A Puzzle by Hubble
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Another good crossword from Hubble.
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8a Yokel grabbed by offensive son in bushes (8)
THICKETS: A four-letter word for a yokel inside (grabbed by) a three-letter name of an offensive in the Vietnam war followed by the abbreviation for son.
9a Passing English decline (6)
ELAPSE: The abbreviation for English followed by a five-letter word for decline.
10a Name-dropping uncle’s daft idea (4)
CLUE: An anagram (daft) of UNCLE after removing the letter N (name-dropping).
11a Don’t be fooled by these rough changes (3,7)
SEE THROUGH: An anagram (changes) of THESE ROUGH. As the final five letters remain unchanged, this is not really a satisfactory anagram.
12a Scoundrel deporting mother from city in Europe (6)
ROTTER: Remove (deporting) a three-letter word for a mother from the end of a nine-letter name of a Dutch city.
14a In Coney Island, bottom-pinching admirer repelled by one swimmer (4,4)
TUNA FISH: A four-letter American word for a bottom includes (pinching) a reversal (repelled) of a three-letter word for an admirer and the letter representing one. Some editors will not allow lift and separate clues where you have to change bottom-pinching to bottom pinching.
15a One learns from boss leading hospital department (7)
STUDENT: A four-letter word for a boss before (leading) a three-letter abbreviation for a hospital department.
17a Crackpot wanting international to track a large list of events (7)
ALMANAC: A six-letter word for crackpot without (wanting) the abbreviation for international goes after (to track) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for large.
20a Takes care of issue new arrival poses (4-4)
BABY-SITS: A four-letter word for a new arrival followed by a four-letter word for poses.
22a Matelot went yachting partly to obtain score (6)
TWENTY: The answer is hidden (partly) in the first three words of the clue.
23a Oxford graduate with ruler working at last? (10)
SHOEMAKING: A four-letter word of which Oxford is an definition by example followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a graduate and a four-letter word for a ruler. I think that an indication that Oxford is a definition by example is required.
24a Car from Michigan setter disposed of for a dollar (4)
BUCK: A five-letter word for an American car make without a single letter representing the setter.
25a “Material is Great” Little Richard sung (6)
FABRIC: A three-letter word meaning great followed by a homophone (sung) of the diminutive form of Richard.
26a Sandown resident is one I malign (8)
ISLANDER: The I from the clue followed by a seven-letter word meaning malign.
1d Pay for case dismissed (5,3)
SHELL OUT: A five-letter word for a case followed by a three-letter word meaning dismissed. The structure definition for wordplay is not one that you should use.
2d Spots larcenies regularly (4)
ACNE: The even letters (regularly) in the second word for the clue.
3d Thicker partners in game overwhelmed by rising grass (6)
DENSER: Partners in a game of bridge inside (overwhelmed by) a reversal (rising) of a four-letter word for grass.
4d Advancements of insects swarming over small church (7)
ASCENTS: A four-letter word for insects around (swarming over) the abbreviations for small and church.
5d Sozzled, Thelma’s drinking no spirit (8)
METHANOL: An anagram (sozzled) of THELMA includes (drinking) the NO from the clue.
6d Turned up around distance learning provider’s stone facade (10)
CAMOUFLAGE: A four-letter word meaning turned up around the two-letter abbreviation for Open University (distance learning provider) and a four letter word for a paving stone.
7d A long time supporting American customs (6)
USAGES: A four-letter word meaning a long time under (supporting) the abbreviation for United States (America).
13d European clergyman visiting Turkey on vacation brings playthings (5,5)
TEDDY BEARS: The abbreviations for European and Doctor of Divinity (clergyman) inside the outer-letter (on vacation) of Tukey followed by a five-letter word meaning brings.
16d Lives in suspicion – that’s annoying (8)
NUISANCE: A two-letter word meaning lives inside a six-letter word for suspicion.
18d Objects when claret is spilled (8)
ARTICLES: An anagram (spilled) of CLARET IS.
19d Like poorly in-patient at first on run home for pain reliever (7)
ASPIRIN: A two-letter word meaning like followed by initial letters (at first) of poorly and in-patient, the abbreviation for run and a two-letter word meaning home.
21d Hammer wood above retreat (6)
ASHRAM: A three-letter word meaning hammer with a three-letter type of wood above it.
22d Time to replace bishop in word game switch (6)
TOGGLE: A six-letter word game has the B (bishop) changed to a T (time).
24d Get rid of husband finally in difficult situation (4)
BIND: A three-letter word meaning get rid of followed by the final letter of husband.