Explanations: No. 14778 – Saturday, 12 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s puzzle!
1 Gambler’s opponent often taking time out for crime (13)
Gambler’s opponent often (HOUSE) taking time out (BREAKING) for = HOUSEBREAKING: crime.
10 At home it may be perfect to be highly emotional (7)
At home (IN) it may be perfect (TENSE) to be = INTENSE: highly emotional.
11 Concerned with command to organise differently (7)
Concerned with (RE) command (ORDER) = REORDER: to organise differently.
12 A joke on reflection is crazy (4)
A joke (A GAG) on reflection, is = GAGA: crazy.
13 Say! Like a day for tanning, young man? (5)
Like a day for tanning (SUNNY) say = SONNY: young man.
15 Endless enjoyment joining ship to create bother (4)
Enjoyment, ‘fu-n’, endless (FU) joining “ship” (SS) = FUSS: to create bother.
17 Approval for university teacher from the right (3)
University teacher (DON) from the right (read the other way) for = NOD: approval.
19 One making enclosure and using foil (6)
One making enclosure (FENCER) and “one using foil” (FENCER).
21 Like us the Spanish write it backwards in copy (6)
In “copy” (C-C) “the” Spanish, write “it” backwards (EL-TI) = CELTIC: like us.
22 Of course a warning with cutting tool is anticipated (7)
Of (golf) course a warning (FORE) with “cutting tool” (SAW) is = FORESAW: anticipated.
23 Leaderless men took action and followed (6)
Leaderless “m-en” (EN) took action (SUED) and = ENSUED: followed.
25 Lack the French part of a compass (6)
Lack (NEED) “the” French (LE) = NEEDLE: part of the compass.
27 Fishy to see disreputable paper retreating? (3)
Disreputable paper (RAG) retreating, to see = GAR: fishy?
29 Turn over part of house to find anchor (4)
Part of house (ROOM) turn over, to find = MOOR: anchor.
30 100 to date, worked to get one training (5)
100 (C) to “date” worked (ADET) to get = CADET: one training.
31 Support footballer’s position (4)
Support (BACK) footballer’s position (BACK).
34 Got to communist holding every one (7)
Communist (R-ED) holding “every one” (EACH) = REACHED: got to.
35 Not taken in you say ‘put in order!’ (7)
“You” say (U) put in order (NEATEN) = UNEATEN: not taken in.
36 Considering, then contemplating? (8,5)
Considering (THINKING) then “contemplating” (THINKING) = THINKING TWICE.
2 Figure commanding officer brought up tango-dancing (7)
Commanding officer, ‘CO’, brought up (OC) “tango” dancing (TAGON) = OCTAGON: figure.
3 Sound made by swans and nesting eagles at first (4)
At first, s-wans (S) a-nd (A) n-esting(N) e-agles (E) made by = SANE: sound.
4 Brother gets short memo about French language (6)
Brother (B) gets short memo, ‘note’, about (ETON) = BRETON: French language.
5 Make a mistake with messenger’s job (6)
Make a mistake (ERR) with (AND) = ERRAND: messenger’s job.
6 Be certain about making a thousand at once (4)
A thousand (K) at once (NOW) making = KNOW: be certain about.
7 Absolutely bound to set straight (2,5)
“Bound to” set straight = NO DOUBT: absolutely.
8 Keg, for kind man playing ‘Hamlet’ (4,2,7)
KING OF DENMARK
“Keg, for kind man” playing = KING OF DENMARK: Hamlet.
9 Getting support from second source angry with attacking king (5-8)
Angry (CROSS) with “attacking king” (CHECKING) = CROSS-CHECKING: getting support from second source.
14 Where to write the number taped has been changed (7)
The number (NO) “taped” has been changed (TEPAD) = NOTEPAD: where to write.
16 Direct elsewhere heading north or south (5)
Direct elsewhere (REFER) heading north or south (REFER is a palindrome).
18 Not as many revealed by strong pitcher (5)
Strong, forte (F) pitcher (EWER) revealed by = FEWER: not as many.
20 Staff showing nothing in Ardee (3)
In “ar-dee” (R-D) nothing (O) showing = ROD: staff.
21 Is able to head off medical examination (3)
Medical examination (S-CAN) head off (-S, take off the first letter) = CAN: is able to.
24 Stand by moats around church (7)
By “moats” around (STOMA) church (CH) = STOMACH: stand.
26 Doctor starts as muscle spasm is severe (7)
“Doctor” starts (DR) as muscle spasm (AS TIC) is = DRASTIC: severe.
27 Force one to go south of Italian lake (6)
Italian lake (GARDA) “one” south of it, below it (I) = GARDAI: force.
28 Put up again with wildebeest, her being upset (6)
With “wildebeest”, “her” (GNU-HER) being upset = REHUNG: put up again.
32 Oriental country without a place for a Van Dyke (4)
Oriental country (CHIN-A) without “a” (-A) = CHIN: place for a Van Dyke (the beard).
33 Catty remark from home owner? (4)
From “ho-ME OW-ner” = MEOW: catty remark.