Explanations: No. 14654 – Monday, 19 December 2011

Mon, Dec 19, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 He’s hated seeing what’s not applicable to them in the car club (8)
A(NA-THEM)A
In “the car club” (A-A) “what’s not applicable” to “them” (NA-THEM) seeing = ANATHEMA: he’s hated.
9 Surprised to see Mother in an A-Z (6)
A(MA)ZED
In “an A-Z” (A-ZED) Mother (MA) to see = AMAZED: surprised.
10 Burning mad, read the New Testament (6)
ARDE-NT
Mad “read” (ARDE) the New Testament (NT) = ARDENT: burning.
11 Charity sorts, ringing the north, east and south (8)
KIND(N-E-S)S
Sorts (KIND-S) ringing “the north, east and south” (N-E-S) = KINDNESS: charity.
12 Take a stab at making beer for little devils? (6)
IMP-ALE
Beer for little devils? (IMP ALE) making = IMPALE: take a stab at.
13 Somebody in space surprisingly, rates the ring I had (8)
ASTER-O-I’D
Surprisingly “rates” (ASTER) the ring (O) I had (I’D) = ASTEROID: some-body in space.
15 A little creature makes fresh tea for the listener (4)
NEW-T
Fresh (NEW) “tea” for the listener (T) makes = NEWT: a little creature.
17 A cleric’s hat after a change of attire (7)
B-IRETTA
After “a” (B) change of “attire” (IRETTA) = BIRETTA: a cleric’s hat.
19 A backward area, and a setback for carbonates (7)
AERA-TES
A backward “area” (AERA) and a “set” back (TES) for = AERATES: carbonates.
22 It’s different, say after a hundred keys (4)
C-AYS
After “ a hundred” (C) it’s different “say” (AYS) = CAYS: keys (low islands).
24 It’s very late for the 1000-1500, with that thing involved (8)
M-I-D-NIGHT
The 1000 (M) 1-500 (I-D) with that “thing” involved (NIGHT) for = MIDNIGHT: it’s very late.
27 The Italian sent back in a little money for the patron (6)
C(LI)ENT
In “a little money” (C-ENT) “the” Italian, ‘il’, sent back (LI) for = CLIENT: the patron.
29 Happy changing one that’s needed to call for change? (3-5)
PAY-PH-ONE
“Happy” changing (PAY-PH) one (ONE) = PAY-PHONE: that’s needed to call for change (i.e. with coins)?
30 Slow music about a shed? (4-2)
LE(A)N-TO
Slow music (LE-NTO) about “a” (A) = LEAN-TO: shed.
31 Foster a sign in feet (6)
F(OMEN)T
In “feet” (F-T) a sign (OMEN) = FOMENT: foster.
32 Pitiful father, the jerk (8)
PA-THE-TIC
Father (PA) the jerk (THE TIC) = PATHETIC: pitiful.

Down
1 The Irish cut away part of the North (6)
AN-TRIM
“The” Irish (AN) cut away (TRIM) = ANTRIM: part of the North.
2 It’s wise containing a tree at sea to see this part of the ship (8)
S(TEER)AGE
It’s “wise” (S-AGE) containing “a ‘tree’ at sea” (TEER) to see = STEERAGE: this part of the ship.
3 Conscious, dispatched one to the specialist (8)
SENT-I-ENT
Dispatched one (SENT I) to “the specialist” (ENT) = SENTIENT: conscious.
4 He flies to see Jill’s pal at nearly dawn (7)
JACK-DAW
Jill’s pal (JACK) at “nearly ‘daw-n’” (DAW) to see = JACKDAW: he flies.
5 Isn’t able to see the girl in her little bed? (6)
C(ANN)OT
In “her little bed” (C-OT) the girl (ANN) to see = CANNOT: isn’t able.
6 Bearing more like him as opposed to her? (6)
MAN-NER
More like him as opposed to her? (MAN-NER) = MANNER: bearing.
7 It’s to get wet according to Penny inside, your majesty (8)
PER-S(P)IRE
According to (PER) penny, ‘p’, inside your majesty, ‘sire’ [S(P)IRE] it’s = PERSPIRE: to get wet.
14 Remain inside, almost a year (4)
STAY
Inside “almo-ST A Y-ear” = STAY: remain.
16 Every search omitting the senior, in short (4)
EACH
Search (s-EA-r-CH) omitting the “senior” in short (-SR) = EACH: every.
18 I am the one to make the lace, or to copy it? (8)
I’M-I-TAT-OR
I am (I’M) the one (I) to make the lace (TAT) or (OR) = IMITATOR: (I’m the one) to copy it?
20 Escape a delayed climb (8)
ESC-A-LATE
Escape (ESC) a delayed (A LATE) = ESCALATE: climb.
21 Excited by silver I’d seen outside a museum in London (8)
AG-I(TATE)D
By “silver” (AG) “I’d” seen outside a museum in London, “Tate” [I(TATE)D] = AGITATED: excited.
23 Shot at the British member in the new year, in Vietnam (7)
AT-TE(MP)T
At (AT) the British member, “MP”, in the new year in Vietnam, “Tet” [TE(MP)T] = ATTEMPT: shot.
Tet: as in the famous “Tet Offensive” during the Vietnam War”.
25 A relative made it northeast … what a relief! (6)
NE-PHEW
Northeast (NE) what a relief! (PHEW) made it = NEPHEW: a relative.
26 Spirits are key to those entertaining (6)
G-HOSTS
Key (G) to “those entertaining” (HOSTS) are = GHOSTS: spirits.
28 Fool the north with it, and the west? (6)
N-IT-W-IT
The north (N) with “it” (IT) and “the west” (W) with “it” (IT) = NITWIT: fool.