Crossword 1055 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 27 November, 2017

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
6 TRIVIAL  
  Six in legal hearing but it's footling (7) Six = VI, legal heading = TRIAL
8 EMPIRE  
  A political representative in Ireland for the old British Commonwealth (6) political representative = MP, Ireland = EIRE
9 CLOTHES PEG  
  Clip on line shows the cop's leg broken (7,3) Anagram of THE COPS LEG
10 NAVY  
  Military force makes a blue (4) Double definition
11 POP UP  
  Father has risen to complete the toast (3,2) Father = POP, has risen = UP
13 ONE-PIECE  
  A singular sort of garment said to have gained freedom from war (3-5) homophone for WON PEACE
14 CODEINE  
  Painkiller prescribed by a German in cypher (7) a German = EIN, cypher = CODE
16 GOODISH  
  Plate of sludge, moderately OK (7) sludge = GOO, plate = DISH
19 MATERNAL  
  Fabric I left out to be replaced by bridge player like Mother (8) Fabric = MATERIAL with I replaced by N (bridge player)
21 END UP  
  Don't begin lampoon. Finish (3,2) lampoon = SEND UP
23 FLEA  
  Leaf knitted to make a jumper (4) Anagram of LEAF
24 SIGHTSEERS  
  Trippers get glimpse of prophets (10) get glimpse of = SIGHT, prophets = SEERS
26 STOLEN  
  Scarf to be draped on neck initially gets hot (6) Scarf to be draped = STOLE, neck initially = N
27 TEMPTED.  
  Encountered setback with pothead, oddly, being led on (7) Encountered = MET, setback = reversal indicator, pothead oddly = odd numbered letters in PoThEaD.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DIET  
  Foodstuffs expire on time (4) expire = DIE, time = T
2 FINESPUN  
  Extremely delicate penalties imposed on wordplay (8) penalties = FINES, wordplay = PUN
3 REGGAE  
  One of the Rolling Stones, losing tip of joint, uses ecstasy instead and turns to Jamaican-style music (6) One of the Rolling Stones, losing tip of joint = AGGER with E (ecstasy) first, turns = reversal indicator
4 OPEN-MINDED  
  Frank tended to be tolerant (4-6) Frank = OPEN, tended = minded
5 CREVICES  
  Cracks about shoddy service (8) about = C (circa) + anagram of SERVICE
6 TULIP  
  A flower that makes a pitiful arrangement if taken out (5) Anagram of PITIFUL minus IF
7 LAPTOP  
  Cannabis with friend turning up to make a computer (6) Cannabis = POT, friend = PAL, turning up = reversal indicator
12 PREFERABLE  
  Better bleeper? Far worse (10) Anagram of BLEEPER FAR
15 ON A PLATE  
  How a meal should be served, spilling tea on lap (2,1,5) Anagram of TEA ON LAP
17 OVERTIME  
  Hours worked in addition for a cricket statistic? (8) Double definition
18 SLIGHT  
  A trifling rebuff (6) Double definition
20 NOSING  
  Love to do something evil in New Guinea by prying (6) Love = O, do something evil = SIN, New Guinea = NG
22 PORED  
  Concentrated mineral contained in palladium (5) mineral = ORE, palladium = PD
25 EATS.  
  Has a meal of eggs and toast: simple starters (4) starters (initial letters of) Eggs And Toast Simple.

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