Crossword 806 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 02 February, 2013
A perfect hero
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 CluesExplanations
1SPOOFS
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)
4BASSISTS
British leader helps people with big fiddles (8)British leader = B, helps = ASSISTS
10LOTTERIES
Tall tales about an aquatic mammal making drawings (9)Tall tales = LIES, an aquatic mammal = OTTER
11SCRUB
Credit given in sinking boat to make it thoroughly clean (5)Credit = CR, sinking boat = SUB
12OLD-AGE PENSIONER
A SuperGold card user in Singapore led one astray (3-3,9)Anagram of SINGAPORE LED ONE, astray = anagram indicator
13TIGHTLY
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
15COPPERY
With a tan complexion like a police officer? (7)Double definition
17SPORRAN
Pros ran off with a pipe player's purse (7)Anagram of PROS RAN (off = anagram indicator)
19SORRIER
Errors I could make more lamentable (7)Anagram of ERRORS I
21HIGH COMMISSIONS
Very generous percentage fees paid for certain diplomatic posts (4,11)Double definition
24LEARN
Study renal collapse (5)Anagram of RENAL, collapse = anagram indicator
25NO 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
26RASCALLY
Put everybody in scary arrangement, being mischievous (8)everyone = ALL inside anagram of SCARY
27HEADED.
In charge previously and hit the ball with a shock possibly (6)Double definition (shock might be shock of hair).
 Down Answers and CluesExplanations
1SOLD-OUT
Abandoned principles having exhausted the stock (4-3)Double definition
2OPTED
Chose some toyshop teddy bears (5)Hidden word: toysh OPTED dy bears
3FREIGHTER
Container ship had reef right? Wrong! (9)Anagram of REEF RIGHT
5ARSENIC
A pure poison is nicer as mixture (7)Anagram of NICER AS
6SUSHI
The boat endlessly goes around America to get a Japanese dish (5)The boat endlessly = SHI, America = US
7SERENGETI
Green site organised as a large wildlife reserve (9)Anagram of GREEN SITE
8SOBERLY
Loser, by mistake, appears in a grave manner (7)Anagram of LOSER BY, mistake = anagram indicator
9SIMPLY
Merely start to slip and make a subtle suggestion (6)start to slip = S, make a subtle suggestion = IMPLY
14GEORGIANS
Atlantans organise dancing after golf (9)Anagram of ORGANISE following golf = G
16PERISCOPE
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
17SCHOLAR
Small choral composition by a learned person (7)Small = S + anagram of CHORAL
18NOMINAL
Nitrous oxide the Queen extracted from mineral is insignificant (7)Nitrous oxide = NO + MIN -er- AL (Queen = ER removed from mineral)
19SKIMPY
Ms Hill gets stuck into someone with intelligence being rather mean (6)Ms Hill = KIM + stuck into = containment indicator, someone with intelligence = SPY
20RESUMED
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
22CONGA
Dance can go wrong (5)Anagram of CAN GO
23OILED.
Prepared for massage like a well-maintained machine (5)Double definition.
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