Explanations: No. 14793 – Wednesday, 30 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Head of school, a bit daft and inconsistent (6)
Head of “s-chool” (S) a bit daft (POTTY) and = SPOTTY: inconsistent.
4 We find lots of them in supermarkets, fish eaten by wild bears (3,5)
Wild “bears” (BAR-ES) eating “fish” (COD) = BAR CODES: we find lots of them in supermarkets.
9 Out of 26, what’s 19th proposal? (6)
Out of 26 (in the alphabet) what’s 19th? (THE S IS) = THESIS: proposal.
10 Completely finish food from a restaurant (5,3)
Completely finish (CARRY OUT) food from a restaurant (CARRY OUT).
12 Trying to trap North’s Ugandan despot in promises to pay (9)
In “promises to pay” (I-OUS) “North’s” Ugandan despot, ‘Idi Amin’ (N’S-IDI) = INSIDIOUS: trying to trap.
13 Head missing from stainless waste maker (5)
Stainless (C-HASTE) head missing (-C, missing the head letter) = HASTE: waste maker (as in “haste makes waste”).
14 They come from Mother or Father but not both and could be hers? (4-8)
They come from Mother or Father but not both (HALF-BROTHERS) and HALF of “BROT-HERS” could be “HERS”.
18 Representing a nice hotel, he gets hidden advantage (3,2,3,4)
ACE IN THE HOLE
Representing “a nice hotel, he” gets = ACE IN THE HOLE: hidden advantage.
21 Those starting leisure activity open in southern part of Ireland (5)
Those starting l-eisure (L) a-ctivity (A) o-pen (O) i-n (I) s-outhern (S) = LAOIS: part of Ireland.
22 One helping fool first colonist (9)
Fool (ASS) first (IST) colonist (ANT) = ASSISTANT: one helping.
24 Hysteria surrounding 50% cut of demand from extensive sickness (8)
Hysteria (PAN-IC) surrounding “50% cut of ‘dem-and’” (DEM) from = PANDEMIC: extensive sickness.
25 Strand staff holding bounder from down under (6)
Staff (MAN) holding “bounder from down under” (ROO) = MAROON: strand.
26 Place with restaurant activity that’s folding (8)
Place (PL) with “restaurant activity” (EATING) that’s = PLEATING: folding.
27 Be heard to shoot two under dog (6)
“Be” heard (B) to shoot two under, on a golf course (EAGLE) = BEAGLE: dog.
1 Don’t make a move, and don’t stand there drunk! (3,5)
Don’t stand there (SIT) drunk (TIGHT) and = SIT TIGHT: don’t make a move.
2 Exaggerate good points round poetry before the fifties (8)
Round (O) poetry (VERSE) before “the fifties” (LL) = OVERSELL: exaggerate good points.
3 Tried to exchange ‘E’ for a ’3′ in a group? (5)
Tried (TRI-E-D) to exchange “e” for “a” (TRI-A-D) = TRIAD: 3 in a group.
5 Number found in theatre (12)
An ANAESTHETIST is one who NUMBS the patient in the operating theatre … just a cryptic definition, and an old one at that!
6 Worry about Norse god’s beast of burden (9)
Worry (CAR-E) about “Norse god’s” (THOR’S) = CARTHORSE: beast of burden.
7 Less than alert mix up words ending in Y? (6)
Mix up “words” (DROWS) ending in Y? (Y) = DROWSY: less than alert.
8 Easily captured model for a photographer, perhaps (6)
Easily captured (SITTER) model for a photographer, perhaps (SITTER).
11 Locations reviewed by one on settlement (12)
“Locations” reviewed (COLONISAT) by “one” “on” (I-ON) = COLONISATION: settlement.
15 Defenders cried moving away from front (9)
Defenders (BACKS) cried (WEPT) = BACKSWEPT: moving away from front.
16 Cheaply backing one Eurovision entry, maybe (3,1,4)
FOR A SONG
Cheaply (FOR A SONG) backing one Eurovision entry, maybe (FOR A SONG).
17 It might be life or this whole thing (8)
It might be life (SENTENCE) or this whole thing, the wording in the clue (SENTENCE).
19 Make mistake suggesting students from the South (4,2)
Students (PUPILS) from the South (read from bottom to top) suggesting = SLIP UP: make a mistake.
20 Piano takes light-weight spring (6)
Piano (P) takes “light-weight” (OUNCE) = POUNCE: spring.
23 Small relative of rabbit gets cut (5)
Small (S) relative of rabbit (HARE) gets = SHARE: cut.