Crosaire No 17683 by Crossheir – Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Blog explanations available at 10pm on the day of publication

 

Across:
1 It’s a wrench (MONKEY wrench) for 15 across (‘Jack’ = JACK-) to set (set = -ETS) off (= anagram indicator) (MONKEY JACKETS) with clothes in a mess (MONKEY JACKETS worn by army officers in their mess),

10 Turkish (OTTOMAN) or German (OTTO-) worker (-MAN) (OTTOMAN),

11 Overall (= reverse indicator), officer (co = -CO) finds work (erg = GRE-) for the French (le = EL) (EL GRECO) painter of popular local legends in the past? (EL GRECO),

12 Get rid of that obsession (KICK the habit) to kiss me quick on both sides (‘KIss me quiCK’ on both sides = KICK),

13 It’s even (LEVEL) at the end of 5 down (at the end of ‘a level’ = LEVEL),

15 Trademark Cajun sample (‘trademarK CAJun’ sample = kcaj) served up (= reversal indicator) (kcaj = JACK) from the pack (JACK from pack of cards),

17 Some trace element (some ‘tracE ELement’ = EEL) a pescatarian will find tasty (EEL),

19 Sounds angry (yells), almost (s) (‘yells’ without ‘s’ = YELL-) short (low), losing the head (l) (‘low’ without ‘l’ = -OW) (YELLOW) with cowardly type (YELLOW),

21 Naughty beastly type (MONKEY) starting for all sides today (MONKEY on all sides of today’s grid),

22 Even aphid lion (even letters of ‘aPhId LiOn’ = pilo = PILO-) found in one of the beds (cot = CO-T) (CO-PILOT) is an aid to those flying (CO-PILOT),

23 The action of making use of (UPTAKE) boxer (pup) starting off (p) (‘pup’ without ‘p’ = UP-) on bit of filming (-TAKE) (UPTAKE),

25 Reviews (= reverse indicator) short (r) broadcast (air) (‘air’ without ‘r’ = ai = -IA) by two accountants (CA +CA = ACAC-) (ACACIA) and one of the Wattles from Australia (ACACIA is a wattle in Australia),

27 Local criminal in gaol (CON) is consumed by innocence (consumed by ‘inNOCence’ = noc), on reflection (= reverse indicator) (noc = CON),

29 It means nothing (ZERO) to a round figure? (“0” = ZERO),

30 Al Capone dismisses pal (‘Al Capone’ dismisses ‘pal’ = acone = CANOE) as a crafty type capable of sending you down the river (CANOE),

31 Ruth from Yarmouth (‘Ruth’ from ‘Yarmouth’ = yamo = MAYO) is found in Ireland (MAYO),

34 Mournful type (ELEGIAC) of European starting (‘European’ starting = E-) to play (= anagram indicator) Gaelic (Gaelic = -LEGIAC) (ELEGIAC),

35 Briefly (e) unable to talk (mute) (‘mute’ without ‘e’ = MUT-) to spy (agent) not finished (t) (‘agent’ without ‘t’ = -AGEN) (MUTAGEN) producing arsenic, for one (arsenic is a MUTAGEN),

36 Plants in boggy terrain (MONKEY FLOWERS) produced by swinger (MONKEY) from wild bunch perhaps (FLOWERS) (MONKEY FLOWERS).

Down:
2 Type of illusion (OPTICAL illusion) in unstable (= anagram indicator) coal pit (coal pit = OPTICAL),

3 It’s deposited when ice melts (KAME deposited by a melting ice sheets) around Kaffir limes (around ‘KAffir limES’  = KAME),

4 Jerk (YANK-) on drugs (Es / E+E = -EE) (YANKEE) from The New Yorker (YANKEE),

5 Foreign examination (A LEVEL) of a (A) flat (LEVEL) (A LEVEL),

6 Pain from speaking (‘pain’ from ‘speaking’ = sekg = KEGS) to those holding drink (KEGS),

7 One of the Windsors (Windsor TIE) getting support (BACK) (TIE BACK) has a hold on one of those in the living room? It could be curtains! (TIE BACK),

8 Chilean pines (Chilean Pines/trees = MONKEY PUZZLES) for the posers (PUZZLES) behind (= position indicator) primate (MONKEY) (MONKEY PUZZLES),

9 One of those at The Abbey (MONK- from the abbey) adaptation (= anagram indicator)? Yes (yes = -EYS), roughly (AROUND) (MONKEYS AROUND), producing plays in the Zoo presumably! (plays in the Zoo presumably = MONKEYS AROUND),

14 Meat (VENISON) from side of mutton (side of ‘muttoN’ = -N-) is (-IS-) found in makeshift (= anagram indicator) oven (oven = VE-ON) (VENISON),

16 Too confident (COCKY) there’s no bedlam in black comedy (there’s no ‘bedlam’ in ‘black comedy’ = ckcoy = COCKY),

18 Local butcher (‘local’ butcher = BOTCH) because of this heads (‘Because Of This’ heads = BOT-) to church (-CH) (BOTCH),

20 Stroke of bad luck (WOE) concealed by Jesse Owens (concealed by ‘jessE OWens’ = eow) on reflection (= reverse indicator) (eow = WOE),

21 Bird not able to fly (MOA) from deep ditch (moat) with no tail (t) (‘moat’ without ‘t’ = MOA),

24 In retrospect (= reversal indicator), old (-O-) railway heading (“Railway” heading =-R-) out of train station (depot = TO-PED-) (TORPEDO) might blow those away in the shipping game (TORPEDO),

26 The cost to someone (CHARGE-) getting last oyster (last ‘oysteR’ = -R) (CHARGER) plate (CHARGER),

27 From what’s been heard you won’t forget this (CATCHY tune) is caught (C-) from yacht (yacht) at sea (= anagram indicator) (yacht = -ATCHY) (CATCHY),

28 It’s not irrational (NORMAL) to be ordinary (NORMAL),

32 Brief (g) Henry VIII, for one (king) (‘king’ without ‘g’ = KIN-), on weekend (‘weeK’ end = -K) (KINK) perversion (KINK),

33 Tom Sawyer doesn’t get Mayor (‘Tom Sawyer’ doesn’t get/ without ‘Mayor’ = tswe = STEW) Gumbo? (STEW).

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