Crossword 798 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 08 December, 2012
Hidden motifs?
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 CluesExplanations
7ENCLOSURE
Pen one's cruel letters in disguise (9)Anagram of ONES CRUEL
8LASSO
Catch beast with rope also knotted around front of scooter (5)Anagram of ALSO containing front of scooter = S
11FADDISH
It's briefly fashionable to put more into seafood (7)put more = ADD, seafood = FISH
13VESTIGE
In some of the harvest I get a trace (7)Hidden word, harVEST I GE t
14TRAINERS
Coaches here but one could go on foot (8)Double definition
15SIMLA
An Indian city said by some to be like another (5)Homophone
16PRESELL
Create a demand in the market for a bad speller (7)Anagram of SPELLER
19TOBACCO
You will often find this where there is smoke (7)Cryptic definition
22ARSON
Clergyman doesn't begin criminal activity (5)Deletion, p/ARSON
24VICTORIA
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
26TOEHOLD
Instructed to grab broken hoe, making small purchase (7)Instructed = TOLD, to grab = containment indicator, broken = anagram indicator, anagram of HOE
27ORCHARD
Force central firm to make a place for fruitful enterprise (7)Force central = ORC, firm = HARD
30CANAL
A fluid connection used in linguistic analysis (5)Hidden word, linguisti CANAL ysis
31NECESSARY.
As scenery is ruined it becomes essential (9)Anagram of AS SCENERY.
 Down Answers and CluesExplanations
1BEEF
Worker that flies noisily for the meat (4)Worker that flies = BEE + noisily = F
2ICED
Chilled out in police detention (4)Hidden word, pol ICE Detention
3DOMICILE
Meek and mild when I'm back in a home (8)Meek and mild = DOCILE including I'm back = MI
4EUCHRE
Her cue has to be rewritten. Get cards for this (6)Anagram of HER CUE
5HEAVYSET
They save, strangely enough, from being quite stout (8)Anagram of THEY SAVE
6CLASPS
Clips shown quietly in tutorial (6)quietly = P, tutorial = CLASS
9SEISMIC
Earthmoving is of some use. Is Michelangelo? (7)Hidden word, u SE IS MIChelangeno
10OREGANO
A herb much used in the food of Naples or Genoa perhaps (7)Anagram of OR GENOA
12ALTER
Change later (5)Anagram
16PLASTIC
Flexible A-list characters, somehow politically correct on the outside (7)Anagram of ALIST contained by politically correct = PC
17EASTERN
Oriental has English leader behind (7)English leader = E, behind = ASTERN
18LOVED ONE
Duck cooked dear (5,3)Duck = LOVE, cooked = DONE
20BOOKCASE
Volume storage solution is in reserve, a task for the judge (8)reserve = BOOK, a task for the judge = CASE
21CHAIR
The professor's seat of learning (5)double definition
23NOODLE
Pasta can make one old (6)Anagram of ONE OLD
25CROUCH
Credit a cry of pain for a lowered posture (6)Credit = CR, a cry of pain = OUCH
28AMAH
Domestic help for a mother and husband (4)a mother = A MA + husband = H
29DAYS.
Time passed in a stupefied state for the Listener (4)Homophone, stupefied state = DAZE.
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