Crossword 1090 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 05 August, 2018

ACROSS    
1 LASSO Rope in girl with the heart of bloke (5) 
girl = LASS, heart of bloke = O
4 PEDICURE Terrible price due for digital maintenance (8) 
Anagram of PRICE DUE
8 PEAR TREE Animated repartee where you might find a partridge present (4,4) 
Anagram of REPARTEE
9 BREAST Bra set askew here? (6) 
Anagram of BRA SET
10 SHEET MUSIC Sue chemist erroneously making notes on paper (5,5) 
Anagram of SUE CHEMIST
11 POST Spot novel job (4) 
Anagram of SPOT
12 WORSENED We snored terribly and deteriorated even further (8) 
Anagram of WE SNORED
15 EXTRAS Possibly superfluous actors (6) 
Cryptic definition
16 WANAKA The lake where you can see headless fellow in canoe (6) 
headless fellow = AN, canoe = WAKA
18 BAD FAITH Devil worship, many consider, shows fraudulent intent (3,5) 
Double definition
20 OGRE A monster therefore returns (4) 
therefore = ERGO
21 MEAT MARKET Butcher's shop makes matters worse, dropping two shillings (4,6) 
Anagram of MAKES MATTERS minus two Ss
24 UPROAR Turn public relations propellor to create some brouhaha (6) 
Turn = U, public relations = PR, propellor = OAR
25 CONFINED Fraud ticketed and shoved in jail (8) 
Fraud = CON, ticketed = FINED
26 SPARE RIB Bears rip off a piece of pork (5,3) 
Anagram of BEARS RIP
27 CHEAT Many toast a rort (5) 
Many = C (a hundred), toast = HEAT
                                 
DOWN    
1 LEECH Ventricle echoes revealing way of removing blood (5) 
Hidden word
2 SURGE A large wave is certain to carry force (5) 
certain = SURE, force = G (gravity)
3 OARSMEN A sermon composed for galley slaves (7) 
Anagram of A SERMON
4 PRESSED Campaigned to be decreased? (7) 
Double definition (inc terrible old pun)
5 DEBACLE Bunk overturns, 150 in A&E, an embarrassing event (7) 
Bunk - BED, overturns = reversal indicator, 150 = CL
6 CLEOPATRA Shakespearean role can make actor pale (9) 
Anagram of A SERMON
7 RESISTANT The remainder is brown inside and quite repellent (9) 
The remainder = REST, is brown = IS TAN
13 ORANGE PIP Play with organ, turn tube over, get "seed" in Mandarin (6,3) 
Anagram of ORGAN + tube = PIPE reversed
14 STAGE DOOR Performers entrance having arranged good rates (5,4) 
Anagram of GOOD RATES
17 ADMIRER A lover gets married by mistake (7) 
Anagram of MARRIED
18 BEAR CUB What the grizzly mother must do for grizzly youngster (4,3) 
Double definition
19 DEMONIC Fiendish comedian upset having lost article (7) 
Anagram of COMEDIAN minus A ("article")
22 RHINE Her organisation takes in current liquidity held by banks in Germany (5) 
Anagram of HER including IN
23 EVENT Something that happens with an electronic smoke hole? (5) 
electronic = E-, smoke hole = VENT

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