Crossword 801 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 29 December, 2012
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Crossword 801 solution


No little commentary this week. I'm away on holiday, sending in this post from my laptop, and being every bit as lazy as I can, which is quite a lot.

I will just note a slip in the clue for 23 down, which should have read "... sound as a bell". I hope and assume that this didn't cause unnecessary difficulty.















































































































































































































































































































 Across Answers and CluesExplanations
6SCRAWLS
School head makes slow progress with poor handwriting (7)School head = S, makes slow progress = CRAWLS
7GLACIER
"A lot of ice" translated from Gaelic by raw beginner (7)Anagram of GAELIC + raw beginner = R
9RESET
English goes in to relax and readjust (5)English = E, inside relax = REST
10ANARCHISM
Chairman's unusual belief that governments should be abolished (9)Anagram of CHAIRMANS
11BOW LEGS
Distinctively shaped limbs appear for example in stadiums (3,4)for example = EG, in stadiums = BOWLS
12SPOONED
See first one in a group of whales snuggled together (7)See first = S + ONE inside a group of whales = POD
14THROW IN THE TOWEL
Title he won worth changing to admit defeat (5,2,3,5)Anagram of TITLE HE WON WORTH
17ASSURES
Promises made by fools around an ancient city (7)fools = ASSES, an ancient city = UR
19ADDENDA
Postscripts provide the finale for the commercial on the radio (7)Pun, finale for the commercial = AD ENDER (on the radio = homophone indicator)
22HAPHAZARD
Give a bit of a laugh, quietly, at a source of danger, being slapdash (9)a bit of a laugh = HA, quietly = P, a source of danger = HAZARD
24IN TWO
Bisected so now it is different (2,3)Anagram of NOW IT
25PLATTER
Record made quietly, the second of the pair (7)quietly = P, second of the pair = LATTER
26NEPHEWS.
Writer goes back and applies the axe for some of the family (7)Writer = PEN, goes back = reversal indicator, applies the axe = HEWS.
 Down Answers and CluesExplanations
1CROSSWORDS
Puzzles that might provoke ill-tempered arguments (even when as easy as this!) (10)ill-tempered arguments = CROSS WORDS
2SWATHE
Bandage was silly on article (6)Anagram of WAS, article = THE
3ASSASSIN
Like the Special Air Squadron, do something evil with a murderer (8)Like = AS, Special Air Squadron = SAS, do something evil = SIN
4WATCH OUT
Be vigilant with a timepiece not quite accurate, be vigilant (5,3)timepiece = WATCH, not quite accurate = OUT
5HI-FI
Some speechified for sound reproduction (2-2)Hidden word, speec HIFI ed
6SHRUB
Quiet massage with the broom perhaps (5)Quiet = SH, massage = RUB
7GLASS
See some of Douglas's policies in a mirror (5)Hidden word, Dou GLAS'S
8REMODEL
With me older, doddery, modify the place (7)Anagram of ME OLDER, anagram indicator doddery
13NOW AND THEN
Occasionally, not when DNA is involved (3,3,4)Anagram of NOT WHEN DNA
14TEA-SHOP
The soap is scripted to show an old fashioned restaurant (3-4)Anagram of THE SOAP
15WARRANTY
Desire to take hold of a luxury car by the end of the day with a guarantee (8)Desire = WANT, a luxury car = A RR, end of the day = Y
16HOARDING
A sign of an on-going savings policy (8)Double detinition
18STAIR
Step one: being embraced by celebrity (5)one = I, celebrity = STAR
20DRIPPY
Having a weak personality, I very quietly go in to wipe the dishes (6)I very quietly = I PP, wipe the dishes = DRY
21ATOMS
A cat's tiniest parts (5)cat = TOM
23PEAL.
What the stripper does, I hear, being sound as bell (4)Homophone.

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