Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

SOLUTION

March 2013 Monthly Crossword
Dingbats
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Explanations

Across
  1. Dingbat: PUSS IN BOOTS - PUSS (Tom) in BOOTS (Dr Martens)
  2. PIN (restrain) backwards (back) => NIP (bite a bit)
  3. REUS (sure fire) containing B (Bond Premiere breaks in) => REBUS (theme = dingbat)
  4. Dingbat: AMBIGUITY - AM + BIG (capital) U + E + T
  5. Dingbat: SPINNAKER - SP in NAKER
  6. IDE (fish) + A + L (lake) => IDEAL (couldn't be better)
  7. Anagram (conquer) last + tel => TALLEST (Everest maybe)
  8. EPICE (piece rook) minus E (last move removed) => EPIC (great)
  9. C (club) ARP (rap crack) => CARP (knock)
  10. Dingbat: ADDENDA - ADD EN + DA
  11. Contained in (discovered) cowabunGA! MUTants => GAMUT (complete series)
  12. Dingbat: ROBIN HOOD - ROB (steal) in HOOD
  13. Dingbat: TENNESSEE - TEN (X) + ESS (s) + SEE (c)
  14. C (100) + ON (to) + IC (99) => CONIC (rounded to points)
  15. AS (while) backwards (back) + D down => SAD (&lit)
  16. AIDS (immune disorder) containing E (absorbs energy) + DECAMP (leave) => AIDES-DE-CAMP (5-2-4)
Down
  1. Anagram (disguised) as + pirate => PARASITE (he'll take what he can)
  2. Dingbat: SUBTITLE - SUB (U-boat) + TITLE (Lord)
  3. BSE (bull made crazy by this) contained in IN (being held by popular) => IBSEN (dramatist)
  4. Dingbat: BLANKET - BLANK (space) + ET (alien)
  5. ONE (single) containing (envelope) SBOR (robs preparation) => OSBORNE (UK politician)
  6. DEIFYING IS (making gods is) backwards (heavenly direction) minus Y (transcending youth) => SIGNIFIED (it suggested that)
  7. Dingbat: NOISES - no 'ises' (precious without I, as if spoken by Gollum from Lord of the Rings)
  8. First pair of letters of each word (pairs of) PAtsies YOu LAnded => PAYOLA (bribe)
  9. AXE (cut) backwards (back) containing (surrounding) ANTHEM (national song) => EXANTHEMA (rash)
  10. IN (contained) + SO (therefore) + MNIA (main problem) => INSOMNIA (sandman's absence)
  11. Dingbat: HANDICAP - H + AND (+) + I (sound of E) + CAP (hat)
  12. P (penny) + HRASE (share options) + D (died) => PHRASED (it was written)
  13. Anagram (to decay) marble + S (Statues beginning) to decay => AMBLERS (they move)
  14. AS (while) containing (navigating) GATE (portal) => AGATES (stones)
  15. O (nil) + MEN (the boys) + ED (ExecuteD to the extremes) => OMENED (6 = signified)
  16. H (Henry) contained in NICE (comfortable) =? NICHE (compartment)