Crossword 1071 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 28 March, 2018

ACROSS    
5 CHIANTI I chat in gobbledygook. It's the wine (7) 
Anagram of I CHAT IN
7 SLIP-ONS Shoes for which boys take backchat (4-3) 
boys = SONS, take = containment indicator, backchat = LIP
9 ABYSS More than half of Ethiopia previously was a rather large hole (5) 
Ethiopia was ABYSSINIA
10 LIBRARIAN Bookkeeper has Blair involved mistakenly with Iran somehow (9) 
Anagram of BLAIR and IRAN
11 PUSHING Encouraging dog to eat cut of beef (7) 
dog = PUG, to eat = containment indicator, cut of beef = SHIN
13 CLOSET A hundred fail to win time in privy (6) 
A hundred = C, fail to win = LOSE, time = T
15 PUTTING TO WORK What a pro golfer may be doing to employ someone (7,2,4) 
Double definition
19 NON-FAT New note inside: not cholesterol-free (3-3) 
New = N, note = FA, inside NOT
20 REAPPLY Depend on having computer program installed and go for that job again (7) 
Depend = RELY, computer program = APP, installed = containment indicator
23 TEEING OFF Fifteen go mad driving (6,3) 
Anagram of FIFTEEN GO
24 BLURB Sob about religious leader's promotional statement (5) 
Son = BLUB, religious leader = R
26 PRETEXT Ruse used before the invention of the cellphone? (7) 
Allusion to TEXT as a common communication medium on mobile phones
27 ANTHILL Husband in Latin translation left to make a home for social workers (7) 
Husband = H inside anagram of LATIN + left = L
                                 
DOWN    
1 TINY A little set in your ways? Very little (4) 
Hidden word
2 PILLAGING Medication before maturing is a sort of crime (9) 
Medication = PILL, maturing= AGING
3 DISALLOW Forbid CIB officer being pale and sickly (8) 
CIB officer = DI (detective inspector), pale and sickly = SALLOW
4 COMIC STRIP Cartoon shows funny people on journey (5,5) 
funny people = COMICS, journey = TRIP
5 CHAMPS Title-holders have tea with politicians (6) 
tea = CHA, politicians = MPS
6 NASHI Asian pear from tree in North Island (5) 
tree = ASH, North Island = NI
7 SUBS The payments members have to make for filled rolls in America (4) 
Double definition
8 SENATE The legislators in a well-chosen A-team (6) 
Hidden word
12 SQUANDERED Unhinged nerd in team taking ecstasy, becoming wasted (10) 
Anagram of NERD in team = SQUAD, taking E ("ecstasy")
14 STYROFOAM Expanded plastic forms a toy magically (9) 
Anagram of FORMS A TOY
16 TRAIN SET Toy coaches alien! (5,3) 
coaches = TRAINS, alien = ET
17 UNSTOP It may be spun to remove the cork (6) 
Anagram of SPUN TO
18 SYMBOL Icon for the sound of a percussion instrument (6) 
Homophone for cymbal
21 AMBIT Range for part of the morning? (5) 
part of = BIT, morning = AM,
22 LOFT Left many times to make room at the top (4) 
Left = L, many times = OFT
25 UNIT Apartment for a single? (4) 
Double definition

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