Explanations: No. 14795 – Friday, 1 Jun 2012

Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Lounge opening for lager lout (4)
L-OAF
Opening for “l-ager” (L) lout (OAF) = LOAF: lounge.
4 When to ante up? (10)
BEFORE-HAND
Ante up BEFORE the HAND is dealt = BEFOREHAND.
Just a cryptic definition …
9 A political party broadcast that might cause a split (6)
A-FF-AIR
A (A) political party (FF) broadcast (AIR) = AFFAIR: that might cause a split.
10 Like some articles being fixed (8)
DEFINITE
Like some articles (DEFINITE) being “fixed” (DEFINITE).
11 Little interest shown by less polite and unwelcome guest (8)
INT-RUDER
Little “interest” (INT) shown by “less polite” (RUDER) and = INTRUDER: unwelcome guest.
12 Outcome of resolution last month (6)
RES-ULT
Resolution (RES) last month (ULT) of = RESULT: outcome.
13 Boast about revealing dress (4)
GARB
Boast (BRAG) about, revealing = GARB: dress.
15 Telephone with special language used by Fianna Fáil for reprimand (7,3)
TEL-LING O-FF
Telephone (TEL) with “special language” (LINGO) used by “Fianna Fáil” (FF) for = TELLING OFF: reprimand.
17 Reducing fat used for cooking (10)
SHORTENING
Reducing (SHORTENING) fat used for cooking (SHORTENING).
19 Where the fish are decapitated really smelled (4)
-TANK
Really smelled (S-TANK) decapitated (-T, cut off the head letter) = TANK: where the fish are.
20 Counsel never returning to see show in cinema (6)
SC-REEN
Counsel (SC) never, ‘ne’er’, returning (REEN) to see = SCREEN: show in cinema.
22 Haughey’s capital notion leads to route for retreat (8)
H-IDEA-WAY
“H-aughey’s” capital (H) notion (IDEA) leads to “route” (WAY) for = HIDEAWAY: retreat.
25 Possibly bloom in spy network from equatorial nation (8)
C(OLOMB)IA
In “spy network” (C-IA) possibly “bloom” (OLOMB) from = COLOMBIA: equatorial nation.
26 Drug produced close to Mayo, the Greek character consumed (6)
O-PI-ATE
Close to “May-o” (O) the Greek character (PI) consumed (ATE) produced = OPIATE: drug.
27 Hollywood honour uncultivated eastern playwright (5,5)
OSCAR WILD-E
Hollywood honour (OSCAR) uncultivated (WILD) eastern (E) = OSCAR WILDE: playwright.
28 Audacity to give just part of a bottle (4)
NECK
Audacity (NECK) to give “just part of a bottle” (NECK).

Down
2 Not working with extremes of emotion, a Baroque composer and writer of operettas (9)
OFF-EN-BACH
Not working (OFF) with “extremes of e-motio-n” (E-N) a Baroque composer (BACH) and = OFFENBACH: writer of operettas.
3 Talent to make bell-bottom’s essential, say (5)
Bell-bottom’s essential (FLARE) say, to make = FLAIR: talent.
4 To a degree, embarrassed being without 13-across (5)
BA-RED
To “a degree” (BA) embarrassed (RED) = BARED: being without GARB.
5 Heard Edie interrupting wild about centralised government (7)
F(ED)ERAL
Wild (F-ERAL) interrupted by “Edie” heard (ED) = FEDERAL: about centralised government.
6 Alluding to whistle-blower in the wrong (9)
REF-ERRING
To “whistle-blower” (REF) in the wrong (ERRING) = REFERRING: alluding.
7 Why one sat on one’s glasses? (9)
HIND-SIGHT
Just a little pun …
8 Dealing with delivery from part of South Africa (5)
NATAL
Dealing with delivery (NATAL) from “part of South Africa” (NATAL).
14 A cheer for a matador by grouch returning from Spanish city (9)
BARCELONA
“A cheer for a matador” by “grouch” (AN OLE-CRAB) returning, from = BARCELONA: Spanish city.
15 ATBIOEW (3,2,1,3)
TIE IN A BOW
A-T-B-I-O-E-W is the word TIE written (with letters interlaced) IN the words A BOW = TIE IN A BOW.
16 Wow! Social worker taking Italian wine into football club! (9)
F(ANT-ASTI)C
Into “football club” (F-C) “social worker” taking “Italian wine” (ANT-ASTI) = FANTASTIC: wow!
18 He tells the story of Moby Dick in his lame novel (7)
ISHMAEL
“His lame” novel, in = ISHMAEL: he tells the story of Moby Dick, the narrator in the Herman Melville classic.
21 They are poachers occasionally county approves (5)
CO-OKS
County (CO) approves (OKS) = COOKS: they are poachers occasionally.
23 Queen’s attendant doctor and I (5)
DR-ONE
Doctor (DR) and “I” (ONE) = DRONE: queen’s attendant (queen bee).
24 A debtor’s concern that’s not natural (5)
A-LIEN
A debtor’s concern (A LIEN) that’s = ALIEN: not natural.