Explanations: No. 14652 – Friday, 16 December 2011
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1 Perhaps you get a spark from this kind of dog circling the pound (4)
This kind of dog (PUG) circling “the pound” (L) = PLUG: perhaps you get a spark from this.
4 That drug dealer Penny has awful charisma … it’s the tea we hear (10)
Penny (P) has “awful ‘charisma’” (HARMACIS) it’s the “tea” we hear (T) = PHARMACIST: that drug dealer.
9 Turn aside to provide service around the west (6)
To provide service (S-ERVE) around “the west” (W) = SWERVE: turn aside.
10 Explain with those against, it’s true (8)
With “those against” (CONS) it’s “true” (TRUE) = CONSTRUE: explain.
11 Ones believing the rest replaced the iron oxide inside (8)
The “rest” replaced (T-ERS) the “iron oxide” inside (RUST) = TRUSTERS: ones believing.
12 A father, with your old indifference (6)
A father (A PA) with “your” old (THY) = APATHY: indifference.
13 A guy’s mate at fifty shows some nerve (4)
A guy’s mate (GAL) at “fifty” (L) shows = GALL: some nerve.
15 The weirdest changes in Monaghan, describing Clare and Galway, say (3-7)
In “Monaghan” (M-N) the “weirdest” changes (ID-WESTER) = MID-WESTERN: describing Clare and Galway, say.
17 Those insects got the second artisan beaten (10)
The second (SEC) “artisan” beaten (TARIANS) got = SECTARIANS: those in-sects.
19 Something for the court is 23-down without a second character (4)
23-down (C-e-ASE) without a second character (minus the first E) is = CASE: something for the court.
20 For the project, he takes me after Counsel (6)
After “Counsel” (SC) “he” takes “me” (HE-ME) for = SCHEME: the project.
22 Praise for the current company deal adjustment (8)
The current (AC) company (CO) “deal” adjustment (LADE) for = ACCOLADE: praise.
25 A bad knee wrapped, a sore back, and something that could get inflamed? (8)
A bad “knee” (K-ENE) wrapped “a ‘sore’ back” (EROS) and = KEROSENE: something that could get in-flamed?
26 How much to see the doctor housed by your uncle’s mate? (6)
Your uncle’s mate (A-UNT) housed “the doctor” (MO) to see = AMOUNT: how much.
27 Quietly, those owing urge a quick shock to the system maybe? (5,5)
Quietly (P) those owing (OWER-S) urge (URGE) = POWER SURGE: a quick shock to the system maybe?
28 The South has assembled a band (4)
The South (S) “has” assembled (ASH) = SASH: a band.
2 Using the letters we clear, so this can describe three letters from Mayo, say (5-4)
Using the letters “we clear so” = LOWER-CASE: this can describe three letters from Mayo, say.
3 In front of Ballsbridge society, the US soldier gets ready for action (5)
The US soldier (GI) in front of “Ballsbridge society” (RDS) = GIRDS: gets ready for action.
4 The part that’s baked, Clare (5)
That’s baked (PIE) Clare (CE) = PIECE: the part.
5 Someone charged for a copy that’s not new (7)
A copy (A CC) that’s not new (USED) for = ACCUSED: someone charged.
6 More neat in some degrees, like tigers say (3-6)
In “some degrees” (MA-S) more neat (NEATER) = MAN-EATERS: like tigers say.
7 Catherine and Arthur I see, said it’s very cleansing (9)
Catherine (CATH) and Arthur (ART) “I see” said (IC) it’s = CATHARTIC: very cleansing.
8 Out in the quiet direction (5)
In the “quiet” (S-H) out (OUT) = SOUTH: direction.
14 How flexible and illuminated he is around me (9)
Illuminated (LIT) he is (HE’S) a-round (O) me (ME) and = LITHESOME: how flexible.
15 They promote the sale for Noah’s vessel in today’s yards (9)
In “today’s ‘yards’” (M-ETERS) Noah’s vessel (ARK) for = MARKETERS: they promote the sale.
16 Occupants get the edge in housing payments (9)
In “housing payments” (RE-NTS) the edge (SIDE) get = RESIDENTS: occupants.
18 A friend, and you are reportedly not paying him? (7)
A friend (A MATE) and “you are” reportedly (UR) = AMATEUR: not paying him?
21 A prayer that sounds like it’s read in company (5)
In “company” (C-O) that sounds like it’s “read” (RED) = CREDO: a prayer.
23 There’s a key in case one gets to stop (5)
In “case” (C-ASE) there’s “a key” (E) one gets = CEASE: to stop.
24 6-down showing 50:10, to the Poles (5)
50 (L) 10 (IO) to “the poles” (NS) showing = LIONS: MAN-EATERS.