Explanations: No. 14660 – Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Tue, Dec 27, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 I hear cayenne has the waiter upset and a ‘jumper’ maybe (8)
KN-ITWEAR
I hear “cayenne” (KN) has the “waiter” upset (ITWEAR) and = KNITWEAR: a jumper, maybe.
9 A wine that’s blended later, after a century (6)
C-LARET
After “a century” (C) that’s blended “later” (LARET) = CLARET: a wine.
10 Fertiliser left after the pan burned up? (6)
POT-ASH
Left after the pan burned up? (POT ASH) = POTASH: fertiliser.
11 Fitting a barrister into larger hotel accommodation (8)
SUIT(A-BL)E
Into “larger hotel accommodation” (SUIT-E) a barrister (A BL) = SUITABLE: fitting.
12 Return to work with adolescent spirit (6)
PO-TEEN
Work, ‘op’, return to (PO) with “adolescent” (TEEN) = POTEEN: spirit.
13 Wrong to get a horse to the Irish King and First Lady (8)
A-GG-RI-EVE
A horse (A GG) to the Irish “king” (RI) and “first lady” (EVE) to get = AGGRIEVE: wrong.
15 A lough in England wrongly produced this vegetable (4)
KALE
A “lough” in England (“LAKE”) wrongly, produced = KALE: this vegetable.
17 Most agile public relations, with a positive response in the street (7)
S(PR-YES)T
In “the street” (S-T) “public relations” with “a positive response” (PR-YES) = SPRYEST: most agile.
19 Our bunch of soldiers outside get this magazine (7)
ARM(OUR)Y
Bunch of soldiers (ARM-Y) outside “our” (OUR) get this = ARMOURY: magazine.
22 The brute returned therefore, to a Roman of old (4)
OGRE
“Therefore” to a Roman of old (ERGO) returned = OGRE: the brute.
24 Suppose again it’s about a donkey and a backward emu (8)
RE-ASS-UME
It’s “about” (RE) a donkey (ASS) and a backward “emu” (UME) = REASSUME: suppose again.
27 Lost a good man briefly, Raymond? (6)
A-ST-RAY
A good man, ‘a saint’, briefly (A ST) Raymond (RAY) = ASTRAY: lost.
29 It’s unambiguous and way out, containing a bizarre clip (8)
EX(PLIC)IT
Way out (EX-IT) containing “a bizarre ‘clip’” (PLIC) and it’s = EXPLICIT: unambiguous.
30 Absolutely perfect name for a dog in retrospect, no? (4,2)
SPOT ON
Name for a dog (SPOT) in retrospect “no” (ON) = SPOT ON: absolutely perfect.
31 Is developed more for a similar compound? (6)
IS-OMER
Is (IS) developed “more” (OMER) for = ISOMER: a similar compound.
32 Like a mother say, or a father with something hired (8)
PA-RENTAL
A father (PA) with “something hired” (RENTAL) or = PARENTAL: like a mother, say.

Down
1 It’s entirely at home with Dorothy’s dog (2,4)

IN TOTO
At home (IN) with Dorothy’s dog, from “The Wizard of Oz” (TOTO) it’s = IN TOTO: entirely.
2 The approach to get back into trays worked? (8)
STRA(TEG)Y
Into “‘trays’ worked” (STRA-Y) “get” back (TEG) = STRATEGY: the approach.
3 Takes a new look at the changes in the places you skate (8)
R(ETH)INKS
In “the places where you skate” (R-INKS) “the” changes (ETH) = RETHINKS: takes a new look at.
4 Weep before the last changes made by Waterford? (7)
CRY-STAL
Weep (CRY) before the “last” changes (STAL) = CRYSTAL: made by Waterford.
5 Temporary use for carbon and tin in silver? (6)
A(C-TIN)G
In “silver” (A-G) “carbon” and “tin” (C-TIN) use for = ACTING: temporary.
6 It might be a hunt for an English football governor, in Indian garb (6)
SA(FA)RI
In “Indian garb” (SA-RI) an English football governor (FA) for = SAFARI: it might be a hunt.
7 Collapse like a leek? (4,4)
KEEL OVER
“Leek” is the word KEEL written OVER = KEEL OVER: collapse.
14 An artist, for example, turns up a choice for a driver (4)
GEAR
“An artist” “for example” (RA-EG) turns up = GEAR: a choice for a driver.
16 The little matter of the first half of the alphabet? (4)
A-TO-M
The first half of the alphabet (A TO M) = ATOM: the little matter.
18 Peter’s wrong, admitting eleven are there already (8)
PREE(XI)ST
“Peter’s” wrong (PRE-ST) admitting “eleven” (XI) = PREEXIST: are there already.
20 About as certain to give comfort (8)
RE-AS-SURE
About (RE) as (AS) certain (SURE) = REASSURE: to give comfort.
21 Not in and tied-up departing (8)
OUT-BOUND
Not in (OUT) and “tied-up” (BOUND) = OUTBOUND: departing.
23 Brutal force used before the post office gates smashed (7)
GESTA-PO
“Gates” smashed (GESTA) before “the post office” (PO) used = GESTAPO: brutal force.
25 There’s nothing in males dancing for her, dancing with veils (6)
SAL(O)ME
There’s “males” dancing (SAL-ME) “nothing” in (O) for = SALOME: her dancing with veils.
26 Open some things for our nearest neighbour taking in engineered corn (6)
U(NCOR)K
Our nearest neighbour (UK) taking in “engineered ‘corn’” (NCOR) for = UNCORK: open some things.
28 Like Schoenberg’s music a great deal, Albert? (6)
A-TON-AL
A great deal (A TON) Albert (AL) = ATONAL: like Schoenberg’s music.