Explanations: No. 14769 – Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wed, May 2, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 First seen in Paris, as it is a drink from France (6)
P-AS-’TIS
First seen in “P-aris” (P) as (AS) it is (‘TIS) = PASTIS: a drink from France.
4 Pertaining to Mother’s cost for hiring Father? (8)
PA-RENTAL
Cost for hiring Father? (PA RENTAL) is = PARENTAL: pertaining to Mother.
9 Soothsayer decapitated round boat (6)
-ORACLE
Round boat (C-ORACLE) decapitated (-C, the head letter) = ORACLE: soothsayer.
10 I had to return to far from liberal area (8)
DI-STRICT
I had, ‘I’d’, to return (DI) to “far from liberal” (STRICT) = DISTRICT: area.
12 Correct reduction for present (9)
INTRODUCE
Correct “reduction” for = INTRODUCE: present.
13 Footwear for pack animals (5)
MULES
Footwear (MULES) for “pack animals” (MULES).
14 Public statement with article, subject and verb meaning to cohere (12)
AN-NOUN-CEMENT
With “article” (AN) subject (NOUN) and “verb meaning to cohere” (CEMENT) = ANNOUNCEMENT: public statement.
18 Swindling one pulling part of submarine (7,5)
CONNING TOWER
Swindling (CONNING) one pulling (TOWER) = CONNING TOWER: part of submarine.
21 Little dog circles, not out to make a pretty picture (3-2)
P(IN)-UP
Little dog (P-UP) circles “not out” (IN) to make = PIN-UP: a pretty picture.
22 Going back over to find RTE in a flurry in a hurry (9)
RET-RACING
“RTE” in a flurry (RET) in a hurry (RACING) to find = RETRACING: going back over.
24 Admired one getting group of students to play, in part (5,3)
CLASS ACT
Group of students (CLASS) play, in part (ACT) getting = CLASS ACT: admired one.
25 Fashionable to be working in the information technology department (4-2)
WITH-IT
Working in the Information Technology department (WITH IT) to be = WITH-IT: fashionable.
26 Team returning Sidney to Holland’s capital for course component (4,4)
SIDE DISH
Team (SIDE) Sidney, ‘Sid’, returning (DIS) to “H-olland’s” capital (H) for = SIDE DISH: course component.
27 Critical about Pole meeting an African (6)
KE(N)Y-AN
Critical (KE-Y) about “pole” (N) meeting “an” (AN) = KENYAN: African.

Down
1 Push one young lady to be extravagant (8)
PROD-I-GAL
Push (PROD) one (I) young lady (GAL) to be = PRODIGAL: extravagant.
2 Can informal language outside be biased? (8)
SLAN(TIN)G
Informal language (SLAN-G) outside “can” (TIN) be = SLANTING: biased.
3 One grand to get toilet for the White House (5)
I-G-LOO
One (I) grand (G) to get “toilet” (LOO) for = IGLOO: the white house.
5 Sixty eight furlongs, sixty seconds (1,4,1,6)
A MILE A MINUTE
Eight furlongs (A MILE) sixty seconds (A MINUTE) = A MILE A MINUTE: sixty (mph).
6 Estimate change inmate got from bistro (9)
EST-AMINET
Estimate (EST) change “inmate” (AMINET) got from = ESTAMINET: bistro.
7 Hardly anything for dessert (6)
TRIFLE
Hardly anything (TRIFLE) for “dessert” (TRIFLE).
8 The French exam is most recent (6)
LA-TEST
“The” French (LA) exam (TEST) is = LATEST: most recent.
11 Public transportation is overturned, gets smaller and delegates work (12)
SUB-CONTRACTS
Public transportation, ‘bus’, is overturned (SUB) gets smaller (CONTRACTS) and = SUBCONTRACTS: delegates work.
15 With no one to resist, turned upon and prepared to be shot (9)
UNOP-POSED
Turned “upon” (UNOP) and “prepared to be shot, photographed” (POSED) = UNOPPOSED: with no one to resist.
16 How silly, bent out of shape while giving a hoot perhaps (8)
OWLISHLY
“How silly” bent out of shape = OWLISHLY: while giving a hoot, perhaps.
17 Alarm from just sitting in boggy area (8)
F(RIGHT)EN
Sitting in “boggy area” (F-EN) just (RIGHT) from = FRIGHTEN: alarm.
19 Tiny bits for glasses, say (6)
SPECKS
Glasses (SPECS) say, for = SPECKS: tiny bits.
20 Like marquetry in clock face, on reflection (6)
IN-LAID
In (IN) clock face, ‘dial’, on reflection (LAID) = INLAID: like marquetry.
23 In time, the Italian becomes light on his feet (5)
AG(IL)E
In “time” (AG-E) “the” Italian (IL) becomes = AGILE: light on his feet.