Crossword 1087 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 16 July, 2018

ACROSS    
7 CHEST Dresser much esteemed in places (5) 
Hidden word
8 IDOLATER One with pagan practices, tailored for conversion, confesses to procrastination (8) 
Anagram of TAILORED, also charade = I DO LATER
9 BASTILLE Sit around in dance beginning to enjoy a holiday in France (8) 
Anagram of SIT inside BALL ("dance"), beginning to enjoy = E
10 ESCORT Bodyguard in working sector (6) 
Anagram of SECTOR
11 FRANCE Swiss coin -- and English -- in another country (6) 
Swiss coin = FRANC, English = E
12 AMPERAGE Agree map must be redrawn to show strength in relation to power (8) 
Anagram of AGREE MAP
13 UNDRESS What one might have to do before a thorough examination by a French physician on English ship (7) 
a French = UN, physician = DR, English = E, ship = SS (steam screw)
15 AGITATE Excite with an entrance including sex appeal (7) 
an entrance = A GATE, sex appeal = IT
19 GLIMPSED GP smiled deceptively producing saw (8) 
Anagram of GP SMILED
22 DEFERS Puts off shaves you say? (6) 
Homophone for (ie pun on) "defurs"
24 OYSTER Convoluted story about English seafood (6) 
Anagram of STORY including E ("Englishl")
25 OVERTAKE Grab too much in passing ... (8) 
over (as prefix) = excessively, grab = TAKE
26 PULLOVER ... Jumper could make car go to the side of the road (8) 
Double definition
27 READY Prepared to study? Yes (5) 
study = READ, Yes = Y
                                 
DOWN    
1 NEWTON Amphibian working for old Isaac (6) 
Amphibian = NEWT, working = ON
2 ATELIERS A sterile concoction from studios in Paris (8) 
Anagram of A STERILE
3 LIKE MAD Meal kid prepared with an intense effort (4,3) 
Anagram of MEAL KID
4 BONE UP Individual in bar turned up to swot (4,2) 
Individual = ONE, bar = PUB
5 BACCARAT Almost bet on 200mg of precious stone in chemin de fer (8) 
Almost bet on = BAC/k, 200mg of precious stone = CARAT
6 RED RAG Regard changes as a provocation (3,3) 
Anagram of REGARD
7 CHAGRIN A feeling of acute embarrassment with tea? Then smirk (7) 
tea = CHA, smirk = GRIN
14 REMOTELY Done from a distance merely to confuse (8) 
Anagram of MERELY TO
16 GADGETRY Various contraptions, good initially, leading to stupid tragedy (8) 
good initially = G + anagram of TRAGEDY
17 TURNKEY Old prison guard's bird gobbles nick opener (7) 
bird = TURKEY, nick opener = N
18 ADJOURN Undo jar with difficulty? Break (7) 
Anagram of UNDO JAR
20 LAY OUT Spend money for design (3,3) 
Double definition
21 STROVE Misguided voters put in a great effort (6) 
Anagram of VOTERS
23 FAT CAT Note diplomacy when rising for rich person (3,3) 
note = FA, diplomacy = TACT, when rising = reversal indicator

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