Tutorial Crossword No.2
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China painting? (5,2,3,3)
- China is a
STATE and painting is ART. Add a couple of linking words and you
have another way of saying high-tech.
a worker on a quest (6)
- A simple read-through. Mistake = ERR, worker
= ANT (very common in crossword clues!). Put them together and you have a
definition of someone who is on a quest.
a theologian at heart with a conundrum (6)
- This one is a burial. Anger = RILE, a
theologian is a Doctor of Divinity or DD (check your list of
abbreviations). Put your DD "at the heart" of RILE and you will
have a conundrum.
is immersed in rum - that'll get him a discharge! (5)
- Another burial. Immerse - or bury - HE
in RUM and you do indeed get a discharge.
around, Bambi (4)
- This is a reversal, although around could
also indicate an anagram. The around in this case refers to Bambi,
who is a DEER, and if he goes around you find a rush
– the plant, that is.
city has each part of micturation (4)
- The only Chaldean city most of know of is
UR. It has EA, which is the standard abbreviation for each.
The definition is part of micturation.
in ample attire (5)
- This is a bridge – Fold is the
definition, in is the indicator for a bridge, and here it comes: amPLE
full of wild life - and death, briefly (5)
- Wild here
is an anagram indicator. You’re looking for an anagram of LIFE; and
for death, briefly which is just D. And the definition? Meadow.
and be stable (5)
- Homonyms are words with two or more meanings. In
this case, one word means both stop and stable. But there’s
a bit of misdirection here, too, because stable also has two meanings – think of it as a place where
animals are kept.
large number are in the plot to strike (5)
- A burial, a Roman numeral and two misdirections
– real value for money here! A large number could be a thousand,
for which the Roman numeral is M. The plot in this case is not
actually a conspiracy but a SITE. Bury M in SITE and you have another word
for strike – not industrial action, but a blow.
oneness of one before the Fourth of July (5)
- One is a
UNIT. Place it before the Fourth of July – that is, the fourth
letter of the word “July” – to find a word meaning oneness.
leave the artist, though he's a great man (5)
- If I leave the name of Titian, the
artist, you’re left with a very large man indeed.
tea, I hear - and that's just the beginning (5)
- STAR has the same colloquial meaning as great,
and T is tea, I hear. Put them together and that’s just the
cracked weld (4)
- Cracked weld indicates an anagram of WELD – one that means dirty.
article in dish I have left (4)
- We’ll need to take this one apart. Dish I
have left is “dish” when the “i” has left it – D-SH. Article
is “A”, the indefinite article. Put the article in the D-SH to make
another word for throw.
immerse a medical man coming to confess (5)
- A medical man is a doctor, for which the abbreviation is DR. He is coming
to – that is, approaching – confess, or OWN.
Immersion here has nothing to do with burials. Finally immerse is
again a dearer collection (6)
is an anagram indicator. Find an anagram of DEARER and peruse again (definition!)
down canine organ (3,3)
- Canine =
DOG, organ = EAR. Put them together to fold down.
chap as Churchill, say (13)
- A straight read-through. U.S. = STATES, chap
= MAN, as = LIKE, resulting in... well, Churchill, say.
trees chopped down (5)
- Trees are chopped
down – you need an anagram of TREES which means short.
in French snare (6)
- In French
needs to be read as “in (French)” – that is, EN, which is
French for “in”. And a snare is a TRAP. Put them together to
loose, I hear, and stand dead still (6)
- Turns loose
is “frees”. I hear indicates a “sounds like” – what word
sounds like “frees” and means stand dead still?
in a mobile home? (6)
- A feeble pun. What kind of crab carries its home
around with it on its back?
a condition of being on horseback (5)
- You’re looking for a word meaning a
condition – not a state, but a stipulation – and describing
someone on horseback.
of time encompassing Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and the Ascension?
- Period of time is in this instance a YEAR, and Christmas, Epiphany,
Easter and the Ascension are all events in the life of Jesus Christ. Of course,
the clue could simply have read “Present day”. No, not
Christmas – not that kind of present!
great is the distance between the Lone Star State and the southern tip of S.
America? Never mind, just steer! (5,8)
- How great is the distance – well, in this case, LONG. Place it between (key
word, that) the Lone Star State – TEXAS – and the southern
tip of S.America – the HORN – to rustle up a type of steer.
it did, around the dead (7)
- A burial. The dead – LATE – buried
inside DID to define expanded.
the United Nations made the attempt, but were never brought to book (7)
- Initially the United Nations is UN, made the attempt is TRIED. Never brought to book is
about a thousand and one, no more (5)
- Another burial – LIT (illuminated)
about MI (a thousand and one in Roman numerals) gives you a word
describing no more.
in confusion at blossom (5)
- Stare in confusion = anagram of STARE meaning blossom.
seat for a clergyman in the sale? (6)
- The clergyman is DD again – see 10
Across. This time he’s in sale – burial – to give a word for a certain kind of seat.
incoherently about American city - under an assumed name! (6)
- Incoherently is an anagram indicator. You need an anagram of MOAN
around an American city – New York, or NY – that means an assumed
one hamstring among ten donkeys (6)
- A bridge, indicated by among. TEN
DONkeys, definition hamstring.
back onto the street - it's never been this bad (5)
- A Fight is a ROW, so fight back =
WOR. Put that onto the street – ST - and you’ll
find it’s never been this bad.
a very long time in politics (1,4)
- Taken from a well-known quotation: “In
politics a week is a very long time” – Harold Wilson, former British
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