Explanations: No. 14726 – Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Tue, Mar 13, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 She’s often with Lisa, care of the state (6)

MONA-CO
She’s often with Lisa (MONA) care of (CO) = MONACO: the state.
9 Getting exclusive to deliver a number around a group of farmers (8)
S(COOP)ING
To deliver a number (S-ING) around “a group of farmers” (CO-OP) = SCOOPING: getting exclusive.
10 Where to get drunk zoo keepers? (4)
BARS
Where to get drunk (BARS) zoo keepers? (BARS).
11 Orderly for health check covering only half though (10)
ME(THO)DICAL
Health check (ME-DICAL) covering “only half ‘tho-ugh’” (THO) for = METHODICAL: orderly.
12 Big spout for a water heater (6)
GEYSER
Big spout (GEYSER) for a water heater (GEYSER).
14 Again, ask about where to find ‘Madame Butterfly’ (8)
NAGASAKI
“Again, ask” about = NAGASAKI: where to find Madame Butterfly (Puccini’s opera is set in Nagasaki).
15 This clue uses them (4-6,5)
FOUR-LETTER WORDS
“This”, “clue”, “uses” and “them” are all FOUR-LETTER WORDS.
18 Gives the right to names (8)
ENTITLES
Gives the right to (ENTITLES) names (ENTITLES).
20 Naught losing heart making 14-down (6)
NOT-ING
Naught (NOT-H-ING) losing heart (-H) = NOTING: making NOTES.
22 AM/SS (10)
AM-PER-S-AND-S
AM (AM) / (PER) SS (S AND S) = AMPERSANDS.
24 He knows very little inside information (4)
DOPE
He knows very little (DOPE) inside information (DOPE).
25 Artist arrived inside behind closed doors (2,6)
IN CAME-RA
Artist, ‘RA’, arrived inside (IN CAME RA) = IN CAMERA: behind closed doors.
26 I would turn around, the girl is set on the table (6)
DI-SHE’S
I would, ‘I’d’, turn around (DI) the girl is (SHE’S) = DISHES: set on the table.

Down
1 How much one can take party-wise (6)

DO-SAGE
Party (DO) wise (SAGE) = DOSAGE: how much one can take.
2 Musical firsts from Chopin and then Schubert (4)
C-A-T-S
Firsts (first letters) from “C-hopin A-nd T-hen S-chubert” (C-A-T-S) = CATS: musical.
3 Trade a couple of thousand in force (8)
CO(MM)ERCE
In “force” (CO-ERCE) a couple of thousand (MM) = COMMERCE: trade.
4 Attempt to attract attention from ship’s staff (4)
PSST
From “shi-P’S ST-aff” = PSST: attempt to attract attention.
5 I leave performing alone and farewell? (2,4)
SO LO-NG
Performing along (SOLO-I-ING) “I” leave (-I) and = SO LONG: farewell.
6 Killjoy treats the wine too well (10)
SPOILS-PORT
Treats the wine too well (SPOILS PORT) = SPOILSPORT: killjoy.
7 Exposed voluntarily about a thousand (8)
UN(M)ASKED
Voluntarily (UN-ASKED) about “a thousand” (M) = UNMASKED: exposed.
13 Maybe a private priest? (10)
SERVICE-MAN
Priest? (SERVICE MAN) = SERVICEMAN: maybe a private.
14 Some money to place atop counter (5)
NOTES
To place atop (SET ON) counter = NOTES: some money.
16 Agreement to meet application first with this preparation (8)
-OINTMENT
“Application” first (APP) with “this preparation” (OINTMENT) = APPOINTMENT: agreement to meet.
17 The band and team are close to a fight (8)
RING-SIDE
The band (RING) and “team” (SIDE) are = RINGSIDE: close to a fight.
19 Moderate teaching unit, so it’s said (6)
LESSEN
Teaching unit (LESSON) so it’s said = LESSEN: moderate.
21 View from Vesuvius for the rest with Leslie (6)
NAP-LES
The rest (NAP) with “Leslie” (LES) = NAPLES: view from Vesuvius.
23 Interact every second straight (4)
N-E-A-T
Interact (i-N-t-E-r-A-c-T) ever second = NEAT: straight.
24 Little bit of code? (4)
DASH
Little bit (DASH) = DASH: little bit of (Morse) code.