Explanations: No. 14724 – Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sat, Mar 10, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s crossword!

Roy

Across
1 Easily beat what cookware thief does (5,5,3)

KNOCK S-POTS OFF
What cookware thief does (KNOCKS POTS OFF) = KNOCK SPOTS OFF: easily beat.
10 Hold back this after foot fault, maybe (7)
RE-SERVE
This after foot fault (in tennis) maybe (RE-SERVE) = RESERVE: hold back.
11 Stallion’s mate turned around hog for a joke (7)
E(PIG)RAM
Stallion’s mate, ‘mare’, turned (E-RAM) around “hog” (PIG) for = EPIGRAM: a joke.
12 A woman like our times, incomplete (4)
IRIS-
Like our “Times” (IRIS-H) incomplete = IRIS: a woman.
13 Anagram clue right at the end that hurts (5)
ULCE-R
Anagram “clue” (ULCE) “right” at the end (R) = ULCER: that hurts.
15 Burn the fish (4)
CHAR
Burn (CHAR) the fish (CHAR).
17 Some grass first from south of Dublin (3)
S-O-D
First (letters) from s-outh (S) o-f (O) D-ublin (D) = SOD: some grass.
19 Waits on court openings, perhaps (6)
SERVES
Waits on (SERVES) court (tennis) openings, perhaps (SERVES).
21 They might be rattled coming back in closer, basically (6)
SABRES
In “clo-SER BAS-ically” (SERBAS) coming back = SABRES: they might be rattled.
22 Lassie for Sirius? (3,4)
DOG STAR
Lassie (DOG STAR) for Sirius (DOG STAR).
23 Make father lay down the law (6)
ORDAIN
Make father (ORDAIN) lay down the law (ORDAIN).
25 Winner gets this tree fertilizer (6)
POT-ASH
Winner gets this (POT) tree (ASH) = POTASH: fertilizer.
27 Shred dead letters (3)
RIP
Dead letters (R.I.P.) = RIP: shred.
29 After this trial, had a bite and was ready to go perhaps (4)
TEST
After “this trial” (TEST) had a bit (ATE) and = TESTATE: was ready to go, perhaps.
30 Some consider Ryan Air city? (5)
DERRY
Some “consi-DER RY-an” (DERRY) = DERRY: air city (as in “The Derry Air”).
31 Go away from intolerant people, they’re boring (4)
BI-TS
Intolerant people (BI-GO-TS) “go” away (-GO) = BITS: they’re boring.
34 Daily competition for artist to copy over? (3,4)
RA-T RACE
Artist (RA) to copy over? (TRACE) for = RAT RACE: daily competition.
35 Where waters meet party fruit? (7)
AVOCA-DO
Where waters meet (AVOCA) party (DO) = AVOCADO: fruit.
36 Noticed silly hen say they’re good for a laugh, perhaps (7,6)
SPOTTED HYENAS
Noticed (SPOTTED) silly “hen say” (HYENAS) = SPOTTED HYENAS: they’re good for a laugh, perhaps (also known as Laughing Hyenas).

Down
2 More unpleasant row for North America (7)

NA’S-TIER
Row for North America (NA’S TIER) = NASTIER: more unpleasant.
3 Twenty minus the start and the middle (4)
-CORE
Twenty (S-CORE) minus the start (-S) and = CORE: the middle.
4 Incoming rounds created inferno on board (6)
S(HELL)S
On board, in the ship (S-S) inferno (HELL) created = SHELLS: incoming rounds.
5 Began to write in a dictionary (6)
O(PEN)ED
In “a dictionary” (O-ED) to write (PEN) = OPENED: began.
6 Hurrying to lose the carpet outside, something over a foot (4)
-SHIN-
Hurrying (RU-SHIN-G) to lose “the carpet outside” (remove the RU-G outside) = SHIN: something over a foot.
7 To a greater extent painting, her forte at the beginning (7)
F-ART-HER
“Forte” at the beginning (F) painting (ART) her (HER) = FARTHER: to a greater extent.
8 Instructs those at the wheel getting them watching for vehicles (13)
TRAINS-POTTERS
Instructs (TRAINS) those at the wheel (POTTERS) getting = TRAINSPOTTERS: them watching for vehicles.
9 It’s right there and puts ID on dog, perhaps?(1,5,3,4)
X-MARKS THE SPOT
Puts ID on dog, perhaps? (X-MARKS THE SPOT) = X MARKS THE SPOT: it’s right there.
14 Listen to vulgar tune from bad guy at sea (7)
CORSAIR
Vulgar tune (COARSE AIR) listen to, from = CORSAIR: bad guy at sea.
16 Mother’s first assistant brought up the papers (5)
M-EDIA
“M-other’s” first (M) assistant, ‘aide’, brought up (EDIA) = MEDIA: papers.
18 Peer around inside farm building (5)
BAR(O)N
Inside “farm building” (BAR-N) a-round (O) = BARON: peer.
20 Often a business partner gets a second from Trinity (3)
SON
Often a business partner (SON) gets “a second from (the Holy) Trinity” (SON).
21 Nothing from the wet bar makes juice (3)
S-AP
The wet bar (S-O-AP) take away “nothing” (-O) makes = SAP: juice.
24 Some publishing sat up listening to Katie inside (7)
DES(KT)OP
Sat, ‘posed’, up (DES-OP) listening to “Katie” inside (KT) = DESKTOP: some publishing.
26 A graduate under a liberal one with a famous opening statement (3,4)
A-LI B-A-BA
Under “ a liberal” (A-LIB) a graduate (A BA) = ALI BABA: one with a famous opening statement (i.e. “open sesame”).
27 Picture problem for fly-by-night? (3-3)
RED-EYE
Picture problem (RED EYE) for = RED-EYE: fly-by-night?
28 Quietly get in touch with and deliver a message (6)
P-REACH
Quietly (P) get in touch with (REACH) and = PREACH: deliver a message.
32 Way out to the audience carriage (4)
GAIT
Way out (GATE) to the audience = GAIT: carriage.
33 Di wrapped up (4)
D-ONE
D-i (D-ONE) = DONE: wrapped up.