Explanations: No. 14651 – Thursday, 15 December 2011
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1 Nip back with a fizzy drink, Father, and a fancy drink (4,6)
“Nip” back (PIN) with “a fizzy drink” (A COLA) Father (DA) and = PINA COLADA: a fancy drink.
6 For the record, I had backed the counsel (4)
I had, “I’d” backed (DI) the counsel (SC) for = DISC: the record.
10 Somewhere in Mayo there’s a dance (5)
Somewhere in Mayo (CONG) there’s “a” (A) = CONGA: dance.
11 Speech about gym class that takes place in the theatre (9)
Speech (O-RATION) about “gym class” (PE) = OPERATION: that takes place in the theatre.
12 It cuts the writer, overturning ink with the iron (8)
The writer (PEN) overturning “ink” (KNI) with “the iron” (FE) = PENKNIFE: it cuts.
13 Bones for the Egyptian god, Diana I (5)
The Egyptian god (RA) Diana (DI) I (I) for = RADII: bones.
15 One fit for the late shift (7)
“The late” shift, for = ATHLETE: one fit.
17 One learning to say ‘knee’ and ‘tray’? (7)
‘Knee’ and ‘tray’ (TRAY KNEE) to say = TRAINEE: one learning.
19 A false switch found in British Telecom somewhere in Ulster (7)
In “British Telecom” (B-T) a “false” switch (ELFAS) = BELFAST: somewhere in Ulster.
21 Describing the belief one circulating is calm (7)
One (I) circulating “is calm” (SLAMIC) = ISLAMIC: describing the belief.
22 It’s thanks to sir, changing the bones (5)
It’s “thanks” (TA) to “sir” changing (RSI) = TARSI: the bones.
24 It’s registered before roll F in the end (8)
In the “end” (EN-D) before “roll F” (ROLL E) it’s = ENROLLED: registered.
27 Dreads working to see who got something sent (9)
“Dreads” working (ADDRES) to “see” (SEE) = ADDRESSEE: who got something sent.
28 Carries off the spoils overtime in part of LA, but not initially (5)
In part of LA, but not initially, ‘Los Angeles’ (LO-S) overtime (OT) = LOOTS: carries off the spoils.
29 Presently the Poles are holding the glasses, looks like (4)
The poles (S-N) are holding “the glasses, looks like” (OO) = SOON: presently.
30 Lacking good judgement the independent recites incorrectly (10)
The independent (IND) “recites” incorrectly (ISCREET) = INDISCREET: lacking good judgement.
1 Kerry’s fair character in a Shakespearean dream, perhaps? (4)
Kerry’s fair (PUCK) character in a Shakespearean dream perhaps, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (PUCK).
2 In the Netherlands you’ll find an ethanol cocktail that won’t kill you (9)
In “the Netherlands” (N-L) you’ll find an “ethanol” cocktail (ONLETHA) = NONLETHAL: that won’t kill you.
3 100 means of torture to break one, but not completely? (5)
100 (C) means of torture (RACK) = CRACK: to break, but not completely.
4 Make a celebrity lie about nothing a sin upset (7)
Lie (LI-E) about “nothing” a “‘sin’ upset” (O-NIS) = LIONISE: make a celebrity.
5 Most submerged to see Edward taken back to Pete’s rocky bottom (7)
Edward, ‘Ed’, taken back (DE) to “’Pete’s’ rocky” bottom (EPEST) to see = DEEPEST: most submerged.
7 There’s an epic one before 51 AD (5)
One (I) before “51 AD” (LI AD) = ILIAD: there’s an epic.
8 Assurance that after Cornelius, I would be inside the fence (10)
After “Cornelius” (CON) I would, “I’d” be inside the “fence” [F(I’D)ENCE] = CONFIDENCE: assurance, that.
9 The air in this particular ice cream; it’s all the cat’s problem! (4,4)
In this particular ice cream, ‘HB’, “the air” [H(AIR)B] it’s all (ALL) = HAIR BALL: the cat’s problem.
14 They received the signal a respected Jew is above such sorrow (6,4)
A respected Jew (RABBI) is above “such sorrow” (TEARS) = RABBIT EARS: they received the signal, the old indoor aerial.
16 One testing the axe upset the minor, we hear (8)
The “axe” upset (EXA) the “minor” we hear (MINER) = EXAMINER: one testing.
18 A big hit for a less sensitive individual? (6,3)
A less sensitive, more numb? (NUMBER) individual (ONE) for = NUMBER ONE: a big hit.
20 Therefore, aren’t reforms outside a terrible crime? (7)
“Aren’t” reforms (TREA-N) outside “therefore” (SO) = TREASON: a terrible crime.
21 There’s one either side of the complicated laser one found in the Middle East (7)
There’s “one” on this side (I) of the complicated “laser” (SRAEL) and “one” on the other side (I) = ISRAELI: one found in the Middle East.
23 You listen to it half-dead, in a city in South America (5)
In “a city in South America (R-IO) half “de-ad” (AD) = RADIO: you listen to it.
25 A flower seen by the Italian in the French lake? (5)
In “the French ‘lake’” (L-AC) “the” Italian (IL) seen = LILAC: a flower.
26 After thought, the saint said this for attention (4)
After-thought (PS) the saint (ST) = PSST: said this for attention.