Crossword 1025 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 02 May, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DECIBEL  
  Add carbon to edible mixture: a sound measure (7) carbon = C + anagram of EDIBLE
5 APLOMB  
  Pal dispersed unruly mob with panache (6) Anagram of PAL + anagram of MOB
10 ABSTAIN  
  To refuse a drink casts stigma on sailor (7) stigma = STAIN, sailor = AB
11 AEROSOL  
  Lose oar accidentally in spray (7) Anagram of LOSE OAR
12 LAIRS  
  Retreats left with pomposity (5) left = L, pomposity = AIRS
13 ICE CREAMS  
  Distressed cries came for cool treats (3,6) Anagram of CRIES CAME
14 DEATH PENALTY  
  Head patently mistaken: this form of punishment is now unlawful (5,7) Anagram of HEAD PATENTLY
18 MISDEMEANOUR  
  Dummies are on form giving offence (12) Anagram of DUMMIES ARE ON
21 RAINDROPS  
  A statement of the obvious given as evidence of precipitation (9) Double definition
23 ROOMY  
  Pouched mammal – goodness me – with plenty of space inside (5) Pouched mammal = ROO, goodness me = MY
24 SNIPPET  
  Scrap making bargain with bad temper (7) bargain = SNIP, bad temper = PET
25 ILLEGAL  
  Outlawed being sick with, for example, a Labour leader (7) sick = ILL, for example = EG, a Labour leader = L
26 NUDITY  
  Altogether untidy maybe? (6) Anagram of UNTIDY
27 DRY-EYED.  
  Medico with positive responses unfinished died without a tear being shed (3-4) Medico = DR, positive responses = YES YES, unfinished = deletion indicator, died = D.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DEADLY  
  Delay, bad – when holding diamonds, tedious (6) Anagram of DELAY including diamonds = D
2 CASH IN  
  Get money for topping up tibia with calcium (4,2) tibia = SHIN, calclium = CA
3 BRASSIERE  
  Cheek shown by one before revealing an undergarment (9) Cheek = BRASS, one = I, before = ERE
4 LONG IN THE TOOTH  
  No hotel tonight unfortunately: it's over the hill (4,2,3,5) Anagram of NO HOTEL TONIGHT
6 PURER  
  Cleaner extracts cash letters from purchaser (5) letters in CASH removed from PURCHASER
7 OBSTACLE  
  Ex-student destroyed castle. It was in the way (8) Ex-student = OB (Old Boy) + anagram of CASTLE
8 BULL'S EYE  
  Use belly stupidly as a target (5,3) Anagram of USE BELLY
9 MAKE UP ONE'S MIND  
  Decide cosmetic on men is silly before daughter (4,2,4,4) cosmetic = MAKE UP + anagram of ON MEN + daughter = D
15 NEUTRALLY  
  Tune composed before gathering impartially (9) Anagram of TUNE = gathering = RALLY
16 IMPRISON  
  Put behind bars for minor slip, perhaps losing Labour leader (8) Anagram of MINOR SLIP minus L (Labour leader)
17 OSSIFIED  
  Boss, if I editorialised a bit, became very hard (8) Hidden word
19 DOUGHY  
  A pasty complexion makes money at the end of January (6) money = DOUGH, end of January = Y
20 CYCLED  
  Pedalled around and around (6) Double definition
22 DEPOT.  
  Store to remove cannabis? (5) DE = prefix denotiing removal, POT = cannabis.
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