Explanations: No. 14731 – Monday, 19 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Converts are up one like us (8)
Converts “are up one” = EUROPEAN: like us.
9 Changes in speech for service centres (6)
Changes (ALTERS) in speech, for = ALTARS: service centres.
10 One out of six replaced train with motorway (6)
Replaced “train” (ANTRI) with “motorway” (M) = ANTRIM: one out of six.
11 Bowing out without second ruling (8)
Bowing out (RE-S-IGNING) without “second” (-S) = REIGNING: ruling.
12 Humble college official housing me (6)
College official (DE-AN) housing “me” (ME) = DEMEAN: humble.
13 Before one aching to see the minister (8)
Before (PRE-) one aching (ACHER) to see = PREACHER: the minister.
15 Part of amount open to in the past (4)
Part of “amo-UNT O-pen” = UNTO: “to”, in the past.
17 Perhaps prenuptial agreement with lies destroyed love? (7)
Perhaps prenuptial agreement (I DO) with “lies” destroyed (LISE) = IDOLISE: love.
19 Runs for the summer in Laois (7)
In “Laois” (L-S) the summer (ADDER) for = LADDERS: runs (as in stockings).
22 Little singer in learner work, looking back (4)
In “lear-NER W-ork” (NERW) looking back = WREN: little singer.
24 Resettle just grand in Dubai, say (8)
In Dubai, say (EMI-RATE) just “grand” (G) = EMIGRATE: resettle.
27 Wine from the county town initially (6)
The county (CLARE) “t-own” initially (T) from = CLARET: wine.
29 Perfect underarm moves (8)
“Underarm” moves = UNMARRED: perfect.
30 Nothing to be heard, looked at or listened to (6)
Nothing (O) to “be” heard (B) looked at (EYED) or = OBEYED: listened to.
31 Encourage perception, say (6)
Perception (INSIGHT) say = INCITE: encourage.
32 Late hour just ahead of Shakespeare’s night? (8)
Late hour, as in “the eleventh hour” (ELEVENTH) just ahead of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”? (ELEVENTH).
1 The pain is in this subtle distinction (6)
In “this subtle distinction” (NU-ANCE) is (IS) = NUISANCE: the pain.
2 Some salesmen must use this or be splitting small figure (8)
Small figure (DO-LL) split by “or be” (OR BE) = DOORBELL: some salesmen must use this.
3 End part of the school year for Americans (8)
Part of the school year for Americans (TERM IN US) = TERMINUS: end.
4 Code to open half an underground vault (7)
To “op-en” half (EN) an underground vault (CRYPT) = ENCRYPT: code.
5 Local green tea mentioned inside (6)
Green (NA-IVE) “tea” mentioned, inside (T) = NATIVE: local.
6 Cultural set of principles enveloping the North (6)
Set of principles (ETH-IC) enveloping “the North” (N) = ETHNIC: cultural.
7 Senior family member regretted coming back finding such splendour (8)
Senior family member (GRAN) regretted, ‘rued’, coming back (DEUR) finding = GRANDEUR: such splendour.
14 Part lacking initially in eggs (4)
In “eggs” (RO-E) “l-acking” initially (L) = ROLE: part.
16 Fresh tea in speech for eye donor in ‘Macbeth’? (4)
Fresh (NEW) “tea” in speech (T) for = NEWT: eye donor in “Macbeth”? (“Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog” says one of the witches!).
18 Word of warning about minimum with a ruling (8)
Word of warning (DO-N’T!) about “minimum” with “a” (MIN-A) = DOMINANT: ruling.
20 Work that’s no fun inside, and going nowhere (8)
Inside “and” (AN-D) work that’s no fun (CHORE) = ANCHORED: going nowhere.
21 Line for the circle is put off around one in the morning (8)
Put off (D-ETER) around “one in the morning” (I AM) is = DIAMETER: line for the circle.
23 More inclined to conk out in back (7)
In “back” (REA-R) to conk out (DIE) = READIER: more inclined.
25 Try a doctored account for one into net savings (6)
Try (GO) a doctored account (A LIE) for = GOALIE: one into net savings.
26 A voracity for deal! (6)
A voracity (A GREED) for = AGREED: deal!
28 First Lady and agents, half making calendar entries (6)
First lady (EVE) and “age-nts” half (NTS) making = EVENTS: calendar entries.