Crossword 1077 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 07 May, 2018

Help us find and write the stories Kiwis need to read

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1 BISON Possibly bull so put in rubbish receptacle (5) 
SO inside BIN ("rubbish receptacle")
4 NEWSPRINT Paper describing novel with dash (9) 
novel = NEW, dash = SPRINT
9 UNBOWED Standing undefeated like a plucked violin (7) 
Double definition
10 TITANIA I attain new order from a royal fairy (7) 
Anagram of I ATTAIN
11 EERIE Career without a vehicle? That is creepy (5) 
Career without a vehicle = delete CAR, That is = IE
12 EVERY INCH Thoroughly envy rich characters eating Ecstasy (5,4) 
Anagram of ENVY RICH including E ("Ecstasy")
13 STAR SIGNS Celebrity does autographs for Leo and the twins (4,5) 
Double definition
15 LISTS Catalogues showing inclinations (5) 
Double definition
16 NUTTY Sort of turn teetotal in the Empire State? Barmy (5) 
Sort of turn = U, teetotal = TT, Emplre State = NY
18 TEDDY BOYS Louts once with playthings given whirl by bishop inside (5,4) 
Playthings = TOYS, whirl = EDDY, bishop = B
20 FIRST MATE Officer taking command from time to time if matters deteriorate (5,4) 
Anagram of IF MATTERS
23 OMEGA This character made the final in Athens and appears here in a home game (5) 
Hidden word
25 ISOLATE Separate and also tie knot (7) 
Anagram of ALSO TIE
26 SCENERY Flat outlook (7) 
Double definition (reference to stage flat)
27 SOFT PEDAL Device designed to weaken the impact of a key player (4,5) 
Cryptic definition
28 TIGHT Drunk is constrained (5) 
Double definition
                                 
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1 BRUTE Beastly character turned up in blue turban (5) 
Hidden word backwards
2 SIBERIA Southern part of Western Europe? On the contrary (7) 
Southern = S, part of Western Europe = IBERIA
3 NEW JERSEY State it's a calf (3,6) 
Double definition
4 NUDGE Prod stripper clutching her string (5) 
stripper = NUDE, her string - G
5 WITNESSED West End is wrecked and seen to be (9) 
Anagram of WEST END IS
6 POTTY Addlebrained as a result of training when very young? (5) 
Double definition
7 INNINGS Sign in somehow about noon in time to play (7) 
Anagram of SIGN IN including N ("noon")
8 TEA CHESTS What the instructor does on way up: boxes for English breakfast (3,6) 
What the instructor does = TEACHES, way up = TS (reverse of ST = way)
13 SANDFLIES Little bloodsuckers fed snails surprisingly (9) 
Anagram of FED SNAILS
14 GETS AHEAD Makes good progress when heated gas is arranged (4,5) 
Anagram of HEATED GAS
15 LAY TO REST Give burial or stately dance (3,2,4) 
Anagram of OR STATELY
17 TURN-OFF Stop it operating at the side-road (4-3) 
Double definition
19 OVER-EGG Exaggerate an arrangement with George V (4-3) 
Anagram of GEORGE V
21 TRAMP Take a long, hard walk through the bush – or take public transport, quietly (5) 
public transport = TRAM, quietly = P
22 EASEL Use one while painting or else a mess results (5) 
Anagram of ELSE A
24 AS YET Until now it could have been easy on the troop leader (2,3) 
Anagram of EASY + troop leader = T

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