Explanations: No. 14649 – Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Say ‘owe’ and ‘eye’ in Patrick’s jargon (6)

PAT(O-I)S
In “Patrick’s” (PAT’S) say “owe” and “eye” (O I) = PATOIS: jargon.
9 A fighter that flew from the tree in spite (8)
SPIT(FIR)E
In “spite” (SPIT-E) the tree (FIR) from = SPITFIRE: a fighter that flew.
10 This break is reversed in 9-across (4)
RIFT
In “spi-TFIR-e” (TFIR) is reversed = RIFT: this break.
11 That’s tenacity, getting the loser back to hear you, and into reform (10)
RESOL-U-TION
The “loser” back (RESOL) to hear “you” (U) and “into” reform (TION) getting = RESOLUTION: that’s tenacity.
12 Fifty, with those in the red drops (6)
L-OWERS
Fifty (L) with those in the red (OWERS) = LOWERS: drops.
14 Hung around for fish and cooked deer (8)
LING-ERED
Fish (LING) and cooked “deer” (ERED) for = LINGERED: hung around.
15 Relative to one’s surroundings, to be jealous of taking in robots that tall (15)
ENV(IRON-MEN-TALL)Y
To be jealous of (ENV-Y) taking in “robots” that “tall” (IRON MEN – TALL) = ENVIRONMENTALLY: relative to one’s surroundings.
18 Most settled for a saint, an assistant saint (8)
ST-AIDE-ST
A saint (ST) an assistant (AIDE) saint (ST) for = STAIDEST: most settled.
20 A friend ingested something in his mouth (6)
PAL-ATE
A friend (PAL) ingested (ATE) = PALATE: something in his mouth.
22 The hundred in a trial that’s so dramatic (10)
THE-A-TRI(C)AL
The (THE) “hundred” in “a trial” [A-TRI(C)AL] that’s = THEATRICAL: so dramatic.
24 Stylish greeting in a copy (4)
C(HI)C
In “a copy” (C-C) greeting (HI) = CHIC: stylish.
25 He has a share in the misuse of voters (8)
IN-VESTOR
In (IN) the misuse of “voters” (VESTOR) = INVESTOR: he has a share.
26 The Spanish cheer about the car club prediction (6)
O(RAC)LE
The Spanish cheer (O-LE) about “the car club” (RAC) = ORACLE: prediction.

Down
1 It’s Alan I see, reported in company material (6)

C(AL-IC)O
In “company” (C-O) it’s “Alan”, “I see” reported (AL-IC) = CALICO: material.
2 Worth missing the last that becomes the beer (4)
WORT
Worth (WORT-H) missing the last (-H) = WORT: that becomes the beer.
3 A sixth sense that crushed roses produce a strong drink (8)
ESP-RESSO
A sixth sense (ESP) that crushed “roses” (RESSO) produce = ESPRESSO: a strong drink.
4 Aye, we hear the sister is an ideal mother, a goddess! (4)
I-SIS
“Aye” we hear (I) the sister (SIS) is = ISIS: an ideal mother, a goddess.
5 Instrument for mixing oil into French wine (6)
VI(OLI)N
Into French “wine” (VI-N) mixing “oil” (OLI) for = VIOLIN: instrument.
6 Not on a hat well-fashioned and unconventional (3-3-4)
OFF-THE-WALL
Not on (OFF) a “hat well” fashioned (THE WALL) and = OFF-THE-WALL: unconventional.
7 Wild boar … it’s true, is like a tree (8)
ARBO-REAL
Wild “boar” (ARBO) it’s true (REAL) is = ARBOREAL: like a tree.
13 Overjoyed taking in a convertible mini that’s gotten rid of (10)
EL(IMIN)ATED
Overjoyed (EL-ATED) taking in “a convertible ‘mini’” (IMIN) that’s = ELIMINATED: gotten rid of.
14 Bound to get the slimiest noses (5)
LIMIT
The slimiest (s-LIMI-es-T) no-ses (without the “ses”) to get = LIMIT: bound.
16 Making cuts and making a note to include the church (8)
NOT(CH)ING
Making a note (NOT-ING) to include “the church” (CH) and = NOTCHING: making cuts.
17 The little corporal turned up an N or S on the end (8)
NA-POLE-ON
Turned up “an” (NA) N or S (POLE) “on” the end (ON) = NAPOLEON: “the little corporal”.
19 The age embracing careless art mistakes (6)
ER(RAT)E
The age (ER-A) embracing “careless ‘art’” (RAT) = ERRATA: mistakes.
21 Tests a learner in sitar playing (6)
TRIA(L)S
In “sitar” playing (TRIA-S) a learner (L) = TRIALS: tests.
23 About … about to be concerned (4)
CA-RE
About (CA) about (RE) = CARE: to be concerned.
24 A fuel that’s a mixture of aluminium, carbon and oxygen initially (4)
C-O-AL
Aluminium, carbon and oxygen initially (AL-C-O) a mixture of, that’s = COAL: a fuel.