February 2018 Monthly Crossword
February

The subject of this month's puzzle is @#%$ (2 words)


Across:
7. Without energy, f% is pants (5)
8. Makes one large elliptical orifice insertion (9)
10. Clubs supported fuel to dance l%? (6)
11. Did ask, beg and shout maybe? (8)
12. Mark job guide (8)
13. Regattas regularly eliminated d% (4)
15. Illness tautens various bits? (7)
17. Blame sponge for $ before # (7)
20.Cheesey gala's one for Greek centre? (4)
22. Single pop promo with quiet cover has similar content (8)
25. Crowd area @#%$, perhaps (8)
26. #, DEL, Return, Insert, O, 1 (6)
27. Reaches out around the middle of Ford Mustang (9)
28. @#%$ prefix is about encouraging primary places for SW% (5)
Down:
1. Fuse diode with % charge lost (9)
2. @ unspoiled India borders (8)
3. $ to exercise abs by pool (7)
4. Brief day shift rates Swiss cheese plant (8)
5.Dance to tune I'm playing (6)
6. Not a $ damned thing! (5)
9.City of snow's love of pioneers (4)
14. Miss Penny to note colour LED (9)
16. Prepare to sail seeing oar punch waves (2-6)
18.Water and oil and coal's not used? (8)
19. % second in iron skill (7)
21. End of # end of white flower (6)
23. Watch own goal for the French (4)
24. W% about five in that way (5)

Explanations

The subject of the puzzle was Valentine's Day (VA = @, LENT = #, INES = %, DAY = $). Anywhere these symbols appeared, the relevant substitution needed to be made.

Across
  1. LEVIES (f%=fines) minus E (without energy) => LEVIS (pants)
  2. Contained within (insertion) elliptiCAL ORIFICe => CALORIFIC (makes one large)
  3. C (clubs) + ON (supported) + GAS (fuel) => CONGAS (dance l%=lines)
  4. Anagram (maybe) beg + shout => BESOUGHT (did ask)
  5. SIGN (mark) + POST (job) => SIGNPOST (guide)
  6. Even letters (regularly eliminated) rEgAtTaS => EATS (d%=dines)
  7. Anagram (various bits) tautens => TETANUS (illness, &lit)
  8. PAN (blame) + CAKE (sponge) => PANCAKE ($=day before #=Lent)
  9. FETE (gala) replace A with E (one for GrEek centre) => FETA (cheesy)
  10. I (single) + OMORP (pop promo) contained in SH (with quiet cover) => ISOMORPH (has similar content)
  11. MASS (crowd) + ACRE (area) => MASSACRE (@#%$=Valentine's Day, perhaps)
  12. LED (del return) containing (insert) O + AN (1) => LOANED (#=lent)
  13. RACEHSE (reaches out) containing (around) OR (middle of fORd) => RACEHORSE (mustang)
  14. ST (@#%$=Valentine's Day prefix) + is containing (about) E (Encouraging primary) => STIES (places for SW%=swines)
Down
  1. Anagram (fuse) diode + %=ines => DEIONISED (charge lost)
  2. VIRGIN (unspoiled) + IA (IndiA borders) => VIRGINIA (@=VA)
  3. SAB (exercise abs) + BATH (pool) => SABBATH ($=day)
  4. MON (brief day) + STERA (shift rates) => MONSTERA (Swiss cheese plant)
  5. Anagram (playing) tune + I'm => MINUET (dance)
  6. Anagram (damned) thing => NIGHT (Not a $=day)
  7. Initials (pioneers) Of Snow's Love Of => OSLO (city)
  8. SKIP (miss) + P (penny) + E (note) + RED (colour) => SKIPPERED (led)
  9. Anagram (waves) oar + punch => UP-ANCHOR (prepare to sail)
  10. Anagram (used) coal's + not => COOLANTS (water and oil)
  11. FE (iron) containing %=ines + S (second) => FINESSE (skill)
  12. E (end of whitE) + ASTER (flower) => EASTER (end of #=Lent)
  13. OG (own goal) + LE (the French) => OGLE (watch)
  14. CA (about) + V (five) + AS (in that way) => CAVAS (w%=wines)

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