Explanations: No. 14768 – Tuesday, 1 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Father, for skiing wear this reversible material (6)
Father (DA) for skiing wear this (MASK) = DAMASK: reversible material.
9 Instrument for registrar (8)
Instrument (RECORDER) for “registrar” (RECORDER).
10 Run an incomplete naval unit (4)
A naval unit (FLEE-T) incomplete = FLEE: run.
11 Depressed by professional dossier that’s kept by fugitive, maybe (3,7)
Depressed (LOW) by “professional” (PRO) dossier (FILE) = LOW PROFILE: that’s kept by fugitive, maybe.
12 Article stuffed into French port and chicken serving (6)
Stuffed into “French port” (BRE-ST) article (A) and = BREAST: chicken serving.
14 Overwrought describing useless tennis racquet (8)
Overwrought (UNSTRUNG) describing useless tennis racquet (UNSTRUNG).
15 Where locals gather 2000 with uni? (9,6)
“2000” with “uni” (MM-UNI) is the CENTRE of the word COMMUNITY = COMMUNITY CENTRE: where locals gather.
18 Youth support for golf range is erratic (8)
Support for golf (TEE) “range” is erratic (NAGER) = TEENAGER: youth.
20 Letters becoming hilarious after ‘love, yours truly’ (6)
After “love” “yours truly” (O-ME) hilarious (GAS) becoming = OMEGAS: letters.
22 Beeper calls about torching residences near churches (10)
Beeper calls (P-AGES) about “torching” (ARSON) = PARSONAGES: residences near churches.
24 Work long and hard for second record (4)
Second (S) record (LOG) for = SLOG: work long and hard.
25 Produce 18-across confusion (8)
“TEENAGER” confusion = GENERATE: produce.
26 Scamp leaves church in terrible ruin (6)
In “terrible ‘ruin’” (UR-IN) church (CH) leaves = URCHIN: scamp.
1 Follow or precede soldier, then sailor? (6)
Follow (TAIL) or (OR) = TAILOR: precede soldier, then sailor? (as in “tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor …”).
2 Clear maybe, about physical education (4)
About, ‘circa’ (CA) physical education (PE) = CAPE: Clear, maybe (Cape Clear island in Co. Cork).
3 Notes written up about unusual elk bones (8)
“Notes” written up (S-ETON) about “unusual ‘elk’” (KEL) = SKELETON: bones.
4 Facial feature that’s almost tan colour (4)
Tan colour (BROW-N) almost, that’s = BROW: facial feature.
5 High-flyer shows one vehicle to us (6)
One (I) vehicle (CAR) to “us” (US) shows = ICARUS: high-flyer (who got too close to the sun, in the Greek myth).
6 Choice for page with letter of recommendation (10)
Page (P) with “letter of recommendation” (REFERENCE) for = PREFERENCE: choice.
7 Seating for about 100 all over the ship (8)
About (RE) 100 (C) all over “the ship” (LINER) for = RECLINER: seating.
13 Manage to get promotion over clergyman (10)
Promotion (AD) over “clergyman” (MINISTER) to get = ADMINISTER: manage.
14 Speak out-and-out (5)
Speak (UTTER) out-and-out (UTTER).
16 Intimidated and unsettled around Vera (8)
Unsettled (O-WED) around “Vera” (VERA) and = OVERAWED: intimidated.
17 Angry, not at home for strike (5,3)
Angry (CROSS) not at home (OUT) for = CROSS OUT: strike.
19 Ben in ‘Treasure Island’ protects mother from killer (6)
Ben in ‘Treasure Island’ (GUN-N) protects “mother” (MA) from = GUNMAN: killer.
21 A fellow teaching is a good-looker (6)
A fellow teaching is (A DON IS) = ADONIS: a good-looker.
23 In general, first to leave secluded spot (4)
In “general” (G-EN) first to “l-eave” (L) = GLEN: secluded spot.
24 Not well written just like that in speech (4)
Written just like that (SIC) in speech = SICK: not well.