Crossword 1088 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 23 July, 2018

ACROSS    
1 SESAME Seeds open by magic (6) 
Double definition
4 VICARS Six Escorts for members of the clergy (6) 
Six = VI, Escorts = CARS (Ford)
8 PANICKY Spend money to be out of jail, very worried (7) 
Spend money = PAY, jail = NICK
9 SPARROW Bird uses rigging pole to propel the boat (7) 
rigging pole = SPAR, propel the boat = ROW
11 SEDENTARY Resent day shift just sitting around (9) 
Anagram of RESENT DAY
12 UREA A chemical fertiliser used by some bureaucrats (4) 
Hidden word
13 SHELF Flesh quivers in support (5) 
Anagram of FLESH
14 MEANTIME Yours truly opposed yours truly in the interim (8) 
Yours truly = ME, opposed = V (versus)
16 CORPORAL Bodily rank (8) 
Double definition
18 HUMAN Jerry holds graduate to be fallible (5) 
Jerry = HUN, graduate = MA
20 ICON A symbol or slogan for the deceiver? (4) 
I con (perpetrate a fraud)
21 UNDER ARMS Being a soldier is the pits? (5,4) 
Allusion to armpits
23 RETOUCH Hero cut out to make a small improvement (7) 
Anagram of HERO CUT
24 UNCLEAR Your mother's brother has a right to be confused (7) 
Your mother's brother = UNCLE, a right = AR
25 KIA ORA Knit a doormat, oddly, as a greeting (3,3) 
Odd numbered letters in KnItAdOoRmAt
26 USED UP Exhausted, being employed when out of bed (4,2) 
employed = USED, out of bed = UP
                                 
DOWN    
1 SPANS Cracks up doing stretches (5) 
Cracks = snaps, up = reversal indicator
2 SWINDLE Breeze into half-sleazy confidence game (7) 
Breeze = WIND, half sleazy = SLE
3 MAKING FOR Going to change farming, OK? (6,3) 
Anagram of FARMING OK
5 IMPLY Hint the head must be chopped off in a straightforward way (5) 
in a straightforward way = SIMPLY
6 AIR DUCT Tax collectors join union in performance to get a ventilation facility (3,4) 
Tax collectors = IRD, union = U, performance = ACT
7 SPOKESMAN A negotiator or wheelwright? (9) 
Double definition
10 MARMALADE Preserve a medal: recast after damage (9) 
Anagram of MEDAL after MAR (damage)
13 SPOT CHECK A random test for measles? (4,5) 
Double definition
15 ADHERENTS She daren't upset disciples (9) 
Anagram of SHE DAREN'T
17 PANDORA She came with a nasty box of tricks to organise a pardon (7) 
Anagram of A PARDON
19 MARBLED Sheep flipped, haemorrhaged, all blotchy, veined and streaked (7) 
Sheep = RAM, flipped = reversal indicator, heumorrhaged = BLED
21 ULCER A sort of cruel sore (5) 
Anagram of CRUEL
22 SCALP South Carolina mountain is everybody's top area (5) 
South Caroline = SC, mountain = ALP

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