Crossword 1058 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 25 December, 2017

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 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 VARNISHES  
  Puts on transparent coat and disappears, having run inside (9) disappears = VANISHES, right = R
6 READABILITY  
  Clarity in print concerning daily a bit oddly (11) Anagram of DAILY A BIT
12 RAG DOLL  
  Dollar change includes grand toy (3,4) Anagram of DOLLAR including grand = G
13 CUSHION  
  Such confusion with one working buffer (7) Anagram of SUCH + one = I, working = ON
14 ATTIC  
  Throat tickles – just a bit – in higher space (5) Hidden word
15 ABASH  
  Embarrass with a bunfight (5) a bunfight = A BASH
16 DWARF  
  Some World War fighters over top, say (5) Hidden word (over top = overtop)
17 NOSE CANDY  
  Second any amendment to show cocaine (4,5) Anagram of SECOND ANY
18 ILL-BRED  
  Awful bill, bloody crude (3-4) Anagram of BILL + bloody = RED
21 MELEE  
  A noisy fight. Give me shelter (5) shelter = LEE
22 YEAR DOT  
  Ready to go off and reveal when it all began (4,3) Anagram of READY TO
25 NORSE  
  Organ that smells about right for a Viking (5) Organ that smells = NOSE, right = R
26 ENDMOST  
  Wind up with majority in the final (7) Wind up = END, a majority = MOST
28 BARISTA  
  Worker committed to the daily grind (7) Cryptic definition
30 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
  Country fire station team caused trouble (6,6,2,7) Anagram of FIRE STATION TEAM CAUSED
33 SCHOLAR  
  Small choral composition by pupil (7) Small = S + anagram of CHORAL
34 ICE PACK  
  One way to reduce swelling: diamonds (playing cards) (3,4) diamonds = ICE, playing cards = PACK
35 SITES  
  Locations with views within earshot (5) Homophone: views = SIGHTS
37 TREATED  
  Shouted to be given some medical attention (7) Double definition
40 DARES  
  Silly dears presenting dangerous challenges (5) Anagram of DEARS
42 TIE-DYED  
  Bangkok citizen expired reportedly showing how fabric can be coloured (3-4) Homophone: sounds like Thai died
43 FORMATION  
  Establishment built ATM of iron (9) Anagram of ATM OF IRON
45 LYRIC  
  Initially lose your reason in composing the words (5) Acrostic: initial letters of Lose Your Reason In Composing
47 PLANT  
  Jupiter, lacking energy, is put into bed (5) Jupiter = PLANET, energy = E
49 ORATE  
  What the speakers do or consumed (5) OR + consumed = ATE
50 BUS FARE  
  American female gets in naked: just the ticket when paid for (3,4) American = US, female = F, naked = BARE
51 MAKES DO  
  Gets by having asked for change in habitual method (5,2) Anagram of ASKED inside MO (habitual method)
52 TAKE THE CAKE  
  Steal soap to surpass all others (4,3,4) Double definition
53 NICKNAMES.  
  Arrest notable people such as Hal and Bazza (9) Arrest = NICK, notable people = NAMES.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 VARIATION  
  Mutant aviator in manoeuvres (9) Anagram of AVIATOR IN
2 RAGGA  
  Dance music delivered with some braggadocio (5) Hidden word
3 IRON HORSE  
  Press mount an old locomotive (4,5) Press = IRON, mount = HORSE
4 HOLED  
  Punctured and sunk on course (5) Double definition
5 SOCIAL MEDIA  
  Alias medico devised for Facebook and Twitter (6,5) Anagram of ALIAS MEDICO
6 RESTFUL  
  Tranquil or fluster in disguise? (7) Anagram of FLUSTER
7 ALIGNMENT  
  Lamenting changes in a straight arrangement (9) Anagram of LAMENTING
8 AMNESTY  
  A free pardon for someone could make me nasty (7) Anagram of ME NASTY
9 ISAAC  
  I go on Sunday to a current Old Testament patriarch (5) i + Sunday = S + A + current = AC
10 INTONED  
  "At Home for Kelly" performed using plainsong (7) At home = IN, for Kelly = TO NED
11 YUCKY  
  Yemeni leader goes first, fortunate to be beheaded for being loathsome (5) Yemeni leader = Y, fortunate to be beheaded = L/UCKY
19 LARGISH  
  Girl has problem being on the big side (7) Anagram of GIRL HAS
20 DRESSER  
  The bureau that provides an assistant for an actor (7) Double definition
23 AGREE  
  Correspond with an environmentalist lacking finish (5) environmentalist = GREEN
24 TIARA  
  Top jewellery (5) Cryptic definition
27 OBESE  
  Bride-to-be seems a bit fat (5) Hidden word
28 BRACKET  
  Support second rate, dodgy business scheme (7) second rate = B, dodgy business scheme = RACKET
29 SAINTLY  
  Nastily misguided, appearing virtuous (7) Anagram of NASTILY
30 UPSET  
  Erect scenery while worried (5) Erect =UP, scenery = SET
31 ÉCLAT  
  Baby powder tipped over. Put Ecstasy on top: that is really great style (5) Baby powder = TALC, tipped over = reversal iindicator, Esctasy = E
32 ORAL SURGEON  
  Specialist goes on rural retreat (4,7) Anagram of GOES ON RURAL
34 INDONESIA  
  Trendy academic, one in rough sea, makes land (9) Trendy = IN, academic = DON, one = I inside anagram of SEA
35 SHEEPSKIN  
  Hide knees and hips when they collapse altogether (9) Anagram of KNEES and HIPS
36 SEDITIOUS  
  Rabble-rousing is tedious surprisingly (9) Anagram of IS TEDIOUS
38 EARMARK  
  An organ and gospel could be appropriate (7) organ = EAR, gospel = MARK
39 DRIBBLE  
  Slaver has medic reinterpreting bible (7) medic = DR + anagram of BIBLE
41 RELEASE  
  Sign up a tenant again or let one go (7) Double definition
43 FRONT  
  Face straw man (5) Double definition
44 ADEPT  
  A section of the organisation that is very highly skilled (5) A + section of organisation = DEPT
46 COMIC  
  A piece by Leonardo da Vinci mocked up to be funny (5) Double definition
48 ASSAM.  
  Part of Massachusetts gets over becoming a state for Indians (5) Hidden word backwards.

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