Explanations: No. 14775 – Wednesday, 9 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Showing curiosity while on the throne (6)
While on the throne (AS KING) = ASKING: showing curiosity.
4 Was conspicuous showing beer outside, a couple of rounds with old Penny (5,3)
Beer (ST-OUT) outside “a couple of rounds” with “old Penny” (OO-D) showing = STOOD OUT: was conspicuous.
9 With a little credit has title to five-shilling units (6)
With “a little ‘credit’” (CR) has title to (OWNS) = CROWNS: five-shilling units.
10 Reporter has this lifeless bit of dialogue (8)
Lifeless (DEAD) bit of dialogue (LINE) = DEADLINE: reporter has this.
12 Want a small drink? Quickly! (4,1,4)
LIKE A SHOT
Want a small drink? (LIKE A SHOT?) quickly (LIKE A SHOT).
13 Family member put her heart into pleasing environment (5)
Into “pleasing” environment (NI-CE) put “h-e-r” heart (E) = NIECE: family member.
14 Seeing and taking out? (6-6)
Seeing (DATING) and “taking out” (DATING) = DOUBLE-DATING.
18 Talked turkey for example to circle. Okay … nonsense! (12)
Talked turkey (GOBBLED) for example (EG) to “circle” (O) okay (OK) = GOBBLEDEGOOK: nonsense.
21 Calls organisations for spies (5)
Calls (RINGS) organisations for spies (RINGS).
22 Where water or gas supply is for the most part (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN
Where water or gas supply is (IN THE MAIN) for the most part (IN THE MAIN).
24 Mother laid into priest for reorganising church leaders (8)
Laid into “‘priest’ for reorganizing” (PRI-TES) Mother (MA) = PRIMATES: church leaders.
25 Gala did appear somewhat pretentious (2-2-2)
“ga-LA DID A-ppear” somewhat = LA-DI-DA: pretentious.
26 From being this one might come to, as treated (8)
“Come to, as” treated = COMATOSE: from being this one might come to, as treated.
27 Perhaps late meeting for John and Clare? (6)
John (SEAN) and “Clare” (CE) = SEANCE: perhaps “late” meeting?
1 Praise returning accountant company put on board (8)
Accountant, ‘CA’, returning (AC) company (CO) put on board (LADE) = ACCOLADE: praise.
2 Ring result to Mayo village, not home (8)
To “Mayo village” (KNOCK) not home (OUT) = KNOCKOUT: ring result.
3 Northern article not applicable for older lady (5)
Northern (N) article (AN) not applicable (NA) for = NANNA: older lady.
5 To score pair of tens is regular sight (6-6)
To “score” (TWENTY) pair of tens (TWENTY) is = TWENTY-TWENTY: regular sight.
6 One into munitions regulation (9)
Into “munitions” (ORD-NANCE) one (I) = ORDINANCE: regulation.
7 Maybe start to twist round organ? (6)
Round (O) organ (LIVER) = OLIVER: maybe start to Twist? (as in “Oliver Twist”).
8 Of course support over sea abounded (6)
Of (golf) course, support (TEE) over “sea” (MED) = TEEMED: abounded.
11 Group behind Ulster Assembly (3,9)
“Behind Ulster” assembly = THE DUBLINERS: group.
15 Act quickly to appear stylish (4,5)
Act quickly (LOOK SMART) to appear stylish (LOOK SMART).
16 Present country that acts? (8)
Country that acts? (DO NATION) = DONATION: present.
17 Family in alarm routine to maintain one’s cover, perhaps? (8)
In “alarm” (S-CARE) family (KIN) = SKINCARE: routine to maintain one’s cover, perhaps?
19 One circling globe raises harbour, sick at heart (6)
Harbour, ‘port’, raises (TROP) “s-ic-k” at heart (IC) = TROPIC: one circling globe.
20 Far from healthy at home with company (6)
At home (IN) with “company” (FIRM) = INFIRM: far from healthy.
23 Clear article written in Celtic language (5)
Written in “Celtic language” (ER-SE) article (A) = ERASE: clear.