Crossword 1043 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 04 September, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PIANO  
  McKellen goes into work reflecting that, after all, it is to play (5) McKellen = IAN, work = OP, reflecting = reversal indicator
4 ACCORDION  
  Musical instrument consisting of a coin bent around piece of string (9) Anagram of A COIN including CORD
9 SPAREST  
  The most frugal additional components for making repairs on time (7) additional components for making repairs = SPARES, time = T
10 IN STOCK  
  Tick son off for being available (2,5) Anagram of TICK SON
11 SPEED TRAP  
  Pet spared processing where the cops watch cars sneakily (5,4) Anagram of PET SPARED
12 AIDED  
  Though dead, I somehow helped (5) Anagram of DEAD I
13 SUMMARY  
  Add "Magdalene" in the abstract (7) Add = SUM, Magdalene = MARY
15 INVERSE  
  The opposite is never wrong (7) Anagram of IS NEVER
17 ALMANAC  
  A yearbook is among the things Neanderthal man achieved (7) hidden word
19 GASEOUS  
  Use sago when cooked and vaporised (7) Anagram of USE SAGO
21 BURKA  
  A piece of anorak rubbished in return as a garment for the Muslim's wife (5) Hidden word backwards
23 TORTILLAS  
  Tall stories, lacking final points, contrived to show exotic pancakes (9) Anagram of TALL STORI
26 ATHEISM  
  He is stuck in money machine: godlessness results (7) money machine = ATM including HE IS
27 CHUTNEY  
  Relish composing new tune after church? Yes (7) Anagram of TUNE after church = CH, Yes = Y
28 DALLIANCE  
  An amorous relationship in Dutch cartel (9) Dutch = D, cartel = ALLIANCE
29 ERODE.  
  Become ground down in a case of xeroderma (5) Hidden word.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 POSES  
  Pretends to be a quizmaster? (5) Double definition
2 AS A TEAM  
  How the crew should perform at sea working before noon (2,1,4) Anagram of AT SEA, before noon = AM
3 OVERDRAWN  
  Finished having done a sketch with extended credit (9) Finished = OVER, done a sketch = DRAWN
4 AFTER  
  Later on remove one end of the roof beam (5) roof beam = RAFTER
5 CRIPPLING  
  Chinese leader with little waves is causing damage (9) Chinese leader = C, with little waves = RIPPLING
6 RASTA  
  Opera stars include Bob Marley, for one (5) Hidden word
7 IN ORDER  
  So systematic (2,5) Double definition
8 NAKEDNESS  
  Squirming snakes end nudity (9) Anagram of SNAKES END
13 STARBOARD  
  A management committee of preeminent achievers on the right (9) preeminent achievers = STAR, management committee = BOARD
14 YACHTSMAN  
  Sailor may chant badly when going about pole (9) Anagram of MAY CHANT, pole = S
16 VESTIBULE  
  Bet us evil can be made to entrance (9) Anagram of BET US EVIL
18 MARSHAL  
  Be quiet in unexpected alarm to become a senior officer (7) be quiet = SH inside anagram of ALARM
20 ORLANDO  
  Millions taken from moorland developed around Disney World (7) Anagram of MOORLAND minus M (millions)
22 ALIBI  
  An Australian politician (Turnbull, for example) and I make an excuse (5) A LIB (Liberal) and I
24 RECCE  
  Leading characters in Ride Em Cowboy and Close Encounters get a preliminary look-see (5) Acrostic, first letters of italicised words
25 STYLE.  
  Filthy home to the French shows élan (5) Filthy home = STY, the French = LE.

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