Crossword 1038 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 07 August, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1,10 Single minded  
  Legends in dim recollection are resolved (6,6) Anagram of LEGENDS IN D
5 Alacrity  
  A curious clarity and briskness (8) A + anagram of CLARITY
9 Tarakihi  
  The almost-right attitude: knowing I have it initially gets some kai moana (8) Acrostic: initial letters of The Almost ... It
11 Do the honours  
  Henry mixed with funny hen outdoors to entertain the guests (2,3,7) Henry = H inside anagram of HEN OUTDOORS
13 No-no  
  Turn on twice, a naughty thing to do (2-2) ON reversed twice
14 Thespian  
  The spin to include article for actor (8) Anagram of THE SPIN including article = A
17 Hotelier  
  The role I adapted as a publican (8) Anagram of THE ROLE I
18 Peer  
  Paul and Mary's leader, disheartened to be equal, (4) Reference to Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary, disheartened = removal of middle letter
20 Well-educated  
  learned duet we called tricky (4-8) Anagram of DUET WE CALLED
23 Vicuna  
  Copper in vain unravelled cloth (6) Copper = CU inside anagram of CAIN
24 Numbered  
  Counted on me, burned badly (8) Anagram of ME BURNED
25 Newsreel  
  Current affairs filmed with fresh nasty leers (8) fresh = NEW + anagram of LEERS
26 Sombre.  
  Brother buried in some grave (6) Brother = BR inside SOME.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 Iraq  
  Intelligence has grabbed radium somewhere in the Middle East (4) Intelligence = IQ, radium = RA
3 Grandiose  
  Rather highfalutin though organised badly (9) Anagram of ORGANISED
4 Edicts  
  Prepares for publication about 100 rules (6) Prepares for publication = EDITS, 100 = C
5 Alimentary canal  
  An ancillary mate spilling his guts (10,5) Anagram of AN ANCILLARY MATE
6 Armholes  
  Parts of a garment essentially absent by their nature (8) Cryptic definition
7 Rondo  
  Young Weasley joins party for the last part of the concerto (5) Young Weasley = RON, party = DO
8 Tie breaker  
  You could make beak retire from being a decider (3,7) Anagram of BEAK RETIRE
12 Homogenise  
  Odd he-men go so I mix in well (10) Anagram of HE MEN GO SO I
15 Pipe dream  
  A little seed upset me, dear, with a hopeless fancy (4,5) A little seed = PIP + anagram of ME DEAR
16 Mind game  
  A psychological trick to deter poachers? (4,4) Double definition
19 Stumps  
  The end of play perplexes (6) Double definition
21 Lauds  
  Praises making son double up (5) son = S, double = DUAL, up = reversal indicator
22 Heir.  
  He joins Inland Revenue, expected to succeed (4) HE = IR.


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