Explanations: No. 14722 – Thursday, 8 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s crossword!
1 Plans for circulating catechisms (10)
Circulating “catechisms” for = SCHEMATICS: plans.
6 Magnificent display for first Aer Lingus flight leaving old city (4)
Old city (POMP-EII) “first Aer Lingus flight” leaving (subtract EI-I) for = POMP: magnificent display.
10 Like double-act with piano, this broadcast (5)
With “piano” (P) this “broadcast” (AIRED) = PAIRED: like double-act.
11 Flirtation for old Penny at party (9)
Old Penny (D) at “party” (ALLIANCE … Party of Northern Ireland) for = DALLIANCE: flirtation.
12 Donated about two seconds to getting warmer (3,5)
Donated (GA-VE) about two seconds, ‘S-S’, “to” (S-S-TO) getting = GAS STOVE: warmer.
13 These pitchers come after six people watching (5)
Come after “six” (VI) these “pitchers” (EWERS) = VIEWERS: people watching.
15 Cut off is 1st of October after midnight, say (7)
Is (IS) 1st of “O-ctober” (O) after midnight, say (LATE) = ISOLATE: cut off.
17 Has now many a part for him from around Xmas (7)
“ha-S NOW MAN-y” a part, for = SNOWMAN: him from around Xmas.
19 Symbolically represented that Edward disowns his nickname? (7)
Edward disowns his nickname? (NOT A TED) = NOTATED: symbolically represented.
21 Birth-related surroundings for you are said to be expected (7)
Birth related (NAT-AL) surroundings for “‘you are’ said” (UR) = NATURAL: to be expected.
22 Company focus gets beer on board (5)
Beer on board, beer in ship, “ale” in “SS” (SALES) gets = SALES: company focus.
24 Denial there’s land outside, for instance (8)
There’s “land” (N-ATION) outside “for instance” (EG) = NEGATION: denial.
27 Performing music together (2,7)
Performing music (IN CONCERT) together (IN CONCERT).
28 Nothing inside to shake free (5)
To shake (LO-SE) “nothing” inside (O) = LOOSE: free.
29 Verne’s character returned a black cat, maybe (4)
(Jules) Verne’s character, Captain Nemo (NEMO) returned = OMEN: a black cat, maybe.
30 As individuals, admitting one slanders (10)
As (AS) individuals, ‘persons’, admitting “one” [PERS(I)ONS] = ASPERSIONS: slanders.
1 Response to insult upset friends (4)
Friends (PALS) upset = SLAP: response to insult.
2 Listen to a boxing match announced in the neighbourhood (9)
Listen to a boxing match (HEAR A BOUT) announced = HEREABOUT: in the neighbourhood.
3 The king is down and I am up (5)
“Down” and “I am” (SAD-I’M) up = MIDAS: the king.
4 Little need for decathlete swimmer (7)
Little (TAD) need for decathlete (POLE) = TADPOLE: swimmer.
5 Visitors put vehicles around middle of alley (7)
Put “vehicles” (CA-RS) around “middle of ‘a-lle-y’” (LLE) = CALLERS: visitors.
7 Some lightweight from Australia (5)
Australia (OZ) from = OUNCE: some light-weight.
8 Agreeably making a request one at a time (10)
A request (PLEA) one at a time (SINGLY) making = PLEASINGLY: agreeably.
9 Raise captured eastern snake using this after abandonment (8)
Raise (LIF-T) captured “‘eastern’ ‘snake’” (E-BOA) = LIFEBOAT: using this after abandonment.
14 In the middle of stepping so as barely to be heard (10)
In the middle of “ste-pp-ing” (PP) = PIANISSIMO: so as barely to be heard.
16 Crafty types head off wartime saboteurs (8)
Wartime saboteurs (P-ARTISANS) head off (-P) = ARTISANS: crafty types.
18 He travelled from Italy to spoil the firm with horseplay (5,4)
To spoil (MAR) the firm (CO) with “horseplay” (POLO) = MARCO POLO: he travelled from Italy.
20 Put on piano pieces, silly ones (7)
Put on (DON) piano pieces (KEYS) = DONKEYS: silly ones.
21 Draw close first to see what she might wear (7)
“Close” first (NIGH) draw (TIE) to see = NIGHTIE: what she might wear.
23 Profit from placing bait around the sea, say (5)
Placing “bait” (LU-RE) around the “sea”, say (C) from = LUCRE: profit.
25 Notes places for works on the farm (5)
Notes places (TILLS) for “works on the farm” (TILLS).
26 One day makes one (4)
One day (WEDS) makes one (WEDS).