603 FIGULINE WJM Scotland
Fragile unit this art throws?
(comp. anag. & lit.)
607 CARNEY T J Moorey
Jenkins, unfulfilled minister longing to make comeback
(car(e) + yen rev.; ref Roy J.)
609. LUCKY-BAG: C.J. & R.S. Morse
Blessed crib where wondrous gifts lie hid.
(lucky bag (=crib=steal))
610 DOUBLETHINK N C Dexter
By it truth and lie looked alternately interchangeable
(anag. of alternate letters & lit.)
615 HISTORIETTE P S Elliott
It is hotter, unsettled, over east. Rain, perhaps, is indicated
(anag. + E; ref. S. Maughams short story)
618 CRETISM G Perry
Mister Cs inexactitude?
(anag. & lit. ref. Churchill)
622 SIMP (Printers Devilry) S Goldie
A/erial is mended, as tone was being lost from the set in The Crown
(As imperialism ended, a stone was being lost from the set in the crown)
627 AMBIENT J D Moore
Whatll be filling holes in a mint confection? Air
(b, e in anag., confection vb.)
631 INTERLOCK T E Sanders
Engrave ringlet for couple getting engaged
635 ROSEMARY F R Palmer
An ideal companion for lamb?
(rose Mary, & lit.; ref. nursery rhyme)
640 MACHETE W J M Scotland
The jungly mass one cleaves?
(the anag. in m. + ace & lit.)
644 EASY STREET J D Moore
Youd find here a little alien after youd worried about rates, yes?
(anag. + ET, & lit.) Note by JDM: wondered about tossed and turned over ...
STAPELIA clued by many; asterisk was misplaced in Observer.
649 AUSTRALORP E J Burge
Massage at parlours for Sydneys heavy layer, perhaps
653 INTERNUNCIO RJ Hooper
One NOT effective in bending certain union
(anag. less a, & lit., ref. current (Nov. 1984) miners strike)
657 SILLY-BILLY WH Pegram
Charlie, doting on William?
(silly billy, & lit., ref. Prince Charles)
660 Anagram of Not a creature was stirring, not even a
mouse NC Dexter
Easts trio encounter new saviour at manger
662 BARGE-COUPLE RJ Hooper
Sawyers contribution to topping story shows the lighter Twain
(barge couple, ref. Mark T.)
666 Any word; subsidiary indicators to omit an animal CJ Morse
Having no sense of guilt some require lessons
(re(morse)less; hidden) A special Beast puzzle - 666.
670 TURNIP-FLEA JD Moore
Might it make rape nit-ful?
(anag. & lit.)
675 CONSTERNATE Dr. IS Fletcher
Cannot steer when sick render low
679 ESTOVER (Printers Devilry) TJ Moorey
Dry minister organizing party left-win/ger
(Dry minister organizing party left wines to verger)
683 BANISH NC Dexter
Make inhabit abroad - it being the end of Alcibiades
(anag. with s for it, & lit.)
688 CUCURBITAL RJ Hooper
What makes gourdy when defined by coot et al?
(curb (= disease of horses!) in cuit + al, & lit.)
692. FIDIBUS def. PRICKET (Wrong number) Dr. E.J. Miller
If Budd is running, Deckers first to go: would point to a spill!
(anag less D, ref Zola B., Mary D. incident in Olympics)
696 ANTIMNEMONIC DR Robinson
Un Macon intime drunk with no indication of good breeding could be this
(anag. less U & lit.)
701. BALUSTRADE M. Barley.
(balus trade, & lit; cope1,2).
705 MUSICOTHERAPY NC Dexter
What psychiater could effect with a trio of Moussorgskys?
(M, o, u + anag., & lit.)
709 GINGER DV Harry
Crackers, hats and this lively spirit make for merry gatherings
712 PANTOMIME HORSE R Brain
I can appear as thespian or mome, articulated stage hack
714 MOTE DF Manley
Perceive what is within you rather than one in brother
(O for A in mate, & lit., ref. Luke 6:41)
718 FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent) S. Holgate
Batting collapse - power missing at the crease
722 SUPERNACULUM DF Manley
Until disposal is 100% effective unending nuclear rumpus will brew
(anag. less r, ref Sellafield, etc.)
727 WELL-TO-DO NC Dexter
Its this Littlewoods could make you
(comp. anag. & lit.)
731 STRING RK Lumsdon
Pop-singer runs shows in support for bags of needy
(r in Sting, bags = trousers)
735 MALIGN DF Manley
What a gremlin could be with regard to flying
(anag. less re, & lit.)
740 ESCADRILLE MOOREY TJ
Fleet Street Id call chaotic - slipping time and time again
(anag. less t, t; ref. printing of solution with puzzle, due to error at the Observer end)
744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN/COFFEE-DISEASE CG Millin
Sizzling hot skin tan peril - ghastly shade of brown - peculiar seaside affliction of the madder type
(anag. incl. h; coffee + anag.)
750 SALMAGUNDY (750 themed clue) WKM Slimmings
A spicy jumble this type of square with happy laugh about thousand by Xs successor
(M in T + anag. + Y, X = Ximenes)
Theme: 750 is three quarters of TH OU SA ND. Answers containing any of the first three quarters (i.e. TH, OU, SA) to have another of these quarters substituted. If answer contains fourth quarter (ND) - which is yet to come - these letters are to be omitted. Subsidiary to relate to answer as thus amended. So SAlmaguNDy becomes TH or OU followed by LMAGU..Y. (WKMS).
