Explanations: No. 14721 – Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Wed, Mar 7, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s crossword!

Roy

Across
1 Refer to work coming back with a nice rhythm to it, perhaps (6)

POETIC
“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)
T(SARIN)AS
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)
DYEING
Fading (DYING) reportedly = DYEING: a remedy for fading, reportedly.
10 Banter about what to aim for with an accessory, of course (8)
RE-PAR-TEE
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)
ST-ITCHING
A good man (ST) with “a rash reaction” (ITCHING) = STITCHING: perhaps needling.
13 Dig for Victory in Europe after Adele is shelled (5)
DEL-VE
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)
ACHILL-E(S HE)EL
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)
T(OASTM)ASTERS
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)
I-RATE
One (I) to judge (RATE) = IRATE: hopping mad.
22 Exaggerate Kenny’s position (9)
OVER-STATE
Kenny’s position (OVER STATE) = OVERSTATE: exaggerate.
24 Old king’s regulation for side dish (8)
COLE’S-LAW
Old king’s (COLE’S) regulation (LAW) for = COLESLAW: side dish.
25 Split second, in part (6)
BI(SEC)T
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)
MIND’-S EY-E
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)
RE(P)ELS
Dances (RE-ELS) around “the parking sign” (P) and = REPELS: drives back.

Down
1 A quick estimate inside to move a bicycle base (8)

PED(EST)AL
Inside “to move a bicycle” (PED-AL) a quick “estimate” (EST) = PEDESTAL: base.
2 I give as an example, audible sense (8)
EYESIGHT
I give as an example (I CITE) audible = EYESIGHT: sense.
3 Charged like some columns (5)
IONIC
Charged (IONIC) like some columns (IONIC).
5 One pretending to hold the shelf for the big driver (12)
S(LEDGE)HAMMER
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)
READ-DRESS
Study (READ) over “the clothing” (DRESS) = READDRESS: get ready to send on.
7 Get to catch and let loose (6)
NET-TLE
To catch (NET) and “let” loose (TLE) = NETTLE: get to.
8 One 12-across holding a grand pin (6)
S(K)EWER
One STITCHING (S-EWER) holding “a grand” (K) = SKEWER: pin.
11 Like some tactics journal containing one account (12)
DI(VERSION)ARY
Journal (DI-ARY) containing “one account” (VERSION) = DIVERSIONARY: like some tactics.
15 A single ship is positioned outside for those with pride (9)
LI(ONE-SS)ES
Is positioned (LI-ES) outside “a single ship” (ONE SS) for = LIONESSES: those with pride.
16 Israeli neighbour curses in the shelter (8)
LE(BANES)E
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-BEST-OS
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)
SIT-CO-M
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)
GAL-LON
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)
SE(IN)E
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).