Crossword 1054 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 27 November, 2017

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 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
5 TUATARA  
  A traitor with gold tooth initially turned into a "living fossil" (7) A traitor = A RAT, gold = AU, tooth initially = T, turned = reversal indicator
6 PROLONG  
  Nasty smell about actor's job, unfinished, now to be extended (7) Nasty smell = PONG, actor's job finished = ROL
9 USUAL  
  Regular university in America: large (5) university = U, America = USA, large = L
10 GUTENBERG  
  Beg urgent replacement for the old printer (9) Anagram of BEG URGENT
11 ON PAPER  
  Where you might write propane formula (2,5) Anagram of PROPANE
13 INGOT  
  Bar non-governmental organisation getting into it (5) non-governmental organisation = NGO inside IT
15 AUCKLAND HARBOUR  
  Barracuda on hulk floating around the Waitemata (8,7) Anagram of BARRACUDA ON HULK
17 HAITI  
  Henry and I took its leaders' country (5) Henry = H, and I took its leaders = first letters of And I Took Its
18 INFANCY  
  Babyhood seen as a fantasy (7) seen as a fantasy = IN FANCY
22 NIKAU PALM  
  Animal up for a change, eating end of stalk in tree (5,4) Anagram of ANIMAL UP
23 EATEN  
  Consumed half each by 2200 hours (5) half each = EA, 2200 hours = TEN
25 ISRAELI  
  Is old limerick writer to return: one like Solomon perhaps? (7) IS + old limerick writer = LEAR, to return = reversal indicator, one = I
26 INGESTS.  
  Sin gets reviewed; that's what Consumer does (7) Anagram of SIN GETS.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HAPU  
  A subtribe with a purpose to some extent (4) Hidden word
2 GALLOP  
  Doctor takes everybody round for a quick ride (6) Doctor = GP, everybody = ALL, round = O
3 MARGARINE  
  Spread piece of cloth upside down in ocean (9) piece of cloth = RAG, upside down = reversal indicator, ocean = MARINE
4 BOUNCIER  
  Rub ice on liberally to become more resilient (8) Anagram of RUB ICE ON
5 TAUPO  
  Take turn in a top resort by lake (5) turn = U, inside anagram of A TOP
6 PUTT  
  Place and time to stroke one's balls (4) Cryptic definition
7 OVERGROWN  
  Closed and wrong, wrong like an abandoned garden (9) Closed = OVER + anagram of WRONG
8 GAGSTER  
  Joker in frightful rage about revenue collected from things he buys (7) Anagram of RAGE including GST
12 PICNICKER  
  Select reported pilferer, one going to eat out (9) Select = PICK, reported = homophone indicator, pilferer = NICKER
14 CHAIN MAIL  
  Highly protective old covering for tea delivered by post (5,4) tea = CHA, delivered by post = IN MAIL
15 ASHANTI  
  A Ghanaian people use some cash antisocially (7) Hidden word
16 LEISURED  
  Idle user at sea having no need to work (8) Anagram of IDLE USER
19 FLEDGE  
  Ran away, turning up for example to rear birds (6) Ran away = FLED, turning up = reversal indicator, for example = EG
20 YONKS  
  "Many a Long Day" on Sky in new series (5) Anagram of ON SKY
21 TAXI  
  I kiss a tenor on the way up in the cab (4) I + kiss = X, a tenor = A T
24 TEST.  
  Technologist drops guts with an international field trial (4) drops guts = removing internal letters .

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