Explanations: No. 14631 – Tuesday, 22 November 2011
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8 More pious and love to lie in the personnel department (6)
In “the personnel department” (H-R) “love” to “lie” (O-LIE) and = HOLIER: more pious.
9 Stereo broadcast one hundred is just for those in the know (8)
“Stereo” broadcast (ESOTER) “one hundred” (I-C) is = ESOTERIC: just for those in the know.
10 The next half of the street is for the birds! (4)
The “NE-xt” half of (NE) the street (ST) = NEST: is for the birds!
11 Sudden withdrawal from century-old land around Istanbul (4,6)
Century (C) old (OLD) land around Istanbul (TURKEY) from = COLD TURKEY: sudden withdrawal.
12 One novel novel infused with passion (2,4)
One (I) novel “novel” (N LOVE) = IN LOVE: infused with passion.
14 Clare rings a referee about to be laid back (8)
Clare (C-E) rings “a referee” “about” (A-REF-RE) to be = CAREFREE: laid back.
15 Shan’t their great turmoil be devastating? (5-10)
“Shan’t their great” turmoil, be = EARTH-SHATTERING: devastating.
18 Introduction that’s quietly about to move along, but not too quickly (8)
Quietly (P) about (RE) to move along, but not too quickly (AMBLE) that’s = PREAMBLE: introduction.
20 It’s in Kerry, an Irish beach with shelter from the wind (6)
An Irish “beach” (TRA) with “shelter from the wind” (LEE) = TRALEE: it’s in Kerry.
22 He came earlier for the fancy feather (10)
For (FOR) the fancy “feather” (EFATHER) = FOREFATHER: he came earlier.
24 It’s before I turn over my nitrogen for mass production! (4)
It’s before “I” (H) turn over “my” (YM) nitrogen (N) for = HYMN: mass production.
25 Get used to an Irish bank taking us, Thomas! (8)
An Irish bank (ACC) taking “us” (US) Thomas (TOM) = ACCUSTOM: get used to.
26 Beheading, maiming, or intending to do so? (6)
Beheading “m-AIMING”, or = AIMING: intending to do so?
1 Only Monaghan is sober (6)
Only (SOLE) Monaghan (MN) is = SOLEMN: sober.
2 You’ll need a hand for this that’s loud at first (4)
That’s loud (F) at “first” (IST) = FIST: you’ll need a hand for this.
3 The shelf supports eight inside them here, to the right (8)
The shelf supports (BRACKETS) eight inside them here, to the right i.e. look right, to the end of the clue, at the “8” inside the BRACKETS “(8)”.
4 Dance about, with the Spanish (4)
About (RE) with “the” Spanish (EL) = REEL: dance.
5 Quietly … or the better half gets a drink (6)
Quietly (P) or (OR) the “bet-TER” half (TER) gets = PORTER: a drink.
6 RAF rearm it at sea, and land (5,5)
“RAF rearm it” at sea, and = TERRA FIRMA: land.
7 Back in the net, even the score … well almost (8)
Back “in” (NI) the net (NET) even (E’EN) = NINETEEN: the score (20) … well, almost.
13 It’s shocking to make us argue too! (10)
“Us argue too” to make = OUTRAGEOUS: it’s shocking.
14 150 are there, all around the Burren (5)
150 (CL) are (ARE) = CLARE: there, all around the Burren.
16 Part of a military tune for the Common Era (3,5)
Tune (AIR) for (FOR) the Common Era (CE) = AIR FORCE: part of a military.
17 The class Egyptian king gets nothing, and the Irish king gets a fifty (8)
Egyptian king (TUT) gets “nothing” (O) and the Irish “king” (RI) gets “a fifty” (A L) = TUTORIAL: the class.
19 Shows off snakes and half-wits (6)
Snakes (BOAS) and half “wi-TS” (TS) = BOASTS: shows off.
21 Fur ‘er ‘ole in the ground? (6)
‘Er (ER) ‘ole in the ground? (MINE) = ERMINE: fur.
23 Hmm … clothes lines, perhaps (4)
H (H) mm (EMS) = HEMS: clothes lines, perhaps
24 He took in nothing grand for his house (4)
He (H-E) took in “nothing” “grand” (O-M) for = HOME: his house.