Crossword 1022 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 10 April, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 INCREASE  
  Make more of a sincere mistake (8) Anagram of A SINCERE
5 PSYCHO  
  Madman joins in a tipsy choir (6) Hidden word
9 FOR KEEPS  
  Always, where the road branches, speed – unlimited – falls back (3,5) where the road branches = FORK, speed unlimited = SPEE, falls back = reversal indicator
10 BIGAMY  
  Three wise guys come back in by having an illegal relationship (6) Three wise guys = MAGI, come back = reversal indicator, in = container indicator, BY
11 SHOOT FROM THE HIP  
  Speak bluntly, hastily, of new growth originating with the well-informed (5,4,3,3) new growth = SHOOT, originating with = FROM, well informed = HIP
13 DILUTE  
  Put cover back on front of little truck and water it down (6) cover = LID, back = reversal indicator, little truck - UTE
14 INCA  
  A native of South America in California (4) IN + California = CA
18 ARID  
  Put right in to help dry (4) right = R, help = AID
19 POTENT  
  Top mark in cannabis for being strong (6) Top mark = TEN inside cannabis = POT,
23 ROCKET SCIENTIST  
  Clever person tore stick insect apart? No, reassembled! (6,9) Anagram of TORE STICK INSECT
24 WAGGED  
  Paid regularly to work, golf included, yet played truant (6) Paid regularly = WAGED, golf = G ("Nato" alphabet)
25 PLAINEST  
  The least attractive is most evident (8) Double definition
26 DESIRE  
  Reside at sea? Fancy that (6) Anagram of RESIDE
27 TWO-SCORE.  
  Screw too freely entering one's fifth decade (3-5) Anagram of SCREW TOO.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 INFEST  
  Finest production overrun (6) Anagram of FINEST
2 CORDON  
  One of the strings attached is a barrier (6) One of the strings = CORD, attached = ON
3 EVENTIDE  
  Die mysteriously following incident at sunset (8) Anagram of DIE following incident = EVENT
4 SUPERFLUOUS  
  Wasted with outstanding seasonal virus, nothing American (11) outstanding = SUPER, seasonal virus = FLU, nothing = O, American = US
6 SLIGHT  
  A snub of very little significance (6) Double definition
7 COACHING  
  Instruction and encouragement for getting on a tour bus (8) Anagram of SINCERE
8 OLYMPIAN  
  The superior sort of performance that can result in an unusual palimony arrangement (8) Anagram of PALIMONY
12 MOTHER-IN-LAW  
  Member of the family rejoined later, on whim (6-2-3) Anagram of LATER ON WHIM
15 NARROWED  
  Projectile in end disturbed as contracted (8) Projectile = ARROW inside anagram of END
16 RIB CAGES  
  Big races developed from skeletal structures (3,5) Anagram of BIG RACES
17 STAND-INS  
  Deputies almost putting up with head of state (5-3) putting up with = STANDING, head of state = S
20 METEOR  
  Encountered caviar coming back, a heavenly phenomenon (6) Encountered = MET, caviar = ROE, coming back = reversal indicator
21 CICERO  
  Roman orator cooked rice eaten by commanding officer (6) Anagram of RICE inside CO
22 STATUE.  
  Treat us badly, removing right to be an idol (6) Anagram of TREAT US minus R (right).
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