Explanations: No. 14773 – Monday, 7 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Turn away from toughest rangers (8)
From “tough-EST RANGE-rs” = ESTRANGE: turn away.
9 Unlikely to judge morning exam (6)
Morning (AM) exam (ORAL) = AMORAL: unlikely to judge.
10 Look! One article after another revealing hate (6)
Look! (LO) one article (A) and another article (THE) revealing = LOATHE: hate.
11 Number on new diet is around twelve (8)
Number (NO) on (ON) new “diet” (TIDE) is = NOONTIDE: around twelve.
12 No longer young, I snore badly (6)
“I snore” badly = SENIOR: no longer young.
13 Being around about whole (8)
Being (ENTI-TY) around “about” (RE) = ENTIRETY: whole.
15 Edges away from consecrated farm unit (4)
Consecrated (S-ACRE-D) edges away from (remove first and last letters) = ACRE: farm unit.
17 Telephone about wizened female artist (7)
Telephone (C-ALL) about “wizened female” (HAG) = CHAGALL: artist (the great Marc Chagall).
19 Moves up when Charlie on the radio finishes (7)
When (AS) “Charlie” on the radio, using phonetic alphabet (C) finishes (ENDS) = ASCENDS: moves up.
22 Wary about getting out of kilter (4)
“Wary” about, getting = AWRY: out of kilter.
24 A prisoner inside and a South American strangler (8)
Inside “and a” (AN-D A) a prisoner (A CON) = ANACONDA: South American strangler.
27 Weapon friend used in Vietnam, briefly (6)
Used in “Vietnam”, briefly (NA-M) friend (PAL) = NAPALM: weapon (used in Vietnam).
29 Huge reason for red ink in fossil fuel (8)
In “fossil fuel” (CO-AL) reason for red ink (LOSS) = COLOSSAL: huge.
30 Country number 22-across arranged (6)
Number (NO) “AWRY” arranged (RWAY) = NORWAY: country.
31 Stoppage result in bowling alley (6)
Stoppage (STRIKE) result in bowling alley (STRIKE).
32 Turns up to accept according to those presenting (8)
Turns up (COM-ES) to accept “according to” (PER) = COMPERES: those presenting.
1 When to run easily at an angle (6)
When (AS) to run easily (LOPE) = ASLOPE: at an angle.
2 Squirming with pain, making notes about hospital (8)
Making notes (WRIT-ING) about “hospital” (H) = WRITHING: squirming with pain.
3 Little interest with bigger than average return is essential (8)
Little “interest” (INT) with bigger than average, ‘large’, return (EGRAL) is = INTEGRAL essential.
4 Snake that’s nasty to the German (7)
Nasty (MEAN) to “the” German (DER) that’s = MEANDER: snake.
5 Plan for graduate to look sullen (3,3)
Graduate (MA) to look sullen (POUT) = MAP OUT: plan for.
6 Network device tool that grooves! (6)
Network device (ROUTER) tool that grooves, used by carpenter (ROUTER).
7 Required fellow to take old hat (8)
Fellow (MAN) to take “old hat” (DATED) = MANDATED: required.
14 Close in on listener following unspecified number (4)
Unspecified number (N) followed by “listener” (EAR) = NEAR: close in on.
16 For the audience, see the young man gets dressed (4)
For the audience, “see” (C) the young man (LAD) gets = CLAD: dressed.
18 Thousand distributed press releases, possibly (8)
“Thousand” distributed = HANDOUTS: press releases, possibly.
20 Maybe ignore and disregard Roget’s listings (8)
Maybe “ignore” and “disregard” (SYNONYMS) Roget’s listings, in his thesaurus (SYNONYMS).
21 One sending overseas for former beer (8)
Former (EX-) beer (PORTER) for = EXPORTER: one sending overseas.
23 One working magic in conflict over canal zone (7)
Conflict (WAR) over “canal zone” (LOCK) in = WARLOCK: one working magic.
25 Karate blow, popular for one who scored (6)
Karate blow (CHOP) popular (IN) for = CHOPIN: one who scored.
26 Fitted together what’s required to admit saint (6)
What’s required (NE-ED) to admit “saint” (ST) = NESTED: fitted together.
28 Splits pages in book (6)
Splits (LEAVES) pages in book (LEAVES).