Explanations: No. 14631 – Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 23:59

   
We are introducing three new grids this week, to go along with the three grid designs that we’ve retained from the last few decades of Crosaire. Today’s new gird is a pretty standard, contemporary design, and I think the main thing to note is that big 15-letter answer that runs horizontally across the centre. That’s something we don’t have in any of the other designs, so it will make Tuesdays a little “special”, I hope.

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

How did you fare with this crossword?

Across
8 More pious and love to lie in the personnel department (6)

H(O-LIE)R
In “the personnel department” (H-R) “love” to “lie” (O-LIE) and = HOLIER: more pious.
9 Stereo broadcast one hundred is just for those in the know (8)
ESOTER-I-C
“Stereo” broadcast (ESOTER) “one hundred” (I-C) is = ESOTERIC: just for those in the know.
10 The next half of the street is for the birds! (4)
NE-ST
The “NE-xt” half of (NE) the street (ST) = NEST: is for the birds!
11 Sudden withdrawal from century-old land around Istanbul (4,6)
C-OLD TURKEY
Century (C) old (OLD) land around Istanbul (TURKEY) from = COLD TURKEY: sudden withdrawal.
12 One novel novel infused with passion (2,4)
I-N LOVE
One (I) novel “novel” (N LOVE) = IN LOVE: infused with passion.
14 Clare rings a referee about to be laid back (8)
C(A-REF-RE)E
Clare (C-E) rings “a referee” “about” (A-REF-RE) to be = CAREFREE: laid back.
15 Shan’t their great turmoil be devastating? (5-10)
EARTH-SHATTERING
“Shan’t their great” turmoil, be = EARTH-SHATTERING: devastating.
18 Introduction that’s quietly about to move along, but not too quickly (8)
P-RE-AMBLE
Quietly (P) about (RE) to move along, but not too quickly (AMBLE) that’s = PREAMBLE: introduction.
20 It’s in Kerry, an Irish beach with shelter from the wind (6)
TRA-LEE
An Irish “beach” (TRA) with “shelter from the wind” (LEE) = TRALEE: it’s in Kerry.
22 He came earlier for the fancy feather (10)
FOR-EFATHER
For (FOR) the fancy “feather” (EFATHER) = FOREFATHER: he came earlier.
24 It’s before I turn over my nitrogen for mass production! (4)
H-YM-N
It’s before “I” (H) turn over “my” (YM) nitrogen (N) for = HYMN: mass production.
25 Get used to an Irish bank taking us, Thomas! (8)
ACC-US-TOM
An Irish bank (ACC) taking “us” (US) Thomas (TOM) = ACCUSTOM: get used to.
26 Beheading, maiming, or intending to do so? (6)
AIMING
Beheading “m-AIMING”, or = AIMING: intending to do so?

Down
1 Only Monaghan is sober (6)

SOLE-MN
Only (SOLE) Monaghan (MN) is = SOLEMN: sober.
2 You’ll need a hand for this that’s loud at first (4)
F-IST
That’s loud (F) at “first” (IST) = FIST: you’ll need a hand for this.
3 The shelf supports eight inside them here, to the right (8)
BRACKETS
The shelf supports (BRACKETS) eight inside them here, to the right i.e. look right, to the end of the clue, at the “8” inside the BRACKETS “(8)”.
4 Dance about, with the Spanish (4)
RE-EL
About (RE) with “the” Spanish (EL) = REEL: dance.
5 Quietly … or the better half gets a drink (6)
P-OR-TER
Quietly (P) or (OR) the “bet-TER” half (TER) gets = PORTER: a drink.
6 RAF rearm it at sea, and land (5,5)
TERRA FIRMA
“RAF rearm it” at sea, and = TERRA FIRMA: land.
7 Back in the net, even the score … well almost (8)
NI-NET-E’EN
Back “in” (NI) the net (NET) even (E’EN) = NINETEEN: the score (20) … well, almost.
13 It’s shocking to make us argue too! (10)
OUTRAGEOUS
“Us argue too” to make = OUTRAGEOUS: it’s shocking.
14 150 are there, all around the Burren (5)
CL-ARE
150 (CL) are (ARE) = CLARE: there, all around the Burren.
16 Part of a military tune for the Common Era (3,5)
AIR FOR-CE
Tune (AIR) for (FOR) the Common Era (CE) = AIR FORCE: part of a military.
17 The class Egyptian king gets nothing, and the Irish king gets a fifty (8)
TUT-O-RI-A-L
Egyptian king (TUT) gets “nothing” (O) and the Irish “king” (RI) gets “a fifty” (A L) = TUTORIAL: the class.
19 Shows off snakes and half-wits (6)
BOAS-TS
Snakes (BOAS) and half “wi-TS” (TS) = BOASTS: shows off.
21 Fur ‘er ‘ole in the ground? (6)
ER-MINE
‘Er (ER) ‘ole in the ground? (MINE) = ERMINE: fur.
23 Hmm … clothes lines, perhaps (4)
H-EMS
H (H) mm (EMS) = HEMS: clothes lines, perhaps
24 He took in nothing grand for his house (4)
H(O-M)E
He (H-E) took in “nothing” “grand” (O-M) for = HOME: his house.