Crossword 1102 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 27 October, 2018

ACROSS    
1 AT HOME Henry appears in a book ready for visitors (2,4) 
Henry = H, a book = A TOME
4 ARABIC US spies engage legal profession when going back to acquire a foreign language (6) 
US spies = CIA including BAR ("legal profession") reversed
8 SIX-PACK Half-a-dozen sold as a unit or nine put firstly in bag (3-4) 
nine = IX inside bag = SACK
9 ASYLUMS Play possum deceptively after poor pop departs for places of safety (7) 
Anagram of PLAY POSSUM minus letters in POP
10 TAUTOLOGY Lay-out got messed up and became untidy for example (9) 
Anagram of LAY OUT GOT
12 HUES Messrs Hefner and Grant, say, in shades (4) 
Homophone alluding to Hugh Hefner and Hugh Grant
13 TONGA A kingdom you might spy in the sunset on Galway Bay (5) 
Hidden word
14 CONCEIVE Begin a new life of vice once corrupted (8) 
Anagram of VICE ONCE
16 ET CETERA Ate erect with difficulty and so forth (2,6) 
Anagram of ATE ERECT
18 CABIN You could find room in America? Bingo! (5) 
Hidden word
20 IRIS She has a pupil? (4) 
Double definition
21 MIDSUMMER The Christmas period has mums mired in confusion (9) 
Anagram of MUMS MIRED
23 CHEAPIE Revolutionary with a pastry, an inexpensive one (7) 
Revolutionary = CHE, a pastry = A PIE
24 SNEAK-UP Furtively approach wild punks, biting each briefly (5-2) 
Anagram of PUNKS including EA ("each briefly")
25 PEERED Looked closely at sign of excessive beetroot consumption? (6) 
Allusion to coloured urine
26 BLITHE Light-hearted, second rate and supple (6) 
second rate = B, supple = LITHE
                                 
DOWN    
1 A-LIST The top people twisted tails (1-4) 
Anagram of TAILS
2 HEPBURN Audrey had lead in production of Nehru (7) 
lead = PB inside anagram of NEHRU
3 MICROWAVE Warm voice contrived for Zappa, some say (9) 
Anagram of WARM VOICE plus homophone
5 RISKY Rhode Island, heaven for the kind of activity gamblers like (5) 
Rhode Island = RI, heaven = SKY
6 BOLSHIE Uncooperative layabout turns up with male, detaining one (7) 
Layabout = SLOB, turns up = reversal indicator, male = HE, including ("detaining") one = I
7 CAMPER VAN Refurbishing can revamp motor home (6,3) 
Anagram of CAN REVAMP
11 ORCHARD Where you might grow apples or silverbeet (7) 
OR + silverbeet = CHARD
13 TUTORSHIP Stir up hot stew in an educational job (9) 
Anagram of STIR UP HOT
15 NOCTURNAL Losing outliers, I cannot rule out being up at night (9) 
Anagram of CANNOT RUL
17 ENSNARE Some Lutheran sneakily turned up to trap (7) 
Hidden word backwards
19 BOMBAST Skite about medical degree in pompous language (7) 
Skite = BOAST, medical degree = MB
21 MAINE State "I mean to be different" (5) 
Anagram of I MEAN
22 ROUTE Learning by repetition, skirting university, that's the way (5) 
Learning by repetition = ROTE including U ("university")

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