Crossword 1046 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 25 September, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
4 CYNIC  
  Clear your name in court initially as one given to sarcasm (5) Acrostic: first letters of Clear Your Name In Court
6 LONDONER  
  Cockney hermit grabs mafia boss (8) hermit = loner, MAFIA BOSS = don
9 MORONIC  
  Very stupid, on micro-management (7) Anagram of ON MICRO
10 ARTISTE  
  A performer makes tastier mixture (7) Anagram of TASTIER
11 BARRIER  
  I err badly in pub resulting in roadblock (7) Anagram of IR ERR inside BAR (pub)
12 CLEANSE  
  Wriggling eels can purify (7) Anagram of EELS CAN
13 OVER THE HILL  
  Too old, having apparent greeting in Hades (4,3,4) apparent = OVERT, greeting = HI, Hades = HELL
16 MERMAID  
  Married the Queen Mother with proof of who I am, an imaginary creature (7) Married = M, the Queen = ER, mother + MA, proof of who I am = ID
17 TEST BED  
  Attempt to find comfort relaxing where the new machine is to be checked over (4,3) Double definition
19 SAPLING  
  Father is back in Shanghai to see young Hazel perhaps? (7) Father = PA, Shanghai = SLING
21 VIADUCT  
  Commercial placed after six, cut badly, way over the top (7) Commercial = AD, six = VI, cut badly = anagram of CUT
22 UTENSILS  
  Tools that can make us listen (8) Anagram of US LISTEN
23 KNEAD.  
  Massage in naked frolic (5) Anagram of NAKED.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SNORER  
  A sleeping partner of an undesirable nature, more tender about mid-morning (6) more tender = SORER, mid-morning = N
2 ANNA  
  Pavlova follows musicians in a kerchief (4) musicians = BAND, kerchief = BANDANNA
3 SEASONAL  
  Loans arranged under the ocean or in the spring perhaps (8) Anagram of LOANS = SONAL, the ocean = SEA
4 COME BY  
  Department head leaves funny show as bishop enters. Do drop round (4,2) Replace D with B in COMEDY
5 CONSIDERATION  
  Kindness shown within the proper area of play while embraced by actor in make-up (13) within the proper area of play = ONSIDE, embraced by = containment indicator, actor in make-up = anagram of ACTOR IN = C RATION
6 LACERATED  
  Torn crocheting evaluated (9) crocheting = LACE, evaluated = RATED
7 ON THE PIGS BACK  
  Botch speaking, surprisingly, from a position of prosperity (2,3,4,4) Anagram of BOTCH SPEAKING
8 BEGET  
  To make children is a gamble involving genetic engineering (5) gamble = BET, genetic engineering = GE
12 CREATIVES  
  Ad agency staff revise act ingeniously (9) Anagram of REVISE ACT
13 OF REPUTE  
  Noted, having feet up or dancing (2,6) Anagram of FEET UP OR
14 AMISS  
  A young woman is haywire (5) Charade: A + MISS
15 EDITED  
  Medicated when Mac, deplorably, departed and put a publication together (6) MEDICATED minus letters in MAC
18 BRUNEI  
  Some alien urbanite, regressing, developed a whole sultanate (6) Hidden word backwards
20 GRIP.  
  Fascinate German leader with epitaph (4) German leader = G, epitaph = RIP.
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