Explanations: No. 14786 – Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tue, May 22, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 County post office machine (6)
CO-PIER
County (CO) post (PIER) = COPIER: office machine.
9 Least understood round Father at mission (8)
O-PA-QUEST
Round (O) Father (PA) at “mission” (QUEST) = OPAQUEST: least understood.
10 Long for highest honour around hospital (4)
AC(H)E
Highest honour (AC-E) around “hospital” (H) for = ACHE: long.
11 Is slandered externally? Not true! (10)
M(IS)ALIGNED
Slandered (M-ALIGNED) external to “is” (IS) = MISALIGNED: not true.
12 Urge onward and support the Spanish (6)
PROP-EL
Support (PROP) “the” Spanish (EL) and = PROPEL: urge onward.
14 A priest with worker’s reward to evaluate (8)
A-PP-RAISE
A priest (A PP) with “worker’s reward” (RAISE) = APPRAISE: to evaluate.
15 M A R K (6,3,6)
MARK is THE GOSPEL, and here is SPREAD out = SPREAD THE GOSPEL.
18 Disappointment for me in part of Northern Ireland (8)
CO(ME)DOWN
In “part of Northern Ireland” (CO DOWN) me (ME) for = COMEDOWN: disappointment.
20 Reading what nudists have? (6)
LESS-ON
What nudists have? (LESS ON) = LESSON: reading (at a church service).
22 Engineers seldom glad to get top awards (4,6)
GOLD MEDALS
Engineers “seldom glad” to get = GOLD MEDALS: top awards.
24 Like a churl regretted being heard (4)
RUDE
Regretted (RUED) being heard = RUDE: like a churl.
25 Adolescent one set out to be hardest to see, maybe (8)
TEEN-I-EST
Adolescent (TEEN) one (I) “set” out (EST) to be = TEENIEST: hardest to see, maybe.
26 Little hole I reportedly rented (6)
EYE-LET
“I” reportedly (EYE) rented (LET) = EYELET: little hole.

Down
1 Agree to see prisoner, worthless dog (6)
CON-CUR
Prisoner (CON) worthless dog (CUR) to see = CONCUR: agree.
2 Penalty imposed for doing bad or good (4)
FINE
Penalty imposed for doing bad (FINE) or “good” (FINE).
3 Raised again and again about a million and shuddered (8)
TRE(M)BLED
Raised again, and again (TRE-BLED) about “a million” (M) and = TREMBLED: shuddered.
4 Weep, upset over second one in charge (4)
BOS-S
Weep, ‘sob’, upset (BOS) over “second” (S) = BOSS: one in charge.
5 Telephone and everything is in the trophy (4,2)
C(ALL) UP
In “the trophy” (C-UP) is “everything” (ALL) and = CALL UP: telephone.
6 They cut out some light and serenaded young girls (10)
SUNG-LASSES
Serenaded (SUNG) young girls (LASSES) and = SUNGLASSES: they cut out some light.
7 Fools witness, one who is charged (8)
ASSES-SEE
Fools witness (ASSES SEE) = ASSESSEE: one who is charged.
13 Role-playing before acting like shepherd (10)
PRE-TENDING
Before (PRE-) acting like shepherd (TENDING) = PRETENDING: role-playing.
14 Article about woman visibly frightened (5)
A(SHE)N
Article (A-N) about “woman” (SHE) = ASHEN: visible frightened.
16 Does badly after rugby player asked for a hand (8)
PROP-OSED
After “rugby player” (PROP) “does” badly (OSED) = PROPOSED: asked for hand (in marriage).
17 Lass with ugly shoes worn in bad weather (8)
GAL-OSHES
Lass (GAL) with “ugly ‘shoes’” (OSHES) = GALOSHES: shoes worn in bad weather.
19 First to bid on peer review (6)
OPENER
“On peer” review = OPENER: first to bid.
21 Lots of curly-haired dogs spared initially (6)
-OODLES
Curly-haired dogs (P-OODLES) spared initially (-P, spared the initial letter) of = OODLES: lots.
23 One after John doesn’t sit around (4)
ACTS
One after John, in the Bible (ACTS) doesn’t sit around (ACTS).
24 Rush those starting really early each day (4)
R-E-E-D
Those starting r-eally (R) e-arly (E) e-ach (E) d-ay (D) = REED: rush.