# Explanations: No. 14781 – Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wed, May 16, 2012, 23:59

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Somewhat standard religious community? (6)
PAR-ISH
Somewhat standard? (PAR-ISH) = PARISH: religious community.
4 An ocean of room at top to hold local area network (8)
AT(LAN)TIC
Room at top (AT-TIC) to hold “local area network” (LAN) of = ATLANTIC: an ocean.
9 A street artist, beginning to look like star (6)
A-ST-RA-L
A street (A ST) artist (RA) beginning to “l-ook” (L) = ASTRAL: like star.
10 After a month, artist can prepare food this way maybe (2,6)
AU G-RA-TIN
After “a month” (AUG) artist (RA) can (TIN) = AU GRATIN: prepare food this way maybe.
12 Triple most of the coral formation getting on in years (9)
TH-REEF-OLD
Most of “th-e” (TH) coral formation (REEF) getting on in years (OLD) = THREEFOLD: triple.
13 ‘Doctor Kildare’ article included Donald Duck, maybe (5)
DR(A)KE
“Doctor” “Kildare” (DR-KE) “article” included (A) = DRAKE: Donald Duck, maybe.
14 Substitute with bride provides space for late arrivals, perhaps (8,4)
STAND-IN-G ROOM
Substitute with bride (STAND-IN GROOM) provides = STANDING ROOM: space for late arrivals, perhaps.
18 Record number happening, with you all in sight (7-5)
S(EVENT-Y-E)IGHT
In “sight” (S-IGHT) “happening” with “you all” (EVENT-YE) = SEVENTY-EIGHT: “record” and “number”.
21 More behind on the boat following? (5)
AFT-ER
“More behind”, on the boat? (AFT-ER) = AFTER: following.
22 Unlikely to get burned if wrong about geometry exercise (9)
FI-RE-PROOF
“If” wrong (FI) about (RE) geometry exercise (PROOF) = FIREPROOF: unlikely to get burned.
24 Reduce expenses concerned with soldiers’ line of defence (8)
RE-TRENCH
Concerned with (RE) soldiers’ line of defence (TRENCH) = RETRENCH: reduce expenses.
25 Meat featured in Escalopes a la Milanesa (6)
-SALAMI-
Featured in “escalope-S A LA MI-lanesa” = SALAMI: meat.
26 So half take little trial and most like dessert wine (8)
S-WEE-TEST
“S-o” half (S) take “little trial” (WEE TEST) and = SWEETEST: most like dessert wine.
27 Berlioz to friends is bully (6)
HECTOR
Berlioz, to friends (HECTOR) is “bully” (HECTOR).

Down
1 Use leverage hosting part of play to rehearse (8)
PR(ACT)ISE
Use leverage (PR-ISE) hosting “part of play” (ACT) = PRACTISE: to rehearse.
2 Decompose song by northern club member (8)
ROT-ARIA-N
Decompose (ROT) song (ARIA) by “northern” (N) = ROTARIAN: club member.
3 Run from pianist suggesting second cold beer (5)
S-C-ALE
Second (S) cold (C) beer (ALE) suggesting = SCALE: run from pianist.
5 ST/TH or M (12)
TH-UNDER-ST-OR-M
ST/TH (TH UNDER ST) or M (OR M) = THUNDERSTORM.
6 Are heartless staff over European capital’s transportation hub? (9)
A-E-ROD-ROME
“a-r-e” heartless (A-E) staff (ROD) over “European capital” (ROME) is = AERODROME: transportation hub.
7 Bird, by Scottish male painter (6)
TIT-IAN
Bird (TIT) by “Scottish male” (IAN) = TITIAN: painter.
8 Deliberate removal of one from tree (6)
CON-FER
Tree (CON-I-FER) with “one” removed (-I) = CONFER: deliberate.
11 Production from Foley artist using personal property that’s in good shape (5,7)
SOUND EFFECTS
Production from Foley artist (SOUND EFFECTS) using “personal property that’s in good shape” (SOUND EFFECTS).
15 Retired, as working is most depressing (9)
DREARIEST
“Retired, as” working = DREARIEST: most depressing.
16 Unaware it’s one small number in funding award (8)
I-G(NO)RANT
One (I) small number, ‘no’, in funding award, ‘grant’ [G(NO)RANT] it’s = IGNORANT: unaware.
17 Possibly suffer with it being more pompous (8)
STUFFIER
Possibly “suffer” with “it” being = STUFFIER: more pompous.
19 Sign he’s leaving book of synonyms (6)
T-AURUS
Book of synonyms (T-HES-AURUS) “he’s” leaving (-HES) = TAURUS: sign.
20 Figure you say, to split say (6)
STAT(U)E
Say (STAT-E) split by “you” say (U) = STATUE: figure.
23 Follow leader from mountain back to Clare? (5)
PLA-CE
Mountain, ‘alp’, back (PLA) to “Clare” (CE) from = PLACE: follow leader? (coming second in a race, following the leader).