Crossword 1019 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 20 March, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DISUSE  
  Order issued for neglect (6) Anagram of ISSUED
4 TOECAP  
  Part of shoe made to walk back (6) TO + PACE backwards
8 ALASKA  
  Put request in, in the manner of the French state up north (6) request = ASK, in the manner of the French = A LA
9 IDIOT BOX  
  TV makes thicko bash someone (but in a sporting manner) (5,3) thicko = IDIOT, bash someone = BOX
10 REFERENDUM  
  A popular vote results when founder member reorganises, having crazed mob expelled (10) Anagram of FOUNDER MEMBER minus letters in MOB
11 OVER  
  No more left (4) Double definition
12 DITTO  
  There's one abstaining from alcohol in the party just the same (5) One = I, abstaining from alcohol = TT, party = DO
13 STRANGLE  
  Gag, rather peculiar, about Labour leader (8) rather peculiar = STRANGE, Labour leader = L
15 HATMAKER  
  Henry, manipulating a market, becomes top manufacturer (8) Henry = H + anagram of A MARKET
17 WAFER  
  A mighty struggle to eat iron biscuit (5) A mighty struggle = WAR, iron = FE
19 ONUS  
  Don't start making an additional payment: it's a responsibility (4) Don't start = deletion indicator, an additional payment = BONUS
20 GROUND CREW  
  Airport workers cured wrong disorder (6,4) Anagram of CURED WRONG
22 WILINESS  
  West is grabbing railways with guile (8) West = W + IS, railways = LINES
23 IRISES  
  One gets up in bloomers (6) One = I, gets up = RISES
24 EIGHTH  
  A fractional difference in height (6) Anagram of HEIGHT
25 AGENCY.  
  Article with information on hollow charity creating an advertising company (6) Article = A, information = GEN, hollow charity = CY.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DELVE  
  Some qualified elves work in the rummage squad (5) Hidden word
2 SUSPECT  
  Shady religious group eats up about Sunday (7) religious group = SECT including UP including S (Sunday)
3 SPADEWORK  
  Speak word surprisingly: preliminaries done (9) Anagram of SPEAK WORD
5 ODIUM  
  Antipathy caused by an extract of sodium chloride (5) Hidden word
6 CUT DOWN  
  If you can't give up the habit altogether can you at least chop some feathers? (3,4) Cryptic definition
7 PROPELLER  
  Sell when topless in appropriate surroundings for a screw (9) Sell when topless = ELL, appropriate = PROPER
9 INDUSTRIOUS  
  Busy studio ruins new script (11) Anagram of STUDIO RUINS
12 DRAINPIPE  
  A waste disposal facility prepaid in error (9) Anagram of PREPAID IN
14 REWINDING  
  Call on the phone about easterly breeze rolling back (9) Call on the phone = RING, easterly = E, breeze = WIND
16 MASKING  
  Screening for male in the role of ruler (7) male = M, in the role of = AS, ruler = KING
18 FACTION  
  A division with no right to form a rebellious clique (7) A division = FRACTION, right = R
20 GREET  
  The most avaricious dies out. It is welcome (5) The most avaricious = GREEDIEST
21 ELEGY.  
  Lament some camel Egyptians used (5) Hidden word.

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