Crossword 1101 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 20 October, 2018

ACROSS    
8 RAPIER A blade to chop the top off the art deco centre: right on (6) 
top off art deco centre = NAPIER minus N, right = R
9 OLEANDER Shrub supplied by dealer on order (8) 
Anagram of DEALER ON
10 ARTERIAL Real art I destroyed bringing in fresh blood (8) 
Anagram of REAL ART 1
11 AIRILY Terrible liar grabs one before day's end in a flippant manner (6) 
Anagram of LIAR including I ("one") + day's end = Y
12 PASSES ON Outmoded young man tells another (6,2) 
Outmoded = PASSE, young man = SON
13 ABOARD A table on a ship (6) 
A + table = BOARD
14 SERBIAN European bears in trouble (7) 
Anagram of BEARS IN
17 ODYSSEY One day you see someone enjoy your beginnings in an amazing adventure (7) 
Initial letters of "One day ... your"
20 ICE TEA Cool beverage, the result of some public service teamwork (3,3) 
Hidden word
22 BASILICA Major church built from boron, argon and natural glass (8) 
boron = B, argon = A, natural glass = SILICA
25 CRANKY Testy narcotics agent briefly returns to the bluegrass state (6) 
narcotics agent brieflly = NARK, returns = reversal indicator, blue grass state = KY
26 LOOK-OVER A cursory examination shows there's nothing satisfactory in a soul mate (4-4) 
nothing = O, satisfactory = OK, both inside LOVER
27 KINSHIPS Royal roles that lack gravity in family connections (8) 
Royal roles = KINGSHIPS, gravity = G
28 LEERED John A – socialist – gazed suggestively (6) 
Allusion to NZ politician and writer John A Lee, socialist = RED
                                 
DOWN    
1 LAUREATE Distinguished poet puts nitrogen fertiliser in tardily (8) 
nitrogen fertiliser = UREA inside LATE ("tardily")
2 HIKERS Trampers shriek in commotion (6) 
Anagram of SHRIEK
3 ARMIES Some of the smarmiest hosts (6) 
Hidden word
4 COWLING Hood, a provider of dairy food and seafood (7) 
provider of dairy food = COW, seafood = LING
5 LEGAL AID Unusual idea: gall can yield financial assistance for a fraudster when caught (5,3) 
Anagram of IDEA GALL
6 ENORMOUS Monroe is upset by America being so very large (8) 
Anagram of MONROE, America = US
7 DEALER Drug pedlar, one giving a hand in the casino (6) 
Double definition
15 BOTANIST Head of Britomart Station rebuild is a biologist (8) 
Head of Britomart = B + anagram of ("rebuilt") STATION
16 ANALYSIS At bottom Yankee and NZ spies provide scrutiny (8) 
At bottom = ANAL, Yankee = Y ("Nato" alphabet, NZ spies = SIS
18 ESCHEWED Shunned getting cheesed off about wife (8) 
Anagram of CHEESED including W ("wife")
19 ABOLISH Boil has burst? Get rid of it (7) 
Anagram of BOIL HAS
21 CORGIS Commanding officer rules beginning with American soldiers' dogs (6) 
Initial letters of "Commanding officer rules" plus GIS
23 SPOILT Impaired pilots? (6) 
Anagram of PILOTS
24 LOOSER No-hoper hugs love, becoming more relaxed (6) 
No-hoper = LOSER, love = O (tennis)

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