Crossword 1089 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 30 July, 2018

ACROSS    
1 BANTAM Small change for Batman (6) 
Anagram of BATMAN
5 BOTANIC Obtain variety with carbon for plants (7) 
Anagram of OBTAIN + carbon = C
10 ASIA MINOR Romania is relocated to Eastern Turkey (4,5) 
Anagram of ROMANIA IS
11 EIGHT Crew dined noisily? (5) 
Homophone = ATE ("dined")
12 ISSUE Publication is to institute legal proceedings (5) 
IS + institute legal proceedings = SUE
13 SPAGHETTI That peg is twisted and tangled like pasta (9) 
Anagram of THAT PEG IS
14 TASMAN SEA Tea outside while chap's in the ditch (6,3) 
while chap's = AS MANS inside TEA
17 DWANG New dawn appears before end of hammering in nogging (5) 
Anagram of DAWN + end of hammering = G
18 ERATO The muse of love is a bit of an operator (5) 
Hidden word
20 MANIFESTO Declaration of intentions from old Chinese leader includes finest nonsense (9) 
Old Chinese leader = MAO including anagram of FINEST
22 THE STATES America is kind of square he says (3,6) 
kind of square = T, he says = HE STATES
24 SPAWN Breed with bridge player in bridge (5) 
Bridge player = W, bridge = SPAN
26 EXUDE Former wife, due to change, is to sweat it out (5) 
Former wife = EX + anagram of DUE
27 MID-WINTER Interim arrangement includes leading characters from Doctor Who appearing around 21 June (3-6) 
Anagram of INTERIM including DW
28 TATTOOS Military entertainments turn to toast (7) 
Anagram of TO TOAST
29 DONORS National leader coming in entrances benefactors (6) 
National leader = N, entrances = DOORS
                                 
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2 AMISS Leaders of African missions in short supply? Wrong (5) 
Acrostic - first letters of first 5 words
3 TEMPERA Irritation with a poster paint (7) 
Irritation = TEMPER + A
4 MINUS It is less in sum work (5) 
Anagram of IN SUM
5 BORN-AGAIN Bargain on becoming converted (4-5) 
Anagram of BARGAIN ON
6 TEETHED The Maori, English – and the Dutch – got choppers (7) 
The Maori = TE, English = E, THE, + Dutch = D
7 NIGHTCAPS Snatch pig by mistake for final drinks (9) 
Anagram of SNATCH PIG
8 CUTTING CORNERS Putting in the least effort necessary for reconstructing order (7,7) 
Anagram of RECONSTRUCTING
9 MAN IN THE STREET Joe Bloggs entertains them with difficulty (3,2,3,6) 
Anagram of ENTERTAINS THEM
15 SPACESUIT I suspect a malfunction in an astronautical outfit (9) 
Anagram of I SUSPECT A
16 SOMETIMES Seems I'm to get changed occasionally (9) 
Anagram of SEEMS IN TO
19 ON THE GO Busy exhibiting self-importance at the end of anuary or arch perhaps? (2,3,2) 
self importance = EGO following m/ONTH
21 FASHION Haute couture is out of place on a fish (7) 
Anagram of ON A FISH
23 SIDED I would get into some French uprising or have sympathised with it (5) 
I would = ID, some French = DES, uprising = reversal indicator
25 AFTER Later on he gets out of a feather ensemble (5) 
Anagram of FEATHER minus letters in HE

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