Explanations: No. 14727 – Wednesday, 14 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Proceeds with no effort making ocean liners? (6)
Proceeds with no effort (COASTS) making “ocean liners?” (COASTS).
4 Second thoughts with touchy constituents to intimidate (5,3)
Second thoughts (PS) with “touchy” constituents (YCH OUT) = PSYCH OUT: to intimidate.
9 By extension, social worker is still here (6)
By “extension” (EXT) social worker (ANT) is = EXTANT: still here.
10 Lengthen pamphlet from expert (8)
Pamphlet from expert (PRO TRACT) = PROTRACT: lengthen.
12 Where spectators enter for chances to play a bit of Scrabble (9)
Chances to play (TURNS) a bit of Scrabble (TILE) for = TURNSTILE: where spectators enter.
13 You captured my first subject (5)
You (THE-E) captured “‘m-y’ first” (M) = THEME: subject.
14 Very sad way things are going, in a sense (12)
In “a sense” (HEAR-ING) way things are going (TREND) = HEARTRENDING: very sad.
18 Currently getting to choose an old police friend (12)
To choose (ELECT) an old police (RIC) friend (ALLY) getting = ELECTRICALLY: currently.
21 Some squeezed in, got down under dog (5)
Some “squeeze-D IN GO-t” = DINGO: down under dog.
22 Reveals Nanny’s middle-weights, they’re not huge (9)
The middle of “n-ANN-y” (ANN) weights, they’re not huge (OUNCES) = ANNOUNCES: reveals.
24 Overwhelm one with a sister, see? (8)
One (I) with “a sister” (NUN) see (DATE) = INUNDATE: overwhelm.
25 Quicker for one with no input (6)
Quicker (FASTER) for “one with no input” (FASTER).
26 Barbarian communists capture 500 or some number like that (8)
Barbarian communists (HUN-REDS) capture “500” (D) or = HUNDREDS: some number like that (like 500).
27 Middle of a football fixture priest is sent back to South America (6)
Priest, ‘Rev’, is sent back (VER) to “South America” (S-US) = VERSUS: middle of a football fixture (as in Ireland v England).
1 He cheats to disentangle the spotted runners (8)
“He cheats” to disentangle = CHEETAHS: the spotted runners.
2 Like a main channel, a channel in a font (8)
In “a font” (A-RIAL) a channel (RTE) = ARTERIAL: like a main channel.
3 Pioneers framing fashionable shades (5)
Pioneers (T-TS) framing “fashionable” (IN) = TINTS: shades.
5 Yielding almost certain portrayal (12)
Certain, ‘sur-e’, almost (SUR-) portrayal (RENDERING) = SURRENDERING: yielding.
6 Unresponsive pet, before a pick-me-up (9)
Pet (CAT) before “a pick-me-up” (A TONIC) = CATATONIC: unresponsive.
7 Held the floor getting a ring valued (6)
A ring (O) valued (RATED) getting = ORATED: held the floor.
8 Little bird took charge like a lady (6)
Little bird (TIT) took charge (LED) = TITLED: like a lady.
11 No longer enthusiastic and sort of snide, made sounds of protest (12)
Sort of “snide” (DISEN) made sounds of protest (CHANTED) and = DISENCHANTED: no longer enthusiastic.
15 Challenge that’s taxing Jesuits, say over six feet (4,5)
Challenge that’s taxing (TALL ORDER) Jesuits, say, over six feet (TALL ORDER).
16 Calms down finding locations sheltering unlimited cats (8)
Locations (PLAC-ES) sheltering “unlimited, take the end letters way, ‘c-at-s’” (AT) finding = PLACATES: calms down.
17 Looks at metal containers for dumps (8)
Looks at (EYES) metal containers (ORES) for = EYESORES: dumps.
19 A little strange party looking back, a real beauty (6)
Party, ‘do’, looking back (OD) a real beauty (DISH) = ODDISH: a little strange.
20 Say detain a soldier by agreed order (2,4)
Detain a soldier (INTERN) say = IN TURN: by agreed order.
23 Not them this time getting the meter reading (5)
Not them (US) this time (AGE) getting = USAGE: the meter reading.