Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

SOLUTION

July 2013 Monthly Crossword
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Explanations

The theme of the puzzle was (Sir) Isaac Pitman (21, 4) who developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand (hence X=SHORT, Y=HAND). His motto was 'time saved is life gained' (29, 6).

Across
  1. Anagram (switching characters) to + Latin + is + errant => TRANSLITERATION (&lit)
  2. YARD (measurement) + ARM (attached to Y=HAND) => YARDARM (end of pole)
  3. NON (X=SHORT zero -> non(e)) + AGON (X=SHORT pain -> agon(y)) => NONAGON (with IX facets)
  4. ALL (every) + I (one) contained in DANCE (disco) => DALLIANCE (flirtation)
  5. DR (doctor) + I (starting In) + ER (emergency room) => DRIER (hot air)
  6. OLST (draw lots) containing D (to embrace daughter) + ER (queen) => OLDSTER (one X=SHORT of youth)
  7. REC (unlimited wreck) + IT'S containing E (taking energy) => RECITES (delivers)
  8. ISA (it's for saving) + AC (power) + MAN (crew) and PIT (mine) switched => ISAAC PITMAN
  9. Anagram (rewritten) 's + not + epic + H (slice of Y=HAND) => PHONETICS (21/4's work)
  10. APRI (fool's day) containing RIO (to include carnival site) => A PRIORI (logical)
  11. SPAT (row) + ULA (UnLoAd regularly) => SPATULA (tool)
  12. TI (note) + MESA (plateau) + VEDISLIFEGAINED ('is even - dig a field' abroad) => TIME SAVED IS LIFE GAINED
Down
  1. Last + holiday => STAY (double meaning)
  2. F (loud) + AIR (music) => FAIR (festival)
  3. ESS (letter) + AY (always) + IS (exists) + T (To start) => ESSAYIST (&lit)
  4. RE (about) + INDE (dine out) + ER (half of beER) => REINDEER (Nicholas (Santa Claus) Puller)
  5. LINT (fluff) containing GUIS (appearance=guise, mostly) => LINGUIST (wordy one)
  6. ENSES (make sense) containing ARE (about time back) => ENSNARES (ropes) :: NOTE ERROR IN THIS CLUE (see forum)
  7. A (1) + V (5) + A (1) + I (1) + L (50) => AVAIL (that's enough)
  8. OX (beast) + ID (identity) + ANTS (unveiled Stan) => OXIDANTS (they react)
  9. DIA (Y=HAND (aid) turning) + GRAMS (masses) => DIAGRAMS (they outline)
  10. REP (theatre) + R (run) + I (Improvised debut) + EVE (the day before) => REPRIEVE (release)
  11. ES (doES half) + cavers anagrammed (organisation) => CREVASSE (&lit)
  12. EX (one time) + CELL (prison) minus L (losing Y=HAND (left)) => EXCEL (beat)
  13. HO (house) + OS (very big) contained in (dominated by) CE (church) => CHOOSE (fancy)
  14. SID (Vicious, say) contained in (breaking into) ONE (a) => ONSIDE (legal location in game)
  15. Contained backwards in (brought back some) refreshmenT IN Urn => UNIT (one)
  16. WANE (fail) with initial W moved to end (first falling to final) => ANEW (freshly)