Crossword 1062 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 22 January, 2018

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 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ASHORE  
  Evidence of fire and mineral on dry land (6) Evidence of fire = ASH, mineral = ORE
4 EDGING  
  Advancing slowly along border (6) Double definition
8 NOSTRIL  
  Snort distressingly before the Italian makes a hole in your face (7) Anagram of SNORT, the Italian = IL
9 LESSON  
  After getting undressed you have this word of advice (6) Double definition
11 GEARBOXES  
  Terrible rage and fights for car parts (9) Anagram of RAGE + fighrs = BOXES
12 AGUE  
  Colleagues show some chills and fever (4) Hidden word
13 PIKER  
  Lazy sod uses support for bridge when holding king (5) support for bridge = PIER, king = K
14 BAFFLING  
  Mysterious appearance initially by Free French leaders in ostentatious jewellery (8) appearance initially = A, Free French leaders = FF, ostentatious jerwellery = BLING
16 SABOTEUR  
  Wrecker wrecked our beast (8) Anagram of OUR BEAST
18 USHER  
  Guide drug addict taking heroin (5) drug addict = USER, heroin = H
20 BEAT  
  Come out on top using rhythm (4) Double definition
21 PUNCTURED  
  Cup turned around having become leaky (9) Anagram of CUP TURNED
23 ARABLE  
  A Romeo, fit and fertile (6) A + Romeo = R, fit = ABLE
24 SAVOURY  
  Five of us inside state being agreeably pungent (7) Five = V, of us = OUR, inside state = SAY
25 SIT OUT  
  Don't join in when I get into the dark ale (3,3) I inside STOUT
26 BEANIE.  
  Cap for the bees' knees? Just one of them, so it's said (6) "BEE KNEE".
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ALONG  
  Article extended in the same direction (5) Article = A, extended = LONG
2 HIT BACK  
  Retaliate with popular success and support (3,4) popular success = HIT, support = BACK
3 REIMBURSE  
  Note I'm onto Rebus mystery to compensate (9) Note = RE + IM + anagram of REBUS
5 DEEPS  
  Hurry up to see the most abysmal parts of the ocean (5) Hurry = SPEED, up = reversal indicator
6 INSTALL  
  Set up for use at home then drag one's feet (7) at home = IN, drag ones feet = STALL
7 GUNRUNNER  
  An armaments dealer like John Walker in his day? (9) GUN = expert or champion (Chambers Dictionary, Aust and NZ informal)
10 EXUBERANT  
  Former personal transport business worker is elated (9) Former = EX, personal transport business = UBER, worker = ANT
13 PLACEMATS  
  Start to set the table and what to use (9) Double definition
15 FRUSTRATE  
  Check after rust treatment (9) Anagram of AFTER RUST
17 OUTLAST  
  Survive like the tenth man (7) Cricket reference
19 HARPOON  
  Marx (the other one!) performing with a spear (7) HARPO + performing = ON
21 PILAU  
  A bit of scampi lauded in a flavourful broth (5) Hidden word
22 DIRGE.  
  Lament having part of the cattle grid turned over (5) Hidden word backwards.

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