Explanations: No. 14794 – Thursday, 31 May 2012

Thu, May 31, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 One’s helping play western transport before full houses, maybe? (10)
STAGE-HANDS
Western transport (STAGE) before “full houses, maybe” (HANDS, in poker) = STAGEHANDS: one’s helping play.
6 Kind of seal used for our lager (4)
HARP
Kind of seal, the animal (HARP) for “our lager” (HARP).
10 United, after Bertie deserted (5)
AL-ONE
After “Bertie” (AL) united (ONE) = ALONE: deserted.
11 Flipped over television option that could be cancelled (9)
REVO-CABLE
Flipped “over” (REVO) television option (CABLE) = REVOCABLE: that could be cancelled.
12 Stickler for the rules bringing back ten-to-one trolley (8)
MARTINET
“Ten” to “one” “trolley” (TEN-I-TRAM) bringing back = MARTINET: stickler for the rules.
13 African-Egyptian king is from the east (5)
TUT-SI
Egyptian king (TUT) “is” from the east, read backwards (SI) = TUTSI: African.
15 Floral tribute to town in Meath County (7)
LEI-TRIM
Floral tribute (LEI) to “town in Meath” (TRIM) = LEITRIM: county.
17 Black mark for me coming in exhausted on reflection (7)
DEMERIT
“Me” coming in exhausted, ‘tired’ [TIRE(ME)D] on reflection, for = DEMERIT: black mark.
19 Quite ordinary article in fancy house (7)
V(AN)ILLA
In “fancy house” (V-ILLA) article (AN) = VANILLA: quite ordinary.
21 Exceed time set aside to take out pedestrian? (3,4)
RUN OVER
Exceed time set aside (RUN OVER) to take out pedestrian? (RUN OVER).
22 What one might kick out of hospital somewhat (5)
H-A-BIT
Hospital (H) somewhat (A BIT) out of = HABIT: what one might kick.
24 Skin disorder grown out of control in lip (8)
RI(NGWOR)M
In “lip” (RI-M) “grown” out of control (NGWOR) = RINGWORM: skin disorder.
27 Court activity around nine played every three years (9)
TRI(ENNI)AL
Court activity (TRI-AL) around “nine” played (ENNI) = TRIENNIAL: every three years.
28 Steps a farmer might take for fashion one’s told (5)
STILE
Fashion (STYLE) one’s told, for = STILE: steps a farmer might take.
29 Someone dishonourable giving command to dog (4)
HEEL
Someone dishonourable (HEEL) giving “command to dog” (HEEL).
30 Did the wage adjust for the heavy load? (4,6)
DEAD WEIGHT
“Did the wage” adjust, for = DEAD WEIGHT: the heavy load.

Down
1 Cross one from part of Iberia (4)
SPA-N
From “part of Iberia” (SPA-I-N) remove “one” (-I) = SPAN: cross.
2 Love to get a party allowance (9)
A-DO-RATION
A party allowance (A DO RATION) to get = ADORATION: love.
3 Apply pressure, maybe returning genealogist’s work around ten (5)
EXERT
Genealogist’s work, ‘tree’, around “ten” [TRE(X)E] returning = EXERT: apply pressure, maybe.
4 AIB, say, will show old friend in the morning (7)
A(CRONY)M
In “the morning” (A-M) old friend (CRONY) will show = ACRONYM: “AIB”, say.
5 Being loyal rescinded one’s ballot? (7)
DE-VOTED
Rescinded one’s ballot? (DE-VOTED) being = DEVOTED: loyal.
7 Sailor takes boat without a big brother? (5)
AB-BO-T
Sailor (AB) takes “bo-a-t” without “a” (BO-T) = ABBOT: a big brother?
8 Afterthought about new director they declare in advance! (10)
P(REDICTOR)S
Afterthought (P-S) about “new ‘director’” (REDICTOR) = PREDICTORS: they declare in advance.
9 Hastily read about most unusual neighbour of ours (8)
SC(OTSM)AN
Hastily read (SC-AN) about “‘most’ unusual” (OTSM) = SCOTSMAN: neighbour of ours.
14 It’s used to tie a little garlic to thumb (5,5)
CLOVE HITCH
A little garlic (CLOVE) to “thumb” (HITCH) = CLOVE HITCH: it’s used to tie (it’s a knot).
16 Telling about G used in ancient language? (8)
RE-LATIN-G
About (RE) G used in ancient language? (LATIN G) = RELATING: telling.
18 Undoing call about botched serve (9)
R(EVERS)ING
Call (R-ING) about “botched ‘serve’” (EVERS) = REVERSING: undoing.
20 Aer Lingus maybe becomes diver’s necessity (7)
AIR-LINE
Diver’s necessity (AIR LINE) becomes = AIRLINE: Aer Lingus, maybe.
21 Joint in Ardee caused resentment (7)
R(ANKLE)D
In “Ar-dee” (R-D) joint (ANKLE) = RANKLED: caused resentment.
23 Inducement to put a billion into historic region in France (5)
BRI(B)E
Into “historic region of France” (BRI-E) to put “a billion” (B) = BRIBE: inducement.
25 Refuse the west, then move east! (5)
W-ASTE
The west (W) then “move ‘east’” (ASTE) = WASTE: refuse.
26 The Spanish in court to see one of us (4)
C(EL)T
In “court” (C-T) “the” Spanish (EL) to see = CELT: one of us.