Explanations: No. 14792 – Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Tue, May 29, 2012, 23:59

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 It transmits currency accepted by Poles (6)
N(EURO)N
Poles (N-N) accepting “currency” (EURO) = NEURON: it transmits.
9 Like time for sub taking exam (8)
TEMP-ORAL
Sub (TEMP) taking “exam” (ORAL) for = TEMPORAL: like time.
10 It takes a long time to tell there’s an oxygen or nitrogen reversal (4)
SAGA
An oxygen or nitrogen (A GAS) reversal, there’s = SAGA: it takes a long time to tell.
11 Somewhat hampers and slows additional signs? (10)
-AMPERSANDS-
Somewhat “h-AMPERS AND S-lows” = AMPERSANDS: additional signs?
12 Coward’s spirit is first to become flexible? (6)
B-LITHE
First to “b-ecome” (B) flexible (LITHE) is = BLITHE: (Noel) Coward’s “Spirit” (a reference to his famous play, “Blithe Spirit”).
14 Not quite prepared for outcome of division (8)
QUOTIENT
“Not quite” prepared, for = QUOTIENT: outcome of division.
15 Euro & F? (7,2,6)
CAPITAL OF FRANCE
Euro (CAPITAL OF FRANCE) & “F” (CAPITAL OF FRANCE).
18 It looks different against stone (8)
CONTRA-ST
Against (CONTRA) stone (ST) = CONTRAST: it looks different.
20 Maintain member split beer (6)
AL(LEG)E
Beer (AL-E) split by “member” (LEG) = ALLEGE: maintain.
22 Where to compete for people with a bit of education (10)
RACE-COURSE
People (RACE) with “a bit of education” (COURSE) for = RACECOURSE: where to compete.
24 Top copy, a sign of the times? (4)
APE-X
Copy (APE) a sign of the times, multiplication? (X) = APEX: top.
25 Slender in some footwear and apparel (8)
CLO(THIN)G
In “some footwear” (CLO-G) slender (THIN) and = CLOTHING: apparel.
26 Shake in court where one can hang (6)
C(LOSE)T
In “court” (C-T) shake (LOSE) = CLOSET: where one can hang (clothes).

Down
1 Remember to match bet again (6)
RE-CALL
To match bet, in poker say (CALL) again (RE-CALL) = RECALL: remember.
2 Turf from Clare arboretum (4)
-AREA-
From “cl-ARE A-rboretum” = AREA: turf.
3 Shortly one arrived with artist being shot (2,6)
ON CAME-RA
Shortly “on-e” (ON) arrived (CAME) with “artist” (RA) = ON CAMERA: being shot.
4 Kitties upset no more! (4)
STOP
Kitties (POTS) upset = STOP: no more!
5 It’s in development more by design (6)
EMBRYO
“More by” design = EMBRYO: it’s in development.
6 On top of everything else it’s almost completely toll around Dublin or Belfast (2,3,2,3)
TO (CAP-IT-AL)L
Almost completely “tol-l” (TO-L) around “Dublin or Belfast” (CAPITAL) it’s = TO CAP IT ALL: on top of everything else.
7 Derisive of sound enveloping a road (8)
S(A-RD)ONIC
Of sound (S-ONIC) enveloping “a road” (A RD) = SARDONIC: derisive.
13 Apt ranking for this clue? (10)
THIRTEENTH
This is clue no. 13, so an apt “ranking” is THIRTEENTH.
14 Give up carrying round ring (5)
QU(O)IT
Give up (QU-IT) carrying “round” (O) = QUOIT: ring.
16 Can be cultivated about party that’s charming (8)
A(DO)RABLE
17 A little fire shown by sgt, maybe for dance (8)
FLAME-NCO
A little fire (FLAME) shown by “sgt, maybe” (NCO) for = FLAMENCO: dance.
19 Very small volume accompanying N-Z I see announced (6)
A-TO-M-IC
Volume accompanying N-Z, ‘A-M’ (A TO M) “I see” announced (IC) = ATOMIC: very small.
21 Oh, wow! It’s a horse! (3-3)
GEE-GEE
Oh! (GEE) wow! (GEE) it’s = GEE-GEE: a horse.
23 Latest thing to show anger (4)
RAGE
Latest thing (RAGE) to show anger (RAGE).
24 Really excited to see precious metal go back (4)
AG-OG
Precious metal, ‘silver’ (AG) “go” back (OG) to see = AGOG: really excited.