Tossman Crossword 1225

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Across

HOW-TO

PAINFUL

FLUE

ELIMINATED

UTOPIA

ARACHNID

RESOLVE

EERIE

CRANK

ROPED IN

STRIKE UP

ALPACA

RHINOCEROS

CITE

STROPPY

DUNCE

Down

HOLSTER

WHELP

OVERALL

PRIVATE PROPERTY

IMITATE

FEATHERED

LEE SIDE

STATIONER

CATCHES

KNEECAP

PRAISED

NECKTIE

PECAN



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2 thoughts on “Tossman Crossword 1225

  1. Rowan

    Hi can you please explain 15A: hapless chap, out-and-out fruitcake, answer is Crank. Obvs a crank is sort of a hapless chap ( though more of a weird, grouchy chap) but what’s the fruitcake about?

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    1. pavlov.a Post author

      Tricky clue, Rowan! You need to read it as HAPless CHAP – ie remove HAP from CHAP to get C. Add RANK (‘out and out’). ‘Fruitcake’ is the definition, it’s an old idiom which I think comes from ‘as nutty as a fruit cake’.

      I hope this is helpful!

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