Explanations: No. 14789 – Friday, 25 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Twice one’s goddess (4)
One’s (I’S) twice (I’S) = ISIS: goddess.
4 Workers Party is very strong with Father in position (5,5)
In “position” (STA-NCE) “very strong” with “Father” (FF-DA) is = STAFF DANCE: workers party.
9 Seeing use for carbon test (6)
Seeing (DATING) use for carbon test (DATING).
10 Ready and trimmed ahead of time (8)
Trimmed ahead of time (PRE-PARED) and = PREPARED: ready.
11 One picking up Edward coming back without a lead for 12-across (8)
Edward, ‘Ted’, coming back (DET) without a lead for “L-ECTOR” (-ECTOR) = DETECTOR: one picking up.
12 One providing lesson for court in new role (6)
In “new ‘role’” (LE-OR) court (CT) for = LECTOR: one providing lesson (during Mass).
13 Help with article suggested by Verdi heroine (4)
Help (AID) with “article” (A) suggested by = AIDA: Verdi heroine.
15 Be craving someone’s first possessions (10)
Be (BE) craving (LONGING) “s-omeone’s” first (S) = BELONGINGS: possessions.
17 Medium skill with a boring tool at end of the shoe (10)
Medium skill (ESP) with “a boring tool” (A DRILL) at end of “th-e” (E) = ESPADRILLE: shoe.
19 Makes leather holiday souvenirs, perhaps? (4)
Makes leather (TANS) holiday souvenirs, perhaps? (TANS).
20 Cut head off snake present in field (6)
Snake, ‘a-sp’, cut head off (SP) present (HERE) in = SPHERE: field.
22 Intimidate with ladies underwear, bloomers (8)
Intimidate (COW) with “ladies underwear” (SLIPS) = COWSLIPS: bloomers.
25 Fed up ‘Terminator’ is back, maybe (8)
“Fed” up (DEF) terminator (ENDER) is = DEFENDER: back, maybe (on football team).
26 Working out, is able to feature in Guinness commercials (6)
Working “out” (TOU) is able to (CAN) = TOUCAN: feature in Guinness commercials (of old).
27 Agreed Terry disheartened listener a while back (10)
Agreed (YES) “te-r-ry” disheartened (TE-RY) listener (EAR) = YESTERYEAR: a while back.
28 Fish trembles when head and tail are removed (4)
Trembles (S-HAKE-S) when head and tail are removed (lose the first and last letter) = HAKE: fish.
2 Extra kids food at barbecue (9)
Extra (SPARE) kids (RIBS) = SPARERIBS: food at barbecue.
3 Aim to lose a point at church? (5)
Aim (ASPIRE) to lose “a” (-A) = SPIRE: point at church?
4 Sound of relief beginning to tire in a sense (5)
Sound of relief (SIGH) beginning to “t-ire” (T) in = SIGHT: a sense.
5 Overcome with horror carrying about duds (7)
Overcome with horror (APPA-L) carrying “about” (RE) = APPAREL: duds.
6 Independent country catching fish (9)
Country (FR-ANCE) catching “fish” (EEL) = FREELANCE: independent.
7 One against rule providing a place for keystone, one stone (9)
A place for keystone (AN ARCH) one (I) stone (ST) providing = ANARCHIST: one against rule.
8 Century to overhaul doctrine (5)
Century (C) to overhaul (REDO) = CREDO: doctrine.
14 A meal made of meat and beans leads to humiliation (9)
A meal made of “meat” and “beans” leads to = ABASEMENT: humiliation.
15 Finish in exchange for one making the rounds (9)
In “exchange” (BART-ER) finish (END) for = BARTENDER: one making the rounds.
16 Group scheme gets grand way onto ship (9)
Group (GANG) scheme (PLAN) gets “grand” (K) = GANGPLANK: way onto ship
18 Fifty say you see body of water up north, a lake (7)
Fifty (L) say “you see” (UC) body of water up north (ERNE) = LUCERNE: a lake.
21 Announced the end of war for man on board (5)
The end of war (PEACE) announced, for = PIECE: man on board (in chess, say).
23 HT WOO (5)
Rewriting HT WOO gives H TWO O, H2O = WATER.
24 Turn over soil first rejected for boating site
Turn over soil (P-LOUGH) first rejected (-L, reject first letter) for = LOUGH: boating site.