Crossword 1080 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 26 May, 2018

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1 DAMSEL A madam seldom embraces an old fashioned young woman (6) 
Hidden word
5 OVERLEAF Fear love is upset on the other side (8) 
Anagram of FEAR LOVE
9 DESPOTIC Authoritarian drunk in charge has mad poets confined (8) 
drunk in charge = DIC containing anagram of POETS
10 TONGAN Refrain from hen-pecking returning Polynesian (6) 
Refrain from hen-pecking = NAG NOT, returning = reversal indicator
11 MORTICIAN He undertakes to include one in romantic entanglement (9) 
one = I inside anagram of ROMANTIC
12 REAL Genuine ingredients in cure-all (4) 
Hidden word
13 BOWL Submit to leader of Lions in a stadium (4) 
Submit = BOW, leader of Lions = L
15 ALLSPICE Pimento offers every bit of zip, zest and gusto (8) 
Cryptic definition
18 APRÈS-SKI Events at the Winter Olympics revealed in a press kit (5-3) 
Hidden word
19 OVER Excessively complete (4) 
Double definition
21 LAUD Praise God audibly (4) 
Homophone for LORD = God
23 TREASURER Rate poorly, with more confidence, a committee member (9) 
Anagram of RATE + with more confidence = SURER
25 MANGLE Mutilate chap with a broken leg (6) 
chap = MAN + anagram of LEG
26 ISOLATED Set apart as different to ladies (8) 
Anagram of TO LADIES
27 LEGALESE Member with novel lease written by and for old-fashioned lawyers (8) 
Member = LEG + anagram of LEASE
28 TIE-DYE How to recolour fabric that has been dirtied? Yes, to some extent (3-3) 
Hidden word
                                 
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2 ABEAM A shaft of light directly to port perhaps (5) 
A + shaft of light = BEAM
3 SUPERGLUE Reuse plug creatively as a sticker (9) 
Anagram of REUSE PLUG
4 LET RIP Become vociferously angry with the French on journey (3,3) 
the French = LE, journey = TRIP
5 ONCE IN A LIFETIME In no time feel CIA arranged to be exceptional (4,2,1,8) 
Anagram of IN NO TIME FEEL CIA
6 ENTANGLE Snarl broken net with fish (8) 
Anagram of NET, fish = ANGLE
7 LINER There's nothing up on Queen Elizabeth, a large passenger ship (5) 
nothing = NIL, up = reversal indicator (down clue), Queen Elizabeth = ER
8 AVALANCHE Have canal built for a lahar or snowslide (9) 
Anagram of HAVE CANAL
14 ORPHANAGE We nag Oprah, unfortunately lacking will at first, to build a home for the deprived (9) 
Anagram of WE NAG OPRAH minus W ("will at first")
16 PROCREATE Top career move: have children (9) 
Anagram of TOP CAREER
17 AS IT WERE Wear ties knotted, so to speak (2,2,4) 
Anagram of WEAR TIES
20 ASK OUT Make a date with a kub's older brother? (3,3) 
A SKOUT!
22 DOGMA Follow graduate in teaching (5) 
Follow = DOG, graduate = MA
24 REEDY Caribou turn up at beginning of year rather thin and wheezy (5) 
Caribou = DEER, turn up = reversal indicator, beginnng of year = Y

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