Explanations: No. 14655 – Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Tue, Dec 20, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Something in which to cook the oat, bananas and vegetable (6)
POT-ATO
Something in which to cook (POT) the “oat” bananas (OTA) and = POTATO: vegetable.
9 This bean can make a green drink (8)
ABSINTHE
“This bean” can make = ABSINTHE: a green drink.
10 I hear a UU and a TT produce some power! (4)
W-A-TT
UU, “double U”, I hear (W) and “a TT” (A TT) produce = WATT: some power.
11 A greater-aged fruit that’s used to make wine (10)
ELDER-BERRY
A greater-aged fruit (ELDER BERRY) = ELDERBERRY: that’s used to make wine.
12 Your little brother captures first-place for eating and drinking! (6)
B(IST)RO
Your little brother (B-RO) captures “first” (IST) = BISTRO: place for eating and drinking.
14 One way to protect Ireland on the Internet, without 2000 universities (8)
I(MM-UNIS)E
Ireland on the Internet (I-E) without, i.e. outside, “2000” “universities” (MM-UNIS) = IMMUNISE: one way to protect.
15 DEAR ANGELS (5,5,5)
MIXED “GREEN SALAD”
The letters “DEAR ANGELS” when MIXED give “GREEN SALAD”, or vice versa = MIXED GREEN SALAD.
18 A barrister and is, to the French, mostly dull (8)
BL-AND-EST
A barrister (BL) and “is” to the French (EST) = BLANDEST: mostly dull.
20 Again, talk about getting back her half of 5-down (6)
REH-ASH
Back “her” (REH) half of ASH-ram (ASH) getting = REHASH: again talk about.
22 In favour of one not believing the ad countered misleading information (10)
PRO-PAGAN-DA
In favour of (PRO) one not believing (PAGAN) the “ad” countered (DA) = PROPAGANDA: misleading information.
24 A doctor, just short of an A-Z for transportation? (4)
DR-A-Y
A doctor (DR) just short of an “A-Z” (A-Y) for = DRAY: transportation.
25 A lack of colour somehow, seen in friends (8)
PAL(ENES)S
In “friends” (PAL-S) somehow “seen” (ENES) = PALENESS: a lack of colour.
26 Finch writing out the score backwards … 10:0 (6)
LINNET
Writing out the score, 10:0 (TEN NIL) backwards = LINNET: finch.

Down
1 So, an African country for an African? (6)

SO-MALI
So (SO) an African country (MALI) for = SOMALI: an African.
2 Endure the final (4)
LAST
Endure (LAST) the final (LAST).
3 Romantic notes for one’s boy, found in a glove strangely (4-4)
LOVE(SON)G
Found in “a ‘glove’ strangely” (LOVE-G) one’s boy (SON) for = LOVE-SONG: romantic notes.
4 This is declared at the port by the canal (4)
SAID
At the port (PORT) this is “declared” (SAID) = PORT SAID: by the “Suez” canal.
5 A quiet artist in a morning retreat in India (6)
A(SH-RA)M
In “a morning” (A-M) a quiet (SH) artist (RA) = ASHRAM: retreat in India.
6 Not as neat as it should be before I get below? (10)
UNDER-NEAT-H
Not as neat as it should be? (UNDER-NEAT) before “I” (H) get = UNDERNEATH: below.
7 A familiar tea is to Mother a charm (8)
CHAR-IS-MA
A familiar “tea” (CHAR) is (IS) to “Mother” (MA) = CHARISMA: a charm.
13 Doyle’s work-order happens in the latter half (3,7)
T(HE SNAPP)ER
In “the ‘lat-TER’ half” (TER) order “happens” (HE-SNAPP) = THE SNAPPER: (Roddy) Doyle’s work.
14 Not able to get the writer back into it (5)
I(NEP)T
Into “it” (I-T) the writer, ‘pen’, back (NEP) to get = INEPT: not able.
16 I will pay for this abuse (3-5)
I’LL-TREAT
I will pay for this (I’LL TREAT) = ILL-TREAT: abuse.
17 Usually there’s no room to take a friend (8)
NO-RM-ALLY
There’s “no” (NO) room (RM) to take “a friend” (ALLY) = NORMALLY: usually.
19 The wrong age permit for a young bird (6)
EAG-LET
The wrong “age” (EAG) permit (LET) for = EAGLET: a young bird.
21 Alarmed when counsel read the wrong order? (6)
SC-ARED
Counsel (SC) “read” the wrong order (ARED) = SCARED: alarmed.
23 Noise is created by one in this organ (4)
In this organ (NO-SE) one (I) created = NOISE.
24 Five hundred and ten, ill-treated for depression (4)
D-ENT
Five hundred (D) and “ten” ill-treated (ENT) for = DENT: depression.