Crossword 749 answers & explanations

by David Tossman / 01 January, 2012


Crossword 749 solution

Before anyone else does, let me say that 2 down is a rather poor clue, technically OK but with a surface reading that makes no sense. It looks like work in progress rather than a finished job. Silly me. Apart from that, I think I can say with due modesty that this puzzle has some quite pleasing clues though with the usual somewhat excessive reliance on anagrams.

There is a little bit of a movie/TV theme in this puzzle (1,6,16,32,24, 42) and a few local references and usages (eg lollies, 33d). Even if there is nothing local in these puzzles, I always try to avoid the strictly British references so common in the newspaper cryptics.

The explanations here are as explicit as I can make them and in future, depending on feedback, I might go for a more concise form. Please tell me what you think.

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ACROSSAnswers, cluesExplanations
1FILMGOERS
Foil germs crawling around the bods in the fleapitAnagram of foil germs (crawling around = anagram indicator).
6, 6DSHORTLAND STREET
Mad hatter sent lords soapAnagram of hatter sent lords (Mad = anagram indicator).
11CUT DEAD
Refuse to acknowledge what the pathologist might well doCryptic definition.
12PARISHIONER
Churchgoer in European city with heroin problemEuropean city = PARIS, anagram of heroin (problem = anagram indicator).
13DRIPS
Medico and I with an afterthought find postnasal symptomafterthought = PS.
14SURGEON
He makes nurse go crazyAnagram of NURSE GO (crazy = anagram indicator).
15DOSED
Given some medicine back in Lourdes, oddly enoughHidden word backwards in LourDES ODdly.
16MINISERIES
Woes gather in a programme with a small number of episodesWoes = MISERIES, gather = containment indicator for IN.
19BELLBIRD
British, ill-bred, sloppy, she apparently rings Kiwis at dawn?British = B (as in BBC), sloppy = anagram indicator.
22UNBURNT
Turn bun quickly before it is over-toastedquickly = anagram indicator (quick in the sense of alive or animated)
25CRUEL
Brutal filthy lucrefilthy = anagram indicator.
26FRIES
Ref is wrong, does his chipsanagram of REF IS.
28ERATO
The muse of love is in the refrigeratorHidden word in refrigERATOr.
29MORSE
There is a point in additional codepoint = S (compass point), additional = MORE.
30SHIMMER
Boil slowly, getting hot inside with a tremulous lighthot = H (as on taps).
31WAKENING
Rousing a friend for Barbie in the annexfriend for Barbie = KEN, annex = WING.
32WALL STREET
Wastrel let loose where investments fail repeatedlyAnagram of WASTREL LET.
36INNER
Victor is decapitated nearer the centreSubtraction, w/INNER
38JONQUIL
One of the bloomers used by DJ on quiltmaking dutyHidden word, DJ ON QUILtmaking.
40GULPS
Takes a quick swig – stopper put back – start to swaystopper = PLUG, start to sway = S
42GOOD MORNING
A timely greeting for the virtuous, grief-stricken so they sayvirtuous = GOOD, grief-stricken = MOURNING, so they say = homophone indicator.
43INSIPID
Swim is half-nice when going back but lacks impact the other wayReversal of DIP IS NI (half-nice).
44RATEPAYER
A householder must be – probably reluctantly – represented by a rare typeAnagram of A RARE TYPE (represented by = anagram indicator).
45DISCOVERY
A new finding: voices become distorted in drought conditionsAnagram of VOICES in DRY.
DOWN
1FACED
Had a meal, grabbing bill when confrontedbill = AC (common abbreviation of account).
2LATVIAN
Bent nail receives a set from the BalticAnagram of NAIL receives = container indicator, a set = A TV.
3GUESS
Reckon visitors have lost their team leaderVisitors = guests, lost = subtraction indicator, team leader = T.
4END USER
Finish with an opportunist as the last buyerFinish = END, opportunist = USER.
5SUPER
This pension is greatDouble definition.
6SEE 6 ACROSS
7ORSON WELLES
Old actor's child healthy with minerals applied externallyOld actor's = old actor is, child healthy = SON WELL, minerals = ORES
8THIRD
This will probably come to you after a secondCryptic definition.
9AGNOSTICISM
Religious scepticism resulting from a misinterpretation of atomic signsAnagram of ATOMIC SIGNS.
10DERIDED
Mocked and sacked as a jockey?Cryptic definition.
16MOUSE
Think at length about nothing but a rodentThink at length = MUSE.
17SIRLOIN
Radical leader with oil, somehow involved in evildoing, the result of routine butcheryRadical leader = R, oil somehow = LOI, evildoing = SIN.
18ENCORE
Perhaps it's a sergeant major entering before the extra performancesergeant major = NCO (non-commissioned officer), entering = container indicator, before = ERE.
20LEFTIST
Fits badly inside, allowed to be a pinkoFits badly = FTIS, allowed = LET.
21EUREKA
With a cry of discovery, loudly accuse someone of being a stinkerSounds like YOU REEKER (loudly = homophone indicator.)
23BLACKING OUT
Swooning is substandard in a boxing matchsubstandard = LACKING, boxing match = BOUT.
24TOM AND JERRY
Trendy major animated movie charactersAnagram of TRENDY MAJOR (animated = anagram indicator).
27STRUT
Walk proudly with supportDouble definition.
31WHINGER
A moaning type of rugby player taking heroinrugby player = WINGER, heroin = H.
33LOLLIES
Sell oil to make confectioneryAnagram of SELL OIL.
34ELLIPSE
See when confused about tablet being upside down and an oval shapeAnagram of SEE, about = containment indicator tablet = PILL upside down = reversal indicator.
35INKIER
More unpleasant to the nose? No way, just a lot darkerSubtraction, STINKIER minus ST = way (as in street).
37REMAP
Set me up in hip-hop to make the new chartme up (reversal indicator) = EM inside hip-hop = RAP.
39URGED
Recommended being terribly rude about Greek leaderAnagram of RUDE, about = containment indicator, Greek leader = G.
40GUSTO
Puff on oxygen to get vigorous enjoymentPuff = GUST, oxygen = O.
41SADLY
Deceptive about the Christian era, alasDeceptive = SLY, Christian era = AD.
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