Explanations: No. 14770 – Thursday, 3 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Recognising bravery speaking after end of year (10)
After “end of year” (DEC) speaking (ORATING) = DECORATING: recognising bravery.
6 Endless downturn results in urban blight (4)
Downturn (SLUM-P) endless, results in = SLUM: urban blight.
10 United, into politician in pretty good shape (5)
Into “politician” (T-D) united (ONE) = TONED: in pretty good shape.
11 Devil is about to spoil one good one (9)
Devil (SA-TAN) is about “to spoil” “one” (MAR-I) = SAMARITAN: good one.
12 Commitment for video, not in new format (8)
“Video, not” in new format, for = DEVOTION: commitment.
13 Colour somewhat citrus and yellow (5)
Somewhat “citru-S AND Y-ellow” = SANDY: colour.
15 Letting off little woman outside bird sanctuary (7)
Little woman, character in “Little Women” (AM-Y) outside “bird sanctuary” (NEST) = AMNESTY: letting off.
17 Greek character holding a Brazilian dance (7)
Greek character (LAMB-DA) holding “a” (A) = LAMBADA: Brazilian dance.
19 Heart maybe reason to stop playing football (3,4)
Heart maybe (RED CARD) reason to stop playing football (RED CARD).
21 State of play, if it’s ‘Hamlet’ (7)
The play ‘Hamlet’ is set in the state/country of DENMARK … just a cryptic definition, and an old chestnut …
22 Point of contention for children (5)
Point of contention (ISSUE) for “children” (ISSUE).
24 Not virtuous and perhaps not pursued in speech? (8)
Perhaps not pursued? (UN-CHASED) in speech, and = UNCHASTE: not virtuous.
27 Politely and not roughly swallowing fish (9)
Not roughly (GENT-LY) swallowing “fish” (EEL) and = GENTEELLY: politely.
28 Winning per person (5)
Per person (A HEAD) = AHEAD: winning.
29 Take a short cut (4)
Take (NICK) a short cut (NICK).
30 Laws about alien artworks, small and 3-dimensional (10)
Laws (STATU-TES) about “alien” (ET) = STATUETTES: artworks, small and 3-dimensional.
1 A little upset revealing figures (4)
A little (A TAD) upset, revealing = DATA: figures.
2 Musical performance is incomplete and Edward is worried (9)
Musical performance, ‘concer-t’, is incomplete (CONCER-) and “Edward” (NED) is = CONCERNED: worried.
3 Travelled round show with horses (5)
Travelled (RODE) round (O) = RODEO: show with horses.
4 Short-tempered if inside to give evidence (7)
Short-tempered (TEST-Y) “if” inside (IF) = TESTIFY: to give evidence.
5 Token number, at least a fifty (7)
Number (NO) at “least” (MIN) a fifty (A L) = NOMINAL: token.
7 A quarter of Paris shows the French can (5)
“The” French (LA) can (TIN) shows = LATIN: a Quarter of Paris (the Latin Quarter).
8 Being rich helps in conversations with bank manager (5,5)
Being rich helps (MONEY TALKS) in “conversations with bank manager” (MONEY TALKS).
9 Many a Crosaire solver in Islamic republic is initially homesick male (8)
In “Islamic republic” (IR-AN) “is” “initially H-omesick M-ale” (IS- HM) = IRISHMAN: many a Crosaire solver.
14 Continuing and not checking, perhaps (8,2)
Continuing (CARRYING ON) and “not checking (bags on flight), perhaps” (CARRYING ON).
16 Keep Neil and Buzz apart? (8)
Keep Neil and Buzz apart? (SPACE MEN) = SPACEMEN: Neil (Armstrong) and Buzz (Aldrin).
18 Arthur with fellows in suitable accommodation (9)
In “suitable” (AP-T) “Arthur” with “fellows” (ART-MEN) = APARTMENT: accommodation.
20 In the middle of knitting jacket? (7)
In the middle of “kni-TT-ing”? (DOUBLE T) = DOUBLET: jacket.
21 Crack and have a bawl in department? (7)
In “department” (DE-PT) have a bawl (CRY) and = DECRYPT: crack (a code).
23 First from ship one notices in centre of sound (5)
First from s-hip (S) o-ne (O) n-otices (N) i-n (I) c-entre (C) = SONIC: of sound.
25 Quickly becomes a piano expert (5)
A (A) piano (P) expert (ACE) becomes = APACE: quickly.
26 Teams missing the first date in Rome (4)
Teams (S-IDES) missing the first (-S, the first letter) = IDES: date in (Ancient) Rome.