Explanations: No. 14784 – Saturday, 19 May 2012

Sun, May 20, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Measure taken to avoid making suit hard to pin down (7,6)
EVASIVE ACTION
Hard to pin down (EVASIVE) suit (ACTION) = EVASIVE ACTION: measure taken to avoid.
10 Words on a crest about an item of furniture (7)
OTTOM-AN
Words on a crest, ‘motto’, about (OTTOM) an (AN) = OTTOMAN: item of furniture.
11 Demand too much of public in front of a cross (7)
OVERT-A-X
Public (OVERT) in front of “a” (A) cross (X) = OVERTAX: demand too much of.
12 Mark of ruler popular with church (4)
IN-CH
Popular (IN) with “church” (CH) = INCH: mark of ruler.
13 Party with crooked property for her (5)
DO-WRY
Party (DO) with “crooked” (WRY) = DOWRY: property for her.
15 Mideast bigwig in harem I recall (4)
-EMIR-
In “har-EM I R-ecall” = EMIR: Mideast bigwig.
17 Colour of feature displayed by robin’s left wing (3)
RED
Colour of feature displayed by robin, its breast (RED) left wing (RED).
19 Red wine ingredient comes from lying in sun mostly (6)
TANNIN-
Lying in sun (TANNIN-G) mostly (just keep most of the letters), comes from = TANNIN: red wine ingredient.
21 Wee Thomas is in first class with Charlie on the radio (6)
A(TOM)I-C
Thomas, ‘Tom’ is in first class, ‘AI’ is [A(TOM)I] with “Charlie” on the radio, from the phonetic alphabet (C) = ATOMIC: wee.
22 Poem about current fashion designer (7)
VERS(AC)E
Poem (VERS-E) about “current” (AC) = VERSACE: fashion designer.
23 A priest allowed little code (6)
A-PP-LET
A priest (A PP) allowed (LET) = APPLET: little code.
25 Word of advice about a flight on Aer Lingus from Asian city (6)
T(A)IP-EI
Word of advice, ‘tip’ about ‘a’ [T(E)IP] flight on Aer Lingus (EI) from = TAIPEI: Asian city.
27 Only odd bits of ghetto are secure (3)
G-E-T
Only odd bits of “ghetto” (odd letters from G-h-E-t-T-o) are = GET: secure.
29 Last ones in flat to cover the rent (4)
T-O-R-E
Last ones in fla-t (T) t-o (O) cove-r (R) th-e (E) = TORE: rent.
30 Artist with five hundred and ten kind of waves (5)
RA-D-IO
Artist (RA) with “five hundred” (D) and “ten” (IO) = RADIO: kind of waves.
31 Fellows surrounding a medium (4)
ME(A)N
Fellows (ME-N) surrounding “a” (A) = MEAN: medium.
34 Like ones directing in a vehicle (2,5)
ON BOARD
Like ones directing (ON BOARD) in a vehicle (ON BOARD).
35 Composer encountered in South Africa and North America (7)
S(MET)A-NA
Encountered, ‘met’, in South Africa, ‘SA’ {S(MET)A] and “North America” (NA) = SMETANA: composer.
36 Extremists at core, in breaking up, ram sign (13)
REACTION-ARIES
“At core, in” breaking up (REACTION) ram sign (ARIES) = REACTIONARIES: extremists.

Down
2 Religious centre provides container for wine – one tin (7)
VAT-I-CAN
Container for wine (VAT) one (I) tin (CAN) provides = VATICAN: religious centre.
3 ;-: (4)
SEMI
;-: (SEMI-COLON minus COLON) = SEMI.
4 Traveller drove off around the North (6)
VE(N)DOR
“Drove” off (VE-DOR) around “the North” (N) = VENDOR: traveller.
5 Sailor getting boat’s propeller and hundreds the same as 34-across (6)
AB-OAR-D
Sailor (AB) getting “boat’s propeller” (OAR) and “hundreds” (D) = ABOARD: the same as ON BOARD.
6 Unnamed ones will reveal article by end of day (4)
THE-Y
Article (THE) by “end of da-y” (Y) will reveal = THEY: unnamed ones.
7 Best to choose a single mother (7)
OPT-I-MUM
To choose (OPT) a single (I) mother (MUM) = OPTIMUM: best.
8 One might get driven here for praising poet in drawing (2,11)
T(O DIST)RACTION
In “drawing” (T-RACTION) praising poet (ODIST) for = TO DISTRACTION: one might get driven here.
9 Old partner with pull in hospital, enthusiast for exchanging equipment in kitchen (10,3)
EX-TRACTION FAN
Old partner (EX) with “pull in hospital” (TRACTION) enthusiast (FAN) for = EXTRACTION FAN: (air) exchanging equipment in kitchen.
14 Being well short, she had failed to pay (7)
WEL-SHE’D
Being “wel-l” short (WEL) she had (SHE’D) = WELSHED: failed to pay.
16 Was one dealing with Faust when upset (5)
LIVED
One dealing with Faust (DEVIL) when upset = LIVED: was.
18 Appropriate material for girder, one’s told (5)
STEAL
Material for girder (STEEL) one’s told = STEAL: appropriate.
20 Realise one is dividing the court (3)
NET
Realise (NET) one is dividing the (tennis) court (NET).
21 Diplomacy without a leader is a charade (3)
-ACT
Diplomacy (T-ACT) without a leader (-T, drop the leading letter) is = ACT: a charade.
24 Standard, clever teaching device (7)
PAR-ABLE
Standard (PAR) clever (ABLE) = PARABLE: teaching device.
26 Under a little pressure, tell clergyman (7)
P-RELATE
Under “a little pressure” (P) tell (RELATE) = PRELATE: clergyman.
27 Half go with greeting for Indian leader (6)
G-AND-HI
Half “g-o” (G) with (AND) greeting (HI) for = GANDHI: Indian leader.
28 Connects the first that is wrong (4,2)
T-IE-S IN
“T-he” first (T) that is (IE) wrong (SIN) = TIES IN: connects.
32 Lake in Geneva swallows one of the flock (4)
LA(I)C
“Lake” in Geneva (LA-C) swallows “one” (I) = LAIC: of the flock.
33 First in band ever to get harp, maybe (4)
B-E’ER
First in “b-and” (B) ever (E’ER) to get = BEER: Harp, maybe.