Explanations: No. 14714 – Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Tue, Feb 28, 2012, 23:59

   

There has been some discussion here lately about the length of time taken for submitted comments to appear. As promised, I have discussed the issue internally and as a result some changes will be made.

A crossword blog usually generates a lot of comments as solvers discuss the clues of that day’s puzzle in real time. For this “real time” commenting to take place though, such a blog has to be moderated 24 hours a day so that comments are posted within a very short time. I have been serving as the moderator for this blog and we have to blame the time difference (I am 8 hours away) for much of the delay in posting comments.

The main focus of the blog will stay as is, providing clue explanations for the hundreds of readers that visit the Explanations Post each day.

The Chat Post has been be discontinued. Very few people are leaving comments anyway, primarily because of the delay in posting. We don’t have the infrastructure in place to provide the necessary moderator coverage, so the comment function will be shut down altogether. We know this might disappoint the few regulars who have been placing comments, and that is unfortunate.

That said, thank you for all the feedback over the past few months.

Roy Earle
and
Lorna Kernan
Crossword Editor

Across
8 Shady retreat from a port in the East End of London (6)

‘ARBOUR
A port, ‘harbour’, in the East End of London (‘ARBOUR) from = ARBOUR: shady retreat.
9 Surrounded then half came nearer (8)
EN-CLOSED
“Th-en” half (EN) came nearer (CLOSED) = ENCLOSED: surrounded.
10 Lawyer with a heartless man to condemn (4)
DA-MN
Lawyer (DA) with a heartless “m(a)n” (MN) = DAMN: to condemn.
11 The audacity to lie about a transmitter (5,5)
NERVE FIB-RE
The audacity (NERVE) to lie (FIB) about (RE) = NERVE FIBRE: a transmitter.
12 Sign over for example, a car (6)
GE-MINI
For example, ‘e.g.’, over (GE) a car (MINI) = GEMINI: sign.
14 The sickest looking neckwear in history (8)
PAS(TIES)T
In “history” (PAS-T) neckwear (TIES) = PASTIEST: the sickest looking.
15 Divulge present draughts (4,3,4,4)
GIVE THE GAME AWAY
Divulge (GIVE THE GAME AWAY) present draughts (GIVE THE GAME AWAY).
18 Complex component for money in Northern Ireland and the South (8)
N(EUROS)I-S
Money, ‘euros’, in Northern Ireland, ‘NI’ [N(EUROS)I) and “the South” (S) for = NEUROSIS: complex component.
20 Anagram for Club Med perhaps (6)
RESORT
Anagram (RE-SORT) for = RESORT: Club Med, perhaps.
22 When many get up from a siesta (5,2,3)
BREAK OF DAY
When many get up (BREAK OF DAY) from “a siesta” (BREAK OF DAY).
24 Last notes a medic sent back (4)
CODA
A medic (A DOC) sent back = CODA: last notes.
25 Colour that finishes off the loo (8)
LAV-ENDER
That finishes off the loo (LAV ENDER) = LAVENDER: colour.
26 Give power to overturn a Mediterranean island to the northeast (6)
ENABLE
“A Mediterranean island” to “the northeast” (ELBA-NE) overturn = ENABLE: give power to.

Down
1 In this getting ironed out make more (6)

CREASE
In (IN) this getting ironed out (CREASE) = INCREASE: make more.
2 Cut short lament in recital (4)
MOWN
Lament (MOAN) in recital = MOWN: cut short.
3 Wave about a fibre cereal (8)
BRAN-DISH
A fibre cereal (BRAN DISH) = BRANDISH: wave about.
4 A little saltwater race? (4)
TEAR
A little saltwater? (TEAR) race (TEAR).
5 They move the boat for all hands in the ship (6)
S(CREW)S
In “the ship” (S-S) all hands (CREW) for = SCREWS: they move the boat.
6 Do small containers get people in order? (10)
DO-MINI-CANS
Do (DO) small containers (MINI-CANS) get = DOMINICANS: people in order.
7 Brakes assembled in North America state (8)
N(EBRASK)A
In “North America” (N-A) “brakes” assembled (EBRASK) = NEBRASKA: state.
13 Craft used to start a conversation? (10)
ICEBREAKER
Craft (ICEBREAKER) used to start a conversation? (ICEBREAKER).
14 Summonses a book collection (5)
PAGES
Summonses (PAGES) a book collection (PAGES).
16 I call out to the audience for something cold (3,5)
ICE CREAM
I call out (I SCREAM) to the audience, for = ICE CREAM: something cold.
17 Spoil, like wheels on a car brought to a woeful end (8)
MAR-TYRED
Spoil (MAR) like wheels on a car (TYRED) = MARTYRED: brought to a woeful end.
19 Stakes, slats and screws used for fencing? (6)
S-WORDS
S-takes, s-lats and s-crews (S WORDS) = SWORDS: used for fencing?
21 Punch holes in a problem (6)
RIDDLE
Punch holes in (RIDDLE) a problem (RIDDLE).
23 Five hundred couples retreat for lack of light (4)
D-ARK
Five hundred (D) couples retreat (ARK) for = DARK: lack of light.
24 Perhaps an Ulster county at last (4)
CO-AT
County (CO) “at” last (AT) = COAT: perhaps an Ulster.