Explanations: No. 14801 – Friday, 8 Jun 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Bird, loud bird … (4)
Loud (F) bird (OWL) = FOWL: bird.
4 Perhaps a level below sad street songs (10)
Sad (DOWN) street (ST) songs (AIRS) = DOWNSTAIRS: perhaps a level below.
9 Some need it organised for word processor of sorts (6)
Some “ne-ED IT OR-ganised” for = EDITOR: word processor, of sorts.
10 Preparing to fight again and getting behind Chinese dynasty (8)
Behind (REAR) Chinese dynasty (MING) and getting = REARMING: preparing to fight again.
11 Aquatic animal damaging rear in light-bulb unit! (5,3)
In “light-bulb unit” (WAT-T) damaging “rear” (ER RA) = WATER RAT: aquatic animal.
12 Seen scratching the head and drunk (6)
Seen (S-POTTED) scratching the head (-S, scratching the head letter) and = POTTED: drunk.
13 Commotion coming from prison (4)
Commotion (STIR) coming from “prison” (STIR).
15 Salary includes hair treatment, one notes (5,5)
Salary (PA-Y) includes “hair treatment” “one” (PERM-ONE) = PAPER MONEY: notes.
17 With debris around, Mother and I had someone holding up train (10)
With “debris” around (BRIDES) Mother (MA) and “I had” (I’D) = BRIDESMAID: someone holding up train.
19 Wound resulting in some anaesthetic at hospital (4)
Some anaesthetic (GAS) at “hospital” (H) resulting in = GASH: wound.
20 Street leading to a stadium or arena, maybe (6)
A stadium or arena, maybe (A VENUE) leading to = AVENUE: street.
22 Amount gambled in a minute is off the mark (8)
In “a minute” (MI-N) amount gambled (STAKE) is = MISTAKEN: off the mark.
25 Offering a party land (8)
A party (DO) land (NATION) = DONATION: offering.
26 Range of accommodation for Bedouin wives after divorce? (6)
Accommodation for Bedouin wives after divorce? (EX-TENT) of = EXTENT: range.
27 Talk incessantly with sailor, a real toad! (10)
Talk incessantly (NATTER) with “sailor” (JACK) = NATTERJACK: a (real) toad.
28 Complain seeing vehicle right by parking sign (4)
Vehicle (CAR) right by “parking sign” (P) seeing = CARP: complain.
2 Art models working for Rembrandt, maybe (3,6)
“Art models” working, for = OLD MASTER: Rembrandt, maybe.
3 Former partner’s unfinished drink? (5)
“Former” partner? (LATTE-R) is unfinished = LATTE: drink.
4 One taking risk for live in doctor (5)
In “doctor” (D-R) live (ARE) for = DARER: one taking risk.
5 Listen in on half-wits upsetting father back in old Rome (7)
Half “wi-ts” (WI) “father” in old Rome, ‘pater’, back (RETAP) = WIRETAP: listen in on.
6 Ran off with signs of injury outside gym class (9)
With signs of injury (SCAR-RED) outside “gym class” (PE) = SCARPERED: ran off.
7 Give weapon to powerful one of two men below Michael Collins? (9)
Give weapon (ARM) to “powerful” (STRONG) = ARMSTRONG: one of two men “below” Michael Collins.
Neil ARMSTRONG and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon, while fellow-astronaut Michael Collins orbited “above”.
8 Managed for instance, to turn up singer’s asset (5)
Managed (RAN) for instance, ‘eg’, to turn up (GE) = RANGE: singer’s asset.
14 Not needed and turned out (9)
“And turned” out = REDUNDANT: not needed.
15 Behind one posting about South America city (9)
One posting (POSTE-R) about “South American city” (RIO) = POSTERIOR: behind.
16 Oriental always outside to the rear of the ship (9)
Always (E’ER) outside “to the rear of the ship” (ASTERN) = EASTERNER: Oriental.
18 Suffocating gas and bullets in a disturbance (7)
Bullets (AMMO) “in a” disturbance (NIA) and = AMMONIA: suffocating gas.
21 Role in ‘Twelfth Night’ that can be played (5)
Role in ‘Twelfth Night’ (VIOLA) that can be played (VIOLA).
23 Second busiest talk (5)
Second (S) busiest (PEAK) = SPEAK: talk.
24 Attending to jerk revealing storage area (5)
Attending (AT) to “jerk” (TIC) revealing = ATTIC: storage area.