Crossword 997 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 15 October, 2016
What it takes
Crossword 997 solution

Back in July here I mentioned a research paper by a couple of UK psychologists on problem solving, specifically focused on cryptic crossword solving. I indicated at the time that the paper is hard-going for the non-academic.

The authors have now published a more approachable article on their research. They look mainly at the what it takes to become a top-rated "expert solver" – one of those annoying people who can knock off a Times puzzle in five minutes – and find it takes more than practice. It's an interesting piece but spoilt a little for me by one if their example clues.  It's one I could never have solved at all. The term "Cornish Cream Tea" is foreign to me.

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MEAT PIE  
  Pastry item ape cooked (4,3) Anagram of ITEM APE
5 PEN NAME  
  Write title and a fake byline (3,4) Write = PEN, title = NAME
9 REGRESS  
  Go back to having "cash register" spelt out without aitch perhaps (7) Anagram of CASH REGISTER minus the letters in AITCH
10 IVORIES  
  They are tickled when you play Chopsticks (7) Reference to the phrase "tickle the ivories"
11 SINUS  
  A body cavity engenders wickedness with you and me (5) wickedness = SIN, you and me = US
12 IN A BIG WAY  
  Enthusiastically at home and away around adult (2,1,3,3) at home = IN + A WAY including BIG
13 TAKE MEASURES  
  Arrange to achieve one's aims as amateurs seek diversification (4,8) Anagram of AMATEURS SEEK
17 MÉNAGE À TROIS  
  Aerating some fluid in a fluid household (6,1,5) Anagram of AERATING SOME
20 OWNERSHIP  
  Whores nip out for title (9) Anagram of WHORES NIP
22 ERICA  
  A male left the New World for Heather (5) A male = AM removed from New World = AMERICA
23 SO-AND-SO  
  A ratbag says make your clothes and plant your seeds (2-3-2) Homophones, SEW and SOW
24 ROWLOCK  
  Stick your oar in here and quarrel with rugby player (7) quarrel = ROW, rugby player = LOCK
25 STERNUM  
  Pole goes in to muster misguided support for the breast (7) Pole = N inside anagram of MUSTER
26 YOBBOES.  
  Young ne'er-do-wells bring lad back almost completely sober, strangely (7) lad back = YOB + anagram of SOBE.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MORASS  
  A bog that sinks underfoot or in bulk (6) OR inside MASS (bulk)
2 ANGINA  
  Heartache for Ms Paquin embracing soldier (6) Ms Paquin = ANNA, soldier = GI
3 PRESS-GANG  
  Media mob forcibly compel someone to serve (5-4) Double definition
4 EN SUITE BATHROOM  
  Mother-to-be in USA builds a convenient convenience (2,5,8) Anagram of MOTHER TO BE IN USA
5 PRIVATE PROPERTY  
  Poverty trap ripe for exploitation in personal estate (7,8) Anagram of POVERTY TRAP RIPE
6 NAOMI  
  Ruth's mother-in-law makes one grumble when turning up (5) one = I, grumble = MOAN, turning up = reversal indicator
7 AS IT WERE  
  Sweater I knitted, so to speak (2,2,4) Anagram of SWEATER I
8 ESSAYIST  
  Writer has opportunity to speak in exotic sites (8) opportunity to speak = SAY (as in have one's) inside anagram of SITES
14 SPIDER WEB  
  A trap for insects makes birds weep (6,3) Anagram of BIRDS WEEP
15 EMBOSSES  
  With me backing the management get raises in relief (8) me backing = EM, the management = BOSSES
16 INUNDATE  
  Drown one sister on assignation (8) one = I, sister = NUN, assignation = DATE
18 KIMONO  
  I am working in a stunner of a robe (6) I am = IM, working = ON, stunner = KO
19 WACKOS  
  Deranged individuals ask cow to move (6) Anagram of ASK COW
21 RADON.  
  Use some extra donations for gas (5) Hidden word.

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