Explanations: No. 14787 – Wednesday, 23 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 First to see rubbish army band (6)
First to “s-ee” (S) rubbish (TRIPE) = STRIPE: army band.
4 Rush to prepare breakfast items sometimes (8)
Rush (SCRAMBLE) to prepare breakfast items sometimes (SCRAMBLE … eggs).
9 Idolise commercial muck! (6)
Commercial (AD) muck (MIRE) = ADMIRE: idolise.
10 Completely fail to be strong, everyone lacking fizz (4,4)
Strong (F) everyone (ALL) lacking fizz (FLAT) to be = FALL FLAT: completely fail.
12 Australian native gets decisive end to fight in style of pessimistic investor (5,4)
Decisive end to fight (KO) in style of (A LA) pessimistic investor (BEAR) gets = KOALA BEAR: Australian native.
13 Dairy product for 21-across (5)
Dairy product (CREAM) for “ELITE” (CREAM)
14 Crazy, plus does a runner leaving essential details (4,3,5)
NUTS AND BOLTS
Crazy (NUTS) plus (AND) does a runner (BOLTS) leaving = NUTS AND BOLTS: essential details.
18 One way or the other, it’s Robert (3,2,3,4)
BOB UP AND DOWN
It’s Robert (BOB) one way or the other (UP AND DOWN) = BOB UP AND DOWN.
A doubly cryptic definition, as BOB is a palindrome.
21 Select some hotel items (5)
Some “hot-EL ITE-ms” = ELITE: select.
22 Grounds to dole out beer (9)
To dole out (RATION) beer (ALE) = RATIONALE: grounds.
24 Didn’t go rush around ocean (8)
Rush (RE-ED) around “ocean” (MAIN) = REMAINED: didn’t go.
25 Stir about court inflexible with rules (6)
“Stir” about (STRI) court (CT) = STRICT: inflexible with rules.
26 Discuss poetry in prison? (8)
Poetry in prison? (CON VERSE) = CONVERSE: discuss.
27 Threaten collapse this summer? (6)
Threaten collapse (TOTTER) this “summer?” (TOTTER).
1 Go across, with ruler paddling (8)
Go across (SPAN) with “ruler” (KING) = SPANKING: paddling.
2 Barricades made from horns and wool? (8)
Horns and wool? (RAM PARTS) made from = RAMPARTS: barricades.
3 Jacket Father used around boat (5)
Father (P-A) used around “boat” (ARK) = PARKA: jacket.
5 Some can communicate via crystal no differently (12)
“Via crystal no” differently = CLAIRVOYANTS: some can communicate via crystal (balls).
6 Bertie found leaving set aside (9)
Bertie (AL) found (LOCATED) leaving = ALLOCATED: set aside.
7 First from batch, more aged and less likely to shrink (6)
First from “b-atch” (B) more aged (OLDER) and = BOLDER: less likely to shrink.
8 Hospital department to ring doctor and enter into plot? (6)
Hospital department (ENT) to “ring” (O) doctor (MB) and = ENTOMB: enter into plot?
11 A, D, E & H (12)
The letters A, D, E & H are all QUARTERS of the word HEAD = HEADQUARTERS.
15 When to do penance back then? (2,3,4)
When to do penance? (ATONE TIME) = AT ONE TIME: back then.
16 He might censor exam in a fog (8)
In “a fog” (M-IST) exam (ORAL) = MORALIST: he might censor.
17 First to take in a less slovenly beast (8)
In “a less slovenly” (A N-EATER) first to “t-ake” (T) = ANTEATER: beast.
19 Relatively new kind of unit got together with old force (6)
Got together (MET) with “old force” (RIC) = METRIC: relatively new kind of unit.
20 One flying first class managed about a thousand (6)
First class (AI) managed, ‘ran’, about a thousand, ‘M’ [R(M)AN].
23 Better you reported politician in two different circles (5)
In “two different circles” (O-O) “you” reported, “politician” (U-TD) = OUTDO: better.