Explanations: No. 14725 – Monday, 12 March 2012

Mon, Mar 12, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 Pet no. somehow is beginning to matter and it’s being relatively helpful (8)

NEPOT-IS-M
“Pet no.” somehow (NEPOT) is (IS) beginning to “m-atter” (M) and it’s = NEPOTISM: being relatively helpful.
9 Bold support for her kind of state (6)
BRA-ZEN
Support for her (BRA) kind of state (ZEN) = BRAZEN: bold.
10 Fight against doctor in Ulster, maybe (6)
CO(MB)AT
In “Ulster” maybe (CO-AT) doctor (MB) = COMBAT: fight against.
11 Stumble after broadcasts take off here (8)
AIRS-TRIPS
After “broadcasts” (AIRS) stumble (TRIP) = AIRSTRIP: take off here.
12 Encourage one in the theatre beginning to go (4,2)
URGE ON
One in the theatre (S-URGEON) beginning to go (-S) = URGE ON: encourage.
13 Descartes followed band finding a reason to get legless, perhaps (8)
GANG-RENE
Band (GANG) “Descartes” followed (RENE) finding = GANGRENE: a reason to get legless, perhaps.
15 One loved doing nothing in audition (4)
IDOL
Doing nothing (IDLE) in audition = IDOL: one loved.
17 Gas revealed for pest reportedly (7)
PRO-PANE
For (PRO) pest, ‘pain’, reportedly (PANE) revealed = PROPANE: gas.
19 Be worthy of holding article made of clay (7)
EAR(THE)N
Be worthy of (EAR-N) holding “article” (THE) = EARTHEN: made of clay.
22 Needs the doctor mentioned to make some rounds (4)
ALES
Needs the doctor (AILS) mentioned, to make = ALES: some rounds.
24 Pass over part of a pool for an Arctic flier (3-5)
SKI-P-LANE
Pass over (SKIP) part of a (swimming) pool (LANE) for = SKI-PLANE: an Arctic flier.
27 Troubles with a second pet (6)
CARES-S
Troubles (CARES) with “a second” (S) = CARESS: pet.
29 Bug catching musical note on the sly (2,6)
IN SEC(RE)T
Bug (INSEC-T) catching “musical note” (RE) = IN SECRET: on the sly.
30 Foolishness I do put right in very cool surroundings (6)
I(DIO)CY
In “very cool” surroundings (I-CY) “I do” put right (DIO) = IDIOCY: foolishness.
31 More of the same found on the border? (6)
CLONES
More of the same (CLONES) found on the border? (CLONES).
32 Really impressed after views went up and down (8)
SEES-AWED
After “views” (SEES) really impressed (AWED) = SEESAWED: went up and down.

Down
1 Pack it in to find a president over three quarters of an hour (6)

DEV-OUR
A president (DEV) over “three quarters of an ‘h-our’” (OUR) to find = DEVOUR: pack it in.
2 Bend over and read out WP? (6,2)
DOUBLE U-P
Read out W (DOUBLE U) P (P) and = DOUBLE UP: bend over.
3 It’s one thing after another before ten turned up to catch ‘Morning Ireland’, say (6,2)
LIST-EN IN
It’s one thing after another (LIST) before ten, ‘nine’, turned up (ENIN) = LISTEN IN: to catch ‘Morning Ireland’, say.
4 Prohibition therefore encompasses qualification in business (7)
E(MBA)RGO
Therefore (E-RGO) encompasses “qualification in business” (MBA) = EMBARGO: prohibition.
5 Dishevelled robe showing, Titania quarrels with him (6)
OBER-ON
Dishevelled “robe” (OBER) showing (ON) = OBERON: Titania quarrels with him (in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”).
6 Loud one in company that contributes to a situation (6)
F-ACTOR
Loud (F) one in company (ACTOR) = FACTOR: that contributes to a situation.
7 Half dead, intended insubordination (8)
DE-FIANCE
Half “de-ad” (DE) intended (FIANCE) = DEFIANCE: insubordination.
14 Downwind from a river (4)
A-LEE
A (A) river (LEE) from = ALEE: downwind.
16 This academic takes in company for someone in the church (4)
DEA-N
This academic (DEA-N) takes in “company” (CO) for = DEACON: someone in the church.
18 Patriarch returned without family again to excite (8)
RE(KIN)DLE
Patriarch, ‘elder’, returned (RE-DLE) without, i.e. outside, “family” (KIN) = REKINDLE: again to excite.
20 Credited the writer in a TV pitch (8)
A(SCRIBE)D
In “a TV pitch” (A-D) the writer (SCRIBE) = ASCRIBED: credited.
21 Like the worst kind of illness one might depart from here (8)
TERMINAL
Like the worst kind of illness (TERMINAL) one might depart from here (TERMINAL).
23 Like greens went first (7)
LEFT-IST
Went (LEFT) first (IST) = LEFTIST: like Greens.
25 Fixes feathers for hens, where the H is! (6)
PRE-ENS
“H-ens”, where the H is (PRE-ENS) for = PREENS: fixes feathers.
26 Stop a record producer (6)
ARREST
Stop (ARREST) a record producer (ARREST).
28 Say, quite nonchalantly move a little bag (6)
SACHET
Quite nonchalantly move (SASHAY) say = SACHET: a little bag.