Explanations: No. 14776 – Thursday, 10 May 2012

Thu, May 10, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 It’s at one every minute to publicly endorse a little assistance (6,4)
SECOND HAND
To publicly endorse (SECOND) a little assistance (HAND) = SECOND HAND: it’s at “one” every minute.
6 Favourite starters from Indian depend on lentils (4)
I-D-O-L
Starters from I-ndian (I) d-epend (D) o-n (O) l-entils (L) = IDOL: favourite.
10 Hot and saucy dance? (5)
SALSA
Hot and saucy? (SALSA) dance (SALSA).
11 About to camp, I have 15-across opposite (9)
RE-TENT-I’VE
About (RE) to camp (TENT) I have (I’VE) = RETENTIVE: AMNESIC opposite.
12 Higher than normal range of latest dances (8)
FALSETTO
“Of latest” dances = FALSETTO: higher than normal range.
13 Like many candles until moulded (5)
UNLIT
“Until” moulded = UNLIT: like many candles.
15 Forgetting version of name as written (7)
AMNE-SIC
Version of “name” (AMNE) as written (SIC) = AMNESIC: forgetting.
17 Family doctor at home for the main man (7)
KIN-GP-IN
Family (KIN) doctor (GP) at home (IN) for = KINGPIN: the main man.
19 Takes off following racket made by dogs (7)
DIN-GOES
Racket (DIN) followed by “takes off” (GOES) made by = DINGOES: dogs.
21 He for one is in support of number one in France (7)
PRO-NO-UN
In support of (PRO) number (NO) “one” in France (UN) is = PRONOUN: “he”, for one.
22 Last in roster for one to get in touch with (5)
R-EACH
Last in “roste-r” (R) for one (EACH) = REACH: to get in touch with.
24 Initiated praise enveloping northern revolutionary (8)
LAU(N-CHE)D
Praise (LAU-D) enveloping “northern” “revolutionary” (N-CHE) = LAUNCHED: initiated.
27 Subsequently looking for spot in hospital (9)
AFTER-WARD
Looking for spot in hospital (AFTER WARD) = AFTERWARD: subsequently.
28 One responsible for promotion last month (5)
AD-ULT
Promotion (AD) last month (ULT) for = ADULT: one responsible.
29 Applause from a full house, maybe (4)
HAND
Applause (HAND) from “a full house, maybe, in poker” (HAND).
30 Counsels placement of fences around street (10)
BARRI(ST)ERS
Placement of “fences” (BARRI-ERS) around “street” (ST) = BARRISTERS: counsels.

Down
1 Close to tears as Beethoven’s Fifth is produced by band (4)
S-AS-H
Close to “tear-s” (S) as (AS) “beet-H-oven’s” fifth (H) is produced by = SASH: band.
2 Officer takes gun to show his Irish dish? (9)
COL-CANNON
Officer (COL) takes “gun” (CANNON) to show = COLCANNON: Irish dish.
3 Gets warmer Northern listeners (5)
N-EARS
Northern (N) listeners (EARS) = NEARS: gets warmer.
4 Take this nervous complaint, an unorthodox one (7)
HERE-TIC
Take this! (HERE) nervous complaint (TIC) = HERETIC: an unorthodox one.
5 Job for one fishing to make connections (7)
NET-WORK
Job for one fishing (NET WORK) = NETWORK: to make connections.
7 Maybe private practice doctor takes sick? (5)
DR-ILL
Doctor (DR) takes “sick” (ILL) = DRILL: maybe (army) private practice?
8 Officer produces false statement by you to auditor and lessee (10)
LIE-U-TENANT
False statement (LIE) by “you” to auditor (U) and “lessee” (TENANT) produces = LIEUTENANT: officer.
9 Pub you heard to finish with nothing from subtle slur (8)
INN-U-END-O
Pub (INN) “you” heard (U) to finish (END) with “nothing” (O) from = INNUENDO: subtle slur.
14 Makes no sense, less hair on father’s head at first (10)
BALDER-DA’S-H
Less hair (BALDER) on “father’s” (DA’S) “h-ead” at first (H) = BALDERDASH: makes no sense.
16 Ship carrying parent takes one’s breath away (8)
S(MOTHER)S
Ship (S-S) carrying “parent” (MOTHER) = SMOTHERS: takes one’s breath away.
18 Steps taken reversing style of furnishing inside 100% (9)
P(ROCED)URE
Inside “100%” (P-URE) style of furnishing, ‘decor’, reversed (ROCED) = PROCEDURE: steps taken.
20 Insult an aide smuggling fruit (7)
-SULTANA-
“in-SULT AN A-ide” smuggling = SULTANA: fruit.
21 Place above – below spoils (7)
PL-UNDER
“Place” (PL) above “below” (UNDER) = PLUNDER: spoils.
23 Current heavyweight to continue performing (3,2)
AC-T ON
Current (AC) heavy-weight (TON) = ACT ON: to continue performing.
25 Charles admits love for most ancient of Greek gods (5)
CHA(O)S
Charles (CHA-S) admits “love” (O) for = CHAOS: most ancient of Greek gods.
26 Oddly outwits uplifting inventor (4)
O-T-I-S
Oddly “outwits” (take the odd letters in O-u-T-w-I-t-S) = OTIS: uplifting inventor (of the safety lift, who gave his name to lifts seen all over the world).