Explanations: No. 14794 – Thursday, 31 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 One’s helping play western transport before full houses, maybe? (10)
Western transport (STAGE) before “full houses, maybe” (HANDS, in poker) = STAGEHANDS: one’s helping play.
6 Kind of seal used for our lager (4)
Kind of seal, the animal (HARP) for “our lager” (HARP).
10 United, after Bertie deserted (5)
After “Bertie” (AL) united (ONE) = ALONE: deserted.
11 Flipped over television option that could be cancelled (9)
Flipped “over” (REVO) television option (CABLE) = REVOCABLE: that could be cancelled.
12 Stickler for the rules bringing back ten-to-one trolley (8)
“Ten” to “one” “trolley” (TEN-I-TRAM) bringing back = MARTINET: stickler for the rules.
13 African-Egyptian king is from the east (5)
Egyptian king (TUT) “is” from the east, read backwards (SI) = TUTSI: African.
15 Floral tribute to town in Meath County (7)
Floral tribute (LEI) to “town in Meath” (TRIM) = LEITRIM: county.
17 Black mark for me coming in exhausted on reflection (7)
“Me” coming in exhausted, ‘tired’ [TIRE(ME)D] on reflection, for = DEMERIT: black mark.
19 Quite ordinary article in fancy house (7)
In “fancy house” (V-ILLA) article (AN) = VANILLA: quite ordinary.
21 Exceed time set aside to take out pedestrian? (3,4)
Exceed time set aside (RUN OVER) to take out pedestrian? (RUN OVER).
22 What one might kick out of hospital somewhat (5)
Hospital (H) somewhat (A BIT) out of = HABIT: what one might kick.
24 Skin disorder grown out of control in lip (8)
In “lip” (RI-M) “grown” out of control (NGWOR) = RINGWORM: skin disorder.
27 Court activity around nine played every three years (9)
Court activity (TRI-AL) around “nine” played (ENNI) = TRIENNIAL: every three years.
28 Steps a farmer might take for fashion one’s told (5)
Fashion (STYLE) one’s told, for = STILE: steps a farmer might take.
29 Someone dishonourable giving command to dog (4)
Someone dishonourable (HEEL) giving “command to dog” (HEEL).
30 Did the wage adjust for the heavy load? (4,6)
“Did the wage” adjust, for = DEAD WEIGHT: the heavy load.
1 Cross one from part of Iberia (4)
From “part of Iberia” (SPA-I-N) remove “one” (-I) = SPAN: cross.
2 Love to get a party allowance (9)
A party allowance (A DO RATION) to get = ADORATION: love.
3 Apply pressure, maybe returning genealogist’s work around ten (5)
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)
In “the morning” (A-M) old friend (CRONY) will show = ACRONYM: “AIB”, say.
5 Being loyal rescinded one’s ballot? (7)
Rescinded one’s ballot? (DE-VOTED) being = DEVOTED: loyal.
7 Sailor takes boat without a big brother? (5)
Sailor (AB) takes “bo-a-t” without “a” (BO-T) = ABBOT: a big brother?
8 Afterthought about new director they declare in advance! (10)
Afterthought (P-S) about “new ‘director’” (REDICTOR) = PREDICTORS: they declare in advance.
9 Hastily read about most unusual neighbour of ours (8)
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)
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)
About (RE) G used in ancient language? (LATIN G) = RELATING: telling.
18 Undoing call about botched serve (9)
Call (R-ING) about “botched ‘serve’” (EVERS) = REVERSING: undoing.
20 Aer Lingus maybe becomes diver’s necessity (7)
Diver’s necessity (AIR LINE) becomes = AIRLINE: Aer Lingus, maybe.
21 Joint in Ardee caused resentment (7)
In “Ar-dee” (R-D) joint (ANKLE) = RANKLED: caused resentment.
23 Inducement to put a billion into historic region in France (5)
Into “historic region of France” (BRI-E) to put “a billion” (B) = BRIBE: inducement.
25 Refuse the west, then move east! (5)
The west (W) then “move ‘east’” (ASTE) = WASTE: refuse.
26 The Spanish in court to see one of us (4)
In “court” (C-T) “the” Spanish (EL) to see = CELT: one of us.