Explanations: No. 14734 – Thursday, 22 March 2012

Thu, Mar 22, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Send off a lot of lines as an afterthought? (10)

POST-SCRIPT
Send off (POST) a lot of lines (SCRIPT) = POSTSCRIPT: as an afterthought?
6 Defeat second, after the Spanish (4)
LOS-S
After “the” Spanish (LOS) second (S) = LOSS: defeat.
10 Send a story on the Internet back (5)
ELATE
A story on the Internet (E-TALE) back = ELATE: send.
11 Position on board for stuffy partner (9)
STALE-MATE
Stuffy (STALE) partner (MATE) for = STALEMATE: position on board.
12 Settle, for one to slaughter fish (3,5)
SEA T-ROUT
Settle, for one (SEAT) to slaughter (ROUT) = SEA TROUT: fish.
13 Rail transportation, a penny for March (5)
TRAM-P
Rail transportation (TRAM) a penny (P) for = TRAMP: march.
15 Wasn’t straight about First Class’s made connections (7)
LI(AI’S)ED
Wasn’t straight (LI-ED) about “first class’s” (AI’S) = LIAISED: made connections.
17 Pick up part of Mass (7)
COLLECT
Pick up (COLLECT) part of Mass (COLLECT).
19 Switzerland linked to consumer fraud (7)
CH-EATER
Switzerland (CH) linked to “consumer” (EATER) = CHEATER: fraud.
21 Short rugby player getting to a money lender (7)
SHY-LOCK
Short (SHY) rugby player (LOCK) getting to = SHYLOCK: a money lender.
22 He took two tablets in case somnambulism returned (5)
MOSES
In “ca-SE SOM-nambulism” (SESOM) returned = MOSES: he took two tablets.
24 It’s used in washing up a milk dispenser by the lough (3,5)
TEA T-OWEL
A milk dispenser (TEAT) by “the lough” (OWEL) = TEA TOWEL: it’s used in washing up.
27 Least generous, stops running in hail (9)
GREE(DIES)T
In “hail” (GREE-T) stops running (DIES) = GREEDIEST: least generous.
28 One gets into the kings’ home for half a crown (5)
T(I)ARA
Into “the kings’ home” (T-ARA) “one” gets (I) for = TIARA: half a crown.
29 Means of support for first born, we hear (4)
CANE
First born (CAIN) we hear, for = CANE: means of support.
30 Litters street with those being sick (10)
ST-RETCHERS
Street (ST) with “those being sick” (RETCHERS) = STRETCHERS: litters.

Down
1 Look for one to exert pressure, maybe (4)

PEER
Look (PEER) for “one to exert pressure, maybe” (PEER) … as in “peer pressure”.
2 It’s used by actor and free agent in identical surroundings (5,4)
S(TAGE N)AME
In “identical” surroundings (S-AME) free “agent” (TAGEN) and = STAGE NAME: it’s used by actor.
3 Tracking aid posted to an auditor (5)
SCENT
Posted (SENT) to an auditor = SCENT: tracking aid.
4 Answer to the residence, a place for Lily (7)
RES-POND
To “the residence” (RES) a place for lily (POND) = RESPOND: answer.
5 A way to delay payment and survive in the picture (7)
P(LAST)IC
In “the picture” (P-IC) survive (LAST) and = PLASTIC: a way to delay payment (i.e. credit card).
7 Well, it’s back, and also known as Japanese port (5)
OS-AKA
Well, ‘so’, it’s back (OS) and “also known as” (AKA) = OSAKA: Japanese port.
8 Break down on board the ship and seize the prize (10)
S(WEEP)S-TAKE
Break down, “weep” on board the ship, ‘in SS’ [S(WEEP)S] and “seize” (TAKE) = SWEEPSTAKE: the prize.
9 Playing pieces to add up in mind (8)
MEN-TALLY
Playing pieces (MEN) to add up (TALLY) = MENTALLY: in mind.
14 Be short of wise men in time before Christ, leading to bad spelling (5,5)
B(LACK MAGIC)C
In “time before Christ” (B-C) be short of wise men (LACK MAGI) leading to = BLACK MAGIC: bad spelling.
16 Shooting site an eleven often reserved (3,5)
SET A-SIDE
Shooting site (SET) an eleven, often (A SIDE) = SET ASIDE: reserved.
18 Clear old partner unified amount charged (9)
EX-ONE-RATE
Old partner (EX) unified (ONE) amount charged (RATE) = EXONERATE: clear.
20 Go back to buy another round (7)
RE-TREAT
To buy another round (RE-TREAT) = RETREAT: go back.
21 Cubist art lecture providing surprise (7)
-STARTLE-
“cubi-ST ART LE-cture” providing = STARTLE: surprise.
23 Radiance observed about hospital (5)
S(H)EEN
Observed (S-EEN) about “hospital” (H) = SHEEN: radiance.
25 Some nerve getting to work over a jerk (5)
OP-TIC
Work (OP) over “a jerk” (TIC) getting to = OPTIC: some nerve.
26 Touches down first, on special braking system (4)
D-ABS
“D-own” first (D) on “special braking system” (ABS) = DABS: touches.