Crossword 1079 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 19 May, 2018

ACROSS    
1 PLASTIC SURGERY For a nose job, price tag is surely mistaken: one euro missing (7,7) 
Anagram of PRICE TAG IS SURELY minus one I ("one") and one E ("Euro")
9 TOTEM Cat eats the Maori tribal symbol (5) 
Cat = TOM, the Maori = TE
10 MOTHERING Terrible nightmare, losing answer, gaining nothing, being a parent (9) 
Anagram of NIGHTMARE minus A ("answer") including O ("nothing")
11 ARMHOLE Immaterial part of garment (7) 
Cryptic definition
12 ABALONE Seaman by himself gets paua (7) 
Seaman = AB, by himself = ALONE
13 LIT UP Started to smoke like a Christmas tree (3,2) 
Double definition
15 EMPRESSES Rulers seem confused about the way one might keep clothes looking neat (9) 
Anagram of SEEM including PRESS
18 SERVIETTE Compete with setter wandering around for a napkin (9) 
Compete = VIE inside anagram of SETTER
19 SKEWS Twists and turns and has king in stitches (5) 
king = K, stitches = SEWS
21 NOVICES New spell from coven is for beginners (7) 
Anagram of COVEN IS
24 EXCITED Former girlfriend referred to as unrestrained (7) 
Former girlfriend = EX, referred to = CITED
26 RIGHTMOST Conservative with majority is in the Far East on my map (9) 
Conservative = RIGHT, majority = MOST
27 U-BOAT Foreign naval vessel about to collapse (1-4) 
Anagram of ABOUT
28 PENNY-FARTHINGS Old pedallers had these frying pans then redesigned (5-9) 
Anagram of FRYING PAN THEN
                                 
DOWN    
1 PITFALL An unforeseen difficulty results in nasty fat lip on learner (7) 
Anagram of FAT LIP plus L ("learner")
2 ALTIMETER The pilot's instrument has to change? About time! (9) 
change = ALTER including TIME
3 TEMPO Time for music (5) 
Cryptic definition
4 COMPETENT Able to enter contest, not lacking love (9) 
enter contest = COMPETE, not lacking love = NT
5 ULTRA Part of a dreadful tragedy far beyond the norm (5) 
Hidden word
6 GREY AREAS Parts of my hair, not well defined, are greasy unfortunately (4,5) 
Anagram of ARE GREASY
7 RHINO The beast's horn chopped up outside India (5) 
Anagram of HORN including I ("India")
8 EGRESS Coming out with tailored serge on Sunday (6) 
Anagram of SERGE + Sunday = S
14 PRINCETON University involved in print once (9) 
Anagram of PRINT ONCE
16 PRESENTER Frontman is here with little hesitation (9) 
here = PRESENT, little hesitation = ER
17 SWEET CORN Vegetable owners etc distressed (5,4) 
Anagram of OWNERS ETC
18 SUNDRY Star nearby, sarcastically funny in motley (6) 
Star nearby = SUN, sarcastically funny = DRY
20 SEDATES Calms down having passed a test in part (7) 
Hidden word
22 VAGUE Very old chills and fever are not clearly understood (5) 
Very = V, old (word for) chills and fever = AGUE
23 SCOFF Eat the food quickly to make a mockery of it (5) 
Double definition
25 COUTH Refined touch troubled (5) 
Anagram of TOUCH

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