Explanations: No. 14774 – Tuesday, 8 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Purpose of ode for those hunted, say (6)
Those hunted (PREYS) say, for = PRAISE: purpose of ode.
9 Work featuring song or air, too contrived (8)
“Or air, too” contrived = ORATORIO: work featuring song.
10 Party with yours truly and one over the Rotunda (4)
Party (DO) with “yours truly” (ME) and = DOME: one over the rotunda.
11 One just like ex-campanologist (4,6)
One just like (DEAD RINGER) ex-campanologist (DEAD RINGER).
12 The Italian is after time for fast-food (6)
After “time for fast” (LENT) “the” Italian (IL) = LENTIL: food.
14 Sailor with a route to save (4,4)
Sailor (SALT) with “a route” (A WAY) = SALT AWAY: to save.
15 The positive part of magazine (8,7)
Positive (DEFINITE) part of magazine (ARTICLE) = DEFINITE ARTICLE: “the”.
18 Counsel unruly mob leaving game (8)
Counsel (SC) unruly mob (RABBLE) leaving = SCRABBLE: game.
20 Bachelor, sailor from Black Rock (6)
Bachelor (BA) sailor (SALT) from = BASALT: black rock.
22 Man dangerously rough I leave showing ill will (10)
Man (MALE) dangerously rough, ‘violent’, I leave, drop the ‘I’ in ‘v-i-olent’ (V-OLENT) = MALEVOLENT: showing ill will.
24 We hear it’s not her song (4)
It’s not “her” (HIM) we hear = HYMN: song.
25 I am going white running through (8)
I am (I’M) going white (PALING) = IMPALING: running through.
26 Sick from sail in Galway (6)
From “s-AIL IN G-alway” = AILING: sick.
1 Settled routine place for needle in vinyl (6)
Settled routine (GROOVE) place for needle in vinyl (record) (GROOVE).
2 Without medical officer, able to move digestive aid (4)
Able to move (MO-BILE) without “medical officer” (-MO) = BILE: digestive aid.
3 Announced food shop recently opened using Asian capital (3,5)
Food shop recently opened (NEW DELI) announced, using = NEW DELHI: Asian capital.
4 Super star last to condemn eggs (4)
Last to “condem-n” (N) eggs (OVA) = NOVA: super star.
5 One with hardy victory recognition (6)
One with Hardy (LAUREL, Laurel & Hardy) victory recognition (LAUREL).
6 Limits for spring star sign (10)
Spring (BOUND) star sign (ARIES) for = BOUNDARIES: limits.
7 Feeling awkward about a party (4,4)
“Feeling” awkward (FINE G-EL) about “a” (A) = FINE GAEL: party.
13 Having a few sides afterwards in test (10)
In “test” (TRI-AL) afterwards (LATER) = TRILATERAL: having a few sides.
14 Embarrassing spectacle observed in recital (5)
Observed (SEEN) in recital = SCENE: embarrassing spectacle.
16 Cries out as a result of old partner’s assertions (8)
Old partner’s assertions (EX CLAIMS) as a result of = EXCLAIMS: cries out.
17 Argument against being genuine about joke’s target (8)
Genuine (RE-AL) about “joke’s target” (BUTT) being = REBUTTAL: argument against.
19 Mob agitated to compete, not the best picture (1-5)
“Mob” agitated (B-MO) to compete (VIE) = B-MOVIE: not the best picture.
21 Thin sheet for over zoo exhibit (6)
Zoo exhibit (ANIMAL) over, for = LAMINA: thin sheet.
23 As a result maybe ‘Shrek’ makes a comeback (4)
Maybe Shrek (OGRE) makes a comeback = ERGO: as a result.
24 Voices completely sacred (4)
Completely (WHOLLY) voiced = HOLY: sacred.