Explanations: No. 14756 – Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Mongrel not turned off meat (6)
Mongrel (MUTT) not turned off (ON) = MUTTON: meat.
9 Upset, I ate with Lynn, naturally (8)
Pub (INN) at cathedral city in UK (AT ELY) = INNATELY: naturally.
10 Bohemian shindig, but no piano (4)
Shindig (P-ARTY) but no piano (-P) = ARTY: Bohemian.
11 Number one fans playing casino game (10)
Playing “casino game” = EGOMANIACS: number one fans.
12 Lame excuse to give sullen look after officer in charge (3-3)
After “officer in charge” (CO) to give sullen look (POUT) = COP-OUT: lame excuse.
14 Politicians assembling are not on board (8)
On board, in ship (S-S) assembling “are not” (ENATOR) = SENATORS: politicians.
15 Willing to get firm plus lighter alternative for final words in court, perhaps (4,3,3,5)
GAME SET AND MATCH
Willing (GAME) to get firm (SET) plus (AND) lighter alternative (MATCH) for = GAME SET AND MATCH: final words in (tennis) court, perhaps.
18 Weapon used for cat, and a bird (8)
Cat (TOM) and “a bird” (A HAWK) used for = TOMAHAWK: weapon.
20 Make a mistake splitting reserved drink (6)
Reserved (SH-Y) split by “make a mistake” (ERR) = SHERRY: drink.
22 Ludicrous, ludicrous, ludicrous housing for one (10)
Ludicrous “ludicrous” (RID-CULOUS) housing for “one” (I) = RIDICULOUS: ludicrous.
24 Second to finish making ship (4)
Second (S) to finish (END) making = SEND: ship.
25 Henry’s wife tucked into not so great quality of meat (8)
Tucked into “not so great” (LE-SS) Henry’s wife, Boleyn (ANNE) = LEANNESS: quality of meat.
26 It’s always about commercial one that got away (6)
It’s “always” (EV-ER) about “commercial” (AD) = EVADER: one that got away.
1 Love a couple of pints first for book this size? (6)
“A couple of pints” first (QUART) love (O) for = QUARTO: book this size?
2 Remain on reflection in navy at sea (4)
In “nav-Y AT S-ea” (YATS) on reflection = STAY: remain.
3 Shake up French number one on bench (8)
French “number one” (UN) on “bench” (SETTLE) = UNSETTLE: shake up.
4 Second in command following US agents so long in Italy (4)
Following “US agents” (CIA) second in “c-o-mmand” (O) = CIAO: “so long” in Italy.
5 Reportedly where to get blood for nothing (2,4)
Where to get blood (IN VEIN) reportedly = IN VAIN: for nothing.
6 Why one might take off perhaps and stumble into street convenience (10)
Stumble, ‘trip’, into street ‘st’ [S(TRIP)T] convenience (EASE) and = STRIPTEASE: why one might take off, perhaps.
7 Exciting pick by old force (8)
Pick (ELECT) by “old (police) force” (RIC) = ELECTRIC: exciting.
13 Time put into choices for theatre events (10)
Put into “choices” (OP-TIONS) time (ERA) for = OPERATIONS: theatre events.
14 Fire envelops hospital resulting in barely habitable building (5)
Fire (S-ACK) envelops “hospital” (H) resulting in = SHACK: barely habitable building.
16 One distributing perfume article to skinflint (8)
Article (A) to (TO) skinflint (MISER) = ATOMISER: one distributing perfume.
17 Stopped to reveal Desmond and Edward are one and the same (8)
Desmond and Edward are one and the same (DES IS TED) to reveal = DESISTED: stopped.
19 Mistreats sailor over exploits (6)
Sailor (AB) over “exploits” (USES) = ABUSES: mistreats.
21 Double one with a bell (6)
Double (RINGER) one with a bell (RINGER).
23 Get rid of competition for knight losing head (4)
Competition for knight (J-OUST) losing head (losing first letter, -J) = OUST: get rid of.
24 Swim first, then paddle and take off (4)
“S-wim” first (S) then “paddle” (OAR) and = SOAR: take off.