Explanations: No. 14766 – Saturday, 28 April 2012
I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s puzzle!
1 Going for eighteen, of course that’s philandering (7,6)
Going for eighteen of (golf) course (PLAYING A ROUND) that’s = PLAYING AROUND: philandering.
10 Young animal always allowed outside (7)
Allowed (L-ET) outside “always” (EVER) = LEVERET: young animal.
11 Counsel representing Peter and staff (7)
Counsel (SC) representing “peter” (EPTRE) and = SCEPTRE: staff.
12 Urges Poles to follow you (4)
You (YE) followed by “poles” (NS) = YENS: urges.
13 Returns hospital bed for baby, made from wood (5)
“Hospital” “bed for baby” (H-CRIB) returns, made from = BIRCH: wood.
15 Wrong numbers (2-2)
Numbers (NO NO) = NO-NO: wrong.
17 Letter giving support, of course (3)
Letter (TEE) giving “support, of (golf) course” (TEE).
19 Department housing or transport out of country (6)
Department (DEP-T) housing “or” (OR) = DEPORT: transport out of country.
21 Stopped for a second office assistant, then employed (6)
Office assistant (PA) then “employed” (USED) = PAUSED: stopped for a second.
22 Eyelid reconstruction old Penny couldn’t resist (7)
“Eyelid” reconstruction (YIELDE) old penny (D) = YIELDED: couldn’t resist.
23 Hag from Chaucer’s pilgrim made this without public relations (6)
Chaucer’s pilgrim made this (PR-OGRESS) without “public relations” (-PR) from = OGRESS: hag.
25 Like many a Degas over with the Spanish (6)
Over (PAST) with “the” Spanish (EL) = PASTEL: like many a Degas.
27 Margaret and Penny for instance (3)
Penny (P) for instance (EG) and = PEG: Margaret.
29 Way with words from the first part of play (4)
“T-he” first (T) part of play (ACT) from = TACT: way with words.
30 Do wrong again for Amber maybe (5)
Do wrong again (RE-SIN) for = RESIN: amber, maybe.
31 Light milk production facility that’s initially lacking (4)
Milk production facility (D-AIRY) that’s initially lacking (-D, the initial letter) = AIRY: light.
34 Complicate the name used for natural gas, for the most part (7)
Complicate “the name”, used for = METHANE: natural gas, for the most part.
35 VIP at wedding reception gets to Daisy (7)
To daisy (TO ASTER) gets = TOASTER: VIP at wedding reception.
36 Act coyly for drama that’s esoteric, perhaps (4,4,2,3)
PLAY HARD TO GET
Act coyly (PLAY HARD TO GET) for “drama that’s esoteric, perhaps” (PLAY HARD TO GET).
2 Animate and not recorded pun comeback (5,2)
Not recorded (LIVE) “pun” comeback (N-UP) and = LIVEN UP: animate.
3 Measure taken to upend cart? (4)
Cart (DRAY) to upend = YARD: measure.
4 Fool unit with selection (6)
“u-NIT WIT-h” selection = NITWIT: fool.
5 A 50s expert from somewhere in France (6)
A (A) 50-s (L-S) expert (ACE) from = ALSACE: somewhere in France.
6 Due nothing before the day (4)
Nothing (O) before “the day” (WED) = OWED: due.
7 These countries added onto party contributions (7)
Onto “party” (DO) “these countries” added (NATIONS) = DONATIONS: contributions.
8 Recreation period is outside, Edward, because it’s delayed (6,3,4)
Recreation period (PLAY-TIME) is outside “‘Edward’ ‘because’” (ED-FOR) it’s = PLAYED FOR TIME: delayed.
9 What RTE Sport cameramen do for disk jockeys? (6,7)
What RTE Sport cameramen do (RECORD PLAYERS) for “disk jockeys” (RECORD PLAYERS).
14 Comes back to see salesman over untruths (7)
Salesman (REP) over “untruths” (LIES) to see = REPLIES: comes back.
16 Attempt street meeting in secret (5)
Attempt (TRY) street (ST) = TRYST: meeting in secret.
18 It sweeps the area back and forth (5)
It sweeps the area (RADAR) back and forth (and RADAR is a palindrome).
20 Take a seat back from McCourt’s work (’3)
Take a seat (SIT) back, from = ‘TIS: (Frank) McCourt’s work (the sequel to “Angela’s Ashes”).
21 Zip up and down (3)
Zip (PEP) up and down (and PEP is a palindrome).
24 Conservatory offering amendment of article (7)
Amendment of “article” = RECITAL: conservatory offering.
26 Plant the one here let loose (7)
The one here (THIS) “let” loose (TLE) = THISTLE: plant.
27 Pope set about concealing discarded coin (6)
“po-PE SET A-bout” concealing = PESETA: discarded coin.
28 Grand, provided Edward is really smart (6)
Grand (G) provided (IF) Edward (TED) is = GIFTED: really smart.
32 Blue vehicle reversing at front of yard (4)
Vehicle, ‘car’, reversing (RAC) at “front of ‘y-ard’” (Y) = RACY: blue.
33 Holy angel’s light overhead initially? (4)
Initially h-oly (H) a-ngel’s (A) l-ight (L) o-verhead (O) = HALO: holy angel’s light overhead?