Crossword 1026 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 08 May, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PACIFY  
  Remunerate about 100 provided to mollify (6) Remunerate = PAY, about = containment indicator, 100 = C, provided = IF
4 TROPIC  
  Turn-on prince oddly reveals is hot (6) Odd numbered letters in TuRn On PrInCe
8 OPEN-AIR  
  Restage opera in an outdoor setting (4-3) Anagram of OPERA IN
9 IMPAIR  
  Spoil the distinctive character of a pixie (6) distinctive character = AIR, pixie = IMP
11 PRETTIEST  
  The most attractive looking pet sitter perhaps (9) Anagram of PET SITTER
12 HOOD  
  The engine cover is punk (4) Double definition
13 PASTA  
  Macaroni in historical article (5) historical = PAST, article = A
14 INFORMAL  
  Tell a lie that is dismissed without ceremony (8) Tell = INFORM + A LIE minus IE (that is)
16 FORETELL  
  Anticipate toll-free transport (8) Anagram of TOLL FREE
18 AMPLE  
  A politician the French find handsome (5) A + politician = MP, the French = LE
20 PIER  
  A waterfront facility ripe for redevelopment (4) Anagram of RIPE
21 ULTIMATUM  
  A demand made by leaders in union labour trouble: I moved and took up membership (9) Acrostic, first letters in Union Labour Trouble etc.
23 INDIAN  
  Help turnaround in pub with curry house (6) Help = AID, turnaround = reversal indicator, inside pub = INN
24 UTILITY  
  Intuitively rebuilt, removing tangled vine for convenience (7) Anagram of INTUITIVELY minus letters in VINE
25 GIMLET  
  A boring cocktail (6) Double definition
26 ESTATE.  
  An inheritance consisting of a broken teaset (6) Anagram of TEASET.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEP UP  
  Exercise dog to invigorate (3,2) Exercise = PE, dog = PUP
2 CONFESS  
  Admit to having cooked scones with flour initially mixed in (7) anagram of SCONES including F (flour initially)
3 FAIR TRADE  
  Equitable commercial activity such as running a Ferris wheel? (4,5) Double definition
5 REMIT  
  Forward is up for a watch perhaps (5) up = reversal indicator, watch = TIMER
6 POACHER  
  Criminal cooking utensil (7) Double definition
7 CORPORATE  
  The sort of body that makes poor react badly (9) Anagram of POOR REACT
10 GENIALITY  
  Ailing, yet somehow showing jollity and warmth (9) Anagram of AILING YET
13 PROMISING  
  Showing good potential for giving assurances (9) Double definition
15 FLATMATES  
  Insipid couples, those who split the rent (9) Insipid = FLAT, couples (verb) = MATES
17 EARLDOM  
  It could make me a lord (7) Anagram of ME A LORD
19 PATELLA  
  Tall ape breaks my kneecap (7) Anagram of TALL APE
21 USAGE  
  In America genetic engineering is accepted practice (5) America = USA, genetic engineering = GE
22 METRE.  
  The first person chopped tree over a yard (5) The first person = ME, chopped tree = TRE.
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