Explanations: No. 14724 – Saturday, 10 March 2012
I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s crossword!
1 Easily beat what cookware thief does (5,5,3)
KNOCK S-POTS OFF
What cookware thief does (KNOCKS POTS OFF) = KNOCK SPOTS OFF: easily beat.
10 Hold back this after foot fault, maybe (7)
This after foot fault (in tennis) maybe (RE-SERVE) = RESERVE: hold back.
11 Stallion’s mate turned around hog for a joke (7)
Stallion’s mate, ‘mare’, turned (E-RAM) around “hog” (PIG) for = EPIGRAM: a joke.
12 A woman like our times, incomplete (4)
Like our “Times” (IRIS-H) incomplete = IRIS: a woman.
13 Anagram clue right at the end that hurts (5)
Anagram “clue” (ULCE) “right” at the end (R) = ULCER: that hurts.
15 Burn the fish (4)
Burn (CHAR) the fish (CHAR).
17 Some grass first from south of Dublin (3)
First (letters) from s-outh (S) o-f (O) D-ublin (D) = SOD: some grass.
19 Waits on court openings, perhaps (6)
Waits on (SERVES) court (tennis) openings, perhaps (SERVES).
21 They might be rattled coming back in closer, basically (6)
In “clo-SER BAS-ically” (SERBAS) coming back = SABRES: they might be rattled.
22 Lassie for Sirius? (3,4)
Lassie (DOG STAR) for Sirius (DOG STAR).
23 Make father lay down the law (6)
Make father (ORDAIN) lay down the law (ORDAIN).
25 Winner gets this tree fertilizer (6)
Winner gets this (POT) tree (ASH) = POTASH: fertilizer.
27 Shred dead letters (3)
Dead letters (R.I.P.) = RIP: shred.
29 After this trial, had a bite and was ready to go perhaps (4)
After “this trial” (TEST) had a bit (ATE) and = TESTATE: was ready to go, perhaps.
30 Some consider Ryan Air city? (5)
Some “consi-DER RY-an” (DERRY) = DERRY: air city (as in “The Derry Air”).
31 Go away from intolerant people, they’re boring (4)
Intolerant people (BI-GO-TS) “go” away (-GO) = BITS: they’re boring.
34 Daily competition for artist to copy over? (3,4)
Artist (RA) to copy over? (TRACE) for = RAT RACE: daily competition.
35 Where waters meet party fruit? (7)
Where waters meet (AVOCA) party (DO) = AVOCADO: fruit.
36 Noticed silly hen say they’re good for a laugh, perhaps (7,6)
Noticed (SPOTTED) silly “hen say” (HYENAS) = SPOTTED HYENAS: they’re good for a laugh, perhaps (also known as Laughing Hyenas).
2 More unpleasant row for North America (7)
Row for North America (NA’S TIER) = NASTIER: more unpleasant.
3 Twenty minus the start and the middle (4)
Twenty (S-CORE) minus the start (-S) and = CORE: the middle.
4 Incoming rounds created inferno on board (6)
On board, in the ship (S-S) inferno (HELL) created = SHELLS: incoming rounds.
5 Began to write in a dictionary (6)
In “a dictionary” (O-ED) to write (PEN) = OPENED: began.
6 Hurrying to lose the carpet outside, something over a foot (4)
Hurrying (RU-SHIN-G) to lose “the carpet outside” (remove the RU-G outside) = SHIN: something over a foot.
7 To a greater extent painting, her forte at the beginning (7)
“Forte” at the beginning (F) painting (ART) her (HER) = FARTHER: to a greater extent.
8 Instructs those at the wheel getting them watching for vehicles (13)
Instructs (TRAINS) those at the wheel (POTTERS) getting = TRAINSPOTTERS: them watching for vehicles.
9 It’s right there and puts ID on dog, perhaps?(1,5,3,4)
X-MARKS THE SPOT
Puts ID on dog, perhaps? (X-MARKS THE SPOT) = X MARKS THE SPOT: it’s right there.
14 Listen to vulgar tune from bad guy at sea (7)
Vulgar tune (COARSE AIR) listen to, from = CORSAIR: bad guy at sea.
16 Mother’s first assistant brought up the papers (5)
“M-other’s” first (M) assistant, ‘aide’, brought up (EDIA) = MEDIA: papers.
18 Peer around inside farm building (5)
Inside “farm building” (BAR-N) a-round (O) = BARON: peer.
20 Often a business partner gets a second from Trinity (3)
Often a business partner (SON) gets “a second from (the Holy) Trinity” (SON).
21 Nothing from the wet bar makes juice (3)
The wet bar (S-O-AP) take away “nothing” (-O) makes = SAP: juice.
24 Some publishing sat up listening to Katie inside (7)
Sat, ‘posed’, up (DES-OP) listening to “Katie” inside (KT) = DESKTOP: some publishing.
26 A graduate under a liberal one with a famous opening statement (3,4)
Under “ a liberal” (A-LIB) a graduate (A BA) = ALI BABA: one with a famous opening statement (i.e. “open sesame”).
27 Picture problem for fly-by-night? (3-3)
Picture problem (RED EYE) for = RED-EYE: fly-by-night?
28 Quietly get in touch with and deliver a message (6)
Quietly (P) get in touch with (REACH) and = PREACH: deliver a message.
32 Way out to the audience carriage (4)
Way out (GATE) to the audience = GAIT: carriage.
33 Di wrapped up (4)
D-i (D-ONE) = DONE: wrapped up.