Crossword 756 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 18 February, 2012
That sinking feeling

Still revelling in the wide open spaces of the 15x15 grid, and with this particular pattern offering space for a couple of 15-letter answers, I began this puzzle with a challenge to myself, the old YELLOW SUBMARINE.

The wordplay wasn't too hard to come up with: it had to yield a few good anagrams and sure enough the irresistable US mine layer soon appeared.



The tricky part was coming up with a non-obvious direct part of the clue – the definition that balances the wordplay. Simply saying “Beatles hit” was going to be too flat and perhaps too easy. “1960s song” too hard, “A lily-livered warship” is not ideal – it's clunky if not completely inane – but at least it connects convincingly with the wordplay.

In hindsight it would have been nice to have somehow worked “hit” into it after the “blow”. Ah well. It's the deadlines, you see. Sometimes they provoke creativity, other times they kill it. That's my excuse, anyway.

























































































































































































































































































































Across Answers and CluesExplanations
1ACOLYTE
Locate eccentric, yes, inside with an altar boy (7)Anagram of LOCATE containing Y (yes).
5SUBSOIL
Dirt might give us boils (7)Anagram of US BOILS.
9IDEAL
What I do after shuffling the cards is perfect (5)Charade.
10TAXIDERMY
Stuffing, an unknown quantity, I put in dry meat when cooked (9)unknown quantity = X, I inside anagram of DRY MEAT (cooked = anagram indicator).
11SURROGATE
A replacement certain to eat right – goat stew (9)certain = SURE, to eat = containment indicator, R (right), anagram of GOAT, (stew = anagram indicator).
12NASAL
Adenoidal astronauts take on student (5)astronauts = NASA, student = L.
13DEAD SET
Determined to have zombies prepared (4,3)zombies = DEAD prepared = SET.
14TABLETS
Battles played out with small computers (7)Anagram of BATTLES.
16LAY A BET
Gamble, getting non-professional to assist in some wrongdoing (3,1,3)non-professional = LAY, assist in some wrongdoing = ABET.
18AVENUES
A meeting place's means of access (7)meeting place's = VENUES.
19RUMBA
Dance with a queer graduate (5)queer = RUM graduate = BA.
21CLOCKWISE
What the horologist should be or turn to? (9)Double definition.
23OFF-LIMITS
Films of it may be out of bounds (3-6)Anagram of FILMS OF IT.
24ADAGE
American prosecutor in time exhibits a Maxim (5)American prosecutor = DA in time = AGE.
25SIAMESE
Tie, say, is same when knotted on engineer (7)Homophone definition plus anagram of IS SAME + E (engineer).
26LETTERS.
Communications from landlords? (7)Cryptic definition..
Down Answers and CluesExplanations
1ADIOS
A do is arranged to farewell a Spaniard (5)Anagram of A DO IS.
2OVEN-READY
Day never goes wrong with duck on top prepared for roasting (4-5)Anagram of DAY NEVER with duck = O (cricket).
3YELLOW SUBMARINE
With US mine layer blow asunder a lily-livered warship we were all in in '66 (6,9)Anagram of US MINE LAYER BLOW.
4ENTRANT
Newcomer managed getting into collapsing tent (7)managed = RAN inside anagram of TENT.
5SEXIEST
The most seductive male chauvinist has internal energy (7)male chauvinist = SEXIST including energy = E.
6BED AND BREAKFAST
Bad debts freak an organisation providing casual board (3,3,9)Anagram of BAD DEBTS FREAK AN (organisation = anagram indicator).
7OGRES
Threatening figures in progress (5)Hidden word in prOGRESs.
8LOYALISTS
Stalwarts love to lay back in rolls (9)love = O, lay back = YAL, inside rolls = LISTS.
13DELIRIOUS
Madly excited putting food shops around Brazilian city university (9)food shops = DELIS, Brazilian city = RIO, university = U.
15ELUCIDATE
Clarify a delicate arrangement handling uranium (9)Anagram of DELICATE including uranium = U.
17TACTILE
Tangible lattice-work (7)Anagram of LATTICE.
18AROUSAL
With parole cut short at both ends, take in America for some excitement (7)parole cut short at both ends = AROL, take in = container indicator, America = USA.
20MAFIA
Gangsters follow mother with an Italian car, but the car isn't tailed (5)mother = MA, Italian car = FIAT, isn't tailed = deletion indicator
22EPEES.
Notice physical exercise on the rise with fencing equipment (5)Notice = SEE, physical exercise = PE, on the rise = reversal indicator..
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