Explanations: No. 14780 – Tuesday, 15 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
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)
One over private (CORPORAL) about the body (CORPORAL).
10 Tempting food article, in part (4)
In “part” (B-IT) article (A) = BAIT: tempting food.
11 Indicating in advance demise of harbour? (10)
Demise of harbour? (PORT ENDING) = PORTENDING: indicating in advance.
12 Make fun of the first afternoon service maybe? (3,3)
Make fun of (TEASE) “t-he” first (T) = TEA SET: afternoon service maybe.
14 History exam about the country (8)
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)
Start attacking (OPEN FIRE) welcoming feature of room (OPEN FIRE).
20 Legal setting announced for arrested (6)
Legal setting (COURT) announced, for = CAUGHT: arrested.
22 Might Della disheartened by her support use these to brighten up? (10)
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)
Violin player (BOW) in recital = BEAU: a steady.
25 Tired carrying Penny on from clubs, perhaps (8)
Tired (WEA-RY) carrying “Penny” “on” (P-ON) from = WEAPONRY: clubs, perhaps.
26 Lifts inside hotel, at escalator (6)
Inside “hot-EL AT ES-calator” = ELATES: lifts.
1 To a friend, the highest honour is showing such a magnificent home (6)
To “a friend” (PAL) the highest honour (ACE) is showing = PALACE: such a magnificent home.
2 Left in bed, a blood problem maybe (4)
In “bed” (C-OT) left (L) = CLOT: a blood problem maybe.
3 Send off some French aid to stop smoking, maybe (8)
“Some” French (DES) aid to stop smoking, maybe (PATCH) = DESPATCH: send off.
4 Hair-raising, missing the last mark (4)
Hair-raising (SCAR-Y) missing the last (-Y) = SCAR: mark.
5 Maybe alphabetises list taken while waiting? (6)
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)
Chief (MAIN) thanks (TA) home (IN) = MAINTAIN: support.
13 Hops around pub yard and barely gets wet? (6-4)
Hops (SK-IPS) around “pub” “yard” (INN-YD) and = SKINNY-DIPS: barely gets wet?
14 Page ill-mannered Victorian, perhaps (5)
Page (P) ill-mannered (RUDE) = PRUDE: Victorian, perhaps.
16 Harped on about being left alone (8)
“Harped on” about, being = ORPHANED: left alone.
17 Note on boxes supplied by philosopher (8)
Note (SO) on “boxes” (CRATES) supplied by = SOCRATES: philosopher.
19 Like Ireland to be one’s country? (6)
One’s (I’S) country (LAND) to be = ISLAND: like Ireland.
21 Recovered and soundly won the ball in the scrum (6)
Won the ball in the scrum (HEELED) soundly, and = HEALED: recovered.
23 Early men found in empty bogs around Offaly? (4)
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)
At “start of ‘b-ig’” (B) political party (LAB) = BLAB: say too much.