Explanations: No. 14740 – Thursday, 29 March 2012

Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Turning away and leaving the country around fifty (10)
DEF(L)ECTING
Leaving the country (DEF-ECTING) around “fifty” (L) and = DEFLECTING: turning away.
6 Dracula feature film announced no ghoulish firsts (4)
F-A-N-G
Firsts (first letters) from f-ilm (F) a-nnounced (A) n-o (N) g-houlish (G) = FANG: Dracula feature.
10 Part of Ulster seemingly not windy (5)
-TERSE-
Part of “uls-TER SE-emingly” = TERSE: not windy.
11 Fish with communist hairstyle! (3,6)
RED MULLET
Communist (RED) hairstyle (MULLET) = RED MULLET: fish.
12 Pays attention to alien’s attitudes (8)
MINDS-ET’S
Pays attention to (MINDS) alien’s (ET’S) = MINDSETS: attitudes.
13 Add a little one out of bed (3,2)
TOT UP
A little one (TOT) out of bed (UP) = TOT UP: add.
15 Be left at home with their mess (7)
IN-HERIT
At home (IN) with “their” mess (HERIT) = INHERIT: be left.
17 Cover a woman attending a man (7)
SHE-AT-HE
A woman (SHE) attending (AT) a man (HE) = SHEATHE: cover.
19 Stops Edward going back first on board (7)
DE-S(IST)S
Edward, ‘Ed’, going back (DE) first on board, ‘1st’ in ‘the ship’ [S(IST)S] = DESISTS: stops.
21 On the line about to be burned, perhaps (2,5)
AT STAKE
On the line (AT STAKE) about to be burned, perhaps (AT STAKE).
22 We hear forty in old Rome do well (5)
EXCEL
“Forty” in old Rome (XL) we hear = EXCEL: do well.
24 Father’s wise one’s Bible readings, perhaps (8)
PA’S-SAGE’S
Father’s (PA’S) wise one’s (SAGE’S) = PASSAGES: Bible readings, perhaps
27 Rides around with couple from poor state (9)
DISRE-PAIR
“Rides” around (DISRE) with “couple” (PAIR) from = DISREPAIR: poor state.
28 It cuts back in mischief in kindergarten (5)
-KNIFE-
In “mischi-EF IN K-indergarten” (EFINK) back = KNIFE: it cuts.
29 Rod’s partner for the dance (4)
REEL
Rod’s partner (REEL, as in “rod and reel”) for “the dance” (REEL).
30 Ladies find one in Rush, two in Rosslare and three in Tyrrellspass? (10)
COUNT-ESSES
Find one in “ru-S-h”, two in “ro-SS-lare” and three in “tyrrell-S-pa-SS” (COUNT ESSES) = COUNTESSES: ladies.

Down
1 Facts and figures slightly upset (4)
DATA
Slightly (A TAD) upset = DATA: facts and figures.
2 Decks out Ulster woman in expensive wraps (9)
FUR(NI-SHE)S
In “expensive wraps” (FUR-S) “Ulster” “woman” (NI-SHE) = FURNISHES: decks out.
3 Make corrections for yours truly in the finale (5)
E(ME)ND
In “the finale” (E-ND) yours truly (ME) for = EMEND: make corrections.
4 Agony finding fellows in the wrong (7)
TOR(MEN)T
In “the wrong” (TOR-T) finding “fellows” (MEN) = TORMENT: agony.
5 They’re barely living and crazy housing Diana’s (7)
NU(DI’S)TS
Crazy (NU-TS) housing “Diana’s” (DI’S) and = NUDISTS: they’re barely living.
7 Many around fifty divide up (5)
A-L(L)OT
Many (A L-OT) around “fifty” (L) = ALLOT: divide up.
8 G, O, T & O (2,2,6)
G-O T-O PIECES
The letters G, O, T & O are the PIECES making up GO TO = GO TO PIECES.
9 Ill-treated ruthless swindlers (8)
HUSTLERS
Ill-treated “ruthless” = HUSTLERS: swindlers.
14 Psychic Underground worker filled with fear (4,6)
MIN(D READ)ER
Underground worker (MIN-ER) filled with “fear” (DREAD) = MIND READER: psychic.
16 Determined and flushed about work out (8)
RE(SOLVE)D
Flushed (RE-D) about “work out” (SOLVE) and = RESOLVED: determined.
18 Agreed it’s played like Hamlet and Macbeth (9)
TRAGEDIES
“Agreed it’s” played = TRAGEDIES: like “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”.
20 One singing rap, soon put out (7)
SOPRANO
“Rap, soon” put out = SOPRANO: one singing.
21 He didn’t win all missing the last, so bolted (4-3)
AL-SO-RAN
“Al-l” missing the last (AL) so bolted (SO RAN) = ALSO-RAN
23 Sounds like all the actors make the class (5)
CASTE
All the actors (CAST) sounds like, make = CASTE: the class.
25 North Korean leaders in a beer joint (5)
A(N-K)LE
In “a beer” (A-LE) “N-orth K-orean” leaders (N-K) = ANKLE: joint.
26 They’re inclined to brood at leaving Greek capital (4)
-HENS
Greek capital (AT-HENS) “at” leaving (-AT) = HENS: they’re inclined to brood.