Crossword 1103 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 02 November, 2018

ACROSS    
6 PAWED Handled clumsily, father got married (5) 
father = PA, got married = WED
8 MOORING Call by cow with telephone tying up the line? (7) 
Call by cow = MOO, telephone = RING
9 DIASPORA A scattered people is rumoured to come back before father snaffles gold (8) 
rumoured = SAID, to come back = reversal indicator, father = PA, snaffles = containment indicator, gold = OR (heraldry)
10 NAPKIN The serviette with a piece of gingersnap kindly provided (6) 
Hidden word
11 PIG OUT To persist in overeating gets investigator an inflammation of the big toe (3,3) 
investigator = PI, inflammation of the big toe = GOUT
12 IDEOLOGY One goodly mess encompasses eastern political theory (8) 
One = I + anagram of GOODLY including ("encompasses") eastern = E
14 MISERY I see endless river in my suffering (6) 
I + see endless = ISE, river - R, inside MY
16 SMOCKS School head ridicules dustcoats (6) 
School head = SW, ridicules = MOCKS
19 PHONE BOX Booth is a container for a mobile? (5,3) 
Double definition
21 UNTIDY Scruffy and cluttered unit at each end of day (6) 
Anagram of UNIT, each end of dat = DY
22 LAUREL Hardy companion for a tree (6) 
Allusion to Laurel and Hardy, early Hollywood comedians
24 ONE-HORSE The sort of town that has not much power (3-5) 
Reference to 'one-horse town'
25 SUBVERT Nasty brutes, about five, under mine when lacking space (7) 
Anagram of BRUTES including V ("five")
26 ENSUE Dahl departs, unleashed mysteriously as result (5) 
Anagram of UNLEASHED minus letters in DHAL
                                 
DOWN    
1 OPTIMISM I mop mist off, getting a pleasing view ahead (8) 
Anagram of I MOP MIST
2 ADROIT Skilful bit of publicity with hogwash about one (6) 
bit of publicity = AD, hogwash = ROT, one = I
3 MOONBEAM Ray is second on gymnast's balancing apparatus (8) 
second = MO + ON + gymnast's balancing apparatus = BEAM
4 LIMP The result of leg being cut short by head of police? (4) 
leg = LIMB, head of police = P
5 AGEING Getting older, silver on top, one German head of government (6) 
silver = AG, one German = EIN, head of government
7 WISCONSIN State why, to start with, is fraud an evil act (9) 
why to start with = W, is, fraud = CON, an evil act = SIN
8 MEANIE Imply one eastern leader is a nasty person (6) 
Imply = MEAN, one = I, eastern leader = E
13 LOCATIONS A colonist reestablished places (9) 
Anagram of A COLONIST
15 REBELLED Beautiful young woman embraced by communist renounced social conventions (8) 
Beautiful young woman = BELLE, communist = RED
17 SIDESTEP Skirt beginning to slip despite alteration (8) 
beginning to slip = S + anagram of DESPITE
18 EXPORT Do business internationally using large trade fair and radio-telephony (6) 
large trade fair = EXPO, radio telephone = RT
20 HEARSE Here's a peculiar vehicle for the undertaking (6) 
Anagram of HERES A
21 UNEVEN Irregular and odd? (6) 
Double definition
23 RIBS Makes fun in dribs and not drabs (4) 
Hidden word

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