Explanations: No. 14632 – Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Wed, Nov 23, 2011, 23:59

   
Today we are introducing the second of our three new grids. This new grid may look familiar, as it is indeed Derek Crozier’s old Wednesday design, but with a few black squares removed. This opens up the grid a little bit so that the solving of longer answers gives more letters to help with other clues. I think this grid reflects a guiding principle that I’ve been using in setting all these puzzles: a more contemporary feel, but rooted in the Crosaire tradition.

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
1 An unfortunate centre-forward, to get sick (6)

W-RETCH
Centre “for-W-ard” (W) to get sick (RETCH) = WRETCH: an unfortunate.
4 Perhaps making a dessert of little value? (8)
TRIFLING
Perhaps making a dessert? (TRIFLING) of little value (TRIFLING).
9 Again, look at what’s written; it’s about doubled the ad! (6)
RE-RE-AD
It’s “about” (RE) doubled (RE) the ad (AD) = REREAD: again, look at what’s written.
10 Alien century, alien era etc. (2,6)
ET C-ET-ERA
Alien (ET) century (C) alien (ET) era (ERA) = ET CETERA: etc.
12 Backing up there’s silence, with a church air that moves a child (9)
PU-SH CH-AIR
Backing “up” (PU) there’s “silence” (SH) with “a church” (CH) air (AIR) = PUSH CHAIR: that moves a child.
13 Jack shows Kay much of the church (5)
K-NAVE
Kay (K) much of the church (NAVE) shows = KNAVE: jack.
14 Surprisingly satanic, these numbers! (12)
ANAESTHETICS
Surprisingly “satanic, these” = ANAESTHETICS: numbers!
18 Consequence of using the drums again? (12)
RE-PERCUSION
Of using the drums again? (RE-PERCUSSION) = REPERCUSSION: consequence.
21 Standing before the court, briefly (5)
ERE-CT
Before (ERE) the “court”, briefly (CT) = ERECT: standing.
22 Ideal container for the New Testament, I see …  I hear the same (9)
IDE(NT-IC)AL
“Ideal” container (IDE-AL) for “the New Testament” “”I see’, I hear” (IC) = IDENTICAL: the same.
24 Jack, Diane and Catherine give up their power (8)
AB-DI-CATE
Jack (AB) Diane (DI) and “Catherine” (CATE) = ABDICATE: give up their power.
25 The dopes revealed it’s all round Dublin 10 (6)
I(D-IO)T’S
It’s (I-TS) all round “Dublin” “10” (D-IO) revealed = IDIOTS: the dopes.
26 They jump hers, outside an old city beside Donegal (8)
H(UR-DL)ERS
Hers (H-ERS) outside “an old city” (UR) beside “Donegal” (DL) = HURDLERS: they jump.
27 Evaluate like the SS? (6)
AS-S-ESS
Like (AS) the S (S) S (ESS) = ASSESS: evaluate.

Down
1 Misuse of ‘wad’ or ‘ply’, for example! (8)

WORDPLAY
Misuse of “wad or ply” = WORDPLAY: misuse of ‘wad’ or ‘ply’, for example!
2 An issue perhaps for a Dane and a Thai masseur, as I answered in part (8)
EURASIAN
“mass-EUR AS I AN-swered” in part = EURASIAN: an issue perhaps for a Dane and Thai.
3 Our fun and lively air is in the copy (5)
C(RAI)C
In “the copy” (C-C) lively “air” (RAI) and = CRAIC: our fun.
5 It’ll get you back here for a profit … check off E and T (6,6)
RETURN TICK-E-T
A profit (RETURN) check off (TICK) E and T (E-T) = RETURN TICKET: it’ll get you back here.
6 Foul results from gratuitous thrills (4,5)
FREE KICKS
Foul results (FREE KICKS) from “gratuitous thrills” (FREE KICKS).
7 One hundred pick up the pace for a cool Mass! (3,3)
I-C-E CAP
One hundred (IC) pick up the “pace” (E-CAP) for = ICE CAP: a cool mass.
8 The Stones get serious at fifty (6)
GRAVE-L
Serious (GRAVE) at “fifty” (L) get = GRAVEL: the stones.
11 There, keep the money the sightseer misplaced in the car (4,8)
CA(SH REGISTE)R
In “the car” (CA-R) the “sightseer” misplaced (SH REGISTE) = CASH REGISTER: there, keep the money.
15 Moulded plastic housing? The Church of England is not convinced! (9)
S(CE)PTICAL
Moulded “plastic” (S-PTICAL) housing “the Church of England” (CE) is = SCEPTICAL: not convinced.
16 Give away a record to win? Quite the opposite! (8)
DISC-LOSE
A record (DISC) to win? Quite the opposite! (LOSE) = DISCLOSE: give away.
17 Lets go an uncle, missing the last snakes (8)
UNCL-ASPS
An “UNCL-e”, missing the last (UNCL) snakes (ASPS) = UNCLASPS: lets go.
19 Cut off Germany, thanks to the church (6)
DE-TA-CH
Germany (DE) thanks (TA) to “the church” (CH) = DETACH: cut off.
20 Put five on the end, or he will sell (6)
V-END-OR
Put “five” (V) on the “end, or” (END OR) = VENDOR: he will sell.
23 Current events from the end of August to the middle of the month? (5)
T-IDES
The end of “augus-T” (T) to “the middle of the month” (IDES) = TIDES: current events?