Explanations: No. 14712 – Saturday, 25 February 2012

Sun, Feb 26, 2012, 23:59


There has been some discussion here lately about the length of time taken for submitted comments to appear. As promised, I have discussed the issue internally and as a result some changes will be made.

A crossword blog usually generates a lot of comments as solvers discuss the clues of that day’s puzzle in real time. For this “real time” commenting to take place though, such a blog has to be moderated 24 hours a day so that comments are posted within a very short time. I have been serving as the moderator for this blog and we have to blame the time difference (I am 8 hours away) for much of the delay in posting comments.

The main focus of the blog will stay as is, providing clue explanations for the hundreds of readers that visit the Explanations Post each day.

The Chat Post will be discontinued. Very few people are leaving comments anyway, primarily because of the delay in posting. We don’t have the infrastructure in place to provide the necessary moderator coverage, so the comment function will be shut down altogether. We know this might disappoint the few regulars who have been placing comments, and that is unfortunate.

That said, thank you for all the feedback over the past few months.

Roy Earle
Lorna Kernan
Crossword Editor

1 Holds down sheep’s stomach and hearts say, used to make threads (9,4)

Holds down (PINS) sheep’s stomach (TRIPE) and “hearts, say” (SUIT) used to make = PINSTRIPE SUIT: threads.
10 Trials or bargains (7)
Or (OR) bargains (DEALS) = ORDEALS: trials.
11 Fine things sending back first class drink like Harp (7)
“First class” “drink like Harp” (AI-LAGER) sending back = REGALIA: fine things.
12 Two bees in the middle of this flower get a little bite (4)
This flow-er (NI-LE) with “two bees in the middle” (BB) get = NI(BB)LE: a little bite.
13 Martial art to finish in a knockout (5)
In “a knockout” (K-O) to finish (END) = KENDO: martial art.
15 Finish ahead of the guard walking there (4)
Finish ahead of (BEAT) the guard walking there (BEAT).
17 Future school is backed, in theory (3)
In “th-EOR-y” (EOR) backed, is = ROE: future school (of fish).
19 Foreign letters for an article … many thanks! (6)
An article (THE) many thanks (TAS) for = THETAS: foreign letters.
21 Quickly get what’s left in the post office (6)
In “the post office” (P-O) what’s left (REST) get = PRESTO: quickly.
22 Where to sit beside a biker getting a drink (7)
Where to sit beside a biker (SIDECAR) getting a drink (SIDECAR).
A sidecar is a brandy-based cocktail.
23 Have a bite say, as a joke (6)
As a joke (IN JEST) say = INGEST: have a bite.
25 The party desires to see senior members (6)
The party (DO) desires (YENS) to see = DOYENS: senior members.
27 If this motor gets to go it will be freight (3)
If “this motor” (CAR) gets to “go” (GO) it will be = CAR-GO: freight.
29 Alarm that’s loud to a listener (4)
Loud (F) to “a listener” (EAR) that’s = FEAR: alarm.
30 Gas trouble in the UK navy (5)
In the UK navy (R-N) trouble (ADO) = RADON: gas.
31 Storyteller the bar sent back (4)
The bar (RAIL) sent back = LIAR: story-teller.
34 Study and choose to make one’s own again (7)
Study (READ) and choose (OPT) = READOPT: to make one’s own again.
35 It can be very catchy perhaps, that word repeated quietly (7)
That word repeated (MANTRA) quietly (P) = MANTRAP: it can be very catchy perhaps.
36 One in trousers, one on an excursion, and one taking off a coat (5,8)
“One” in trousers, ‘pants’ [PA(I)NTS] one on an excursion (TRIPPER) and = PAINT STRIPPER: one taking off a coat.

2 It’s funny eluding humour! (7)

It’s funny “eluding” = INDULGE: humour.
3 Mark gets a Hollywood prize first off (4)
A Hollywood prize (O-SCAR) first off = SCAR: mark.
4 Less cautious choice for breakfast (6)
Less cautious (RASHER) choice for breakfast (RASHER).
5 March event? Yep! (6)
March (St. Paddy’s Day) event (PARADE) march (marching) event (PARADE).
6 Indication of regret for incomplete vision (4)
Vision (SIGH-T) incomplete = SIGH: indication of regret.
7 The doctor finds that I will, by the loch (7)
I will (I’LL) by “the loch” (NESS) = ILLNESS: the doctor finds that.
8 Maybe twice the going rate for food on the orbiting space station? (5-4,4)
Maybe twice the “going” rate (ROUND-TRIP FARE) for food on the orbiting space station? (ROUND-TRIP FARE).
9 Nothing in a cardboard box takes off light bits of paper (7,6)
“Nothing” in a cardboard box, ‘carton’ [CART(O)ON] takes off (STRIPS) = CARTOON STRIPS: light bits of (news)paper.
14 Where one writes backing James Bond’s school and digs (7)
James Bond’s school, ‘Eton’, backing (NOTE) and digs (PAD) = NOTEPAD: where one writes.
16 The Spanish therefore, for rope (5)
“The” Spanish (LAS) therefore (SO) for = LASSO: rope.
18 It shows the way first off Molly’s cart (5)
Molly’s cart (B-ARROW) first off = ARROW: it shows the way.
20 It is quickly written up lab instruction (3)
“It is” quickly (‘TIS) written up = SIT: Lab(rador) instruction.
21 Walk softly and quietly with this after a date (3)
Quietly (P) with this after a date (AD) and = PAD: walk quietly.
24 A father follows his mother somewhere in Spain (7)
A father’s mother (GRAN) followed by “a father” (A DA) = GRANADA: somewhere in Spain.
26 She might run from Eastern regime changes (7)
Eastern (E) “regime” changes (MIGREE) = EMIGREE: she might run from Eastern regime changes.
27 Is unable to bring back so many poems’ parts (6)
Is unable to (CAN’T) bring back “so” (OS) = CANTOS: many poems’ parts.
28 Reportedly hearsay he stays at the house (6)
Hearsay (RUMOUR) reportedly = ROOMER: he stays at the house.
32 Continue being a thug (4)
Continue (GO ON) being = GOON: a thug.
33 Barbershop’s sound bargain (4)
Barbershop’s sound (SNIP) bargain (SNIP).