Explanations: No. 14611 – Saturday, 29 October 2011

Sun, Oct 30, 2011, 23:59

   

Welcome to the first week of the new Crosaire blog.

Each day I’m posting explanations to the clues in the crossword that appeared in the prior day’s paper. Solvers are welcome to post comments on the puzzle, or on anything related to the great Crosaire tradition. If you have a question about a clue that isn’t answered in the explanations I am sure that I, or a fellow solver, can answer it for you. Blog posts appear at midnight, so if you’re up late be sure to drop by!

It’s the weekend, and we all look forward to the Saturday Crosaire puzzle. We are continuing the great tradition established by Derek Crozier by using the classic Saturday Crosaire grid design, complete with four themed answers around the edges. Somewhat appropriately, this Saturday’s theme is the word “WORD”. What would Saturday be without those themed answers?

How did you fare with this crossword?

Across
1 Angry, perhaps, with a hint you’re looking at one (9,4)

CROSS-WORD CLUE
“Angry” perhaps (CROSS WORD) with “a hint” (CLUE) = CROSSWORD CLUE: you’re looking at one.
10 Excitedly yearned for January 1? Quite the opposite! (4-3)
YEAR-END
Excitedly “yearned”, for = YEAR-END: quite the opposite to January 1.
11 It’s a little fishy the tiler taking 500 … twice (7)
TI(D-D)LER
The tiler (TI-LER) taking “500” twice (DD) = TIDDLER: it’s a little fishy.
12 Promise nothing at this hour (4)
O-AT-H
Nothing (O) at (AT) this “hour” (H) = OATH: promise.
13 They are not right, the French embrace the Financial Times (5)
LE-FTS
“The” French (LE-S) embrace “the Financial Times” (FT) = LEFTS: they are not right.
15 Crazy lady, this singer (4)
GAGA
Lady (LADY) this, crazy (GAGA) = LADY GAGA
17 Odd characters found in droves are sort of female (3)
DOE
Odd characters found in “D-r-O-v-E-s” are = DOE: sort of female.
19 The German boat, inside is not so bright (6)
D(ARK)ER
“The” German (D-ER) boat, ‘ark’, inside (ARK) is = DARKER: not so bright.
21 Here’s a painting for father; escape around here (6)
FR-ESC-O
Father (FR) escape (ESC) “a-round” here (O) here’s = FRESCO: a painting.
22 For the priest, a great lake is a lovely dream (7)
REV-ERIE
For “the priest” (REV) a Great Lake (ERIE) is = REVERIE: a lovely dream.
23 Return of a medication that frothed (6)
FO-A-MED
Return “of” (FO) a medication (A MED) = FOAMED: that frothed.
25 Prattles endlessly for the baby’s entertainment (6)
RATTLES
“p-RATTLES” endlessly, for = RATTLES: the baby’s entertainment.
27 Grand-pa flipped over the chart (3)
M-AP
Grand (M) “pa” flipped over (AP) = MAP: the chart.
29 Chooses to work the backstreet (4)
OP-TS
To “work” (OP) the back-street, “st” (TS) = OPTS: chooses.
30 Minute or relatively unimportant (5)
MIN-OR
Minute (MIN) or (OR) = MINOR: relatively unimportant.
31 Be aware it’s the end of the week now (4)
K-NOW
It’s the end of the “wee-K” (K) now (NOW) = KNOW: be aware.
34 Army vehicle by a road that’s useful for 28-down (7)
TANK-A-RD
Army vehicle (TANK) by “a road” (A RD) = TANKARD: that’s useful for PORTER.
35 Use this to shoot Diana, who acts in the latter half (7)
T(RIGG)ER
In the “lat-TER” half (T-ER) Diana who acts (RIGG) = TRIGGER: use this to shoot.
36 Speak to Doctor Who, the war diva! (4,1,4,4)
HAVE A WORD WITH
Doctor “Who, the war diva” = HAVE A WORD WITH: speak to.

Down
2 It powers an adjustable cot in the rear (7)

REA(CTO)R
In “the rear” (REA-R) an adjustable “cot” (CTO) = REACTOR: it powers.
3 Look at old Penny and how it all started (4)
SEE-D
Look at (SEE) old penny (D) and = SEED: how it all started.
4 We had Germany and Dublin in a union (6)
WE’D-DE-D
We had (WE’D) Germany (DE) and “Dublin” (D) = WEDDED: in a union.
5 Turn round or get back to the London gallery (6)
RO-TATE
“Or” get back (RO) to “the London gallery” (TATE) = ROTATE: turn round.
6 Give up 3-down, so to speak (4)
CEDE
“SEED”, so to speak = CEDE: give up.
7 Well ahead, puts it on the computer (7)
UP-LOADS
Well ahead (UP LOADS) = UPLOADS: puts it on the computer.
8 Big talker’s adage: not in writing (2,4,2,5)
BY-WORD OF MOUTH
Big talker’s adage (BYWORD OF MOUTH) = BY WORD OF MOUTH: not in writing.
9 Don’t do as promised and destroy a sword (5,3’1,4)
BREAK ONE-S-WORD
Destroy a sword (BREAK ONE SWORD) and = BREAK ONE’S WORD: don’t do as promised.
14 Supervisor for an Eastern man (7)
FOR-E-MAN
For (FOR) an Eastern man (E-MAN) = FOREMAN: supervisor.
16 Cap. letters from December etc. (5)
CAP
Letters from “decem-BER-ET-c” = BERET: cap.
18 The goal is 500 … 500 pieces of paper (5)
D-REAM
500 (D) 500 pieces of paper (REAM) is = DREAM: the goal.
20 Poured only half the wine (3)
RED
“pou-RED” only half = RED: the wine.
21 It’s fair without a place for gents in Ireland? (3)
FIR
It’s “F-a-IR” with “a” = FIR: place for gents in Ireland?
24 An ion, a feeler (7)
AN-TEN-N-A
An (AN) io-n (TEN-N) a (A) = ANTENNA: feeler.
26 Thing to put right after today (7)
TONIGHT
“Thing to” put right = TONIGHT: after today.
27 A mould that’s milled, you say? (6)
MILDEW
“Milled, you” say, that’s = MILDEW: a mould.
28 Someone to carry back the retro piano (6)
PORTER
The “retro” “piano” (RETRO-P) back = PORTER: someone to carry.
32 ‘E’s told it’s no trouble (4)
EASE
“‘E’s” told, it’s = EASE: no trouble.
33 See Ireland in a German car (4)
V(IE)W
In “a German car” (V-W) Ireland (IE) = VIEW: see.