Explanations: No. 14732 – Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 One in middle of fight, sick for another round (6)

REF-ILL
One in middle of fight (REF) sick (ILL) for = REFILL: another round.
9 Maybe Carmen tore off the last for a numbers person? (8)
OPERA-TOR
Maybe Carmen (OPERA) “tor-e” off the last (letter) (TOR-) for = OPERATOR: a numbers person?
10 Appraise the leaders from right at the end (4)
R-A-T-E
The leaders (first letters) from r-ight (R) a-t (A) t-he (T) e-nd (E) = RATE: appraise.
11 Essays containing an item for police protection create distorted images (10)
TR(A-VEST)IES
Essays (TR-IES) containing “an item for police protection” (A VEST) create = TRAVESTIES: distorted images.
12 Require hospital department initially have a bug (6)
ENT-AIL
Hospital department, Ear Nose and Throat, initially (ENT) have a bug (AIL) = ENTAIL: require.
14 Crazy getting called into the act (8)
DE(RANG)ED
Into “the act” (DE-ED) called (RANG) getting = DERANGED: crazy.
15 Routine as Ulster Assembly takes a last shot with this? (7,8)
RUSSIAN ROULETTE
“Routine as Ulster” assembly = RUSSIAN ROULETTE: takes a last shot with this?
18 Use blades and take half the plaice, the fish (3,5)
-ICE SKATE
Take half the “pla-ice” (ICE) the fish (SKATE) and = ICE SKATE: use blades.
20 Press for letters from Athens (6)
HASTEN
Letters from “Athens” for = HASTEN: press.
22 At times no staff for magician before the North (3,3,4)
NO-W AND THE-N
No staff for magician (NO WAND) before “the North” (THE N) = NOW AND THEN: at times.
24 Novel idea for part of garden (4)
PLOT
Novel idea (PLOT) for “part of garden” (PLOT).
25 Options wrapping a hundred creamy treats (4-4)
CHO(C)-ICES
Options (CHO-ICES) wrapping “a hundred” (C) = CHOC-ICES: creamy treats.
26 Priest hero in part of good book (6)
ESTHER
“pri-EST HER-o” in part = ESTHER: part of a “good book” (the Bible).

Down
1 Lock up Greek character caught in racket (6)

D(ETA)IN
Caught in “racket” (D-IN) Greek character (ETA) = DETAIN: lock up.
2 They’re spotted in the casino cut up (4)
DICE
They’re spotted in the casino (DICE) cut up (DICE).
3 Some boats from Florence with rudder attachment, say (8)
FLO-TILLA
Florence (FLO) with “rudder attachment, ‘tiller’, say (TILLA) from = FLOTILLA: some boats.
4 List first 18 letters turning up (4)
ROTA
First 18 letters (A TO R) turning up = ROTA: list.
5 Happened upon fish eggs looking up part of shower! (6)
MET-EOR
Happened upon (MET) fish eggs, ‘roe’, looking up (EOR) = METEOR: part of (meteor) shower.
6 Wind up in swaps for pub staff (10)
BART(END)ERS
In “swaps” (BART-ERS) wind up (END) for = BARTENDERS: pub staff.
7 Music part half have in an instant (8)
MO(VE)MENT
In “an instant” (MO-MENT) half “ha-ve” (VE) = MOVEMENT: music part.
13 Help fool one with position (10)
ASS-I-STANCE
Fool (ASS) “one” (I) with “position” (STANCE).
14 Lament, for instance, free turns (5)
DIRGE
“For instance” “free” (EG RID) turns = DIRGE: lament.
16 Relative about to turn up at Holland’s capital to strip? (8)
UNCL(OT-H)E
Relative (UNCL-E) about “‘to’ turn up” at “H-olland’s” capital (OT-H) = UNCLOTHE: to strip.
17 Perhaps removed door with a screw loose? (8)
UNHINGED
Perhaps removed door? (UNHINGED) with a screw loose (UNHINGED).
19 Make off with sailor by canal (6)
AB-DUCT
Sailor (AB) by “canal” (DUCT) = ABDUCT: make off with.
21 Took the window instead of the aisle? (6)
ELOPED
Just the pun and nothing more, an old joke …
23 The man’s second to blow off steam, perhaps (4)
HIS-S
The man’s (HIS) second (S) = HISS: to blow off steam, perhaps.
24 Raised an extra amount for serving bread (4)
PITA
An extra amount for serving (A TIP) raised = PITA: bread.