Explanations: No. 14769 – Wednesday, 2 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 First seen in Paris, as it is a drink from France (6)
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)
Cost for hiring Father? (PA RENTAL) is = PARENTAL: pertaining to Mother.
9 Soothsayer decapitated round boat (6)
Round boat (C-ORACLE) decapitated (-C, the head letter) = ORACLE: soothsayer.
10 I had to return to far from liberal area (8)
I had, ‘I’d’, to return (DI) to “far from liberal” (STRICT) = DISTRICT: area.
12 Correct reduction for present (9)
Correct “reduction” for = INTRODUCE: present.
13 Footwear for pack animals (5)
Footwear (MULES) for “pack animals” (MULES).
14 Public statement with article, subject and verb meaning to cohere (12)
With “article” (AN) subject (NOUN) and “verb meaning to cohere” (CEMENT) = ANNOUNCEMENT: public statement.
18 Swindling one pulling part of submarine (7,5)
Swindling (CONNING) one pulling (TOWER) = CONNING TOWER: part of submarine.
21 Little dog circles, not out to make a pretty picture (3-2)
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)
“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)
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)
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)
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)
Critical (KE-Y) about “pole” (N) meeting “an” (AN) = KENYAN: African.
1 Push one young lady to be extravagant (8)
Push (PROD) one (I) young lady (GAL) to be = PRODIGAL: extravagant.
2 Can informal language outside be biased? (8)
Informal language (SLAN-G) outside “can” (TIN) be = SLANTING: biased.
3 One grand to get toilet for the White House (5)
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)
Estimate (EST) change “inmate” (AMINET) got from = ESTAMINET: bistro.
7 Hardly anything for dessert (6)
Hardly anything (TRIFLE) for “dessert” (TRIFLE).
8 The French exam is most recent (6)
“The” French (LA) exam (TEST) is = LATEST: most recent.
11 Public transportation is overturned, gets smaller and delegates work (12)
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)
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)
“How silly” bent out of shape = OWLISHLY: while giving a hoot, perhaps.
17 Alarm from just sitting in boggy area (8)
Sitting in “boggy area” (F-EN) just (RIGHT) from = FRIGHTEN: alarm.
19 Tiny bits for glasses, say (6)
Glasses (SPECS) say, for = SPECKS: tiny bits.
20 Like marquetry in clock face, on reflection (6)
In (IN) clock face, ‘dial’, on reflection (LAID) = INLAID: like marquetry.
23 In time, the Italian becomes light on his feet (5)
In “time” (AG-E) “the” Italian (IL) becomes = AGILE: light on his feet.