Crossword 847 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 23 November, 2013
The importance of being well connected
This puzzle should perhaps have been easier to solve than most if only because of the exceptionally open grid giving plenty of crosschecks. This and grids very much like this are my favourites. There is little logic to this feeling since all grids follow the same rules.

Crossword 847 solution
Crossword 847 solution

One of the basic rules is that, in every grid, roughly half the letters in each entry should be crosschecked. Making sure every grid is well connected is a basic part of the setter's job.

I try to ensure that the grid every week is quite different from the last. These days I also try to ensure a good start for solvers by ensuring the top left answers start in checked squares, and this also dictates the choice of designs. Some publications, The Times certainly, restrict their setters to a fairly small selection of grids. This used to be because, in the days of hot metal printing, new grids were expensive. These days it's a quality control matter.

I know other setters who keep to a restricted set of grids of their own accord. I don't but perhaps I should because choosing or designing a fair, well-connected grid every week is a constant concern.

I wonder whether any solvers have favourites too?

 Across Answers and CluesExplanations
Support father through a spinal complaint (4,4)Support = BACK, father = PA, through = IN
Pudding makes faster collapse (6)Anagram of FASTER
Gun slips out as a positive indication (4,4)Anagram of GUN SLIPS
Some wharfies take a break for celebration (6)Hidden word in whar FIESTA ke
A long, dreary time with many thousands of characters (1,5,2,7)Anagram of MANY THOUSANDS OF
It's terribly rough inside an empty yacht and this milk has curdled (7)Anagram of ROUGH inside empty yacht = YT
A lovely creature in endless danger (4)danger = PERIL
Gone, but this must be here, so they say, if there's a will (4)reference to "where there's a way there's a will"
Explicit approval to take up arms and harangue (7)take up arms = WAR, harangue = RANT
Chinese bedsheet refolded, turning east to north backstage (6-3-6)Anagram of CHINESE BEDSHEET with an E replaced by an N
I tarry in order to see something unusual (6)Anagram of I TARRY
Have side made sticky (8)Anagram of HAVE SIDE
Revolutionary directions for making dairy produce (6)Revolutionary = CHE, directions = ESE (East South East)
Vision yields a positive response in the rowing team (8)a positive response = YES, rowing team = EIGHT.
 Down Answers and CluesExplanations
Stage business is how actors work? (2-4)Double definition
Firm supported by a voucher (6)Firm = CO, supported by = UPON
Spot it in poison concoction (8)Anagram of POISON including IT
Turn headlight on about the first of October? Well! (2,4,6)Anagram of HEADLIGHT ON including first of October = O
Champion electrocuted when grabbing pole (6)electrocuted = FRIED, pole = N
Nears end sadly, having been framed (8)Anagram of NEARS END
"USS Enterprise" – a composition for harpists (8)Anagram of HARPISTS
I fled nursery in a tizz with the sort of toy that's not too challenging (4-8)Anagram of I FLED NURSERY
Two liquor outlets I see, you might say, as savage (8)Two liquor outlets = BAR BAR + I C (sounds like SEE)
Spotted quadruped provides support for a carpenter (8)Spotted = SAW
Risk neck making underwear (8)Anagram of RISK NECK
Use tin perhaps for what the marriage celebrant does (6)Anagram of USE TIN
Close new racket inside for example (6)new = N, racket = DIN, for example = EG
An agreement that it is still the way it was when mailed (6)still the way it was = AS, mailed = SENT.


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