750 Dinner held at Randolph Hotel, Oxford, on 13 September 1986, the eve of publication of No. 750.
753 SHEEPDOG RH Adey
I can make or mar Hodges penning record
(EP in anag. & lit.)
757 ETHEROMANIAC (Misprint) CG Millin
A race on the M1 is ridiculous - one is sure to get booked
762 OBELISE DF Manley
OEDs boist owler? Abandoned words to
(comp. anag. & lit.)
764 CHILDERMASS J.D. Moore
Rattle to make Mahler disc: might songs lamenting dead children be heard on it?
(anag., ref. Simon R.: Kindertotenlieder)
766 GUBBINS J Campbell
Scrap deregulation of British busing
(anag. inc B)
770 HERMITS CJ Brougham
Shirt em hairily
(anag. & lit.)
774 VICTORINE JC Leyland
Trevi - coin thrown - a comfort if cold shouldered?
779 MISSING LINK RF Naish
What makes blinking heap of stones a key to mans development?
(i.e. makes blinking bing, e.g. Stonehenge)
783 CAMPESINO EJ Burge
Get the odd peso? I can - working in farm far away
(m in anag., & lit.)
788 CROW H. Freeman
(r in bag (= cow), & lit.)
792 DISTHENE (Printers Devilry) EJ Burge
Overhauling old fishing tackle, Ive managed to check the ro/t OK
(Overhauling old fishing tackle, Ive managed to check the rod. Is the net OK?)
796 UPHOLSTERY JF Grimshaw
Roy plus the gang adrift? This could be curtains!
(anag., ref. current state of SDP)
801 LINCHET RJ Palmer
Its hard for worried client to retain unfurrowed brow
(h in anag.)
805 LITOTES W Jackson
Resisting gush in dyke stands one small boy
(I tot in les)
809 DOLCE VITA R Dean
Does cad love it? You can bet it!
(anag., & lit. i.e. bet your sweet life)
814 SPOUSAGE MS Taylor & NC Johns
Whatll break down as one ups and goes
(anag. inc. a, & lit.)
816 POTLACH (with extra O in word) M Barley
Trio of potentates behold a child; now gifts are given
(pot + lo + a ch)
818 EMBUSQUE DH Tompsett
Skipper? Board dismissing for example Caines!
(embus + Que(eg); ref The Caine Mutiny)
823 SARBACANE WKM Slimmings
Reactionary supports a switch whose blow can mark ones end
(bras rev. + a cane)
827 MICKEY-TAKING NC Dexter
(2 meanings; ref Mickey Mouse)
831 COOLABAH (Spoonerism) TW Mortimer
A coal hobs lit - native fares bound to be on it at meal-time
(Bears found; anag.)
835 PROSAICAL PF Henderson
Such works are nothing special (never entertaining English)
(anag. inc. O less E, E & lit.)
840 SONDE BRADBURY HJ
Red nosed? This may indicate high winds - or low bars!
(anag.; red vb.)
844 THEOLOGASTER (Misprint) JB Sweeting
No toper he, so large tot is out
(Soper (popular preacher); anag.)
849 VISITE RF Naish
Old rig will be inspected again when Adairs sealed it
((Re)visite(d). Ref. Red Adair & Piper Alpha)
853 DEBACLE RJ WHALE
This situation, with letters in extremis, could make you cable Azed!
(anag. less A, Z, & lit. ref. postal strike)
857 REDCAP/NICETY CJ Morse
Refuse to salute and hell reprimand you with half-ironic yet misplaced delicacy
(red2 cap, ref MP; (iro)nic + anag.)
862 OFF-AND-ON Dr. E Young
Periodical: The Field?
(off and on, ref. cricket)
866 NECTAREOUS CG Millin
Like a drop of elixir? With that inside, do not use car
(e in anag. & lit)
868. ROLAND (Parcel clue: 2 anagrams + def. of
contents) Dr. I.S.
Letters? Arranging all Id end as champion for a Scrabble game
869. HOLD-UPS Dr.J.Burscough
Bush-whackers may take stick to President in United States shortly
(hold + P in US)
874 BLUESTOCKING JRH Jones
Got BSc unlike fluff?
(anag. & lit.)
878 MOUSEPIECE DW Arthur
Sumo wrestling - epic struggles needing energy on both sides, and a bit of beef!
(anag. + anag. in E, E)
882. DOSSIER D.F. Manley
Second OED is out - the latest thing in computer gathering of reference material
(anag. incl. s + r).
887 MONSTER Dr. GB Greer
Some in Commons term Mrs. T. one, abusively
(hidden, anag. & lit.)
891 CAT R Phillips
Its lashed trunks afloat
(double def. cat-o-nine-tails/catamaran)
895 TONE DEAF HL Rhodes
N. Faldo, tee shot left short, having far from perfect pitch
(anag. less l)
900 (C)HARLATANIS(M) (Puzzle entitled No 900) N C Dexter
Quack medicine? Crooked liar has bottles to flog
(tan in anag.)