Explanations: No. 14795 – Friday, 1 Jun 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Lounge opening for lager lout (4)
Opening for “l-ager” (L) lout (OAF) = LOAF: lounge.
4 When to ante up? (10)
Ante up BEFORE the HAND is dealt = BEFOREHAND.
Just a cryptic definition …
9 A political party broadcast that might cause a split (6)
A (A) political party (FF) broadcast (AIR) = AFFAIR: that might cause a split.
10 Like some articles being fixed (8)
Like some articles (DEFINITE) being “fixed” (DEFINITE).
11 Little interest shown by less polite and unwelcome guest (8)
Little “interest” (INT) shown by “less polite” (RUDER) and = INTRUDER: unwelcome guest.
12 Outcome of resolution last month (6)
Resolution (RES) last month (ULT) of = RESULT: outcome.
13 Boast about revealing dress (4)
Boast (BRAG) about, revealing = GARB: dress.
15 Telephone with special language used by Fianna Fáil for reprimand (7,3)
Telephone (TEL) with “special language” (LINGO) used by “Fianna Fáil” (FF) for = TELLING OFF: reprimand.
17 Reducing fat used for cooking (10)
Reducing (SHORTENING) fat used for cooking (SHORTENING).
19 Where the fish are decapitated really smelled (4)
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)
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-aughey’s” capital (H) notion (IDEA) leads to “route” (WAY) for = HIDEAWAY: retreat.
25 Possibly bloom in spy network from equatorial nation (8)
In “spy network” (C-IA) possibly “bloom” (OLOMB) from = COLOMBIA: equatorial nation.
26 Drug produced close to Mayo, the Greek character consumed (6)
Close to “May-o” (O) the Greek character (PI) consumed (ATE) produced = OPIATE: drug.
27 Hollywood honour uncultivated eastern playwright (5,5)
Hollywood honour (OSCAR) uncultivated (WILD) eastern (E) = OSCAR WILDE: playwright.
28 Audacity to give just part of a bottle (4)
Audacity (NECK) to give “just part of a bottle” (NECK).
2 Not working with extremes of emotion, a Baroque composer and writer of operettas (9)
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)
To “a degree” (BA) embarrassed (RED) = BARED: being without GARB.
5 Heard Edie interrupting wild about centralised government (7)
Wild (F-ERAL) interrupted by “Edie” heard (ED) = FEDERAL: about centralised government.
6 Alluding to whistle-blower in the wrong (9)
To “whistle-blower” (REF) in the wrong (ERRING) = REFERRING: alluding.
7 Why one sat on one’s glasses? (9)
Just a little pun …
8 Dealing with delivery from part of South Africa (5)
Dealing with delivery (NATAL) from “part of South Africa” (NATAL).
14 A cheer for a matador by grouch returning from Spanish city (9)
“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)
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)
“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)
County (CO) approves (OKS) = COOKS: they are poachers occasionally.
23 Queen’s attendant doctor and I (5)
Doctor (DR) and “I” (ONE) = DRONE: queen’s attendant (queen bee).
24 A debtor’s concern that’s not natural (5)
A debtor’s concern (A LIEN) that’s = ALIEN: not natural.