Explanations: No. 14783 – Friday, 18 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Order for one into stout (4)
Into “stout” (F-AT) one (I) for = FIAT: order.
4 K severely criticises big contracts (5,5)
K (GRAND) severely criticises (SLAMS) = GRAND SLAMS: big (bridge) contracts.
9 One really funny yell (6)
One really funny (SCREAM) yell (SCREAM).
10 Falling for flashy jewel in the navel? (8)
Flashy jewel in the navel? (TUM-BLING) for = TUMBLING: falling.
11 Experts initially leave male, one with a swelling of the head (8)
“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-ew” starter (N) before “gone from the plate” (EATEN) for = NEATEN: put in order.
13 Sub captain’s order in sleazy pub? (4)
Sub captain’s order (DIVE) in “sleazy pub” (DIVE).
15 Give nod to eco-friendly smoker’s request (5,5)
Eco-friendly (GREEN) smoker’s request (LIGHT) = GREEN LIGHT: give nod to.
17 Pedestrian crossing to find halfpenny, perhaps (10)
Pedestrian crossing (FOOTBRIDGE) to find Halfpenny (Bridge) perhaps (FOOTBRIDGE).
19 Note about being put out (4)
Note (SO) about (RE) being = SORE: put out.
20 Leaders from Spain and France are revelling in exotic holiday (6)
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)
Warnings of (golf) course (FORES) even (E’EN) = FORESEEN: predicted.
25 Snake seen by our beach before Clare Regatta (4-4)
Snake (BOA) seen by “our beach” (TRA) before “Clare” (CE) = BOAT-RACE: regatta.
26 Sound restraint on horse for a wedding (6)
Restraint on horse (BRIDLE) sound = BRIDAL: for a wedding.
27 Let outside or, that is, set straight again (10)
Let (RE-NTED) outside “or” “that is” (OR-IE) = REORIENTED: set straight again.
28 Like a starless sky in the Kingdom (4)
In (IN) the Kingdom, ‘Kerry’ (KY) = INKY: like a starless sky.
2 Disguised gin and tonic cocktail round (9)
“Gin” and “tonic” cocktail (INCOGNIT) round (O) = INCOGNITO: disguised.
3 Neither manufacturer provides heat unit (5)
“nei-THER M-anufacturer” provides = THERM: heat unit.
4 Urchin on street from endless casino activity (5)
Casino activity (GAMIN-G) endless, from = GAMIN: urchin on street.
5 Put into motion series of scenes you said had bite (7)
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)
Maybe waltz (D-ANCE) around “circle” with “least amount of” (O-MIN) = DOMINANCE: control.
7 Rock songs for evening performances? (9)
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)
Fellow (MAN) “se-es”, only half (SE) = MANSE: the parsonage.
14 One pulling out old farm equipment (9)
Old farm equipment (EX-TRACTOR) = EXTRACTOR: one pulling out.
15 Representing great men, I begin to develop (9)
Representing “great men, I” = GERMINATE: begin to develop.
16 DEETS (9)
DEETS is STEED, a ‘HORSE’, written ‘BACK’ = HORSEBACK.
18 Turn away from learner failing outside (7)
Failing (DEF-ECT) outside “learner” (L) from = DEFLECT: turn away.
21 Superior to sailor, not completely finished (5)
Sailor (AB) finished, ‘ove-r’, not completely (OVE-) = ABOVE: superior to.
23 Fanatical police action securing a billion (5)
Police action (RA-ID) securing “a billion” (B) = RABID: fanatical.
24 Counsel providing one section in library (3-2)
Counsel (SC) providing (IF) one (I) = SCI-FI: section in library.