Explanations: No. 14723 – Friday, 9 March 2012
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1 Try to return crackers (4)
Try (STAB) to return = BATS: crackers.
4 After last month start confining the king and killing a lot (10)
After “last month start” (DEC-I) confining the king (MATING) and = DECIMATING: killing a lot.
9 Temporary job on set (6)
Temporary (ACTING) job on set (ACTING).
10 Family member brings home masters again (8)
Family member (REL) brings home (EARNS) = RELEARNS: masters again.
11 Teenager produced this at Chinese restaurant (5,3)
“Teenager” produced = GREEN TEA: this at Chinese restaurant.
12 I see in a text a step back from global warming interest (3,3)
“I see” in a text (IC) a step, ‘pace’, back (ECAP) from = ICE CAP: global warming interest.
13 Second in said everything (4)
In “s-AID E-verything” = AIDE: second.
15 Partnership embracing, for instance, loyalty (10)
Partnership (ALL-IANCE) embracing “for instance” (EG) = ALLEGIANCE: loyalty.
17 He trains this month with old policemen by the hill (10)
This month (INST) with “old policemen” (RUC) by “the hill” (TOR) = INSTRUCTOR: he trains.
19 Well in Latin I am taking a little pressure (4)
In Latin “I am” (SUM) a little “pressure” (P) = SUMP: well.
20 Late supporting the sea near Brest (6)
Supporting (FOR) the “sea” near Brest (MER) = FORMER: late.
22 Everyone understand it’s safe now getting this? (3-5)
Everyone understand? (ALL CLEAR?) = ALL-CLEAR: it’s safe now getting this.
25 Picture with many elements you said, inside a tragic young lover’s house (8)
Picture with many elements (MONTAG-E) “you” said, inside (U) = MONTAGUE: a tragic young lover’s house (i.e. Romeo).
26 Still there’s interference (6)
Still (STATIC) there’s “interference” (STATIC).
27 Crosses the line getting locks containing a spring (10)
Locks (TRE-SSES) containing “a spring” (SPA) getting = TRESPASSES: crosses the line.
28 The girl would drop off (4)
The girl would (SHE’D) = SHED: drop off.
2 A C-string, one on an instrument (9)
A C-string (A C-CORD) one on (I ON) = ACCORDION: an instrument.
3 Appropriate spots for an audience (5)
Spots (SEES) for an audience = SEIZE: appropriate.
4 It might be one way to make a trench (5)
Way to make a trench (DIG IT) = DIGIT: it might be “one”.
5 See you reported an actual learner producing answers for all problems (4-3)
“See you” reported (CU) an “actual” (REAL) learner (L) = CURE-ALL: producing answers for all problems.
6 Pondering artist showed up the town (9)
Pondering (MULLING) artist, ‘RA’, showed up (AR) = MULLINGAR: the town.
7 The South summoned Arthur back for economic problems, maybe (5,4)
The South summoned Arthur (S PAGED ART) back, for = TRADE GAPS: economic problems, maybe.
8 Some assassin in Japan (5)
Some “assassi-N IN JA-pan” = NINJA: some assassin in Japan.
14 Reckons what they left is about one million (9)
What they left (EST-ATES) is about “one million” (I-M) = ESTIMATES: reckons.
15 It dissolves metals for example, in tanks for school (4,5)
In “tanks for school, of fish” (AQUA R-IA) for example (EG) = AQUA REGIA: it dissolves metals.
16 Where there’s a toll to pitch tent by a river (9)
To pitch tent (CAMP) by “a river” (A NILE) = CAMPANILE: where there’s a toll.
18 Make fun of a street backing China (3,4)
Make fun of (TEASE) a street, ‘st’, backing (TS) = TEA SETS: china.
21 Nothing gloomy for the bouquet (5)
Nothing (O) gloomy (DOUR) for = ODOUR: the bouquet.
23 Holds up the cobbler’s forms (5)
Holds up (LASTS) the cobbler’s forms (LASTS).
24 Favoured roles somewhere in Yorkshire on the radio (5)
Somewhere in Yorkshire (LEEDS) on the radio = LEADS: favoured roles.