Explanations: No. 14650 – Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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1 It’s far from rare to get a referee quickly confused about one (4)
A referee quickly, ‘ref’, confused (R-FE) about “one” (I) to get = RIFE: it’s far from rare.
4 The Ist one not a communist? (10)
The I (CAPITAL I) st (ST) = CAPITALIST: one not a communist.
9 The North made true reforms, around the ’50s (6)
“True” reforms (U-TER) around the “50-s” (L-S) made = ULSTER: the North.
10 It’s just like 9-across to get a dirty look around the institute (8)
A dirty look (LE-ER) around “the institute” (INST) to get = LEINSTER: it’s just like ULSTER (well, they’re both provinces!).
11 Criminal law, in the beginning, is very robust (8)
In “the beginning” (STA-RT) criminal “law” (LWA) is = STALWART: very robust.
12 XXX occurrences on the snooker table! (6)
XXX (KISSES) occurrences on the snooker table (KISSES).
13 In sect that was quiet? (4)
Was (WAS) quiet (P) = WASP: in-sect, that.
15 Part of the setting for a snooze before family call (6,4)
A snooze (NAP) before “family” (KIN) call (RING) for = NAPKIN RING: part of the (table) setting.
17 The president interrupted, signed anyway, and that’s heartbreaking (10)
“Signed” anyway (DE-SING) “the president” interrupted (PRES) and that’s = DEPRESSING: heartbreaking.
19 In a short week, one hundred produce it in candlelight? (4)
In “a short ‘week’” (W-K) “one” “hundred” (I-C) produce = WICK: it in candlelight?
20 Add on a photocopy to finish (6)
A photocopy (A PP) to finish (END) = APPEND: add on.
22 Singer for 50-100 VIPs (8)
5-0 (V-O) -100 (C) VIPs (A LIST) for = VOCALIST: singer.
25 On before the main exec, the priest returned for a quick look (4-4)
On (ON) before “the main exec” (CEO) the priest, ‘Rev’, returned (VER) for = ONCE-OVER: a quick look.
26 It describes much of South America and it’s a key article, but not definitely (6)
And (AND) it’s a key (E) article, but not definitely (AN) = ANDEAN: it describes much of South America.
27 Insight of the mousy one at the back end, by the ship? (10)
The mousy one (SHREW) at “the back ‘end’” (DNE) by “the ship” (SS) = SHREWDNESS: insight.
28 No votes for the North mishandled, say (4)
The North (N) mishandled “say” (AYS) for = NAYS: no-votes.
2 Uncomfortable seeing the Italian and French harass (3,2,4)
IL-L A-T EASE
“The” Italian (IL) and “the” French (LA) harass (TEASE) seeing = ILL AT EASE: uncomfortable.
3 Sing the praises of X-L (5)
X (EX) – (TO) L (L) = EXTOL: sing the praises of.
4 It’s about being Catholic, in a covert organisation (5)
In “a covert organization” (CI-A) Catholic (RC) being = CIRCA: it’s about.
5 The friend to mount an operation for a little computer (7)
The friend (PAL) to “mount” (MT) an operation (OP) for = PALMTOP: a little computer.
6 Two almost take the hint it’s scintillating (9)
“Tw-o” almost (TW) take “the hint” (INKLING) it’s = TWINKLING: scintillating.
7 The final act rearranged 11-across’s (4,5)
Rearranged “STALWART’S” = LAST STRAW: the final act.
8 Get it from the kid before ‘e gets dragged into court (5)
Gets “dragged into court” (SUED) before “‘e” (E) = SUEDE: get it from the kid.
14 Carry on showing awkward reserve in gym class (9)
In “gym class” (P-E) awkward “reserve” (ERSEVER) showing = PERSEVERE: carry on.
15 Five in a one-sided arrangement that plummeted? (9)
In a “one-sided” arrangement (NOSEDI-ED) five (V) = NOSEDIVED: plummeted.
16 Needed overturning, as in a change of scenery (9)
In “a change of ‘scenery’” (NECES-RY) overturning “as” (SA) = NECESSARY: needed.
18 The opposite one, with bad nerves (7)
One (I) with bad “nerves” (NVERSE) = INVERSE: the opposite.
21 Take Penny to the beach in Kerry (5)
Penny (P) to “the beach in Kerry” (INCH) = PINCH: take.
23 The fellows Charles takes in, Page! (5)
Charles (CHA-S) takes in “page” (P) = CHAPS: the fellows.
24 Loaded fifty to port, in the Middle East (5)
Fifty (L) to “port in the Middle East” (ADEN) = LADEN: loaded.