Tossman Crossword 1213

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Across

COMPARE

ELEGANT

ROADS

PRACTICAL

A BIT STEEP

RESIN

OCEANS

EPISODE

SPARTAN

REFUSE

FRAIL

ENCOURAGE

AUTOPILOT

NORTH

EARNERS

DWELLER

Down

CEREAL

MIAMI

ASSISTANT

EXPRESS

EXAMPLE

ENTER

ANCESTORS

TALENTED

CHARACTER

INFLUENCE

AS OF LATE

NEEDLES

RECITED

TETHER

LAPSE

AURAL



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9 thoughts on “Tossman Crossword 1213

  1. Rowan Dixon

    hi, can you please explain 26 across? Obviously an anagram of A Tulip too, but why does Autopilot = George?

    1. pavlov.a Post author

      Hi Rowan… Thanks for the query! In the early days, pilots would apparently refer to the autopilot colloquially as ‘George’. ie ‘Let’s let George take over now’.

      1. Rowan Dixon

        Thanks! I wouldn’t have got that in a million years, as have never heard that colloquialism.

  2. Rowan Dixon

    I also would like 9 across explained. I got it as highways = roads. But what is ‘Arden at first getting in sticks’?

    1. pavlov.a Post author

      Arden first = A. Put that into RODS (sticks)

      PS it’s helpful if you post the whole clue in your comment 🙂

  3. Don

    22 across on puzzle 1213. What has “break down about the end of september” got to do with the answer? Thanks

    1. pavlov.a Post author

      Hi Don… ‘in poor health’ is the definition. ‘Break down’ is FAIL, put that around (‘about’) the letter R which is ‘the end of September’.

      1. Donald Logie

        Great, thanks. We’re new to cryptic crosswords, but enjoying the listener ones. Slowly getting our heads around them. Cheers.

        1. pavlov.a Post author

          Tossman is a good place to start! Kropotkin is harder because he uses a lot of obscure words. The Everyman crossword is generally very well-written I think. Enjoy….

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