Explanations: No. 14799 – Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Call first to lawmaker in city (6)
Call (DUB) first to “l-awmaker” (L) in (IN) = DUBLIN: city.
4 Docile divine doctor with a good book seen outside (8)
A good book (BI-BLE) seen outside “divine doctor” with “a” (DD-A) = BIDDABLE: docile.
9 Try to look up and down and search these days (6)
Try (GO) to look up and down (OGLE) and = GOOGLE: search these days.
10 Stops working to see promotion with little woman by coffee containers (8)
Promotion (AD) with “Little Woman” (JO) by “coffee containers” (URNS) to see = ADJOURNS: stops working.
12 Pardons girlfriends in Paris taking egg holder (9)
Girlfriends in Paris (AM-IES) taking “egg holder” (NEST) = AMNESTIES: pardons.
13 Far less friendly and more of a gamble without 500 to start (5)
More of a gamble (D-ICIER) without “500” to start (-D at start) and = ICIER: far less friendly.
14 Mayo village developing metal ore for diverse company (12)
Mayo village (CONG) developing “metal ore” (LOMERATE) for = CONGLOMERATE: diverse company.
18 Urges church leader to show dish (4,8)
Urges (EGGS) church leader (BENEDICT) to show = EGGS BENEDICT: dish.
21 Roy nearly gives the nod for corner pieces (5)
“Ro-y” nearly (RO-) gives the nod (OKS) for = ROOKS: corner (chess) pieces.
22 Addressing total disarray around ruler (7,2)
“Total” disarray (TAL-TO) around “ruler” (KING) = TALKING TO: addressing.
24 Able to catch red-handed one’s source for illegal drugs (8)
Able to (CAN) catch red-handed (NAB) one’s (I’S) = CANNABIS: source for illegal drugs.
25 Initially right into something grand or royal or sensual (6)
Something Grand or Royal (CA-NAL) containing “initially ‘r-ight’” (R) or = CARNAL: sensual.
26 As in formal order for iron? (8)
In “formal order” (DECRE-E) as (AS) for = DECREASE: iron?
27 One selling first to Peter, Edward and Laurence (6)
First to “P-eter” (P) then “Edward” (ED) and “Laurence” (LAR) = PEDLAR: one selling.
1 Pet-sit from 6 to 8 pm for Jack (8)
Pet-sit (DOG WATCH) = DOGWATCH: from 6 to 8 pm for jack (a sailor).
2 Having to follow brother poet (8)
Brother (BR) “having” to follow (OWNING) = BROWNING: poet.
3 Has nothing to do and beginning to languish in middle of month (5)
In “middle of month” (ID-ES) beginning to “l-anguish” (L) and = IDLES: has nothing to do.
5 Disc managed entirely outside without tact (12)
Managed “entirely” (IN-REETLY) outside “disc” (DISC) = INDISCREETLY: without tact.
6 Party? Ring wee Shaw’s flower girl (9)
Party (DO) ring (O) wee (LITTLE) = DOOLITTLE: (George Bernard) Shaw’s flower girl (Eliza in “Pygmalion” and “My Fair Lady”).
7 Fancy Bray, with the Italian on a train? (2,4)
Fancy “Bray” (BY RA) with “the” Italian (IL) = BY RAIL: on a train.
8 Guarantee leader abandons official reproach (6)
Official reproach (C-ENSURE) leader abandons (-L, leading letter leaves) = ENSURE: guarantee.
11 Random witnesses aim for ones with family connections? (7,5)
Random “witnesses aim” for = SIAMESE TWINS: ones with family connections?
15 Make law for member one’s running behind (9)
Member (LEG) one’s (I’S) running behind (LATE) for = LEGISLATE: make law.
16 Pure spirit inside spreading rapidly on YouTube? (8)
Spreading rapidly on YouTube (VIR-AL) with “spirit” inside (GIN) = VIRGINAL: pure.
17 One walking to get stone device for shaping hair (8)
Stone (ST) device for shaping hair (ROLLER) to get = STROLLER: one walking.
19 Politician admits competition could be hunted down (6)
Politician (T-D) admits “competition” (RACE) could be = TRACED: hunted down.
20 Able to leave a hundred turning up for a drink (6)
“Able to” “leave” “a hundred” (CAN-GO-C) turning up, for = COGNAC: a drink.
23 Nonsensical and nuts without the South’s participation (5)
Nuts (IN-S-ANE) without “the South’s” participation (-S) and = INANE: nonsensical.