Explanations: No. 14721 – Wednesday, 7 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s crossword!
1 Refer to work coming back with a nice rhythm to it, perhaps (6)
“Refer to” “work” (CITE OP) coming back = POETIC: with a nice rhythm to it, perhaps.
4 Nerve gas in Russian news service almost gets to their old leaders (8)
In Russian news service, ‘TAS-S’, almost (T-AS) nerve gas (SARIN) gets to = TSARINAS: old Russian leaders.
9 A remedy for fading reportedly? (6)
Fading (DYING) reportedly = DYEING: a remedy for fading, reportedly.
10 Banter about what to aim for with an accessory, of course (8)
About (RE) what to aim for, of (golf) course (PAR) with an accessory, of (golf) course (TEE) = REPARTEE: banter.
12 Perhaps needling a good man with a rash reaction (9)
A good man (ST) with “a rash reaction” (ITCHING) = STITCHING: perhaps needling.
13 Dig for Victory in Europe after Adele is shelled (5)
After “a-del-e” is shelled, i.e. knocking off the outside letters (DEL) Victory in Europe (VE) for = DELVE: dig.
14 Western island fish that’s long contained a female and vulnerable part (8’,4)
Western island (ACHILL) fish that’s long, ‘eel’, contained a female, ‘she’ [E(SHE)EL] and = ACHILLES’ HEEL: vulnerable part.
18 As Tom rudely interrupts ones taking a sip, they’ll speak at dinner perhaps (12)
Ones taking a sip (T-ASTERS) interrupted by “as Tom” rudely (OASTM) = TOASTMASTERS: they’ll speak at dinner, perhaps.
21 One to judge hopping mad (5)
One (I) to judge (RATE) = IRATE: hopping mad.
22 Exaggerate Kenny’s position (9)
Kenny’s position (OVER STATE) = OVERSTATE: exaggerate.
24 Old king’s regulation for side dish (8)
Old king’s (COLE’S) regulation (LAW) for = COLESLAW: side dish.
25 Split second, in part (6)
In “part” (BI-T) second (SEC) = BISECT: split.
26 Here one can imagine and take care of the positive response sent back East (4’1,3)
Take care of (MIND) the positive response, ‘yes’, back (SEY) East (E) = MIND’S EYE: here one can imagine.
27 Drives back and dances around the parking sign (6)
Dances (RE-ELS) around “the parking sign” (P) and = REPELS: drives back.
1 A quick estimate inside to move a bicycle base (8)
Inside “to move a bicycle” (PED-AL) a quick “estimate” (EST) = PEDESTAL: base.
2 I give as an example, audible sense (8)
I give as an example (I CITE) audible = EYESIGHT: sense.
3 Charged like some columns (5)
Charged (IONIC) like some columns (IONIC).
5 One pretending to hold the shelf for the big driver (12)
One pretending (S-HAMMER) to hold “the shelf” (LEDGE) for = SLEDGEHAMMER: the big driver.
6 Get ready to send on the clothing under study (9)
Study (READ) over “the clothing” (DRESS) = READDRESS: get ready to send on.
7 Get to catch and let loose (6)
To catch (NET) and “let” loose (TLE) = NETTLE: get to.
8 One 12-across holding a grand pin (6)
One STITCHING (S-EWER) holding “a grand” (K) = SKEWER: pin.
11 Like some tactics journal containing one account (12)
Journal (DI-ARY) containing “one account” (VERSION) = DIVERSIONARY: like some tactics.
15 A single ship is positioned outside for those with pride (9)
Is positioned (LI-ES) outside “a single ship” (ONE SS) for = LIONESSES: those with pride.
16 Israeli neighbour curses in the shelter (8)
In “the shelter” (LE-E) curses (BANES) = LEBANESE: Israeli neighbour.
17 As top of the line operating system it was trouble around the house (8)
As (AS) top of the line (BEST) operating system (OS) = ASBESTOS: it was trouble around the house.
19 That’s funny pose with company man’s leader (6)
Pose (SIT) with “company” (CO) “m-an’s” leader (M) = SITCOM: that’s funny.
20 Girl with half of the UK’s capital capacity (6)
Girl (GAL) with the UK’s capital, Lon-don, half (LON) = GALLON: capacity.
23 Observe around, in and either side of Notre Dame to find this (5)
Observe (SE-E) around “in” (IN) and = SEINE: either side of Notre Dame to find this (as Notre Dame sits on an island in the middle of the Seine).