Explanations: No. 14777 – Friday, 11 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 The asteroid featuring right on the map (4)
“th-E AST-eroid” featuring = EAST: “right” on the map.
4 Make a bundle from the right, and gave address for added details (10)
Make a bundle, ‘bale’, from the right (ELAB) and “gave address” (ORATED) for = ELABORATED: added details.
9 Neighbour getting Father back to little woman at home (6)
Father, ‘Da’, back (AD) to “Little Woman” (JO) at home (IN) getting = ADJOIN: neighbour.
10 Where the heart is about ship with eastern men on board (5,3)
Where the heart is (CHES-T) about “ship” with “eastern” (SS-E) = CHESS SET: men on board.
11 Note with urgent message from unnamed persons (2-3-3)
Note (SO) with (AND) urgent message (SOS) from = SO-AND-SOS: unnamed persons.
12 Seek help from tutor for revision about the North (4,2)
“Tutor” for revision (TUR-TO) about “the North” (N) = TURN TO: seek help from.
13 Buzzer leads to loud complaint (4)
Buzzer (BEE) leads to “loud” (F) = BEEF: complaint.
15 Rebellion in South leads to need for speedy action (10)
In (IN) South (S) leads to “need for speedy action” (URGENCY) = INSURGENCY: rebellion.
17 Just blonde gets taken care of (4-6)
Blonde (FAIR) gets “taken care of” (MINDED) = FAIR-MINDED: just.
19 Weirdo sent back a fish (4)
Weirdo, ‘nut’, sent back (TUN) a (A) = TUNA: fish.
20 Take the wind out of your sails and relax! (6)
Relax! (BE CALM) and = BECALM: take the wind out of your sails.
22 Skydiver’s start priceless trip? (4-4)
Priceless? (FREE) trip (FALL) = FREE-FALL: skydiver’s start.
25 Really mean it’s a disc that’s been corrupted (8)
“It’s a disc” that’s been corrupted = SADISTIC: really mean.
26 Unlawful firing after parking for minister? (6)
After “parking” (P) unlawful firing? (ARSON) for = PARSON: minister.
27 Where to take an acting class? (10)
Where to take an acting class? (PLAY SCHOOL) = PLAYSCHOOL.
Just a (mildly) cryptic definition …
28 Deck officer’s final check (4)
Deck officer (MATE) is = MATE: final check (in chess).
2 Bunch of stars with the eternal city father (9)
With (AND) the Eternal City (ROME) father (DA) = ANDROMEDA: bunch of stars.
3 Son of Odin with north-side irritant? (5)
Son of Odin (THOR) with “north” (N) = THORN: side irritant? (as in “a thorn in one’s side”).
4 Did wrong turning up without 500 for town (5)
Did wrong, ‘sinned’, turning up (D-ENNIS) without “500” (-D) for = ENNIS: town.
5 Charges for account applications (7)
Account (ACC) applications (USES) for = ACCUSES: charges.
6 Blatant anger over hundreds becoming exhausted (9)
Blatant (OVERT) anger (IRE) over “hundreds” (D) becoming = OVERTIRED: exhausted.
7 Good at picking things up not present around heavenly body (9)
Not present (ABS-ENT) around “heavenly body” (ORB) = ABSORBENT: good at picking things up.
8 Give a seat to the Spanish converting etc (5)
“The” Spanish (EL) converting “etc” (ECT) = ELECT: give a seat to.
14 Ceremony for twenty couples holding land around Timbuktu (9)
Twenty couples (FOR-TY) holding “land around Timbuktu” (MALI) for = FORMALITY: ceremony.
15 Ridiculous ringing Mother using the vernacular (9)
Ridiculous (IDIO-TIC) ringing “Mother” (MA) = IDIOMATIC: using the vernacular.
16 One on waterway putting a priest’s robe inside jacket (5,4)
Putting inside “jacket” (C-OAT) a priest’s robe (AN ALB) = CANAL BOAT: one on waterway.
18 In reality and by definition a Chief Technology Officer (2,5)
By “definition” (DEF) a Chief Technology Officer (A CTO) and = DE FACTO: in reality.
21 Screen letters from cinema illicitly (1-4)
From “cin-EMA IL-licitly” = E-MAIL: screen letters (letters on a digital screen).
23 Former political head the Spanish oust (5)
Former (EX-) “p-olitical” head (P) “the” Spanish (EL) = EXPEL: oust.
24 You read in class, a venue for discussion (5)
In “class” (FOR-M) “you” read (U) = FORUM: a venue for discussion.