Explanations: No. 14736 – Saturday, 24 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Approached with an offer composed? (4,9)
Approached with an offer (MADE OVERTURES) composed? (MADE OVERTURES).
10 Starts, not in collections (7)
Not in (OUT) collections (SETS) = OUTSETS: starts.
11 Encouraging words for revolutionary returning uncontaminated (5,2)
Revolutionary (CHE) uncontaminated, ‘pure’, returning (ER UP) for = CHEER UP: encouraging words.
12 Clothing for the quarter-deck? (4)
Clothing (SUIT) for “the quarter-deck”, of cards? (SUIT).
13 Speedy one in Rolls-Royce? (5)
In “Rolls-Royce” (R-R) one (ACE) = RACER: speedy one in Rolls-Royce?
15 Wind up with the company one left first (4)
With “the company” (CO) one (I) “l-eft” first (L) = COIL: wind up.
17 Drunk last from cocktails too potent (3)
Last (letters) from cocktail-s (S) to-o (O) poten-t (T) = SOT: drunk.
19 Most disgusting, finding the Italian in underwear! (6)
In “underwear” (V-EST) “the” Italian (IL) = VILEST: most disgusting.
21 Yield at warning (6)
Yield (CAVE) at (AT) = CAVEAT: warning.
22 Writer edited lost play with this (7)
Edited “lost” (TOLS) play with this (TOY) = TOLSTOY: writer.
23 Man on board that is beginner (6)
Man on (chess) board (ROOK) that is (IE) = ROOKIE: beginner.
25 Looking back, regrets operation was phoney (6)
Regrets operation (RUES OP) looking back, was = POSEUR: phoney.
27 A pound for a white robe (3)
A pound (A LB) for = ALB: a white robe.
29 More than this seen in all edges (4)
More than (OVER) this (word) seen in all edges (of answer grid) (OVER).
30 Pricey brew in teapot (5)
Pricey (STEEP) brew in teapot (STEEP).
31 Couple of parties and I’m gone for good (4)
Party (DO) a couple of them (DO) and = DODO: I’m gone for good.
34 Again make true and authentic gin cocktail (7)
Authentic (REAL) “gin” cocktail (IGN) and = REALIGN: again make true.
35 a – m = e (7)
a-m (A TO M) = (IS) e (E) = ATOMISE.
36 Worry about punishment for a young one? (4,5,4)
Punishment for a young one? (LOSE SLEEPOVER) = LOSE SLEEP OVER: worry about.
2 Everyone swallows obscure hint the queen’s home (7)
Everyone (A-LL) swallows “obscure ‘hint’” (NTHI) = ANTHILL: the queen’s home.
3 First place to find editor and printer’s measure (4)
Editor (ED) and “printer’s measure” (EN) to find = EDEN: first place.
4 Prospects for profit ending in some credit cards (6)
In “some credit cards” (VIS-AS) “profi-t” ending (T) for = VISTAS: prospects.
5 Stone alien spaceship (6)
Stone (ROCK) alien (ET) = ROCKET: spaceship.
6 Pondered losing a thousand employed (4)
Pondered (M-USED) losing “a thousand” (-M) = USED: employed.
7 Location often adorned for countess’s husband the UK honour (7)
Countess’s husband (EARL) the UK honour (OBE) for = EARLOBE: location often adorned.
8 Approaches the sea too enthusiastically? (4,9)
Approaches the sea (GOES OVERBOARD) too enthusiastically? (GOES OVERBOARD).
9 Just dessert for computer company revenue? (5,8)
Just dessert? (APPLE TURNOVER) for “computer company revenue” (APPLE TURNOVER).
14 Scam exclusive giving comfort (7)
Scam (CON) exclusive (SOLE) giving = CONSOLE: comfort.
16 Moving Italian wine right to the end (5)
Italian wine (ASTI) “right” to the end (R) = ASTIR: moving.
18 Might or authority in city (5)
Might (MAY) or (OR) = MAYOR: authority in city.
20 Strove every second for low digit (3)
Strove (s-T-r-O-v-E) every second (letter) for = TOE: low digit.
21 The heart of decoy work for policeman (3)
The heart of “de-c-oy” (C) work (OP) for = COP: policeman.
24 Round crazy king’s daughter, nothing that adds flavour (7)
Round (O) crazy king’s, ‘Lear’s’, daughter (REGAN) nothing (O) = OREGANO: that adds flavour.
26 Arousing feeling for reason to act on the Internet? (7)
Reason to act (MOTIVE) on the Internet (E-MOTIVE) for = EMOTIVE: arousing feeling.
27 There’s no key for all the letters before O, Albert (6)
All the letters before O (A-TO-N) Albert (AL) for = ATONAL: there’s no key.
28 Word of warning coming from maybe war expert (6)
-BE WAR E-
Coming from “may-BE WAR E-xpert” = BEWARE: word of warning.
32 Partial sum in estate that’s not yours (4)
-M IN E-
Partial “su-M IN E-state”, that’s = MINE: not yours.
33 Note nothing without help (4)
Note (SOL) nothing (O) = SOLO: without help.