Crossword 1037 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 24 July, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
  Disport, having had dirt removed, and lean back to be foregrounded (7) DISPORT minus letters in DIRT = SPO, lean = TILT, back = reversal indicator
  Tangled net stuck in sludge, ruined (6) Anagram of NET inside sludge = MUD
  Spirit shown by tailless cat in kerfuffle (6) Spirit = RUM, tailless cat = PUS
  Spent and got dried out (3-5) Anagram of GOT DRIED
11 SAKI  
  It will get you high as a kite to some extent (4) Hidden word
  Chopped, not minced, this adds flavour (9) Anagram of NOT MINCED
15 URGE  
  Advocate a bit of surgery (4) Hidden word
17 UMBER  
  Hesitant expressions beleaguer Bishop Brown (5) UM and ER sorrounding B (Bishop)
18 SERB  
  The language of some passer-by (4) Hidden word
  A bunch of puppies pester a rubbish distributor (9) A bunch of puppies = LITTER, pester = BUG
21 RAGE  
  A feeling aroused when for instance a rightwing leader comes back (4) for instance = EG, a rightwing leader = AR, reversed
  Domestic animal gripped by anxiety, beginning to dread being reprimanded (8) Domestic animal = PET, gripped by = container indicator, anxiety = CARE, beginning to dread = D
  Mess with Monkey (6) Double definition
27 ALL FOR  
  Totally in favour of the whole quartet being heard (3,3) Homophone, the whole quarter = ALL FOUR
  Put different clothes on to compensate? (7) Double definition.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
  I propose swimming around a marine mammal (8) Anagram of I PROPOSE
2 STUD  
  A sexually active man, upright in the house (4) Double definition
3 SMUG  
  They hold your teeth up, being stuck up (4) Reversal (being stuck up) of GUMS
  Nero, if unstuck, might be ablaze too (2,4) Anagram of NERO IF
  Father is, say, improving externally (8) say = EG, improving = BETTER
  See opening with a communist country for an aid to breathing (5) See opening = S, a communist country = CUBA
  Locates us wandering on a hopeless mission (4,5) Anagram of LOCATES US
13 NABOB  
  Tycoon with nothing initially then a shilling when it was worth something (5) nothing initially = N, a shilling = A BOB
  Supplied water and tried rebuilding with Baltic capital for the interior (9) Anagram of TRIED including RIGA (Baltic capital)
  Dependable yet liberal management by European (8) Anagram of LIBERAL + European = E
  Play the guitar with favourite loose woman (8) Play the guitar = STRUM, favourite = PET
20 TOP OFF  
  Elegant chap takes work in finish (3,3) Elegant chap = TOFF, work = OP
22 GEEKS  
  Athenians have no right to be technology enthusiasts (5) Athenians = GREEKS minus R (right)
24 TARO  
  The black stuff, love, is a root vegetable (4) The black stuff = TAR, love = O
25 DART.  
  A missile used in field artillery (4) Hidden word.
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