Crossword 1097 answers and explanations

by The Listener / 23 September, 2018

ACROSS    
1 CALVE Bear offspring left in grotto (5) 
left = L, grotto = CAVE
4 RAFTING Floating on some logs a long way back, can start to grin (7) 
a long way = FAR, back = reversal indicator, can = TIN, start to grin = G
8 ABUNDANT Lavish relation entertains bishop and worker (8) 
relation = AUNT including B ("bishop") + worker = ANT
9 NEEDLE Overwhelming desire by the French to goad (6) 
Overwhelmking desire = NEED, the French = LE
10 CARROT-TOP Ginge does work on broken-down tractor (6-3) 
work = OP after ("on") anagram of TRACTOR
11 TEEM The crew, they say, swarm (4) 
Homophone of TEAM ("crew")
12 DENOTED Meant to end nonsense at Emergency Department (7) 
Anagram of TO END + Emergendy Department = ED
14 INDIGO The colour I like in new and old settings (6) 
I + like = DIG inside N ("new") and O ("old")
16 ADVERB Braved difficulty superbly for example (6) 
Anagram of BRAVED
17 MOTTLED Varicoloured model requires reassembly. Technical training is included (7) 
Anagram of MODEL including TT ("technical training")
18 ACES Champions are the ones in suits (4) 
Double definition
20 ENDORSING Finish or sign off from giving support (9) 
Finish = END + anagram of OR SIGN
23 CICADA US spies use computer aided design internally to make a bug (6) 
US spies = CIA, computer aided design = CAD
24 STOWAWAY Fare dodger beginning to see the most active sort of enforcement of parking restrictions (8) 
beginning to see = S + tow-away
25 NURSERY Day care centre botched neurosurgery, rogue dismissed (7) 
Anagram of NEUROSURGERY minus the letters in ROGUE
26 SHAVE Bridge player, one comfortably off, in plane (5) 
Bridge player = S, one comfortable off = HAVE (as opposed to have-not)
                                 
DOWN    
1 CUBIC Little scout in charge of three dimensions (5) 
Little scout = CUB, in charge = IC
2 LONG-RANGE Crave cooking apparatus far into the future (4-5) 
Crave = LONG, cooking apparatus = RANGE
3 ERATO The muse of love is a bit of an operator (5) 
Hidden word
4 ROTATED Damage to trade having experienced a revolution (7) 
Anagram of TO TRADE
5 FINE PRINT Obscure details in a high quality etching (4,5) 
Double definition
6 INERT I rent mobile though unable to move (5) 
Anagram of I RENT
7 GILT-EDGED A solid sort of investment but tinged with shame it's said (4-5) 
Homophone for GUILT
12 DEDUCTION Discount logical thinking (9) 
Double definition
13 TABLEWARE Silver water able to flow (9) 
Anagram of WATER ABLE
15 DALAI LAMA A boy turns up with a mail-out for spiritual leader (5,4) 
A boy = A LAD, turns up = reversal indicator = anagram of A MAIL
17 MODESTY Style pig pen as reserve (7) 
Style = MODE, pig pen = STY
19 STAIR Step one: being embraced by celebrity (5) 
one = I, celebrity = STAR
21 RIOTS I sort out wild revelries (5) 
Anagram of I SORT
22 GLARE Scowl brightly? (5) 
Double definition (more of less)

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