Explanations: No. 14772 – Saturday, 5 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s puzzle!
1 Verbs and nouns maybe used for bits of address (5,2,6)
PARTS OF SPEECH
Verbs and nouns, maybe (PARTS OF SPEECH) used for “bits of address” (PARTS OF SPEECH).
10 I’m overtaken, clipped, creating a roadblock (7)
I’m (I’M) overtaken, ‘passe-d’, clipped i.e. clip off the last letter (PASSE) creating = IMPASSE: a roadblock.
11 Tom Jones hit doctor allied with hospital (7)
Doctor “allied” (DELILA) with “hospital” (H) = DELILAH: Tom Jones hit.
12 Some loved Enniskerry for first home (4)
Some “lov-ED EN-iskerry” for = EDEN: first home.
13 Went with ‘passé’ (5)
Went with (DATED) passé (DATED).
15 Steadily sweeps camera round for photo (4)
Steadily sweeps camera (PANS) round, for = SNAP: photo.
17 Wrong to snitch endlessly (3)
To snitch (SIN-G) endlessly = SIN: wrong.
19 Current one selling tickets to play charades, perhaps (3,3)
Current (AC) one selling tickets (TOUT) = ACT OUT: to play charades, perhaps.
21 Managed harm around the French composer (6)
Managed “harm” (MAH-R) around “the” French (LE) = MAHLER: composer.
22 Reportedly is familiar with ex-Late Late host giving some flowers (7)
Is familiar with ex-Late Late host (KNOWS GAY) reportedly, giving = NOSEGAY: some flowers.
23 Really regret final word in lieutenant’s embrace (6)
In the embrace of “lieutenant” (L-T) final word (AMEN) = LAMENT: really regret.
25 500 ahead of schedule, very much so (6)
500 (D) ahead of schedule (EARLY) = DEARLY: very much so.
27 Article in the Financial Times that may be burned (3)
In “the Financial Times” (F-T) article (A) = FAT: that may be burned.
29 Spots not evenly accented (4)
Accented (A-c-C-e-N-t-E-d) not evenly (skip the even letters) = ACNE: spots.
30 Leaders from Luxembourg are getting old South African port (5)
Leaders (first letters) from L-uxembourg (L) a-re (A) g-etting (G) o-ld (O) S-outh (S) = LAGOS: African port.
31 Really liking one not represented (4)
One (I) “not” represented (NTO) = INTO: really liking.
34 Monthly cost of using rocky hill and rushing stream, maybe? (7)
Monthly cost of using rocky hill? (TOR RENT) and = TORRENT: rushing stream, maybe.
35 Loath to move to north-eastern town (7)
“Loath” to move (ATHLO) to “north-eastern” (NE) = ATHLONE: town.
36 C-O went off separately? (6,7)
“C-O” is the abbreviation for COMPANY, but PARTED = PARTED COMPANY: went off separately.
2 Most adequate sound booster in case (7)
Sound booster (AMP) in case (LEST) = AMPLEST: most adequate.
3 Test’s first question is a piece of work (4)
“T-est’s” first (T) question (ASK) is = TASK: a piece of work.
4 Poetically open artist’s shows, featuring singers (6)
Poetically “open” (OPE) artist’s (RA’S) = OPERAS: shows, featuring singers.
5 Wet piece of grass over animal’s lair (6)
Piece of grass (SOD) over “animal’s lair” (DEN) = SODDEN: wet.
6 Fish Kay removed from the bottoms of the boats (4)
The bottoms of the boats (K-EELS) “Kay” removed (-K) = EELS: fish.
7 Military type: leading the Spanish (7)
“:” (COLON) leading “the” Spanish (EL) = COLONEL: military type.
8 Governing group confusing life with pageantry (4,4,5)
FINE GAEL PARTY
Confusing “life” with “pageantry” = FINE GAEL PARTY: governing group.
9 OD (3,5’1,4)
THE PARTY’S OVER
OD is the word “do”, meaning PARTY, written OVER = THE PARTY’S OVER.
14 Delay making lass broadcast from the South (4,3)
“Lass” “broadcast” (GAL-EMIT) from the South, i.e. read upwards, making = TIME LAG: delay.
16 Bugs maybe couple of Poles inside to make purchase (5)
Inside “to make a purchase” (BU-Y) couple of poles (N-N) = BUNNY: Bugs maybe (Bugs Bunny).
18 Arrange in tiers for egg producer (5)
Arrange in tiers (LAYER) for “egg producer” (LAYER).
20 Child going back and forth (3)
Child (TOT) going back and forth (TOT is a palindrome).
21 Crazy letters from Madame returned (3)
Letters from “ma-DAM-e” (DAM) returned = MAD: crazy.
24 Underground worker against a Greek goddess (7)
Underground worker (MINER) against (V) a (A) = MINERVA: Greek goddess.
26 It’s less than healthy to disparage (3,4)
It’s “less than healthy” (RUN-DOWN) = RUN DOWN: to disparage.
27 Like calves revealed by big Edward? (6)
Big Edward (FAT TED) revealed by = FATTED: like calves (as in “fatted calves”).
28 Fruit from Mother accepted by dog in Oz (6)
Dog in Oz (TO-TO) accepts “Mother” (MA) from = TOMATO: fruit.
Toto is Dorothy’s dog in “The Wizard of Oz”.
32 One who drills without first leaving impression (4)
One who drills (DENT-IST) without “first” (-IST) leaving = DENT: impression.
33 Computer component made from carbon that’s trendy (4)
Carbon (C) that’s “trendy” (HIP) made from = CHIP: computer component.