Explanations: No. 14783 – Friday, 18 May 2012

Fri, May 18, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Order for one into stout (4)
F(I)AT
Into “stout” (F-AT) one (I) for = FIAT: order.
4 K severely criticises big contracts (5,5)
GRAND SLAMS
K (GRAND) severely criticises (SLAMS) = GRAND SLAMS: big (bridge) contracts.
9 One really funny yell (6)
SCREAM
One really funny (SCREAM) yell (SCREAM).
10 Falling for flashy jewel in the navel? (8)
TUM-BLING
Flashy jewel in the navel? (TUM-BLING) for = TUMBLING: falling.
11 Experts initially leave male, one with a swelling of the head (8)
E-GO-MAN-I-A
“E-xperts” initially (E) leave (GO) male (MAN) “one” with “a” (I-A) = EGOMANIA: swelling of the head.
12 Put in order for new starter before gone from plate (6)
N-EATEN
“N-ew” starter (N) before “gone from the plate” (EATEN) for = NEATEN: put in order.
13 Sub captain’s order in sleazy pub? (4)
DIVE
Sub captain’s order (DIVE) in “sleazy pub” (DIVE).
15 Give nod to eco-friendly smoker’s request (5,5)
GREEN LIGHT
Eco-friendly (GREEN) smoker’s request (LIGHT) = GREEN LIGHT: give nod to.
17 Pedestrian crossing to find halfpenny, perhaps (10)
FOOTBRIDGE
Pedestrian crossing (FOOTBRIDGE) to find Halfpenny (Bridge) perhaps (FOOTBRIDGE).
19 Note about being put out (4)
SO-RE
Note (SO) about (RE) being = SORE: put out.
20 Leaders from Spain and France are revelling in exotic holiday (6)
S-A-F-A-R-I
Leaders from S-pain (S) a-nd (A) F-rance (F) a-re (A) r-evelling (R) i-n (I) = SAFARI: exotic holiday.
22 Warnings of course, even predicted (8)
FORES-E’EN
Warnings of (golf) course (FORES) even (E’EN) = FORESEEN: predicted.
25 Snake seen by our beach before Clare Regatta (4-4)
BOA-T RA-CE
Snake (BOA) seen by “our beach” (TRA) before “Clare” (CE) = BOAT-RACE: regatta.
26 Sound restraint on horse for a wedding (6)
BRIDAL
Restraint on horse (BRIDLE) sound = BRIDAL: for a wedding.
27 Let outside or, that is, set straight again (10)
RE(OR-IE)NTED
Let (RE-NTED) outside “or” “that is” (OR-IE) = REORIENTED: set straight again.
28 Like a starless sky in the Kingdom (4)
IN-KY
In (IN) the Kingdom, ‘Kerry’ (KY) = INKY: like a starless sky.

Down
2 Disguised gin and tonic cocktail round (9)
INCOGNIT-O
“Gin” and “tonic” cocktail (INCOGNIT) round (O) = INCOGNITO: disguised.
3 Neither manufacturer provides heat unit (5)
-THERM-
“nei-THER M-anufacturer” provides = THERM: heat unit.
4 Urchin on street from endless casino activity (5)
GAMIN-
Casino activity (GAMIN-G) endless, from = GAMIN: urchin on street.
5 Put into motion series of scenes you said had bite (7)
ACT-U-ATE
Series of scenes (ACT) “you” said (U) had bite (ATE) = ACTUATE: put into motion.
6 Maybe waltz around circle with least amount of control (9)
D(O-MIN)ANCE
Maybe waltz (D-ANCE) around “circle” with “least amount of” (O-MIN) = DOMINANCE: control.
7 Rock songs for evening performances? (9)
LULLABIES
LULLABIES are often “performed” in the “evening” while “rocking” the baby to sleep.
Just a cryptic definition …
8 Fellow sees only half the parsonage (5)
MAN-SE-
Fellow (MAN) “se-es”, only half (SE) = MANSE: the parsonage.
14 One pulling out old farm equipment (9)
EX-TRACTOR
Old farm equipment (EX-TRACTOR) = EXTRACTOR: one pulling out.
15 Representing great men, I begin to develop (9)
GERMINATE
Representing “great men, I” = GERMINATE: begin to develop.
16 DEETS (9)
HORSE-BACK
DEETS is STEED, a ‘HORSE’, written ‘BACK’ = HORSEBACK.
18 Turn away from learner failing outside (7)
DEF(L)ECT
Failing (DEF-ECT) outside “learner” (L) from = DEFLECT: turn away.
21 Superior to sailor, not completely finished (5)
AB-OVE-
Sailor (AB) finished, ‘ove-r’, not completely (OVE-) = ABOVE: superior to.
23 Fanatical police action securing a billion (5)
RA(B)ID
Police action (RA-ID) securing “a billion” (B) = RABID: fanatical.
24 Counsel providing one section in library (3-2)
SC-IF-I
Counsel (SC) providing (IF) one (I) = SCI-FI: section in library.