Crossword 1107 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 04 December, 2018

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1 DESIRES Some French surrounding father showing cravings (7)
Some French = DES contains father = SIRE
5 ECHOED Code he devised or soundly imitated (6)
Anagram of CODE HE
8 COSMIC Comedian grabs bearing for the universal (6)
Comedian = COMIC, bearing = S (south)
9 UNCOILED A French conservative leader, lubricated, is now straight (8)
A French = UN, conservative leader = C, lubricated = OILED
10 PARSIMONIOUS Mean and holier-than-thou about a minor's wrong (12)
holier-than-then = PIOUS, a minor's wrong (anagram) = RSIMON
12 OHIO State when Horatio is disheartened and discombobulated (4)
Horatio disheartened = HOIO
13 ASCORBIC Writhing cobras in charge of acidic vitamin (8)
Anagram of COBRAS + in charge = IC
16 UNDERSEA Submarine dunes are mobile (8)
Anagram of DUNES ARE
17 EWER A jug or wastewater conduit without an opening (4)
Wastewater conduit = SEWER
19 MERCHANT BANK A financial institution gives me right to sing "Down by the Riverside" (8,4)
ME as is + right = R, sing = CHANT, Down by the Riverside = BANK
22 PINOTAGE Point out how to develop flavour in cheese and wine (8)
Anagram of POINT + how to develop flavour in cheese = AGE
23 DRONES Sluggards in aircraft doing without pilots (6)
Double definition
24 BREEZE Creamy white cheeses said to be a piece of cake? (6)
Creamy white cheeses = Bries, said = homophone indicator
25 TYPESET A certain sort of character joins firm prepared to impress (7)
A certain sort of character = TYPE, firm = SET
                                 
DOWN    
1 DOOR Entrance physician holding spectacles (4)
physician = DR, spectacles = OO
2 SEMAPHORE Signal heroes to disperse having grabbed street plan (9)
Anagram of HEROES including MAP ("street plan")
3 RECORD The Queen goes up to stack of firewood for a log (6)
The Queen goes up (reversed in down clue) = RE, stack of firewood = CORD
4 STUDIO APARTMENT Smart deputation arranged to get a bedsitting-room (6,9)
Anagram of SMART DEPUTATION
5 ENCROACH Heartless Englishmen get right into the tour bus and invade your space (8)
Heartless Englishmen = EN, right = R inside COACH ("tour bus")
6 HAITI A country that provides a bit of a laugh heading on to early part of itinerary (5)
a bit of a laugh = HA, early part of itinerary = ITI
7 EXECUTIVES Eve is cut off under former administrators (10)
Anagram of EVE IS CUT under EX ("former")
11 CHANDELIER Cleaner hid broken light fitting (10)
Anagram of CLEANER HID
14 REEF KNOTS Teens fork out for secure fastenings (4,5)
Anagram of TEENS FORK
15 ESCALATE Strange case with dead to raise (8)
Anagram of CASE + dead = LATE
18 PAID-UP Dog bites help in good financial standing (4-2)
Dog = PUP, help = AID
20 CRONE Hag once managed to embrace Romeo (5)
Anagram of CRONE, Romeo = R ("Nato" alphabet)
21 BENT A knack for being crooked (4)
Double definition

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