Crossword 1093 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 26 August, 2018

ACROSS    
1 STORAGE BATTERY Drunken sot with anger and assault shows where power is … (7,7) 
Anagram of SOT _ anger - RAGE, assault - BATTERY
10 INITIAL … first found in spelling back "café-au-lait" in Italian (7) 
Hidden word backwards
11 SEA LION Flipper flapper is alone sadly (3,4) 
Anagram of IS ALONE
12 LUPIN Learner astir at home in a blue bonnet (5) 
Learner = L. astir - UP, at home = IN
13 MILLEPEDE Distressed eel limped many feet on this (9) 
Anagram of EEL LIMPED
14 WIDTH Diamonds go inside with only one dimension (5) 
Diamonds = D, inside WITH
16 DOUBTLESS Be not as busy going around but confused, indisputably (9) 
Be not as busy = DO LESS inlcuding anagram of BUT
19 PAPER CLIP Father, poor cripple, means to form an attachment at the office (5,4) 
Father = PA + anagram of CRIPPLE
20 ETHER Article held by the Queen knocked them out in the theatre (5) 
Article = THE, the Queen = ER
22 RED PEPPER A capsicum revolutionary baron eats very quietly (3,6) 
revoluionary = RED, baron = PEER, very quietly = PP
25 CUMIN Culminate, having performed late cut, in something spicy (5) 
CULMINATE minus the letters in LATE
26 UNSNARL Extricate ulnar fragments wrapped around poles (7) 
agram of ULNAR around "poles" = SN
27 OBVERSE Observe small change, see the head side of a coin (7) 
Anagram of OBSERVE
28 BLOCK AND TACKLE What rugby players do to defend a basic lifting device (5,3,6) 
Double definition
                                 
DOWN    
2 TRIPPED UP Stumbled having torn into ram (7,2) 
turn = RIPPED, ram = TUP
3 REIGN A certain amount of pure ignorance appears as a rule (5) 
Hidden word
4 GOLD MEDAL Perverted old lag embraces yours truly and daughter, the top prize (4,5) 
Anagram of OLD LAG including ME ("yours truly") and D ("daughter")
5 BASIL Herb was faulty said John Cleese (5) 
Allusion to Basil Fawlty
6 TEA KETTLE Alien let out, goes after tropical hardwood jug (3,6) 
Alien = ET, let out (anagram) = TLE, tropical hardwood = TEAK
7 EXILE Outcast used to be on an island so it's said (5) 
usedd to be = EX, island = ISLE, so it's said = homphone indicator
8 YANKEES Baseball players keen, say, to change (7) 
Anagram of KEEN SAY
9 PILLOW Prisoner of war, having taken ill, gets some bedding (6) 
Prisoner = war = POW
15 HORSEBACK Bear shock surprisingly where riding is practised (9) 
Allusion to BEAR SHOCK
17 UPPERMOST Support me rebuilding, that's extremely important (9) 
Anagram of SUPPORT ME
18 EPHEMERAL A helper somehow takes me to be short-lived (9) 
Anagram of A HELPER including ME
19 PERTURB Very dry French sales agent raised alarm (7) 
Very dry French = BRUT, sales agent = REP, goes back = reversal indicator
21 RANKER More glaring from a private soldier (6) 
Double definition
23 DISCO 1970s pop is cool initially when included in party (5) 
IS + cool initially = C, party = DO
24 PYLON Devious ploy by National leader gets support for transfer of power (5) 
Anagram of PLOY + N ("Nartional leader")
25 CIVIC The concerns a mayor might have, comparing it initially to Australia's Garden State (5) 
comparing it initially = CI, Amstralia's Garden State = VIC

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