anagram of RENAL, collapse = anagram indicator
25 NO PROBLEM
A turnaround for Melbourne, pot and ecstasy removed, porn production added (don’t mention it) (2,7) A turnaround = reversal indicator, pot = URN, ecstasy = E removed from Melbourne backwards leaves OBLEM after porn production = anagram of PORN = NO PR
26 RASCALLY
Put everybody in scary arrangement, being mischievous (8) everyone = ALL inside anagram of SCARY
27 HEADED.
In charge previously and hit the ball with a shock possibly (6) Double definition (shock might be shock of hair).
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOLD-OUT
Abandoned principles having exhausted the stock (4-3) Double definition
2 OPTED
Chose some toyshop teddy bears (5) Hidden word: toysh OPTED dy bears
3 FREIGHTER
Container ship had reef right? Wrong! (9) Anagram of REEF RIGHT
5 ARSENIC
A pure poison is nicer as mixture (7) Anagram of NICER AS
6 SUSHI
The boat endlessly goes around America to get a Japanese dish (5) The boat endlessly = SHI, America = US
7 SERENGETI
Green site organised as a large wildlife reserve (9) Anagram of GREEN SITE
8 SOBERLY
Loser, by mistake, appears in a grave manner (7) Anagram of LOSER BY, mistake = anagram indicator
9 SIMPLY
Merely start to slip and make a subtle suggestion (6) start to slip = S, make a subtle suggestion = IMPLY
14 GEORGIANS
Atlantans organise dancing after golf (9) Anagram of ORGANISE following golf = G
16 PERISCOPE
How underlings might get an overview when the first bit of sultana is put in rice pudding eaten by church leader (9) first bit of sultana = S inside anagram of RICE (“rice pudding”) inside (“eaten by”) church leader = POPE
17 SCHOLAR
Small choral composition by a learned person (7) Small = S + anagram of CHORAL
18 NOMINAL
Nitrous oxide the Queen extracted from mineral is insignificant (7) Nitrous oxide = NO + MIN -er- AL (Queen = ER removed from mineral)
19 SKIMPY
Ms Hill gets stuck into someone with intelligence being rather mean (6) Ms Hill = KIM + stuck into = containment indicator, someone with intelligence = SPY
20 RESUMED
Revolutionary is about to ponder getting up, having started again (7) Revolutionary = RED + is about = containment indicator + to ponder = MUSE, getting up = reversal indicator = ESUM
22 CONGA
Dance can go wrong (5) Anagram of CAN GO
23 OILED.
Prepared for massage like a well-maintained machine (5) Double definition.

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