Explanations: No. 14729 – Friday, 16 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Nothing to write a dentist’s order (4)
Nothing (O) to write (PEN) = OPEN: a dentist’s order.
4 Plants a wine choice in front of US Presidents (10)
A wine choice (ROSE) in front of “US Presidents” (BUSHES) = ROSEBUSHES: plants.
9 Song and dance promotion (6)
Dance (BALL) promotion (AD) and = BALLAD: song.
10 Now available for meadows in Rush (8)
In rush (RE-ED) meadows (LEAS) for = RELEASED: now available.
11 Leg support performed superbly holding one, take note (8)
Performed superbly (SH-ONE) holding “one” “take note” (I-NB) = SHINBONE: leg support.
12 Study for each exploit (6)
For each (PER) exploit (USE) = PERUSE: study.
13 Flipping poet is none too bright (4)
Poet (BARD) flipping, is = DRAB: none too bright.
15 The Italian accountants split a little money for school equipment (6,4)
A little money (PENC-E) split by “the” Italian “accountants” (IL-CAS) for = PENCIL CASE: school equipment.
17 Desmond isn’t able to, ringing the terminus for one that comes later (10)
Desmond (DES) isn’t able to, ‘can’t’, ringing the terminus, ‘end’ [C(END)ANT] for = DESCENDANT: one that comes later.
19 There are seven of them to grab hold of for the auditor (4)
To grab hold of (SEIZE) for the auditor = SEAS: there are seven of them.
20 Like a seabird, like a wake (6)
Like (AS) a seabird (TERN) = ASTERN: like a wake (of a boat).
22 Great success allows for lines of verse (8)
Great success (COUP) allows (LETS) for = COUPLETS: lines of verse.
25 After resolution, one union payment for what are left (8)
After “resolution” (RES) one (I) union payment (DUES) for = RESIDUES: what are left.
26 Course objective to put on the end of a sentence, maybe (6)
(Golf) course objective (PAR) to put on (DON) = PARDON: the end of a sentence, maybe.
27 You heard Ulster politician broadcast free from constraints (10)
“You” heard (U) Ulster politician (NI MP) broadcast (AIRED) = UNIMPAIRED: free from constraints.
28 Reference a sense audibly (4)
A sense (SIGHT) audibly = CITE: reference.
2 Gym teacher worked part of an orchard (5,4)
Gym (PE) “teacher” worked (ACH TREE) = PEACH TREE: part of an orchard.
3 Stocking only new order placed by the North (5)
“Only” new order (NYLON) placed by “the North” (N) = NYLON: stocking.
4 Source of music for bit of publicity in city in South America (5)
In “city in South America” (R-IO) bit of publicity (AD) for = RADIO: source of music.
5 Keep hurrying forward, doctor (7)
Keep hurrying forward (SURGE ON) = SURGEON: doctor.
6 Gala event by the river, little interest for a writer (9)
Gala event (BALL) by “the river” (PO) little “interest” (INT) for = BALLPOINT: a writer.
7 Fake gems, they’re seen around the middle of March (9)
Fake gems (SHAM ROCKS) = SHAMROCKS: they’re seen around the middle of March.
8 Levels produced the day before by the Poles (5)
The day before (EVE) by “the poles” (NS) produced = EVENS: levels.
14 Disrupt a crime, but it might make you sick (9)
Disrupt “a crime, but” = BACTERIUM: it might make you sick.
15 SUBIROLA (9)
”SU-BIRO-OLA” is BIRO (a PEN) written IN the letters SU-LA = PENINSULA.
16 Begins journey with porter holding fine things, perhaps (6,3)
Porter (ST-OUT) holding “‘fine’ things, perhaps” (ARTS) = STARTS OUT: begins journey.
18 A copy by an addict, one like Zola (7)
A copy (A CC) by “an addict” (USER) = ACCUSER: one like Zola (referring to Émile Zola’s famous “J’Accuse” headline in the Dreyfus affair).
21 Hank shows it covers you around end of June (5)
It covers you (SK-IN) around “the end of ‘jun-e’” (E) shows = SKEIN: hank.
23 Supposed without letters for help it’s increased (5)
Supposed (S-upp-OS-ed) without letters for help (-SOS) it’s = UPPED: increased.
24 Verbally rich part of songwriting (5)
“verbal-LY RIC-h” part = LYRIC: verbally rich part of songwriting.