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Crossword 1133 answers and explanations

ACROSS    
1 TOTEM A symbol perceived in the fronto-temporal lobe (5) 
Hidden word
4 CURIOUS Peculiar questioning (7) 
Double definition
8 GRAND CRU Chopped gurnard includes a topping of cress: a fine French wine needed (5,3) 
Anagram of GURNARD including C ("topping of cress")
9 NATIVE Homegrown and unsophisticated when taking time (6) 
Naive including T ("time")
10 TOUCH-AND-GO Go Dutch? No, a different arrangement. Tricky! (5-3-2) 
Anagram of GO DUTCH NO A
11 FINN European fellow at pub (4) 
fellow = F, pub = INN
12 BUNG-HOLE Faulty opening made to be stopped (4-4) 
Faulty = BUNG, opening = HOLE
15 NEEDED Required to have prepared dough in a sound manner (6) 
Homophone of KNEADED
16 PRAISE What the worshipper does out loud: express approval (6) 
Homophone of PRAYS
18 WAGERING Having a flutter with pay-phone (8) 
Charade: pay = WAGE, phone = RING
20 LINT Shreds of yarn found in the small intestine (4) 
Hidden word
21 GOLDILOCKS Unusual skill dog exhibited grabbing old Charlie, a redhead (10) 
Anagram of SKILL DOG including old = O, Charlie = C
24 PIERCE Get through to create support for bridge by church (6) 
support for bridge = PIER, church = CE
25 ORPHANED Harped on about being parentless (8) 
Anagram of HARPED ON
26 NODS OFF Starts to dream perhaps as concessions cancelled (4,3) 
concessions = NODS, cancelled = OFF
27 DRIPS Medico and I with an afterthought find postnasal symptom (5) 
Medico = DR + I + afterthought = PS
                                 
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1 TORSO The trunk of a casual sort of shirt, more or less (5) 
a casual sort of shirt = T, more or less = OR SO
2 TUNIC Awful cut in a cloak (5) 
Anagram of CUT IN
3 MECCANO Construction toy can come adrift (7) 
Anagram of CAN COME
4 COULD BE A new recipe for blue cod? Possibly (5,2) 
Anagram of BLUE COD
5 RUN-DOWN A woebegone summary (3-4) 
Double definition
6 OUT OF GEAR Why the car isn't going? It's undressed! (3,2,4) 
Double definition
7 SEVENTEEN A number have incident inside witnessed (9) 
incident = EVENT, witnessed = SEEN
13 UKRAINIAN Britain upset Iranian with Slavic language (9) 
Britain = UK + anagram of IRANIAN
14 GLITTERED George spread rubbish about having shone (9) 
George = G, spread rubbish about = LITTERED
17 EL GRECO German appears in creole translation as Hellenic artist in Spain (2,5) 
German = G in anagram of CREOLE
18 WELL OFF Spring cancelled but comfortable nonetheless? (4,3) 
Spring = WELL, cancelled = OFF
19 GRIPPED Bellyached about Peter's beginning, having worked on a film crew (7) 
Bellyached = GRIPED, Peter's beginning = P
22 OTAKI A Kapiti Coast town put over in the Waikato … (5) 
Hidden word backwards
23 KEEPS … maintains dungeons (5) 
Double definition