Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

SOLUTION

September 2019 Monthly Crossword
Holes
Grid
Explanations

The 5 holes in the grid where at the intersections of 9a/5d, 10a/2d, 18a/15d, 23a/20d, 26a/22d. The letters used to fill these holes and make different words (shown in blue) in grid order spelt out CHASM.

Across
  1. LIE (falsehood) containing U (taking trUth at heart) => LIEU (instead of)
  2. Anagram (hitch) disdain + to => ADDITIONS (hikes) + C => ADDICTIONS
  3. Contained within (selection) stoRE TALking backwards (about) => LATER (next) + H => LATHER
  4. E (egghead) + DUE (scheduled) + D (date) containing (to catch) CAT (cougar?) => EDUCATED (clever)
  5. D (died) contained in (trapped) ADENDUM (man, dude bombed) => ADDENDUM (rider)
  6. IN (popular) + DUCT (channel) => INDUCT (introduce)
  7. Second letters (seconds) aWay wIth eLapsed aTomic => WILT (fade)
  8. STUN (rock) + G (Guitar intro) => STUNG (bit)
  9. BE (live) + T (Transmission beginning) =. BET (lottery) + A => BEAT
  10. IS following (supporting) SIR (man) following (after) O (modicum of Obscenity) => OSIRIS (god)
  11. DOC (file) + TORE (ripped) + D (Disk initialisation) => DOCTORED (corrupted)
  12. I (number one) following EP (record preceding) + TOME (book) => EPITOME (good example) + S => EPISTOME
  13. IC (innocent child initially) contained in (taken in by) ALE (beverage) (she, &lit) + M => MALICE
  14. PI (number) + L (50) + GRIM (uninviting) + AGE (time) => PILGRIMAGE (journey)
  15. Contained within (with crusts cut off) sandwiCH EFfortlessly => CHEF (he produces &lit)
Down
  1. Anagram (smith) and + Smith + is => HIT-AND-MISS (unreliable)
  2. B (lead to Beneficial) + USIEST (use with its possibility) => BUSIEST (does most work) + H => BUSHIEST
  3. R (right) contained in (to enter) CE (church) contained in SAD (depressing surroundings) => SACRED (divine)
  4. First and last letters (wings) ExtendeD GoosE wings provide => EDGE (advantage)
  5. SOUR (unpleasant) + ING (gin cocktail) => SOURING (going off) + C => SCOURING
  6. RIB (joke) + ALD (lad outing) => RIBALD (coarse)
  7. Alternate letters (regularly dropped) cOnNeCtEd => ONCE (previously)
  8. MO (second) + UND (central fUNDs) => MOUND (rise)
  9. CO (company) + GEN (data) + CIES (leads to Court Imposing Espionage Suit) => COGENCIES (convictions) + A => COAGENCIES
  10. Anagram (perhaps) is + costly => SYSTOLIC (contract phase)
  11. Anagram (loose) cable + too => BOOTLACE (&lit)
  12. RAIN (drop) homophone (say) => REIGN (control) + S => RESIGN
  13. EP (record) backwards (ascending) contained in CAR (estate, maybe) => CAPER (lark) + M => CAMPER
  14. AIL (trouble) following P (Port entry) => PAIL (vessel)
  15. Initial letters (flashes of) Elegance, Litheness And Nous => ELAN (&lit)