Explanations: No. 14723 – Friday, 9 March 2012

Fri, Mar 9, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s crossword!

Roy

Across
1 Try to return crackers (4)

BATS
Try (STAB) to return = BATS: crackers.
4 After last month start confining the king and killing a lot (10)
DEC-I-MATING
After “last month start” (DEC-I) confining the king (MATING) and = DECIMATING: killing a lot.
9 Temporary job on set (6)
ACTING
Temporary (ACTING) job on set (ACTING).
10 Family member brings home masters again (8)
REL-EARNS
Family member (REL) brings home (EARNS) = RELEARNS: masters again.
11 Teenager produced this at Chinese restaurant (5,3)
GREEN TEA
“Teenager” produced = GREEN TEA: this at Chinese restaurant.
12 I see in a text a step back from global warming interest (3,3)
IC-E CAP
“I see” in a text (IC) a step, ‘pace’, back (ECAP) from = ICE CAP: global warming interest.
13 Second in said everything (4)
AIDE
In “s-AID E-verything” = AIDE: second.
15 Partnership embracing, for instance, loyalty (10)
ALL(EG)IANCE
Partnership (ALL-IANCE) embracing “for instance” (EG) = ALLEGIANCE: loyalty.
17 He trains this month with old policemen by the hill (10)
INST-RUC-TOR
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)
SUM-P
In Latin “I am” (SUM) a little “pressure” (P) = SUMP: well.
20 Late supporting the sea near Brest (6)
FOR-MER
Supporting (FOR) the “sea” near Brest (MER) = FORMER: late.
22 Everyone understand it’s safe now getting this? (3-5)
ALL-CLEAR
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)
MONTAG(U)E
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)
STATIC
Still (STATIC) there’s “interference” (STATIC).
27 Crosses the line getting locks containing a spring (10)
TRE(SPA)SSES
Locks (TRE-SSES) containing “a spring” (SPA) getting = TRESPASSES: crosses the line.
28 The girl would drop off (4)
SHE’D
The girl would (SHE’D) = SHED: drop off.

Down
2 A C-string, one on an instrument (9)

A-C-CORD-I-ON
A C-string (A C-CORD) one on (I ON) = ACCORDION: an instrument.
3 Appropriate spots for an audience (5)
SEIZE
Spots (SEES) for an audience = SEIZE: appropriate.
4 It might be one way to make a trench (5)
DIG-IT
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)
CU-RE-AL-L
“See you” reported (CU) an “actual” (REAL) learner (L) = CURE-ALL: producing answers for all problems.
6 Pondering artist showed up the town (9)
MULLING-AR
Pondering (MULLING) artist, ‘RA’, showed up (AR) = MULLINGAR: the town.
7 The South summoned Arthur back for economic problems, maybe (5,4)
TRADE GAPS
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)
EST(I-M)ATES
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)
AQUA R(EG)IA
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)
CAMP-A-NILE
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)
TEA SE-TS
Make fun of (TEASE) a street, ‘st’, backing (TS) = TEA SETS: china.
21 Nothing gloomy for the bouquet (5)
O-DOUR
Nothing (O) gloomy (DOUR) for = ODOUR: the bouquet.
23 Holds up the cobbler’s forms (5)
LASTS
Holds up (LASTS) the cobbler’s forms (LASTS).
24 Favoured roles somewhere in Yorkshire on the radio (5)
LEADS
Somewhere in Yorkshire (LEEDS) on the radio = LEADS: favoured roles.