Explanations: No. 14801 – Friday, 8 Jun 2012

Fri, Jun 8, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Bird, loud bird … (4)
F-OWL
Loud (F) bird (OWL) = FOWL: bird.
4 Perhaps a level below sad street songs (10)
DOWN-ST-AIRS
Sad (DOWN) street (ST) songs (AIRS) = DOWNSTAIRS: perhaps a level below.
9 Some need it organised for word processor of sorts (6)
-EDITOR-
Some “ne-ED IT OR-ganised” for = EDITOR: word processor, of sorts.
10 Preparing to fight again and getting behind Chinese dynasty (8)
REAR-MING
Behind (REAR) Chinese dynasty (MING) and getting = REARMING: preparing to fight again.
11 Aquatic animal damaging rear in light-bulb unit! (5,3)
WAT(ER RA)T
In “light-bulb unit” (WAT-T) damaging “rear” (ER RA) = WATER RAT: aquatic animal.
12 Seen scratching the head and drunk (6)
-POTTED
Seen (S-POTTED) scratching the head (-S, scratching the head letter) and = POTTED: drunk.
13 Commotion coming from prison (4)
STIR
Commotion (STIR) coming from “prison” (STIR).
15 Salary includes hair treatment, one notes (5,5)
PA(PER M-ONE)Y
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)
BRIDES-MA-I’D
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)
GAS-H
Some anaesthetic (GAS) at “hospital” (H) resulting in = GASH: wound.
20 Street leading to a stadium or arena, maybe (6)
A-VENUE
A stadium or arena, maybe (A VENUE) leading to = AVENUE: street.
22 Amount gambled in a minute is off the mark (8)
MI(STAKE)N
In “a minute” (MI-N) amount gambled (STAKE) is = MISTAKEN: off the mark.
25 Offering a party land (8)
DO-NATION
A party (DO) land (NATION) = DONATION: offering.
26 Range of accommodation for Bedouin wives after divorce? (6)
EX-TENT
Accommodation for Bedouin wives after divorce? (EX-TENT) of = EXTENT: range.
27 Talk incessantly with sailor, a real toad! (10)
NATTER-JACK
Talk incessantly (NATTER) with “sailor” (JACK) = NATTERJACK: a (real) toad.
28 Complain seeing vehicle right by parking sign (4)
CAR-P
Vehicle (CAR) right by “parking sign” (P) seeing = CARP: complain.

Down
2 Art models working for Rembrandt, maybe (3,6)
OLD MASTER
“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)
D(ARE)R
In “doctor” (D-R) live (ARE) for = DARER: one taking risk.
5 Listen in on half-wits upsetting father back in old Rome (7)
WI-RETAP
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)
SCAR(PE)RED
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)
ARM-STRONG
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)
RAN-GE
Managed (RAN) for instance, ‘eg’, to turn up (GE) = RANGE: singer’s asset.
14 Not needed and turned out (9)
REDUNDANT
“And turned” out = REDUNDANT: not needed.
15 Behind one posting about South America city (9)
POSTE(RIO)R
One posting (POSTE-R) about “South American city” (RIO) = POSTERIOR: behind.
16 Oriental always outside to the rear of the ship (9)
E(ASTERN)’ER
Always (E’ER) outside “to the rear of the ship” (ASTERN) = EASTERNER: Oriental.
18 Suffocating gas and bullets in a disturbance (7)
AMMO-NIA
Bullets (AMMO) “in a” disturbance (NIA) and = AMMONIA: suffocating gas.
21 Role in ‘Twelfth Night’ that can be played (5)
VIOLA
Role in ‘Twelfth Night’ (VIOLA) that can be played (VIOLA).
23 Second busiest talk (5)
S-PEAK
Second (S) busiest (PEAK) = SPEAK: talk.
24 Attending to jerk revealing storage area (5)
AT-TIC
Attending (AT) to “jerk” (TIC) revealing = ATTIC: storage area.