Crossword 1013 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 17 February, 2017
 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 Estimated  
  I am tested in error and judged (9) Anagram of I AM TESTED
6 Codes  
  Commanding officer with some French writes computer programs (5) Commanding officer = CO, some French = DES
9 Scalpel  
  A knife left in strange places … (7) left = L inside anagram of PLACES
10 Cash box  
  … till making dough with batter (4,3) dough = CASH, batter = BOX
11 Beekeeper  
  Farmer has to maintain bridge player in ale (9) maintain = KEEP, bridge player = E, ale = BEER
12 Epoch  
  Desire to return when about a hundred for a time (5) Desire = HOPE, to return = reversal indicator, a hundred = C
13 Unfed  
  Peacekeepers with iron and diamonds for the starving (5) Peacekeepers = UN, iron = FE, diamonds = D
15 Organised  
  Grandiose new scheme ordered (9) Anagram of GRANDIOSE
18 Divergent  
  Frogman chap is developing differently (9) Frogman = DIVER, chap = GENT
20 Topic  
  Subject has head I see in a spell (5) head = TOP, i see in a spell (alphabetical homophone) = IC
22 Donor  
  Presenter gives an academic gold (5) an academic = DON, gold = OR
23 Swordplay  
  A display of a fencer's skill with singular puns and repartee (9) singular = S, puns and repartee = WORDPLAY
25 Emanate  
  Come out with great social status in tee off (7) great social status = MANA inside anagram of TEE
26 Debater  
  Controversialist is badly berated (7) Anagram of BERATED
27 Dregs  
  Grounds for medicos going outside for instance (5) medicos = DRS, for instance = EG
28 Puffiness.  
  The slightly swollen appearance of a northern seabird, female? (9) northern seabird = PUFFIN, female = ESS (common gender-indicating suffix).
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 Eastbound  
  Silly and obtuse, heading perhaps from New Plymouth to Gisborne (9) Anagram of AND OBTUSE
2 Tea leaf  
  A little brewer's supply, bluish green with emerald, auburn and fawn heads (3,4) Bluish green = TEAL + heads (first letters) of Emerald, Auburn, Fawn
3 Maple  
  The head of police goes in to sex tree (5) head of police = P, sex = MALE
4 Telephone  
  Call then elope sneakily (9) Anagram of THEN ELOPE
5 Decor  
  Firm in red turned around providing layout and furnishings (5) Firm = CO inside reversal of RED
6 Cashew nut  
  Eccentric aunt chews an edible seed (6,3) Anagram of AUNT CHEWS
7 Debtors  
  Shark victims sorted out clutching top of buoy (7) Anagram of SORTED including top of buoy = B
8 Sixth  
  This mess when about ten revealed the final form achieved by schoolboys (5) Anagram of THIS including ten = X
14 Dirt roads  
  Sordid art creatively shows highways in the back blocks (4,5) Anagram of SORDID ART
16 Get hold of  
  Make a grab for the gold somehow, right away (3,4,2) Anagram of FOR THE GOLD without the R
17 Dockyards  
  The wharves can make dads cry OK (9) Anagram of DADS CRY OK
19 Vintage  
  The 1999 Hawkes Bay Cabernet perhaps given at random (7) anagram of GIVEN AT
21 Palette  
  The range of colours allowed in foie gras (7) allowed = LET, foie gras = PATE
22 Dread  
  An apprehension of being late about the end of October (5) late = DEAD, end of October = R
23 Sweep  
  Turn the seating over and put in energy to clean the floor (5) Turn ... over = reversal indicator, seating = PEWS, energy = E
24 Dubai.  
  Give a nickname to first class Persian Gulf port (5) Give a nickname to = DUB, first class = AI.
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