Crossword 1082 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 11 June, 2018

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1 SCOOP A serving of chips is exclusive when in newspaper (5) 
Double definition
4 GURNARD Bottom feeder ran drug organisation (7) 
Anagram of RAN DRUG
8 BLENHEIM After an unfinished mixture of wines he and I married here in a wine region (8) 
unfinished mixture = BLEN/D, he and I = HEI, married = M
9 CAPTOR Jailer caught with a port, drunk (6) 
caught = C (cricket) + anagram of A PORT
10 THREESOME Heroes met working as a trio (9) 
Anagram of HEROES MET
11 TOOT Chopper being docked is to sound a horn (4) 
Chopper = TOOTH, docked = deletion indicator
12 WITTIEST The sharpest bridge player has it covered both ways (8) 
bridge player = WEST. it both ways = ITTI, covered = containment indicator
15 YES-MAN Flunky arranged amnesty when Turkish leader left (3-3) 
Anagram of AMNESTY minus T ("Turkish leader")
16 SHERRY Timid, about to make a mistake with wine (6) 
Timid = SHY, make a mistake = ERR
18 CONTRITE Continued briefly with religious ceremony (8) 
Continued briefly = CONT, ceremony = RITE
20 TRUE Torture, oddly, will make you loyal (4) 
Odd numbered letters in TORTURED
21 CURTAILED Restricted dog dogged (9) 
dog = CUT, dogged = TAILED
24 GET OUT Escape from genetic engineering huckster (3,3) 
genetic engineering = GE, huckster = TOUT
25 MAESTROS Great artists cook me roasts (8) 
Anagram of ME ROASTS
26 SATANIC Cast in a production as very evil (7) 
Anagram of CAST IN A
27 TROLL A goblin in Scandinavia is a lure for anglers (5) 
Double definition
                                 
DOWN    
1 SPLIT Divide or cleave skewer with end of chisel (5) 
skewer = SPIT, end of chisel = L
2 OWNER She confesses to having some possession (5) 
Double definition
3 PRECEDE Quietly decree changes to go ahead (7) 
Quietly = P + anagram of DECREE
4 GUMBOOT Louisiana treat, hot according to a Londoner in Wellington (7) 
Louisiana treat = GOMBO, hot according to a Londoner = 'OT
5 RICKETY Feeble, with dicky ticker an unknown quantity (7) 
anagram of TICKER + unknown quantity = Y
6 APPETISER Unusual repast, pie, as a starter (9) 
Anagram of REPAST PIE
7 DEODORANT Do not read formula for a toiletry (9) 
Anagram of DO NOT READ
13 IN HARNESS Sinner has reformed, working as usual (2,7) 
Anagram of SINNER HAS
14 TURNED OUT Proved in the end to be appropriately dressed (6,3) 
Double definition
17 YUCATAN Aunty wanders around California, part of Mexico (7) 
Anagram of AUNTY including CA
18 CERAMIC Saucer a microscopist reveals made of clay (7) 
Hidden word
19 NEAREST Most handy but terribly earnest (7) 
Anagram of EARNEST
22 LET GO Be made redundant from construction company about Tuesday (3,2) 
construction company = LEGO, Tuesday = T
23 DROOL Slobber, being old or decrepit (5) 
Anagram of OLD OR

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