Crossword 1076 answers and explanations

by The Listener / 30 April, 2018

ACROSS    
1 SMART Spruce makes a sharp pain (5) 
Double definition
4 MACHINED Being shaped with a lathe perhaps can make him dance (8) 
Anagram of HIM DANCE
8 PALLBEARER Mourner – carrying on – has unwonted reaper snaffle a law graduate (10) 
Anagram of REAPER containing A LLB
9 CHAP Some stretch a point for a fellow (4) 
Hidden word
10 BEIRUT City in which Tiber flows around bend (6) 
Anagram of TIBER around U ("bend")
11 EXTRUDED In context, rude devils appear squeezed out (8) 
Hidden word
12 SIDELINE A second job in diesel repair (8) 
Anagram of IN DIESEL
14 BLEEP Sound asleep as replaced by bishop (5) 
ASLEEP with AS replaced by B ("bishop")
16 EXACT Demand to be strictly correct (5) 
Double definition
18 IN EFFECT Really efficient, working out after one has gone (2,6) 
Anagram of EFFICIENT minus I
20 DOMINANT Organising badminton though lacking opening, showing superior strength (8) 
Anagram of BADMINTON minus B
22 SWATHE Bind hats we designed (6) 
Anagram of HATS WE
23 STUN Hazel's coming back to knock you out (4) 
Hazel's = NUTS
24 SPINAL CORD Cook rancid slop showing a lot of nerve! (6,4) 
Anagram iif RANCID SLOP
25 TOP-NOTCH First-rate cannabis brought back? Never before church (3-5) 
cannabis = POT, brought back = reversal indicator, never = NOT, church = CH
26 GEESE Take a gander inside, for instance, when returning for several of them (5) 
Take a gander = SEE, inside EG, when returning = reversal indicator
                                 
DOWN    
1 SPACE-TIME An essential part of the astronaut's CV in all four dimensions (5-4) 
Alluding to spending time in space
2 AT LARGE Where the escapee is having a tea initially then lager drunkenly (2,5) 
A + tea initially = T + anagram of LAGER
3 THEFT Not paying when taking article on foot (5) 
article = THE, foot = FT
4 MARLENE DIETRICH Actress upset real men with her usual food containing lots of fat and sugar (7,8) 
Anagram of REAL MEN + her usual food = DIET, containing lots of fat and sugar = RICH
5 CARD TABLE Calibrated wrongly, I missed the place for deals to be made (4,5) 
Anagram of CALLIBRATED minus the I
6 INCLUDE Eccentric uncle I'd take in (7) 
Anagram of UNCLE ID
7 ELATE Story made up on direction to tickle you pink (5) 
Story = TALE, up = reversal indicator, direction = E (East)
13 IN TRANSIT Train isn't moving? On the contrary (2,7) 
Anagram of TRAIN ISNT
15 PACKHORSE Beast of burden chose park for recreation (9) 
Anagram of CHOSE PARK
17 AVIGNON Go in van straight for a city in France (7) 
Anagram of GO IN VAN
19 FIANCEE Fee I can arrange as intended (7) 
Anagram of FEE I CAN
21 OUTDO Better garden party? (5) 
Double definition
22 SLANG Some of the words in speeches Lange made (5) 
Hidden word

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