Explanations: No. 14735 – Friday, 23 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Work that’s bound to be heard round, all right (4)
To “be” heard (B) round (O) all right (OK) = BOOK: work that’s bound.
4 Psycho interfered with insects and parasites (10)
“Psycho” interfered with (SYCOPH) insects (ANTS) and = SYCOPHANTS: parasites.
9 Co. producing by-product for butcher may last (6)
By-product for butcher (OFFAL) “ma-y” last (Y) producing = OFFALY: Co.
10 At least are back to ’50s drinks (8)
At “least” (MIN) “are” back (ERA) to “50-s” (L-S) = MINERALS: drinks.
11 Reportedly don’t see enough, perhaps like the Titanic? (8)
Don’t see enough, perhaps? (UNDER SEE) reportedly = UNDERSEA: like the Titanic.
12 Not quite the reed for a singer (6)
Not quite “th-e” (TH) reed (RUSH) for = THRUSH: a singer.
13 Inexperienced supporter ringing one back (4)
Supporter, ‘fan’, ringing “one” [F(I)AN] back = NAIF: inexperienced.
15 It’s in hand before girl becomes unreliable (3-3-4)
“It” is in “hand” [H(IT) AND] before “girl” (MISS) becomes = HIT-AND-MISS: unreliable.
17 Kindly moving chair where food is served (10)
Moving “chair” (CHARI) where food is served (TABLE) = CHARITABLE: kindly.
19 Miner works this line of clothing (4)
Miner works this (SEAM) line of clothing (SEAM).
20 Manage to turn up at party (4,2)
Manage (MAKE DO) to turn up at party (MAKE DO).
22 Token board and lodging, and drink in Tokyo (8)
Board and lodging (KEEP) and “drink in Tokyo” (SAKE) = KEEPSAKE: token.
25 Father Joyce’s partner and mother get the big picture (8)
Father (PA) (James) Joyce’s partner (NORA) and “mother” (MA) get = PANORAMA: the big picture.
26 sS (6)
“s” (S) “S” (TALL S) = STALLS.
27 Reference journal written about action not started (10)
Journal (DI-ARY) written about “a-ction” not started (-CTION) = DICTIONARY: reference.
28 Every second in Shanghai leads to overdrawn account (4)
Every second (letter) in “Shanghai” (S-h-A-n-G-h-A-i) leads to = SAGA: overdrawn account.
2 One composer to cause offence cut short another (9)
To cause offence, ‘offen-d’, cut short (OFFEN) another composer (BACH) = OFFENBACH: one composer.
3 Scoundrel finds grand place for the flock (5)
Grand (K) place for flock, in church (NAVE) finds = KNAVE: scoundrel.
4 These eye-sores admit fifty to see in things (5)
These eye-sores (STY-ES) admit “fifty” (L) to see = STYLES: “in” things.
5 Designed to be little agreement (7)
Designed to be little (COMPACT) agreement (COMPACT).
6 Regret for taking maybe 1.10 in English money (9)
In “English money” (PEN-CE) 1.10 (I-TEN) = PENITENCE: regret, for taking maybe.
7 Broadcast games of snooker for the bulk of planes (9)
Broadcast (AIR) games of snooker (FRAMES) for = AIRFRAMES: the bulk of planes.
8 Yarns taken from house, later returned (5)
Taken from “hou-SE LAT-er” (SELAT) returned = TALES: yarns.
14 Uncover and refer corruption to solicitor (6,3)
“Refer” corruption (FERRE) to “solicitor” (TOUT) and = FERRET OUT: uncover.
15 Stolen record maybe issue to avoid (3,6)
Stolen (HOT) record, maybe (POTATO) = HOT POTATO: issue to avoid.
16 It ignites a ‘South Park’ commercial (5,4)
A South (S) Park (PARK) commercial (PLUG) = SPARK PLUG: it ignites.
18 Dessert to cook in oven, not completely, on hot rock (7)
To cook in oven, ‘bak-e’, not completely (BAK) on “hot rock” (LAVA) = BAKLAVA: dessert.
21 A place to wrestle, one fine fiddle (5)
A place to wrestle (A MAT) one (I) = AMATI: fine fiddle.
23 Try a piece of bacon or lamb (5)
Try (ESSAY) a piece of (Francis) Bacon or (Charles) Lamb (ESSAY).
24 Pretends to have Noah’s son on board (5)
On board, ‘in the ship’ (S-S) Noah’s son (HAM) = SHAMS: pretends to have.