Explanations: No. 14730 – Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sun, Mar 18, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 For a robust greeting, the company gives fish! (4,9)

FIRM HANDS-HAKE
The company (FIRM) gives (HANDS) fish (HAKE) for = FIRM HANDSHAKE: a robust greeting.
10 Classes for the French issue (7)
LES-SONS
“The” French (LES) issue (SONS) for = LESSONS: classes.
11 Stop talking seeing drummer at party initially (4,3)
RING-O-FF
Drummer (RINGO) at party, Fianna Fáil, initially (FF) seeing = RING OFF: stop talking.
12 Fateful day in March for team moving first to last place (4)
IDE-S
Team (S-IDE) moving first letter (S) from first to last place, for= IDES: fateful day in March.
13 Get what 28-downs do after Feb 1st (5)
F-ETCH
After “F-eb” 1st (F) what ETCHERS do (ETCH) = FETCH: get.
15 Near the middle of him by the bishop (4)
-NIGH-
Him by the bishop (K-NIGH-T) the middle of = NIGH: near.
17 Prepared to put in rollers (3)
SET
Prepared (SET) to put in rollers (SET).
19 He might be mad finding that terrible selection (6)
HATTER
“t-HAT TER-ible” selection, finding = HATTER: he might be mad (as in the Mad Hatter).
21 Work long and hard with an inevitable feature of campaign (6)
SLOG-AN
Work long and hard (SLOG) with “an” (AN) = SLOGAN: inevitable feature of campaign.
22 The town is over the lass (7)
DONE-GAL
Over (DONE) the lass (GAL) is = DONEGAL: the town.
23 It comes in sections round the cooker (6)
O-RANGE
Round (O) the cooker (RANGE) = ORANGE: it comes in sections.
25 Race around the southeast to find the crossword, maybe (6)
TEA(SE)R
Race (TEA-R) around “the southeast” (SE) to find = TEASER: the crossword, maybe.
27 Even characters leave scene to observe (3)
S-E-E
Scene (S-C-E-N-E) even characters leave (- C & N) = SEE: to observe.
29 On a trip in the Himalayas? (4)
HIGH
On a trip (HIGH) in the Himalayas? (HIGH).
30 Cross check may end (5)
TEST-Y
Check (TEST) “ma-y” end (Y) = TESTY: cross.
31 Leaders from Portlaoise and Limerick met and they have it in hand (4)
P-A-L-M
Leaders (first letters) from P-ortlaoise (P) a-nd (A) L-imerick (L) m-er (M) and = PALM: they have it in hand.
34 Return once more before the artist falls here (7)
NIAGA-RA
Once more, again, return (NIAGA) before “the artist” (RA) = NIAGARA: falls here.
35 More difficult holding ring for collector (7)
H(O)ARDER
More difficult (H-ORDER) holding “ring” (O) for = HOARDER: collector.
36 Applauds the lady and helps, but not him (5,3,1,4)
GIVES HER A HAND
Applauds the lady (GIVES HER A HAND) and helps, but not him (GIVES HER A HAND).

Down
2 Look at getting piano into Beetle, say! (7)

INS(P)ECT
“Beetle”, say (INS-ECT) with “piano” inside (P) getting = INSPECT: look at.
3 Feeling low over old Penny (4)
MOO-D
Low (MOO) over “old penny” (D) = MOOD: feeling.
4 First Class, less-involved seat choices (6)
AI-SLES
First class (AI) “less” involved (SLES) = AISLES: seat choices (on a plane).
5 Run nonstop (6)
DIRECT
Run (DIRECT) nonstop (DIRECT).
6 It might be a flush theme today (4)
HAND
It might be a flush (HAND in poker) “theme today”, in the outer answers (HAND).
7 Being aware it may be checked about this time (7)
K(NOW)ING
It may be checked (K-ING) about “this time” (NOW) = KNOWING: being aware.
8 Sounds like snub for one helping to show card shark’s gift (7,2,4)
SLEIGHT OF HAND
Snub for one helping (SLIGHT OF HAND) sounds like, to show = SLEIGHT OF HAND: card shark’s gift.
9 Frank had me for surprisingly casual comment (7,6)
OFFHAND REMARK
“Frank had me for” surprisingly = OFFHAND REMARK: casual comment.
14 Dated messages inform old girlfriends, according to hearsay (7)
TELEXES
Inform old girlfriends (TELL EXES) according to hearsay = TELEXES: dated messages.
16 Equivocate and start to have an advantage (5)
H-EDGE
Start to “h-ave” (H) an advantage (EDGE) and = HEDGE: equivocate.
18 It might be blind from small eyes (5)
ALLEY
From “sm-ALL EY-es” = ALLEY: it might be blind (as in “a blind alley”).
20 Ring in about tomorrow’s school (3)
R(O)E
About (R-E) with “ring” in (O) = ROE: tomorrow’s school (of fish).
21 Was in session half the weekend (3)
SAT
Was in session (SAT) half the weekend (SAT).
24 Asian for A … F, G, H, I … (7)
AFGH-AN-I
A … F, G, H (AFGH) I (AN I) for = AFGHANI: Asian.
26 Substitute reputation cut short (5-2)
STAND-IN-
Reputation (STANDIN-G) cut short = STAND-IN: substitute.
27 ‘E’s back playing with harp? (6)
SE-RAPH
“’E’s” back (SE) playing with “harp” (RAPH) = SERAPH: ‘e’s back playing with harp?
28 One using acid and so on, by yonder boat (6)
ETC-HER
And so on (ETC) by “yonder boat” (HER) = ETCHER: one using acid.
32 Knock silly calendar units, by the sound of it (4)
DAZE
Calendar units (DAYS) by the sound of it = DAZE: knock silly.
33 The South has assembled a band for the Twelfth (4)
S-ASH
The South (S) “has” assembled (ASH) = SASH: a band for the Twelfth.