Tossman Crossword 1005

Across

NOD OFF

MUSED

ECHO

AUTOMOTIVE

HEALTH

TENT POLE

RAINDROP

SHRED

BEGIN

STAND PAT

ABSENTEE

MISHAP

SWEAR-WORDS

RAFT

DRYAD

AS WELL

Down

NUCLEAR

DROLL

FLASHED

MOMENT

SET UP SHOP

DIVULGE

STATE OF THE ART

ITINERARY

ELBOWED

NEMESIS

TEARFUL

STOWED

SURGE



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4 thoughts on “Tossman Crossword 1005

  1. Morag Sharman

    Although I got the answer to 23d, because SURGE is a large wave, I don’t understand all of the clue. The first part of the clue is “Operator lost on…”. Could you please explain how that leads to SURGE? Thanks. (Your Answers and Explantions for 1003 and 1004 are still available on the Listener website, but not 1005.)

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  2. pavlov.a Post author

    That’s one of my favourite clues this week, Morag!

    An ‘Operator’ is a SURGEON (ie someone who does operations) – ON is ‘lost’ (ie drop those two letters ) and we have SURGE.

    Thanks for your query – good to hear from you…

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  3. Morag Sharman

    I got the answer to 25a but can’t understand how the final word of the clue fits in. A RAFT is definitely something that floats, but how does “floating voter” relate to the answer?

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    1. pavlov.a Post author

      The word ‘voters’ is really just a ‘red herring’ to help mislead the solver that the answer is something to do with elections and political parties. The play on words works because ‘floating’ has the metaphorical meaning of ‘undecided’ as well as its literal meaning. Tricky!

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