Explanations: No. 14798 – Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
8 Cramped living space for former Taoiseach according to friends (6)
Cramped living space (GARRET) for former Taoiseach, ‘Garret Fitzgerald’, according to friends (GARRET).
9 Before I’m back, and before first presentation (8)
Before (PRE-) “I’m” back (MI) and “before” (ERE) = PREMIERE: first presentation.
10 Compete with fifty inside base (4)
Compete (VI-E) with “fifty” inside (L) = VILE: base.
11 After illegal drug use, the French leader from Haiti becomes old man (10)
After “illegal drug use” (METH USE) “the” French (LA) leader from “H-aiti” (H) becomes = METHUSELAH: old man.
12 Part of the head shrine (6)
Part of the head (TEMPLE) shrine (TEMPLE).
14 Instruments finding fish around in no time (8)
Fish (BAS-S) around “in no time” (SOON) finding = BASSOONS: instruments.
15 Competition with participants bound to be in a tie? (5-6,4)
In a THREE-LEGGED RACE each participant is “bound” to another, “in a tie”. Just a cryptic definition, and a bit of an old chestnut …
18 Something creating reaction for entirely green design (8)
Entirely (ALL) “green” design (ERGEN) for = ALLERGEN: something creating reaction.
20 Emotional one is grand with wedding party member (6)
Grand (G) with “wedding party member” (USHER) is = GUSHER: emotional one.
22 After third ceremonial procedure is announced for Frank (10)
“After third” “ceremonial procedure” (FOURTH RITE) is announced, for = FORTHRIGHT: frank.
24 Upset showing road north from Dublin to political party (4)
Road north from Dublin (MI) to political party, ‘Fianna Fáil’ (FF) showing = MIFF: upset.
25 Pretty good about commercial that’s self-indulgent (8)
Pretty good (DEC-ENT) about “commercial” (AD) that’s = DECADENT: self-indulgent.
26 A Sunday has one eating really well with no starter (6)
One eating really well (F-EASTER) with no starter (-F, the starter letter) has = EASTER: a Sunday.
1 Easy to confront the Italian inside (6)
To confront (FAC-E) “the” Italian inside (IL) = FACILE: easy.
2 Finishes off last member you see to be loyal (4)
Finishes off las-t (T) membe-r (R) yo-u (U) se-e (E) to be = TRUE: loyal.
3 Hold back group of spies finding modern research subject (4,4)
Hold back (STEM) group of spies (CELL) finding = STEM CELL: modern research subject.
4 Petty dispute and minor strikes returned (4)
Minor strikes (TAPS) returned, and = SPAT: petty dispute.
5 Happens again to see resolution about dog (6)
Resolution (RES) about “dog” (CUR) to see = RECURS: happens again.
6 Team gets on to produce furniture items in dining rooms (10)
Team gets on (SIDE BOARDS) to produce = SIDEBOARDS: furniture items in dining rooms.
7 Fashion anagram to see say, a French spirit (8)
Fashion “anagram” (ARMAGNA) to “see” say (C) = ARMAGNAC: a French spirit.
13 Contemporary description for anniversary of one’s birth, perhaps? (7-3)
Description for anniversary of one’s birth, perhaps? (PRESENT DAY) = PRESENT-DAY: contemporary.
14 Started to seek out change maybe to article? (5)
To seek out change, maybe (BEG) to “article” (AN) = BEGAN: started.
16 Head initially conceded it’s sacred (8)
“H-ead” initially (H) conceded (ALLOWED) it’s = HALLOWED: sacred.
17 Score a couple less, for full round of course (8)
Score (twenty) a couple less (EIGHTEEN) for full round of (golf) course (EIGHTEEN holes).
19 Stone, fish and butterfly catcher (6)
Fish (GAR) and “butterfly catcher” (NET) = GARNET: stone.
21 I feel badly holding onto France’s first engineer (6)
“I feel” badly (EIF-EL) holding onto “F-rance’s” first (F) = EIFFEL: engineer (the celebrated Gustav Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame).
23 Someone in black picked up by hospital (4)
Picked up (GOT) by “hospital” (H) = GOTH: someone in black.
24 A thousand set as price for disguise (4)
A thousand (M) set, as price (ASK) for = MASK: disguise.