Crossword 1056 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 04 December, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SCRAWL  
  A poor hand – start to shrink and grovel (6) start to shrink = S, grovel = CRAWL
4 GAUCHO  
  Cowboy with a cough, nasty (6) Anagram of A COUGH
8 JUST NOW  
  Fair these days? Only very recently (4,3) Double definition
9 DAILIES  
  Papers present Welshman with fake news (7) Welshman = DAI, fake news = LIES
11 SCROUNGED  
  Cadged drugs once, given diversion (9) Anagram of DRUGS ONCE
12 OVAL  
  Some cling to valuables that are egg-shaped (4) Hidden word
13 LADEN  
  Young chap with points for being loaded (5) Young chap = LAD, points = EN (compass points)
14 EMISSION  
  Discharge an internet-based evangelism establishment? (8) internet-based = E (as a prefix), + MISSION
16 BLACK TEA  
  Back late, drunk the usual sort of cuppa (5,3) Anagram of BACK LATE
18 OCCUR  
  Despicable person with firm backing to start with makes it happen (5) Despiciable person = CUR, firm = CO, backing = reversal indicator
20 LIMB  
  An ascent doesn't begin in branch (4) ascent = CLIMB
21 ALLIGATOR  
  Dangerous beast, a mad gorilla, grabs shirt (9) Anagram of GORILLA + shirt = T
23 NOMADIC  
  Moan pitifully: drunk in charge is given to wandering around (7) Anagram of MOAN + drunk in charge = DIC
24 ANARCHY  
  The highest ranking in any surroundings provide no governmental control (7) The highest ranking = ARCH inside ANY
25 SLEDGE  
  Insult the batsman with a wheelless vehicle (6) Double definition
26 SCARAB.  
  Beetle gets share of Oscar? Absolutely (6) Hidden word.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SLUGS  
  What a boxer does uses hardly any energy (5) Double definition (slug as a verb)
2 RETIRED  
  Went to bed again, weary (7) again = RE, weary =TIRED
3 WHODUNNIT  
  Confused, I hunt down mysterious novel (9) Anagram of I HUNT DOWN
5 AWARD  
  Medal for many following a battle (5) many =D (Roman numeral) after a battle = A WAR
6 CALLOUS  
  Phone America about love being heartless (7) Phone = CALL, American = US, love = O
7 OPERAGOER  
  She sees Tosca and Aida as poor, eager to change (9) Anagram of POOR, EAGER
10 AGREEABLE  
  A large bee flies around to be comfortable (9) Anagram of A LARGE BEE
13 LOLLIPOPS  
  Tablet in reel wound up in treats for children (9) Tablet = PILL inside reel = SPOOL, wound up = reversal indicator
15 INORGANIC  
  Earthenware perhaps or metal can, origin obscure (9) Anagram of CAN ORIGIN
17 CABBAGE  
  Head of Greens in taxi with luggage on second of February (7) taxi - CAB, luggage = BAG, second of February = E
19 CATERER  
  Food provider in Terrace building (7) Anagram of TERRAFCE
21 APING  
  Imitating a brooch set in silver (5) a brooch = PIN, silver = AG
22 REHAB.  
  A herb mixture used in overcoming the effects of substance abuse (5) Anagram of A HERB.
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