Crossword 1085 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 04 July, 2018

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ACROSS    
1 NATIVE AMERICAN Crazy creative man in a Cherokee perhaps (6,8) 
Anagram of CREATIVE MAN IN A
10 RACED Account in debit having followed the horses (5) 
Account = AC, debit = RED
11 COURTROOM Where one might try to woo and return to berth (9) 
woo = COURT, return = reversal indicator, berth = MOOR
12 BASMATI A bit confused about a sales manager showing a grain favoured with curry (7) 
Anagram of A BIT, a sales manager = ASM
13 SOUREST Most certain about nothing but the most rancid (7) 
most certain = SUREST, nothing = O
14 DARED Challenged by Republican leader in late return (5) 
Republican leader = R, late = DEAD, return = reversal indicator
16 ALIGHTING Ail badly beginning to get night out on landing (9) 
Anagram of AIL + beginning to get = G + anagram of NIGHT
19 CELEBRANT Official makes famous person mouth off (9) 
famous person = CELEB, mouth off = RANT
20 DOSED Roadside breakdown, no air, given medication (5) 
Anagram of ROADSIDE minus A, I and R
22 ALMONDS Mad man sold nuts (7) 
Anagram of MAN SOLD
25 RUFFIAN A hooligan from Mofcow? (7) 
Pun
27 INCLUSIVE Trendy, tricky clues – about four – across the board (9) 
Anagram of CLUES including IV ("four")
28 OMAHA City built from a hard rock in places (5) 
Hidden word
29 MASHED POTATOES Ted eats shampoo mistakenly for cottage pie topping (6,8) 
Anagram of TED EATS SHAMPOO
                                 
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2 ANCESTRAL Inherited Lancaster bombed (9) 
Anagram of LANCASTER
3 INDIA Country team batting with 501 by the beginning of the afternoon 
batting = IN, DI = 501, the beginning of the afternoon = A
4 ENCHILADA CIA handle corrupt Mexican offering (9) 
Anagram of CIA HANDLE
5 MAULS Where Rugby players get together to rebuild a slum (5) 
Anagram of A SLUM
6 RETOUCHED Heed court order to be given a little improvement (9) 
Anagram of HEED COURT
7 CLOVE Sliced a bit of garlic (5) 
Double definition
8 NAME TAG A magnet designed as a label for people (4,3) 
Anagram of A MAGNET
9 BRIBED Make fun of someone in bed being bought (6) 
Make fun of someone = RIB
15 DEBENTURE Poor bet: endure a company's acknowledgement of debt (9) 
Anagram of BET ENDURE
17 INTERSECT Meet in secret arrangement on time (9) 
Anagram of IN SECRET
18 INSTIGATE Sit in goes wrong, journalist's headline scandal is prompt (9) 
Anagram of SIT IN, journalist's headline scandal = GATE
19 CRANIUM Brain box is to pack it in with uni collapsing internally (7) 
pack it in = CRAM including anagram of UNI
21 DENTAL The kind of treatment that is really in-your-face … (6) 
Double definition
23 MOCKS … makes fun of loose garments lacking an opening (5) 
loose garments = SMOCKS
24 SKIMP Invest 1,000 in bypass to cut corners (5) 
1,000 = M, bypass = SKIP
26 FROST American poet, father and drunken sot (5) 
Father = FR + anagram of SOT

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