Crossword 1040 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 14 August, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 OVERCAST  
  The reason no stars can be seen in finished list of actors (8) finished = OVER, list of actors = CAST
5 FIASCO  
  When business, if first turned around, becomes a debacle (6) When = AS, business = CO, if turned around = FI
10 DEFILED  
  Corrupted food shop gave food back (7) food shop = DELI, gave food = FED, back = reversal indicator
11 BALANCE  
  Poise shown by graduate with weapon (7) graduate = BA, weapon = LANCE
12 THREW  
  Hurled from one end to the other you say? (5) Homophone for through
13 UPRISINGS  
  Ring up SIS about rebellions (9) Anagram of UP SIS
14 STOCK-IN-TRADE  
  Goods for sale in the leg-coverin' business? (5-2-5) leg coverin' = STOCKIN'
18 GENERAL STORE  
  Officers bolted a trading post (7,5) Officers = GENERALS, bolted = TORE
21 REINFORCE  
  Toughen up control in favour of Anglicans (9) control = REIN, in favour of = FOR, Anglicans = CE
23 INCAS  
  South Americans in certain cases (5) Hidden word
24 EMERALD  
  Mere lad produces a gem (7) Anagram of MERE LAD
25 AMATEUR  
  An enthusiast has to regret going back after a friend fails to finish (7) regret = RUE, a friend = A MATE
26 ESTHER  
  She has some of the best herbs (6) Hidden word
27 ADDENDUM.  
  PS: Contribute conclusion with little hesitation (8) Contribute = ADD, conclusion = END, little hesitation = UM.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ODDITY  
  Broken toy did show quirkiness (6) Anagram of TOY DID
2 EFFORT  
  Endeavour to make revised offer on time (6) Anagram of OFFER + time = T
3 COLD WATER  
  Disparagement of rude lewd actor (4,5) Anagram of LEWD ACTOR
4 SODIUM CHLORIDE  
  Table salt decorum, I hold, is misapplied (6,8) Anagram of DECORUM I HOLD
6 ISLES  
  The British for example use some tennis lessons (5) Hidden word
7 SON-IN-LAW  
  Relation puts hollowed out shallot in cabbage salad (3-2-3) hollowed out shallot = ONIN, cabbage salad = SLAW
8 OVERSEER  
  There is poetry in processed ore for this foreman (8) poetry = VERSE inside anagram of ORE
9 A BIRD IN THE HAND  
  Bandit had her in ground as a secure option if not the most attractive (1,4,2,3,4) Anagram of BANDIT HAD HER IN ('ground' is anagram indicator)
15 TERMINATE  
  White ant eats middle of banana to finish (9) White ant = TERMITE, middle of banana = NA
16 AGGRIEVE  
  Grieg composition put in way to cause distress (8) Anagram of GRIEG inside AVE (way)
17 INCIDENT  
  A happening incited rioting around noon (8) Anagram of INCITED including noon = N
19 SCREED  
  A lengthy composition by school head on personal philosophy (6) school head = S, personal philosphy = CREED
20 ASHRAM  
  Leaders in a safe haven run a mile in religious retreat (6) Acrostic: initial letters of Safe Haven Run A Mile
22 FLARE.  
  The way my trouser leg was shaped in days of old flame (5) Double definition.

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