Crossword 1034 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 03 July, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 AFFAIR  
  An intimate relationship with a social function (6) Double definition
5 HOME-BREW  
  Beverage described by Oscar and Mike in biblical language (4-4) Oscar = O, Mike = M ("Nato" alphabet), biblical language = HEBREW
9 SEA LEVEL  
  Put cork in the day before and left with altimeter on zero (3,5) Put cork in = SEAL, the day before = EVE, left = L
10 NON-FAT  
  No French stout is low-cal (3-3) No French = NON, stout = FAT
11 PRESENT-DAY  
  Current time for the gifted? (7-3) gift = PRESENT
12 GRIM  
  Stubborn in general, on edge (4) general = G, edge = RIM
13 WHISKERY  
  Bearded eastern rebel leader gets stuck into the Scotch (8) eastern = E, rebel leader = R, Scotch = WHISKY
16 DITHER  
  Flap reveals he is covered in some sort of dirt (6) HE inside an anagram of DIRT
17 PIFFLE  
  Fortune includes a couple of francs? Nonsense (6) Fortune = PILE, a couple of francs = FF
19 BLANDISH  
  Flatter and sort of flavourless (8) Double definition
21 COAT  
  What the painter put on (4) Double definition
22 RABBIT EARS  
  Religious leader rips into TV aerial (6,4) Religious leader = RABBI, rips into = TEARS
25 CLINIC  
  Health facility has about 50 registered for intensive care (6) about = C (circa), 50 = L, registered = IN, intensive care = IC
26 SNAKE OIL  
  A medical treatment of no value: get almost completely nude, buried in earth (5,3) almost completely nude = NAKE, earth = SOIL
27 OINTMENT  
  Skin treatment requires deleting computer program from scheduled meeting (8) computer program = APP deleted from scheduled meeting = APPOINTMENT
28 LUTIST.  
  String player in mortal sin takes note (6) mortal sin = LUST, note = TI.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 FREER  
  Refer mistakenly to being more liberal (5) Anagram of REFER
3 ATLAS  
  The reference book is finally unfinished (5) finally = AT LAST
4 REVENUE  
  European Union at no time comes up with its total income (7) European Union = EU, at no time = NEVER, comes up = reversal indicator
5 HOLIDAY  
  Time off initially how one likes it during a year (7) Initial letters of How One Likes It During A Year
6 MONEYED  
  Do enemy out of being rich (7) Anagram of DO ENEMY
7 BENIGHTED  
  Appear high in the honours list when announced for being ignorant (9) Homophone, "be knighted"
8 EXAMINERS  
  Judges make queer man sexier (9) Anagram of MAN SEXIER
14 HOI POLLOI  
  One opinion survey in Ohio disturbed the great unwashed (3,6) one = I, opinion survey = POLL, inside anagram of OHIO
15 SAFETY NET  
  Fasten yet fudge a guarantee of security (6,3) Anagram of FASTEN YET
18 EARACHE  
  He follows a race that's been fixed, a pain in the neck or rather nearby (7) HE after an anagram of A RACE
19 BABYSIT  
  Tabby is reassigned to look after the offspring (7) Anagram of TABBY IS
20 ABIGAIL  
  Shout a large beer for this lady (7) Homophone, "A BIG ALE"
23 EXERT  
  Former English right to wield power (5) Former = EX, English = E, right = RT
24 RUINS.  
  Manages about one ghost town (5) Manages = RUNS, one = I.
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