Crossword 1039 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 08 August, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
5 PANDA  
  Father engineered DNA for an endangered species (5) Father = PA + anagram of DNA
7 BOB DYLAN  
  Singer forming boy band when about 50 (3,5) Anagram of BOY BAND including L (50)
8 COWARDLY  
  Faint-hearted or overmodest about peculiar drawl (8) overmodest = COY including anagram of DRAWL
9 EL NINO  
  The way the weather can go might score one-nil (2,4) Anagram of ONE NIL
10 CLIENT  
  Eastwood rings European customer (6) CLINT including European (E)
11 UTTERLY  
  Completely turn turtle before the end of July (7) Anagram of TURTLE, end of July = Y
13 RENTER  
  Tenant has right to occupy (6) right = R. occupy = ENTER
15 LATTER  
  Last mentioned sort of coffee? Right (6) sort of coffee = LATTE + right = R
18 STYLIST  
  Hairdresser in a piggish home catalogue (7) piggish home = STY, catalogue = LIST
19 GROOVE  
  Nothing in little orchard: it was put on record in the press (6) Nothing = O, little orchard = GROVE
20 SPIDER  
  An animal found in loosely organised prides (6) Anagram of PRIDES
22 MONOPOLY  
  Floating on my pool in exclusive control (8) Anagram of ON MY POOL
23 UNCOMMON  
  I leave unruly communion? Outstanding! (8) Anagram of COMMUNION minus I
24 TACKY.  
  What the painter's most recent work is likely to be – vulgar (5) Double definition.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 IN NAME ONLY  
  Nominal laymen in on trickiness (2,4,4) Anagram of LAYMEN IN ON
2 ABSENTIA  
  What one is in if not there (8) Cryptic definition
3 LYON  
  A city seen inside only once (4) Hidden word
4 MAINLY  
  Masculine, taking one in for the most part (6) Masculine = MANLY including one = I
5 PROWLER  
  Sneak thief goes lower unfortunately, becoming engaged in public relations (7) Anagram of LOWER inside PR
6 AUDIT  
  When updating changes, remove gross national product then check the accounts (5) Anagram of UPDATING minus letters in GNP
7 BUYOUT  
  A complete financial takeover except for including you (6) except for = BUT including YOU
12 RETROSPECT  
  Republican with top secret development in hindsight (10) Republican = R + anagram of TOP SECRET
14 EPIGRAMS  
  English swine and sheep start to spout witty remarks (8) English = E, swine = PIG, sheep = RAM, start to spout = S
16 RIVALRY  
  Competition produces viral problem on line (7) Anagram of VIRAL, line = RY
17 STAMEN  
  Half-starve chaps with part in bloomers (6) Half-starve = STA, chaps = MEN
18 SUPINE  
  Take legal action about stick being laid back (6) Take legal action = SUE including stick = PIN
19 G AND T  
  A cocktail and a bit of kissing and telling (1,3,1) Hidden word
21 DOOM.  
  An uplifting temperament? Damn (4) uplifting = reversal indicator, temperament = MOOD.
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