Explanations: No. 14751 – Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 This second heavyweight champion is outside (2,4)
A(T ON)CE
Champion (A-CE) is outside “heavy-weight” (TON) = AT ONCE: this second.
4 Widest highway in most suitable surroundings (8)
B(ROAD)EST
In “most suitable” surroundings (B-EST) highway (ROAD) = BROADEST: widest.
9 Describing Saturday’s puzzle for Sicilian location (6)
THE-MED
Sicilian location (THE MED) for = THEMED: describing Saturday’s puzzle.
10 Burns makes points about church (8)
SCOR(CH)ES
Makes points (SCOR-ES) about “church” (CH) = SCORCHES: burns.
12 Perhaps where cobbler works lowest (4-5)
LAST-PLACE
Perhaps where cobbler works (LAST PLACE) = LAST-PLACE: lowest.
13 Characters starting cruise recommend everyone tour Easter Island (5)
C-R-E-T-E
Characters starting c-ruise (C) r-ecommend (R) e-veryone (E) t-our (T) E-aster (E) = CRETE: island.
14 Bias Ellie heard in the forecast (12)
PREDI(LE)CTION
In “the forecast” (PREDI-CTION) “Ellie” heard (LE) = PREDILECTION: bias.
18 Furniture for boudoir set me off (7,5)
BEDROOM SUITE
“Boudoir set me” off, for = BEDROOM SUITE: furniture (for boudoir).
21 Henry’s first and Henry’s second turned reddish-brown (5)
H-ENNA
“H-enry’s” first (H) and Henry’s second (wife), ‘Anne’, turned (ENNA) = HENNA: reddish-brown.
22 Repeat this twice before a church dance (3-3-3)
CH-A-CH-A-CH-A
“Church” before “a” (CH-A) repeat this (CH-A) twice (CH-A) = CHA-CHA-CHA: dance.
24 Missing parts for commercial about card game (8)
A(BRIDGE)D
Commercial (A-D) about “card game” (BRIDGE) for = ABRIDGED: missing parts.
25 Smaller whales, they’re over a foot (6)
CALVES
Smaller whales (CALVES) they’re over a foot (CALVES).
26 Stop to dine with journalists (8)
SUP-PRESS
To dine (SUP) with “journalists” (PRESS) = SUPPRESS: stop.
27 Changed order for Red Sea to be dried up (6)
SEA-RED
Changed order for “Red Sea” (SEA RED) to be = SEARED: dried up.

Down
1 Social worker to run off for a buck maybe (8)
ANT-ELOPE
Social worker (ANT) to run off (ELOPE) for = ANTELOPE: a buck maybe.
2 Supervised and done in view (8)
OVER-SEEN
Done (OVER) in view (SEEN) and = OVERSEEN: supervised.
3 Miserly fellow captures her heart (5)
CH(E)AP
Fellow (CH-AP) captures “h-e-r” heart (E) = CHEAP: miserly
5 Concrete container for reaction set off for fun (12)
RE(CREATION)AL
Concrete (RE-AL) container for “’reaction’ set off” (CREATION) = RECREATIONAL: for fun.
6 Dreadful, dreadful actor promises to pay (9)
ATROC-IOUS
Dreadful “actor” (ATROC) promises to pay (IOUS) = ATROCIOUS: dreadful.
7 Repeated half the speech with a dictionary (6)
ECH-OED
Half the “spe-ech” (ECH) with “a dictionary” (OED) = ECHOED: repeated.
8 Tried to get deputy holding seat replaced (6)
T(ASTE)D
Deputy (T-D) holding “‘seat’ replaced” (ASTE) to get = TASTED: tried.
11 Protected crazy thieves (12)
SAFE-CRACKERS
Protected (SAFE) crazy (CRACKERS) = SAFECRACKERS: thieves.
15 European I bad-mouth in conversation (9)
ICELANDER
I bad-mouth (I SLANDER) in conversation = ICELANDER: European.
16 Notice record finished (8)
DISC-OVER
Record (DISC) finished (OVER) = DISCOVER: notice.
17 Had a setback producing circuits in a rush (8)
RE(LAPS)ED
In “a rush” (RE-ED) circuits (LAPS) producing = RELAPSED: had a setback.
19 Schools of fish in shallow spots? (6)
SHOALS
Schools of fish (SHOALS) in “shallow spots” (SHOALS).
20 Catch partner endlessly upset (6)
-ENTRAP
“Partne-r” endlessly (PARTNE) upset = ENTRAP: catch.
23 Big throw for man over the road (5)
HE-AVE
Man (HE) over “the road” (AVE) for = HEAVE: big throw.