Explanations: No. 14728 – Thursday, 15 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Afternoons outside hurting with the German makes them thick-skinned (10)
Afternoons (P-MS) outside “‘hurting’ with ‘the’ German” (ACHY-DER) makes = PACHYDERMS: them thick-skinned.
6 Learner in clothing line gets leadership position (4)
In “clothing line” (HE-M) learner (L) gets = HELM: leadership position.
10 Seasonal visitor that might be a carpenter in South America (5)
In “South America” (S-A) that might be a carpenter (ANT) = SANTA: seasonal visitor.
11 Europeans from eastern nations relocated south (9)
Eastern (E) “nations” relocated (STONIAN) south (S) from = ESTONIANS: Europeans.
12 Plot against part of the church (8)
Against (CON) part of the church (SPIRE) = CONSPIRE: plot.
13 Young king with alternative help after class (5)
Young king (TUT) with “alternative” (OR) = TUTOR: help after class.
15 Good man with singer’s gift that’s extraordinary (7)
Good man (ST) with “singer’s gift” (RANGE) that’s = STRANGE: extraordinary.
17 Very basic for a supermarket sun shade (7)
A supermarket (SPAR) sun shade (TAN) for = SPARTAN: very basic.
19 Changes, once again it is after a rush (2-5)
After “a rush” (RE-ED) it is (IT’S) = RE-EDITS: changes, once again.
21 Mean old Italian hail storm? (7)
Old Italian “hail” (AVE) storm (RAGE) = AVERAGE: mean.
22 Cheek is peripheral part of the body? (5)
Cheek (NERVE) is “peripheral part of the body” (NERVE).
24 One for the road seeing it’s a little dampish around the hill (8)
It’s a little dampish (MO-IST) around “the hill” (TOR) seeing = MOTORIST: one for the road.
27 Limit agitation by some workers and activists (9)
“Limit” agitation (MILIT) by “some workers” (ANTS) and = MILITANTS: activists.
28 Couple coming back in get inundated (5)
In “g-ET INU-ndated” (ETINU) coming back = UNITE: couple.
29 Vehicle headed back east to compete (4)
Vehicle, ‘car’, headed back (RAC) east (E) = RACE: to compete.
30 The country’s admitting his rights to operate (10)
The country’s (FRANC-E’S) admitting “his” (HIS) = FRANCHISES: rights to operate.
1 Model bearing loses one (4)
Bearing (PO-I-SE) loses “one” (-I) = POSE: model.
2 Space that’s open for lessons in swindling (9)
Lessons in swindling (CON COURSE) for = CONCOURSE: space that’s open.
3 Remain backward about the last poet (5)
Remain, ‘stay’, backward (Y-ATS) about “’th-e’ last” (E) = YEATS: poet.
4 He kept to himself before the widow gave this (7)
Before (ERE) the widow gave this (MITE) = EREMITE: he kept to himself.
5 Yours truly levels professions (7)
Yours truly (ME) levels (TIERS) = METIERS: professions.
7 Right on demand (5)
Right on (EXACT) demand (EXACT).
8 Strip-mined improperly, maybe? (10)
“Strip-mined” improperly = MISPRINTED: typed out “strip-mined” improperly maybe?
9 Start therein before one had dinner (8)
Therein (IN IT) before “one” (I) had dinner (ATE) = INITIATE: start.
14 One watching new moon and star about to turn up? (10)
New “moon” and “star” (ASTRONOM) about, ‘re’, to turn up (ER) = ATRONOMER: one watching new moon and star about to turn up?
16 Memo about one set for a little meat (8)
Memo (NO-TE) about “one” “set” (I-SET) for = NOISETTE: a little meat.
18 Passes through about a thousand dispatches (9)
Passes through (TRANS-ITS) about “a thousand” (M) = TRANSMITS: dispatches.
20 Just before the final, rushed back for a conference (7)
Just before the final (SEMI) rushed, ‘ran’, back (NAR) for = SEMINAR: a conference.
21 Skilled worker from start is a northerner (7)
From “st-ART IS A N-ortherner” = ARTISAN: skilled worker.
23 Our kind of government without a bar would be a thing of the past (5)
Our form of government (RE-PUB-LIC) without a “bar” (-PUB) would be = RELIC: a thing of the past.
25 Far from smooth starts from riders on untrained giddy horses (5)
Starts (first letters) from r-iders (R) o-n (O) u-ntrained (U) g-iddy (G) h-orses (H) = ROUGH: far from smooth.
26 The latest bridge players, all of them (4)
Bridge players, all of them (N-E-W-S) = NEWS: the latest.