Explanations: No. 14617 – Saturday, 5 November 2011

Sat, Nov 5, 2011, 23:59

   
This Saturday puzzle sticks to the convention of having a themed constituent included in the four 13-letter answers around the outside of the grid. Today we have the theme word “BACK”. There’s a little bit of a twist though, in that each of the themed clues is just a string of letters.

Convention is that a cryptic clue always gives two ways to get to the answer, often a non-cryptic definition sitting right beside a cryptic definition with the two being hidden by the surface reading of the clue itself. Today’s themed clues break that rule (the exception proves the rule!), as the only way to find the answer is to unravel the words mixed up each string of letters. However, we do have some additional help, as once we work out that “BACK” is a common theme, then all four clues become easier to solve.

Today’s themed answers pay homage to my favourite crossword clue of all time:

AKNOGOELR (4,4,2,5)

It’s tough to work this one out without getting some letters from crossing answers. The solution is … LOOK BACK IN ANGER.

Please feel free to leave a comment below, and tell us how you fared with today’s crossword. If you have a question about today’s puzzle I am sure that I, or a fellow solver, can answer it for you.

Across
1 DOOGORS (2,4,7)

GO BACK IN-DOORS
DO(OG)ORS is the word GO written BACK(wards) IN the word DOORS = GO BACK INDOORS
10 A casual participant, he loves Latin Europe (7)
AMAT-EUR
“He loves” (AMAT) Europe (EUR) = AMATEUR: a casual participant.
11 It’s for getting black out (7)
AMNESIA
It’s for-getting (AMNESIA) black-out (AMNESIA).
12 Closely combine it, after the potassium and nitrogen (4)
K-N-IT
After the “potassium” and “nitrogen” (K-N) it (IT) = KNIT: closely combine.
13 Switch yarns; partly a response to an allergy, perhaps? (5)
ITCHY
“sw-ITCH Y-arns”, partly = ITCHY: a response to an allergy, perhaps?
15 The boats there dwarf Kay (4)
DOC-K
Dwarf (DOC) Kay (K) = DOCK: the boats there.
17 Take in just half of a repeat (3)
EAT
Just half of a “rep-EAT” = EAT: take in.
19 It’s not, Rich … it’s not about the circulating fan (6)
NO(NFA)T
It’s “not” (NO-T) about “the circulating ‘fan’” (NFA) it’s = NONFAT: not rich.
21 Rule G above N? (6)
G-OVER-N
G above N (G OVER N) = GOVERN: rule.
22 It’s over with that gal there, up North (7)
DONE-GAL
It’s “over” (DONE) with “that gal” (GAL) = DONEGAL: there, up North.
23 Holland’s capital radio broadcast that may be permanent (6)
H-AIRDO
“H-olland’s” capital (H) “radio” broadcast” (AIRDO) = HAIRDO: that may be permanent (a perm).
25 Has turning to a god in Egypt made it so dry here? (6)
SAH-A-RA
“Has” turning (SAH) to “a god in Egypt” (A RA) made = SAHARA: it so dry.
27 It’s green, round and not in peat (3)
PEA
no-T in “PEA-t”, and = PEA: it’s green, round.
29 He employs us at the Emergency Room (4)
US-ER
Us (US) at “the Emergency Room” (ER) = USER: he employs.
30 Wry embraces, or making trouble (5)
W(OR)RY
Wry (W-RY) embraces “or” (OR) making = WORRY: trouble.
31 Henry has nothing, or maybe something, to show the saint (4)
HAL-O
Henry (HAL) has “nothing” (O) or = HALO:  maybe something to show the saint.
34 Drunk here? Take that! (2,5)
SO T-HERE
Drunk (SOT) here (HERE) = SO THERE: take that!
35 Appeals all the user development (7)
ALL-URES
All (ALL) the “user” development (URES) = ALLURES: appeals.
36 LUREARDO (4,2,3,4)
BACK IN THE GAME
LU(REAR)DO is the word “rear” (BACK) written in the (IN THE) word “Ludo” (GAME) = BACK IN THE GAME.

Down
2 Cheers for zero tax that’s charged (7)

O-VAT-ION
Zero (O) tax (VAT) that’s charged (ION) for = OVATION: cheers.
3 That last word is the heart of the lament (4)
AMEN
The heart of the “l-AMEN-t” is = AMEN: the last word.
4 Catherine catches the artist defending sport, in a way (6)
KA(RA)TE
Catherine (KA-TE) catches “the artist” (RA) = KARATE: defending sport, in a way.
5 A nut grabbed Werner’s exclamation and made news for us (6)
NU(ACH)T
A nut (NU-T) grabbed “Werner’s exclamation” (ACH) and made = NUACHT: news for us.
6 Heard from a pig and a duck, it’s in the pen (4)
O-INK
A duck (O) it’s in the pen (INK) and = OINK: heard from a pig.
7 Make new umpires, to referee a part (7)
RESTORE
“umpi-RES TO RE-feree” a part = RESTORE: make new.
8 USSENDORSER (4,2,3,4)
BACK IN THE USSR
USS(ENDORSE)R is the word “endorse” (BACK) written in (IN) USSR (THE USSR) = BACK IN THE USSR.
9 MURDER (7,1,5)
BACKING A HORSE
MUR-DER is obtained by writing backwards (BACKING) “Red Rum” (A HORSE) = BACKING A HORSE.
14 She brought the food for the cat and ‘er, twice! (7)
CAT-’ER-’ER
The cat (CAT) and ‘er (ER) ‘er twice (ER) for = CATERER: she brought the food.
16 Goody, it’s not complicated by Dad (5)
BADDY
Complicated “by Dad” = BADDY: “goody” it’s not.
18 It grinds away moral decay (5)
MOLAR
“Moral” decay = MOLAR: it grinds away.
20 Took the end off as well (3)
TOO
“TOO-k” the end off = TOO: as well.
21 Found that, in the main, it is very entertaining (3)
GAS
Found that in the main (GAS) it is very entertaining (GAS).
24 Unwillingness to move one with an injured retina (7)
I-NERTIA
One (I) with an injured “retina” (NERTIA) = INERTIA: unwillingness to move.
26 A rag man! (7)
ANAGRAM
“A rag man” is an ANAGRAM of ANAGRAM!
27 A strong drink, a drug even (6)
POT-E’EN
A drug (POT) even (E’EN) = POTEEN: a strong drink.
28 Give guns to a wayward hag there, up North (6)
ARM-AGH
Give guns to (ARM) a wayward “hag” (AGH) = ARMAGH: there, up North.
32 A quick look at P, Kay? (4)
PEE-K
P (PEE) Kay (K) = PEEK: a quick look (at)?
33 Get tired showing Jack (4)
FLAG
Get tired (FLAG) showing “Jack” (FLAG).