Explanations: No. 14771 – Friday, 4 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Spat it back really loudly (4)
“It” back (TI) really loudly (FF) = TIFF: spat.
4 Kicked around a football official for not wearing shoes (10)
Kicked (B-OOTED) around “a football official” (A REF) for = BAREFOOTED: not wearing shoes.
9 Personal account for me in English and in French, right? (6)
“Me” in English (ME) and “me” in French (MOI) right (R) for = MEMOIR: personal account.
10 Unrefined painting that’s well-produced? (5,3)
Unrefined painting (CRUDE OIL) that’s well-produced (CRUDE OIL).
11 Piano book to keep in existence (8)
Piano (P) book (RESERVE) = PRESERVE: to keep in existence.
12 Discussion of issues for society girl at event opening (6)
Society girl (DEB) at (AT) “e-vent” opening (E) for = DEBATE: discussion of issues.
13 Fine alternative for Jack, to be sick (4)
Jack, the playing card (J) to “be sick” (AIL) for = JAIL: fine alternative.
15 Consequences revealed when calculations are done (10)
When calculations are done (AFTER MATHS) revealed = AFTERMATHS: consequences.
17 Buys some drinks for others and moves about (4,6)
Buys some drinks for others (GETS A ROUND) and = GETS AROUND: moves about.
19 I was in front, looking back from food shop (4)
I was in front (I LED) looking back, from = DELI: food shop.
20 Happy Kildare has record household expenses, maybe (6)
Happy (UP) Kildare (KE) has “record” (EP) = UPKEEP: household expenses, maybe.
22 Stone to encourage fish (8)
Stone (ST) to encourage (URGE ON) = STURGEON: fish.
25 Stuff of substantial import (8)
Stuff (MATERIAL) of substantial import (MATERIAL).
26 Egyptian king gets notice back from students (6)
Egyptian King (TUT) gets notice, ‘see’, back (EES) from = TUTEES: students.
27 Smarts from awful soreness he observed externally (5,5)
“He” observed externally (H-E) awful “soreness” (ORSESENS) from = HORSESENSE: smarts.
28 Boat pole in place (4)
In “place” (PU-T) pole (N) = PUNT: boat.
2 One anti-beer resort for drunkard (9)
One (I) “anti-beer” resort (NEBRIATE) for = INEBRIATE: drunkard.
3 Strong defeat for dentist’s recommendation (5)
Strong, forte (F) defeat (LOSS) for = FLOSS: dentist’s recommendation.
4 Announced one carrying with less coverage (5)
One carrying (BEARER) announced = BARER: with less coverage.
5 Drop the ends to grip trunk that’s most loaded (7)
Drop the ends to “g-ri-p” (RI) trunk (CHEST) that’s = RICHEST: most loaded.
6 Discovered reed at sea sank (9)
Discovered (FOUND) “reed” at sea (ERED) = FOUNDERED: sank.
7 Like a chairman who’s drowning maybe? (9)
Like a chairman (OVER BOARD) = OVERBOARD: drowning maybe?
8 Order the dictionary contents (5)
“th-E DICT-ionary” contents = EDICT: order.
14 Rest, with lines prepared for radio audience (9)
“Rest” with “lines” prepared, for = LISTENERS: radio audience.
15 Article with prizes for degenerates (9)
Article (A) with “prizes” (TROPHIES) for = ATROPHIES: degenerates.
16 Greeting we mostly end for annual celebration (9)
Greeting (HALLO) we (WE) mostly “en-d” (EN-) for = HALLOWEEN: annual celebration.
18 Greek character aloft, over lions set free (7)
Aloft (UP) over “lions” set free (SILON) = UPSILON: Greek character.
21 P, Greek letter and a number (5)
Greek letter (PI) and “a” (A) number (NO) = PIANO: p (the abbreviation on a musical score).
23 Initially lacking woman in the family to set free (5)
Woman in the family (A-UNTIE) initially lacking (-A, the initial letter) = UNTIE: to set free.
24 Outfit to start the day (3,2)
Outfit (GET-UP) = GET UP: to start the day.