Explanations: No. 14650 – Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Wed, Dec 14, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 It’s far from rare to get a referee quickly confused about one (4)

R(I)FE
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)
CAPITAL-I-ST
The I (CAPITAL I) st (ST) = CAPITALIST: one not a communist.
9 The North made true reforms, around the ’50s (6)
U(L-S)TER
“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)
LE(INST)ER
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)
STA(LWA)RT
In “the beginning” (STA-RT) criminal “law” (LWA) is = STALWART: very robust.
12 XXX occurrences on the snooker table! (6)
KISSES
XXX (KISSES) occurrences on the snooker table (KISSES).
13 In sect that was quiet? (4)
WAS-P
Was (WAS) quiet (P) = WASP: in-sect, that.
15 Part of the setting for a snooze before family call (6,4)
NAP-KIN RING
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)
DE(PRES)SING
“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)
W(I-C)K
In “a short ‘week’” (W-K) “one” “hundred” (I-C) produce = WICK: it in candlelight?
20 Add on a photocopy to finish (6)
A-PP-END
A photocopy (A PP) to finish (END) = APPEND: add on.
22 Singer for 50-100 VIPs (8)
V-O-C-A-LIST
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-CE-O-VER
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-E-AN
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)
SHREW-DNE-SS
The mousy one (SHREW) at “the back ‘end’” (DNE) by “the ship” (SS) = SHREWDNESS: insight.
28 No votes for the North mishandled, say (4)
N-AYS
The North (N) mishandled “say” (AYS) for = NAYS: no-votes.

Down
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)
EX-TO-L
X (EX) – (TO) L (L) = EXTOL: sing the praises of.
4 It’s about being Catholic, in a covert organisation (5)
CI(RC)A
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)
PAL-MT-OP
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-INKLING
“Tw-o” almost (TW) take “the hint” (INKLING) it’s = TWINKLING: scintillating.
7 The final act rearranged 11-across’s (4,5)
LAST STRAW
Rearranged “STALWART’S” = LAST STRAW: the final act.
8 Get it from the kid before ‘e gets dragged into court (5)
SUED-E
Gets “dragged into court” (SUED) before “‘e” (E) = SUEDE: get it from the kid.
14 Carry on showing awkward reserve in gym class (9)
P(ERSEVER)E
In “gym class” (P-E) awkward “reserve” (ERSEVER) showing = PERSEVERE: carry on.
15 Five in a one-sided arrangement that plummeted? (9)
NOSEDI(V)ED
In a “one-sided” arrangement (NOSEDI-ED) five (V) = NOSEDIVED: plummeted.
16 Needed overturning, as in a change of scenery (9)
NECES(SA)RY
In “a change of ‘scenery’” (NECES-RY) overturning “as” (SA) = NECESSARY: needed.
18 The opposite one, with bad nerves (7)
I-NVERSE
One (I) with bad “nerves” (NVERSE) = INVERSE: the opposite.
21 Take Penny to the beach in Kerry (5)
P-INCH
Penny (P) to “the beach in Kerry” (INCH) = PINCH: take.
23 The fellows Charles takes in, Page! (5)
CHA(P)S
Charles (CHA-S) takes in “page” (P) = CHAPS: the fellows.
24 Loaded fifty to port, in the Middle East (5)
L-ADEN
Fifty (L) to “port in the Middle East” (ADEN) = LADEN: loaded.