Crossword 1106 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 25 November, 2018

ACROSS    
1 SODOM Military doctor functions back in Sin City (5) 
Military doctor = MO, functions = DOS
4 VOCALISTS Five nasty cats soil singers (9) 
Five = V + anagram of CATS SOIL
9 MANNA Spell your Christian name backwards to discover miraculous food (5) 
Hidden word backwards
10 CRANKCASE Crackpot patient gets housing in a motor (9) 
Crackpot = CRANK, patient = CASE
11 ENSNARLS Becomes tangled and learns with difficulty about poles (8) 
Anagram of LEARNS including SN ("poles")
12 AT ONCE Poor canoeist is lost immediately (2,4) 
Anagram of CANOEIST minus IS
14 SOUND JUDGMENT The perspicacity required of a record reviewer (5,8) 
Double definition
17 SOONER OR LATER Rather gold? Dead right – eventually (6,2,5) 
Rather = SOONER, gold = OR, dead = LATE, right = R
19 LOOFAH Bath accessory in toilet starts to feel at home (6) 
toilet = LOO, starts to feel at home = FAH
21 STOP DEAD Freeze or halt the zombies (4,4) 
Double definition
23 JOAN OF ARC Juliet and Rocky Racoon taking note see French saint (4,2,3) 
Juliet = J + anagram of RACOON including FA ("note")
24 ELITE Superior priest with the Maori (5) 
priest = ELI, the Maori = TE
25 YORKSHIRE Orbison jumped back with a terrible shriek somewhere in Britain (9) 
Orbison = ROY, jumped back = reversal indicator + anagram of SHRIEK
26 SIGNS Contracts for heavenly houses (5) 
Double definition
                                 
DOWN    
1 SIMMERS Water-sport enthusiasts, lacking women, develop boils slowly (7) 
SWIMMERS minus W ("women")
2 DINOSAURS Do Russian translation for "stick-in-the-muds" (9) 
Anagram of DO RUSSIAN
3 MEAT AND POTATOES Attend to a poem as composed: the fundamentals (4,3,8) 
Anagram of ATTEND TO A POEM AS
5 CHAR Burn cleaner (4) 
Double definition
6 LIKE THE CLAPPERS Appreciate an appreciative audience very quickly (4,3,8) 
Criminal leader = C inside anagram of NEARLY
7 SWAIN Bird eats one old boyfriend (5) 
Bird = SWAN, one = I
8 STEREOS Sound systems include the Maori language in the middle of lesson (7) 
the Maori language = TE REO, middle of lesson = SS
10 COLOURED Applied paint with rebuild of crude loo (8) 
Anagram of CRUDE LOO
13 AGNOSTIC One who has doubts so acting strangely (8) 
Anagram of SO ACTING
15 TETHERING Grin, teeth chattering, using a rope (9) 
Anagram of GRIN TEETH
16 KILLJOY Half-Kiwi, jolly silly and a spoilsport (7) 
Half Kiwi - KI + anagram of JOLLY
18 REDDENS Shows embarrassment having broken Dresden (7) 
Anagram of DRESDEN
20 ON AIR Very happy working in radio (2,3) 
Double definition
22 TAXI Transport to be paid as thanks to the cricket team (4) 
thanks = TA, cricket team = XI

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