Explanations: No. 14733 – Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Wed, Mar 21, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 First male artist overturned some vessels (6)

ARMADA
“First male” “artist” (ADAM-RA) overturned = ARMADA: some vessels.
4 An Italian poet’s slow movements (8)
AN-DANTE’S
An (AN) Italian poet’s (DANTE’S) = ANDANTES: slow movements.
9 Test of one’s mettle or wood! (6)
OR-DEAL
Or wood (OR DEAL) = ORDEAL: test of one’s mettle.
10 One in tears about Internet supplier snapping more easily (8)
CR(ISP)IER
One in tears (CR-IER) about “Internet supplier” (ISP) = CRISPIER: snapping more easily.
12 Great idea being fearless about a win for a change (9)
BRA(INWA)VE
Fearless (BRA-VE) about “a win” for a change (INWA) being = BRAINWAVE: great idea.
13 Way to cut corners that’s over the bishop’s head (5)
MITRE
Way to cut corners (MITRE) that’s over the Bishop’s head (MITRE).
14 Far from female surroundings for lively melodies from young lady (12)
MA(DEMOISEL)LE)
Far from female (MA-LE) surroundings for “lively ‘melodies’” (DEMOISEL) from = MADEMOISELLE: young lady.
18 They show the sky from atrium constructed in aircraft (12)
PLANE(TARIUM)S
In “aircraft” (PLANE-S) “atrium” constructed (TARIUM) from = PLANETARIUMS: they show the (night) sky.
21 Ring up about one this colour (5)
L(I)LAC
Ring, ‘call’, up (L-LAC) about “one” (I) = LILAC: this colour.
22 WLAIIET (3,2,4)
LIE IN WAIT
WLAIIET (w-L-a-I-i-E-t) is the word LIE written IN the word WAIT = LIE IN WAIT.
24 Looking back, outcast was in the van and drove away (8)
REPEL-LED
Outcast, ‘leper’, looking back (REPEL) was in the van (LED) and = REPELLED: drove away.
25 Ask for married leave (6)
BEG-ONE
Ask for (BEG) married (ONE) = BEGONE: leave!
26 14-across’s cousin finds neither partner with it in the Med, say (8)
SE(NOR-IT)A
In “the Med, say” (SE-A) “‘neither’ partner” with “it” (NOR-IT) finds = SENORITA: MADEMOISELLE’s cousin.
27 Fly some jet sets everywhere (6)
TSETSE
Some “je-T SETS E-verywhere” = TSETSE: fly.

Down
1 It can kill so many first off, Pat … ring the doctor, again! (4-4)

-AT-O-M-B-O-MB
First off “p-at” (AT) “ring” “the doctor” (O-MB) again, ring the doctor (O-MB) = ATOM-BOMB: it can kill so many.
2 Road from Dublin towards Belfast, Donegal, plus south-central parts (8)
MI-DL-AND-S
Road from Dublin towards Belfast (MI) Donegal (DL) plus (AND) south (S) = MIDLANDS: central parts.
3 Tied up north part of hospital (5)
DRAWN
“North” “part of hospital” (N-WARD) up = DRAWN: tied.
5 Places to control cheek shown by rugby players (5,7)
NERVE CENTRES
Cheek (NERVE) shown by “rugby players” (CENTRES) = NERVE CENTRES: places to control.
6 Mess up interrupting more capable factory worker (9)
A(SSEM)BLER
More capable (A-BLER) interrupted by “‘mess’ up” (SSEM) = ASSEMBLER: factory worker.
7 Number needing a drink, losing just a second (6)
THIR-TY
Needing a drink (THIR-S-TY) losing just “a second” (-S) = THIRTY: number.
8 Started court proceedings (6)
SERVED
Started (tennis) court proceedings = SERVED.
An oldie but goody, and just a cryptic definition …
11 Financial concern lent into a bad arrangement (8,4)
NATIONAL DEBT
“Lent into a bad” arrangement = NATIONAL DEBT: financial concern.
15 For Pierre, the copper in the tooth is dealing with very small matter (9)
MO(LE-CU)LAR
In “the tooth” (MO-LAR) “for Pierre ‘the’” “copper” (LE-CU) is = MOLECULAR: dealing with very small matter.
16 Manage an event in the ring to get a car! (8)
RUN-A-BOUT
Manage (RUN) an event in the ring (A BOUT) to get = RUNABOUT: a car.
17 Waits around here for a Cockney, so to speak (2,2,4)
AS IT W-’ERE
“Waits” around (AS IT W) “here” for a Cockney (‘ERE) = AS IT WERE: so to speak.
19 Room inside unfortunately causes consternation (6)
ALA(RM)S
Inside “unfortunately” (ALA-S) room (RM) = ALARMS: causes consternation.
20 Easy to get into underwear one cut short (4-2)
SLIP-ON-
Underwear (SLIP) “on-e” cut short (ON) = SLIP-ON: easy to get into.
23 Emma and Rebecca losing five Xmas seasons (5)
NO-ELS
“Emma” and “Rebecca” (NO-V-ELS) losing “five” (-V) = NOELS: Xmas seasons.