Crossword 1105 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 17 November, 2018

ACROSS    
1 PIOUS Putting a promissory note in an addendum might be seen as sanctimonious (5) 
promissory note = IOU, addendum = PS
4 MALLET An implement used in croquet and in making small etchings (6) 
Hidden word
9 BOSS Stud manager (4) 
Double definition
10 ADHERENCE Bond does crazy dance about this place (9) 
Anagram of DANCE containing HERE ("this place")
11 AUCTIONS Sales of a suction contraption (8) 
Anagram of A SUCTION
12 DESIRE Reside at sea? Fancy that (6) 
Anagram of RESIDE
13 MEASLY My sale collapsed being too small and mean? (6) 
Anagram of MY SALE
15 OBESITY Follow orders: pose for a portrait inside showing fatness (7) 
Follow orders = OBEY, pose for a portrait = SIT
16 DELILAH All hide in confusion from a snippy femme fatale (7) 
Anagram of ALL HIDE
18 FEEBLE The Spanish bull at the butchery turned weak at the knees – weak generally, in fact (6) 
The Spanish = EL, bull at the butchery = BEEF, turned = reversal indicator
20 DOG TAG Pursue child's play as a means of identification (3,3) 
Pursue = DOG, child's play = TAG
21 ROSEMARY Frightful baby's mother got up before bloody queen (8) 
got up = ROSE, bloody queen = MARY (Mary 1 of England, the original "bloody Mary")
23 PRINCIPLE Cripple in trouble as a rule (9) 
Anagram of CRIPPLE IN
24 SHED Dropped off in the Hutt, reportedly (4) 
Homophone
25 DWELLS Stays back, initially salacious, lecherous and completely lewd (6) 
back = reversal indicator, initial letters of Salacious, Lecherous and entire word LEWD
26 SONNY A bright sounding little lad (5) 
Homophone
                                 
DOWN    
1 PROFUSE Appearing in abundance for top academic to utilise (7) 
top academic = PROF, utilise = USE
2 ONSET Where Taika Waititi directs an attack (5) 
Double definition
3 SHADOWY Vague yet flamboyant about promotional material (7) 
flamboyant = SHOWY, promotional material = AD
5 ABRIDGE A newlywed eats dog's tail? Curtail actually (7) 
A newlywed = A BRIDE, dog's tail = G
6 LANDSLIDE Bring playground equipment ashore in great political triumph (9) 
Bring ... ashore = LAND, playground equipment = SLIDE
7 THE ARMY Heart broken by my military force (3,4) 
Anagram of HEART + MY
8 PHYSIOTHERAPY I spy a trophy he redesigned for health-giving exercises (13) 
Anagram of I SPY A TROPHY HE
14 SOLITAIRE Patience is upsetting to Israeli (9) 
Anagram of TO ISRAELI
16 DROOPED Enthusiasm initially followed an uprising of the underprivileged in the middle of muddle then flagged (7) 
Enthusiasm initially = E, uprising of = reversal indicator, the underprivileged = POOR, the middle of muddle = DD
17 LOGICAL Soldier goes into pub, being rational (7) 
Soldier = GI, pub = LOCAL
18 FASTENS Fans set out to get fixes (7) 
Anagram of FANS SET
19 LARCENY Put criminal leader inside, nearly broken, for theft (7) 
Criminal leader = C inside anagram of NEARLY
22 MASON Mother's working with a member of a fraternal order (5) 
Mother's = MAS, working = ON

Latest

Mapping the second brain: The latest science on the effect of your gut bacteria
104884 2019-04-24 00:00:00Z Health

Mapping the second brain: The latest science on th…

by Donna Chisholm

Most of us have heard the five-plus-a-day message for fruit and vegetables. But new research into gut health suggests that advice may need tweaking.

Read more
How a mother and daughter changed their diet to manage irritable bowel syndrome
104896 2019-04-24 00:00:00Z Nutrition

How a mother and daughter changed their diet to ma…

by Donna Chisholm

A mother and daughter with irritable bowel syndrome say that diet was the missing ingredient in controlling the condition.

Read more
Lack of humility is Simon Bridges' fatal flaw
104881 2019-04-23 00:00:00Z Politics

Lack of humility is Simon Bridges' fatal flaw

by Graham Adams

After low polling and even louder caucus rumblings, you’d expect to see at least a flicker of fear in the eyes of someone threatened with an axe.

Read more
Sri Lankan government's social media ban wrong move after terror attacks
104949 2019-04-23 00:00:00Z World

Sri Lankan government's social media ban wrong mov…

by Meera Selva

Sri Lanka has temporarily banned social media and messaging apps in the wake of the coordinated Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.

Read more
Why do some dramas require the female protagonists to be total idiots?
104764 2019-04-23 00:00:00Z Television

Why do some dramas require the female protagonists…

by Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel reviews SoHo 2’s Cheat and Lightbox’s BBC thriller Trust Me.

Read more
Why the typical NZ household is undergoing a revolution
104877 2019-04-23 00:00:00Z Property

Why the typical NZ household is undergoing a revol…

by Shamubeel Eaqub

We’re living in different places, having fewer kids, living longer and getting older, perhaps lonelier, and the idea of a family has become more fluid

Read more
Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excursion to NZ
104828 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Profiles

Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excur…

by Russell Baillie

The Springsteen sideman and ‘Sopranos’ star is reviving his own music career.

Read more
Rethinking the Kiwi dream: How New Zealanders live now
104848 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Property

Rethinking the Kiwi dream: How New Zealanders live…

by Sharon Stephenson

Would you live with your ex? New Zealanders increasingly live alone or find creative ways to house themselves.

Read more