Crossword 1127 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 27 April, 2019

ACROSS    
4 AGELONG Mature sort of trousers, very durable apparently (7) 
Mature = AGE (verb), sort of trousers = LONG
6 HAMSTER The ram's running around a smaller animal (7) 
Anagram of THE RAMS
9 USHER Theatre director in America with that woman (5) 
America = US, that woman = HER
10 INTERBRED Rent bride out to be cross-fertilised (9) 
Anagram of RENT BRIDE
11 EVIDENT I would enter a happening, that's obvious (7) 
I would = ID, happening = EVENT
13 PALINGS Sapling chopped to make some fencing (7) 
Anagram of SAPLING
14 GRIN AND BEAR IT Stoically endure bad retraining at sea (4,3,4,2) 
Anagram of BAD RETRAINING
18 RESUMES Begins again presenting curricula vitae (7) 
Double definition
20 YELLOWS Goes like an old book, slowly decomposing, about the origin of English (7) 
Anagram of SLOWLY including E ("origin of English")
22 HARD DRIVE Concrete road on private property, a place of many memories for the computer enthusiast (4,5) 
Concrete = HARD, road on private property = DRIVE
23 TENSE Nervous in future perhaps (5) 
Double definition
25 BRETONS Bronte novel beginning to show French people (7) 
Anagram of BRONTE + S ("beginning to show")
26 FAUX PAS Screw up fax as a boo-boo (4,3) 
Anagram of UP FAX AS
                                 
DOWN    
1 MESH Network to become engaged (4) 
Double definition
2 SOURCE Informant with cheek by ear (6) 
cheek = SAUCE, by ear = homophone indicator
3 UMBRELLA Label rum (rum!) as something useful in inclement weather (8) 
Anagram of LABEL RUM
4 ABUSED Seaman accustomed to being ill-treated (6) 
Seaman = AB, accustomed = USED
5 GLISTEN Government leader has to take heed and sparkle (7) 
Government leader = G, take heed = LISTEN
6 HOT UP Make it more exciting using hydrogen and oxygen on ram (3,2) 
hydrogen = H, oxygen = O, ram = TUP
7 TARANTINO Director shows corrupt nation art (9) 
Anagram of NATION ART
8 RIDES Fairground attractions in the Kalahari Desert (5) 
Hidden word
12 IN RESERVE River seen flowing and available when needed (2,7) 
Anagram of RIVER SEEN
15 NAMEDROP Pardon me somehow when I persist in mentioning celebrities I know (8) 
Anagram of PARDON ME
16 BAY LEAF A green in the ragout yet a reddish-brown colour on the page of the recipe book? (3,4) 
a reddish brown colour = BAY, page of the recipe book = LEAF
17 ASSESS Evaluate American bums beginning to stink (6) 
American bums = ASSES, beginning to stink = S
18 REHAB A herb used in brief therapeutic restoration (5) 
Anagram of A HERB
19 SAILS Maritime propulsion devices show an improvement, losing steam initially (5) 
First letters of ("initially") show an improvement losiing steam
21 LET-OUT Release the whole lot in France (3-3) 
LE TOUT
24 NAPS Bridge turns over revealing piles (4) 
Bridge = SPAN

Latest

Top investigator urges police to speak up about wrongful convictions
108539 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Crime

Top investigator urges police to speak up about wr…

by Mike White

Mike White talks to investigator Tim McKinnel, who says police often turn a blind eye to possible corruption out of a misplaced sense of loyalty.

Read more
Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations in talks with Scott Morrison
108570 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Politics

Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations…

by Craig McCulloch

PM Jacinda Ardern has doubled down on her criticism of Australia's deportation policy as "corrosive", ahead of her meeting with Scott Morrison.

Read more
How closed adoption robbed Māori children of their identity
108572 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Social issues

How closed adoption robbed Māori children of their…

by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui looks at the outdated Adoption Act and its impact on Māori who grew up desperate to reconnect.

Read more
The new robotic surgery aiding vaginal mesh removal
108377 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Health

The new robotic surgery aiding vaginal mesh remova…

by Ruth Nichol

Women with complications caused by deeply embedded vaginal mesh are being helped by a pioneering surgical technique.

Read more
A beautiful mind: What people with Alzheimer's can teach us
108544 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Health

A beautiful mind: What people with Alzheimer's can…

by Fergus Riley

North Auckland farmer Fergus Riley has uncovered many important lessons in caring for his father Peter, who has Alzheimer’s.

Read more
Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem
108617 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Psychology

Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' co…

by Joanne Orlando

Instagram is running a social media experiment to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts.

Read more
The Hawke's Bay farm producing meat of uncommon quality
108594 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Food

The Hawke's Bay farm producing meat of uncommon qu…

by Simon Farrell-Green

Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith weren’t satisfied with producing meat of uncommon quality. So they bought a butchery.

Read more
When biodegradable plastic is not actually biodegradable
108562 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Planet

When biodegradable plastic is not actually biodegr…

by Isabel Thomlinson

A study on biodegradable plastic bags found they were still intact after three years spent either at sea or buried underground.

Read more