Explanations: No. 14780 – Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Tue, May 15, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
8 Half of Dev’s party note welcome for us (6)
Half of Dev’s party, ‘Fianna Fáil’ (FAIL) note (TE) = FAILTE: “welcome” for us.
9 One over private about the body (8)
CORPORAL
One over private (CORPORAL) about the body (CORPORAL).
10 Tempting food article, in part (4)
B(A)IT
In “part” (B-IT) article (A) = BAIT: tempting food.
11 Indicating in advance demise of harbour? (10)
PORT-ENDING
Demise of harbour? (PORT ENDING) = PORTENDING: indicating in advance.
12 Make fun of the first afternoon service maybe? (3,3)
TEA SE-T
Make fun of (TEASE) “t-he” first (T) = TEA SET: afternoon service maybe.
14 History exam about the country (8)
PAST-ORAL
History (PAST) exam (ORAL) = PASTORAL: about the country.
15 Forego adage to be obvious (2,7,6)
GO WITHOUT SAYING
Forego adage (GO WITHOUT SAYING) to be obvious (GO WITHOUT SAYING).
18 Start attacking welcoming feature of room (4,4)
OPEN FIRE
Start attacking (OPEN FIRE) welcoming feature of room (OPEN FIRE).
20 Legal setting announced for arrested (6)
CAUGHT
Legal setting (COURT) announced, for = CAUGHT: arrested.
22 Might Della disheartened by her support use these to brighten up? (10)
CAN-DELA-BRA
Might (CAN) “de-l-la” disheartened (DE-LA) by “her support” (BRA) = CANDELABRA: use these to brighten up.
24 A steady violin player in recital (4)
BEAU
Violin player (BOW) in recital = BEAU: a steady.
25 Tired carrying Penny on from clubs, perhaps (8)
WEA(P-ON)RY
Tired (WEA-RY) carrying “Penny” “on” (P-ON) from = WEAPONRY: clubs, perhaps.
26 Lifts inside hotel, at escalator (6)
-ELATES-
Inside “hot-EL AT ES-calator” = ELATES: lifts.

Down
1 To a friend, the highest honour is showing such a magnificent home (6)
PAL-ACE
To “a friend” (PAL) the highest honour (ACE) is showing = PALACE: such a magnificent home.
2 Left in bed, a blood problem maybe (4)
C(L)OT
In “bed” (C-OT) left (L) = CLOT: a blood problem maybe.
3 Send off some French aid to stop smoking, maybe (8)
DES-PATCH
“Some” French (DES) aid to stop smoking, maybe (PATCH) = DESPATCH: send off.
4 Hair-raising, missing the last mark (4)
SCAR-
Hair-raising (SCAR-Y) missing the last (-Y) = SCAR: mark.
5 Maybe alphabetises list taken while waiting? (6)
ORDERS
Maybe alphabetises (ORDERS) list taken while waiting, as a waiter (ORDERS).
6 Promoting health? Atta boy! (4,3,3)
GOOD FOR YOU
Promoting health (GOOD FOR YOU) Atta boy! (GOOD FOR YOU!)
7 Chief thanks home support (8)
MAIN-TA-IN
Chief (MAIN) thanks (TA) home (IN) = MAINTAIN: support.
13 Hops around pub yard and barely gets wet? (6-4)
SK(INN-YD)IPS
Hops (SK-IPS) around “pub” “yard” (INN-YD) and = SKINNY-DIPS: barely gets wet?
14 Page ill-mannered Victorian, perhaps (5)
P-RUDE
Page (P) ill-mannered (RUDE) = PRUDE: Victorian, perhaps.
16 Harped on about being left alone (8)
ORPHANED
“Harped on” about, being = ORPHANED: left alone.
17 Note on boxes supplied by philosopher (8)
SO-CRATES
Note (SO) on “boxes” (CRATES) supplied by = SOCRATES: philosopher.
19 Like Ireland to be one’s country? (6)
I’S-LAND
One’s (I’S) country (LAND) to be = ISLAND: like Ireland.
21 Recovered and soundly won the ball in the scrum (6)
HEALED
Won the ball in the scrum (HEELED) soundly, and = HEALED: recovered.
23 Early men found in empty bogs around Offaly? (4)
B(OY)S
Empty “b-og-s” (B-S) around “Offaly” (OY) found in = BOYS: early men?
24 Say too much at start of big political party (4)
B-LAB
At “start of ‘b-ig’” (B) political party (LAB) = BLAB: say too much.