Explanations: No. 14620 – Wednesday, 9 November 2011
6A: Ah, exchange in ways for 10-acrosses (4)
The words “Ah, exchange” here are telling us to exchange or swap the letters A and H. We do that exchange in the word “ways” as instructed with, “Ah exchange in ways”. Swapping the A in “ways” for H gives us our answer, WHYS. And WHYS are also defined by “10-acrosses”, CAUSES.
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1 About to get a fast time, Leslie’s showing no mercy (10)
About (RE) to get “a fast time” (LENT) Leslie’s (LES’S) = RELENTLESS: showing no mercy.
6 Ah, exchange in ways for 10-acrosses (4)
Ah exchange (swap A for H) in “w-A-ys” for = WHYS: CAUSES.
10 In case you stated the reason why (5)
In “case” (CA-SE) “you” stated (U) = CAUSE: the reason why.
11 We sat with them nuts in the middle of the country! (9)
We (WE) “sat” with “them”, nuts (STMEATH) = WESTMEATH: in the middle of the country.
12 With father back he’s next, and I’ve stuck with that (8)
With father, ‘Da’, back (AD) “he’s” next (HES) and “I’ve” (IVE) = ADHESIVE: stuck with that.
13 Sound type of car, love! (5)
Type of car (AUDI) love (O) = AUDIO: sound
15 A hundred agree changes for the area (7)
A hundred (A C) “agree” changes (REAGE) for = ACREAGE: the area.
17 Precious, and girl-crazy (7)
“And girl” crazy = DARLING: precious
19 It shades a friend outside the artist’s circle (7)
A friend (PA-L) outside “the artist’s” “circle” (RA’S-O) = PARASOL: it shades.
21 “By the sound of it”, said you, “Sir Casanova” (7)
By the sound of it “said you, Sir” = SEDUCER: Casanova.
22 They help around Christmas Eves, housing fifty (5)
Eves (E-VES) housing “fifty” (L) = ELVES: they help around Christmas.
24 It’s unfortunate, happening to get an identification in that accent (8)
In “that accent” (ACC-ENT) an identification (ID) to get = ACCIDENT: it’s unfortunate.
27 To get rid of Eli, take the quickest road north from Dublin, Nathaniel (9)
Eli (ELI) take “the quickest road north from Dublin (MI) Nathaniel (NATE) = ELIMINATE: to get rid of.
28 Some big cats for Germany, after the middle of April (5)
After “the middle of ‘a-PRI-l’ (PRI) Germany (DE) for = PRIDE: some big cats (as in a pride of lions).
29 At that time, the first of November (4)
The (THE) first of “N-ovember” (N) = THEN: at that time.
30 Type of black dogs for the Globetrotters (3-7)
Type of black (JET) dogs (SETTERS) for = JET-SETTERS: the globetrotters.
1 Kind of music played for one of the Stones (4)
Kind of music played (ROCK) for one of the stones (ROCK).
2 He cleaned up LA, subordinate to ‘er (9)
LA (LA) subordinate to (UNDER) ‘er (ER) = LAUNDERER: he cleaned up.
3 Relative that is a hundred, in the northeast (5)
In “the northeast” (N-E) “that is” “a hundred” (IE-C) = NIECE: relative.
4 A strange fellow, taking in one so degenerate (7)
A strange “fellow” (LOWL-FE) taking in “one” (I) = LOWLIFE: so degenerate.
5 Temporarily stop South America getting a penny before the end (7)
South (S) America (US) getting “a penny” (P) before “the end” (END) = SUSPEND: temporarily stop.
7 There’s nothing hard about getting a stock (5)
There’s “hard” (H-ARD) about “nothing” (O) getting = HOARD: a stock.
8 Perhaps it’s a little female fish, she learns (10)
Perhaps it’s a little female fish (SCHOOL GIRL, girl-fish in a school) = SCHOOLGIRL: she learns.
9 I am with father, angered and weakened (8)
I am (I’M) with “father” (PA) angered (IRED) and = IMPAIRED: weakened.
14 Haven’t the priest, with you all inside for the birth (5,5)
Haven’t (HA-VENT) “the priest” with “you all” inside (PP-YE) for = HAPPY EVENT: the birth.
16 There are a pair of fools in this hit, man (8)
There are a pair of fools (ASS-ASS) in (IN) = ASSASSIN: this hit-man.
18 At home there’s a little money I’ve added for an enticement (9)
At home (IN) there’s “a little money” (CENT) “I’ve” added (IVE) for = INCENTIVE: an enticement.
20 Slow escape by the French, also known as GE (7)
By “the” French (LE) also known as GE (AKA GE) = LEAKAGE: slow escape.
21 Things classified about insects? (7)
In “sects” (SEC-TS) about (RE) = SECRETS: things classified.
23 It might be talking for a vice-ring, inside (5)
A ”vice” (V-ICE) “ring” inside (O) for = VOICE: it might be talking.
25 Remove the grass from the station? (5)
Remove the grass (marijuana!) from? (DE-POT) = DEPOT: the station.
26 Both ends of that golf equipment (4)
Both ends of “T-ha-T” (the letters T) = TEES: golf equipment.