Explanations: No. 14781 – Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Somewhat standard religious community? (6)
Somewhat standard? (PAR-ISH) = PARISH: religious community.
4 An ocean of room at top to hold local area network (8)
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 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)
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)
Most of “th-e” (TH) coral formation (REEF) getting on in years (OLD) = THREEFOLD: triple.
13 ‘Doctor Kildare’ article included Donald Duck, maybe (5)
“Doctor” “Kildare” (DR-KE) “article” included (A) = DRAKE: Donald Duck, maybe.
14 Substitute with bride provides space for late arrivals, perhaps (8,4)
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)
In “sight” (S-IGHT) “happening” with “you all” (EVENT-YE) = SEVENTY-EIGHT: “record” and “number”.
21 More behind on the boat following? (5)
“More behind”, on the boat? (AFT-ER) = AFTER: following.
22 Unlikely to get burned if wrong about geometry exercise (9)
“If” wrong (FI) about (RE) geometry exercise (PROOF) = FIREPROOF: unlikely to get burned.
24 Reduce expenses concerned with soldiers’ line of defence (8)
Concerned with (RE) soldiers’ line of defence (TRENCH) = RETRENCH: reduce expenses.
25 Meat featured in Escalopes a la Milanesa (6)
Featured in “escalope-S A LA MI-lanesa” = SALAMI: meat.
26 So half take little trial and most like dessert wine (8)
“S-o” half (S) take “little trial” (WEE TEST) and = SWEETEST: most like dessert wine.
27 Berlioz to friends is bully (6)
Berlioz, to friends (HECTOR) is “bully” (HECTOR).
1 Use leverage hosting part of play to rehearse (8)
Use leverage (PR-ISE) hosting “part of play” (ACT) = PRACTISE: to rehearse.
2 Decompose song by northern club member (8)
Decompose (ROT) song (ARIA) by “northern” (N) = ROTARIAN: club member.
3 Run from pianist suggesting second cold beer (5)
Second (S) cold (C) beer (ALE) suggesting = SCALE: run from pianist.
5 ST/TH or M (12)
ST/TH (TH UNDER ST) or M (OR M) = THUNDERSTORM.
6 Are heartless staff over European capital’s transportation hub? (9)
“a-r-e” heartless (A-E) staff (ROD) over “European capital” (ROME) is = AERODROME: transportation hub.
7 Bird, by Scottish male painter (6)
Bird (TIT) by “Scottish male” (IAN) = TITIAN: painter.
8 Deliberate removal of one from tree (6)
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)
Production from Foley artist (SOUND EFFECTS) using “personal property that’s in good shape” (SOUND EFFECTS).
15 Retired, as working is most depressing (9)
“Retired, as” working = DREARIEST: most depressing.
16 Unaware it’s one small number in funding award (8)
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)
Possibly “suffer” with “it” being = STUFFIER: more pompous.
19 Sign he’s leaving book of synonyms (6)
Book of synonyms (T-HES-AURUS) “he’s” leaving (-HES) = TAURUS: sign.
20 Figure you say, to split say (6)
Say (STAT-E) split by “you” say (U) = STATUE: figure.
23 Follow leader from mountain back to Clare? (5)
Mountain, ‘alp’, back (PLA) to “Clare” (CE) from = PLACE: follow leader? (coming second in a race, following the leader).