Explanations: No. 14800 – Thursday, 7 Jun 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 One of several horses unlikely to fall over at end of game (10)
Unlikely to fall over (STABLE) at “end of game, of chess” (MATE) = STABLEMATE: one of several horses.
6 Surrounded by characters central to drama comes routinely today (4)
Characters central to dr-A-ma (A) co-M-es (M) rout-I-nely (I) to-D-ay (D) = AMID: surrounded by.
10 Refrain from taking back paintings to US city? (3-2)
Paintings, ‘art’, taking back (TRA) to “US city” (LA) from = TRA-LA: refrain?
11 Odd to see initially these are flops (9)
Odd (NON-EVEN) “t-o” “s-ee” initially (T-S) these are = NONEVENTS: flops.
12 Substitute with grand position (8)
Substitute (STAND-IN) with “grand” (G) = STANDING: position.
13 Satisfied about a certain measure? (5)
Satisfied (MET) about (RE) = METRE: a certain measure?
15 Space for fewer than ten in O’Connell St building on reflection (7)
Fewer than ten, ‘nine’, in O’Connell St building, ‘GPO’ [G(NINE)PO] on reflection, for = OPENING: space.
17 Expel everyone who came (7)
Expel (TURN OUT) = TURNOUT: everyone who came.
19 Much needed help returning dog to ship (7)
Returning “dog” (GOD) to “ship” (SEND) = GODSEND: much needed help.
21 Level on one side of apartment 11? (7)
Apartment 11, ‘flat eleven’, on one side of? (FLAT TEN) = FLATTEN: level.
22 Be heard to ring in last month for one to take a couple of nuts (1,4)
In “last month” (U-LT) “be” heard, to “ring” (B-O) for = U BOLT: one to take a couple of nuts.
24 Outlandish claim by jerk about the weather (8)
Outlandish “claim” (CLIMA) by “jerk” (TIC) = CLIMATIC: about the weather.
27 Agony with lung disease everyone gets from war game (9)
Agony (PAIN) with “lung disease” (TB) everyone (ALL) gets from = PAINTBALL: war game.
28 A medic takes in hospital created for specific purpose (2,3)
A medic (A D-OC) takes in “hospital” (H) = AD HOC: created for specific purpose.
29 Rwandan leader not to mention African money (4)
“R-wandan” leader (R) not to mention (AND) = RAND: African money.
30 Considered in new light sees a dress modelled (10)
“Sees a dress” modelled = RESSESSED: considered in new light.
1 Carelessly eats stuff (4)
Carelessly “eats” = SATE: stuff.
2 A role he and I had making historical separation (9)
A role (A PART) he (HE) and “I had” (I’D) making = APARTHEID: historical separation.
3 Playful king with unspecified number to pick up (5)
Playful king (LEAR) with “unspecified number” (N) = LEARN: to pick up.
4 Making sound start to magnificent finale (7)
Start to “m-agnificent” (M) finale (ENDING) = MENDING: making sound.
5 Drunk admits being broadcast this evening (7)
Drunk (T-IGHT) admits “being broadcast” (ON) = TONIGHT: this evening.
7 Artist wedded in mountain environment (5)
In “mountain” environment (M-T) wedded (ONE) = MONET: artist.
8 Closely examining assortment of insects found in archaeological site (10)
Found in “archaeological site” (DI-G) assortment of “insects” (SSECTIN) = DISSECTING: closely examining.
9 Schubert masterpiece, a song about victory in Europe by a thousand (3,5)
A song (A ARIA) about “Victory in Europe” by “a thousand” (VE-M) = AVE MARIA: Schubert masterpiece.
14 Dragged out item of clothing for athlete (4,6)
Dragged out (LONG) item of clothing (JUMPER) for = LONG JUMPER: athlete.
16 I say it’s not true, accepting little bird is thief’s target sometimes (8)
I say it’s not true (I DEN-Y) accepting “little bird” (TIT) is = IDENTITY: thief’s target sometimes.
18 Beginning to go off most with wealth and those sporting fancy plumes (9)
Beginning to go off “m-ost” (-OST) with “wealth” (RICHES) and = OSTRICHES: those sporting fancy plumes.
20 Announce last month fifty were present? (7)
Last month (DEC) fifty (L) “were” present? (ARE) = DECLARE: announce.
21 Weaknesses shown by adversaries accepting one barrister (7)
Adversaries (FO-ES) accepting “one” “barrister” (I-BL) shown by = FOIBLES: weaknesses.
23 Source of rings one found in a couple of back numbers (5)
A back number, ‘no’ (ON) a couple of back numbers (ON-ON) “one” found inside (I) = ONION: source of rings.
25 Not out for a party for someone who definitely is? (5)
A party for someone who definitely is “out”? (A WAKE) for = AWAKE: not out.
26 Kind of wit in current papers (4)
“Current” (AC) papers (ID) in = ACID: kind of wit.