Explanations: No. 14727 – Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Wed, Mar 14, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Proceeds with no effort making ocean liners? (6)

COASTS
Proceeds with no effort (COASTS) making “ocean liners?” (COASTS).
4 Second thoughts with touchy constituents to intimidate (5,3)
PS-YCH OUT
Second thoughts (PS) with “touchy” constituents (YCH OUT) = PSYCH OUT: to intimidate.
9 By extension, social worker is still here (6)
EXT-ANT
By “extension” (EXT) social worker (ANT) is = EXTANT: still here.
10 Lengthen pamphlet from expert (8)
PRO-TRACT
Pamphlet from expert (PRO TRACT) = PROTRACT: lengthen.
12 Where spectators enter for chances to play a bit of Scrabble (9)
TURNS-TILE
Chances to play (TURNS) a bit of Scrabble (TILE) for = TURNSTILE: where spectators enter.
13 You captured my first subject (5)
THE(M)E
You (THE-E) captured “‘m-y’ first” (M) = THEME: subject.
14 Very sad way things are going, in a sense (12)
HEAR(TREND)ING
In “a sense” (HEAR-ING) way things are going (TREND) = HEARTRENDING: very sad.
18 Currently getting to choose an old police friend (12)
ELECT-RIC-ALLY
To choose (ELECT) an old police (RIC) friend (ALLY) getting = ELECTRICALLY: currently.
21 Some squeezed in, got down under dog (5)
DINGO
Some “squeeze-D IN GO-t” = DINGO: down under dog.
22 Reveals Nanny’s middle-weights, they’re not huge (9)
ANN-OUNCES
The middle of “n-ANN-y” (ANN) weights, they’re not huge (OUNCES) = ANNOUNCES: reveals.
24 Overwhelm one with a sister, see? (8)
I-NUN-DATE
One (I) with “a sister” (NUN) see (DATE) = INUNDATE: overwhelm.
25 Quicker for one with no input (6)
FASTER
Quicker (FASTER) for “one with no input” (FASTER).
26 Barbarian communists capture 500 or some number like that (8)
HUN(D)REDS
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)
VER-S-US
Priest, ‘Rev’, is sent back (VER) to “South America” (S-US) = VERSUS: middle of a football fixture (as in Ireland v England).

Down
1 He cheats to disentangle the spotted runners (8)

CHEETAHS
“He cheats” to disentangle = CHEETAHS: the spotted runners.
2 Like a main channel, a channel in a font (8)
A(RTE)RIAL
In “a font” (A-RIAL) a channel (RTE) = ARTERIAL: like a main channel.
3 Pioneers framing fashionable shades (5)
T(IN)TS
Pioneers (T-TS) framing “fashionable” (IN) = TINTS: shades.
5 Yielding almost certain portrayal (12)
SUR-RENDERING
Certain, ‘sur-e’, almost (SUR-) portrayal (RENDERING) = SURRENDERING: yielding.
6 Unresponsive pet, before a pick-me-up (9)
CAT-A-TONIC
Pet (CAT) before “a pick-me-up” (A TONIC) = CATATONIC: unresponsive.
7 Held the floor getting a ring valued (6)
O-RATED
A ring (O) valued (RATED) getting = ORATED: held the floor.
8 Little bird took charge like a lady (6)
TIT-LED
Little bird (TIT) took charge (LED) = TITLED: like a lady.
11 No longer enthusiastic and sort of snide, made sounds of protest (12)
DISEN-CHANTED
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)
TALL ORDER
Challenge that’s taxing (TALL ORDER) Jesuits, say, over six feet (TALL ORDER).
16 Calms down finding locations sheltering unlimited cats (8)
PLAC(AT)ES
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)
EYES-ORES
Looks at (EYES) metal containers (ORES) for = EYESORES: dumps.
19 A little strange party looking back, a real beauty (6)
OD-DISH
Party, ‘do’, looking back (OD) a real beauty (DISH) = ODDISH: a little strange.
20 Say detain a soldier by agreed order (2,4)
IN TURN
Detain a soldier (INTERN) say = IN TURN: by agreed order.
23 Not them this time getting the meter reading (5)
US-AGE
Not them (US) this time (AGE) getting = USAGE: the meter reading.