Explanations: No. 14759 – Friday, 20 April 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Endless early bloomers for 6-down’s cousin shortly (4)
Early bloomers (CROC-I) endless = CROC: ALLIGATOR’s cousin, shortly (short for “crocodile”).
4 Company with 2000+, ever appropriate? (10)
Company (CO) with “2000” (MM) + (AND) ever (E’ER) = COMMANDEER: appropriate.
9 It’s widespread after street conflict (6)
After “street” (ST) it’s “widespread” (RIFE) = STRIFE: conflict.
10 Somewhere inclined to conceal troubles within (8)
To conceal (H-IDE) “troubles” within (ILLS) = HILLSIDE: somewhere inclined.
11 Big band booking caper (8)
Band booking (GIG) caper (ANTIC) = GIGANTIC: big.
12 Gets grand tools for filing (6)
Grand (G) tools for filing (RASPS) = GRASPS: gets.
13 Old poet making nothing before short film (4)
Nothing (O) before “short film” (VID, abbreviation for “video”) making = OVID: old poet.
15 South Africa is first country embracing it for waste disposal (10)
“South Africa” is first (SA) country, ‘nation’, embracing “it” [N(IT)ATION] for = SANITATION: waste disposal.
17 He’s our final visitor (4,6)
Just a cryptic definition …
19 Esat Mobile has a beef, perhaps? (4)
“Esat” mobile = EATS: has a beef, perhaps?
20 Instrument exhibiting brooch included in complete collection (6)
Included in “complete collection” (S-ET) brooch (PIN) exhibiting = SPINET: instrument.
22 Chinese food that hurts me in part of lower jaw (4,4)
In “part of lower jaw” (CH-IN) “that hurts” “me” (OW-ME) = CHOW MEIN: Chinese food.
25 No amateur to pass rule of conduct (8)
No amateur (PRO) to (TO) pass (COL) = PROTOCOL: rule of conduct.
26 Pure carbon has not quite ten (6)
Carbon (C) has (HAS) not quite “te-n” (TE-) = CHASTE: pure.
27 New blend of reds are for him, he has the latest (10)
New (NEW) blend of “reds are” (SREADER) for = NEWSREADER: him, he has the latest.
28 Listen for the last of Noah and his boat (4)
The last of “noa-h” (H) and his boat (ARK) for = HARK: listen.
2 Dog that’s fantastic trier, always (9)
Fantastic “trier” (RETRI) always (EVER) that’s = RETRIEVER: dog.
3 Home to many from church in Armagh (5)
From “chur-CH IN A-rmagh” = CHINA: home to many.
4 Split, split under a hundred (5)
Under “a hundred” (C) split (LEFT) = CLEFT: split.
5 Do for doctor moving about China (7)
Doctor (MO) moving around “china” (HICAN) for = MOHICAN: do (hairstyle).
6 Staggered at gorilla, dangerous beast (9)
Staggered “at gorilla” = ALLIGATOR: dangerous beast.
7 Take apart police officer’s cover (9)
Police officer’s (DI’S) cover (MANTLE) = DISMANTLE: take apart.
8 Eventually become head down presumably? (3,2)
Eventually become (END UP) head down, presumably? (END UP).
14 Easily beats everyone and gives about a thousand to one (9)
Gives (DO-NATES) about “’a thousand’ to ‘one’” (M-I) = DOMINATES: easily beats everyone.
15 In retrospect, a clever and striking show (9)
In “retro-SPECT A CLE-ver” and = SPECTACLE: striking show.
16 He supplies clothes not found at home and in better shape (9)
Not found at home (OUT) and “in better shape” (FITTER) = OUTFITTER: he supplies clothes.
18 The one chosen was in front drunk (7)
The one chosen (PICK) was in front (LED) = PICKLED: drunk.
21 Creamy soup producing unadulterated ecstasy (5)
Unadulterated (PURE) Ecstasy (E) producing = PUREE: creamy soup.
23 Come about our housing two hundred (5)
Our (O-UR) housing “two hundred” (CC) = OCCUR: come about.
24 Where to find trim chops for example, hopefully first (5)
Chops, for example (MEAT) “h-opefully” first (H) = MEATH: where to find Trim.