Explanations: No. 14666 – Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Tue, Jan 3, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Sent back a sailor about to make mistakes (6)

ERRATA
“A” “sailor” “about” (A-TAR-RE) sent back, to make = ERRATA: mistakes.
9 Getting along and getting older around the lough (8)
AG(REE)ING
Getting older (AG-ING) around “the lough” (REE) and = AGREEING: getting along.
10 West, in and around first light (4)
DA(W)N
In “’and’ around” (DA-N) west (W) = DAWN: first light.
11 My grave contains tea by the sound of it, and that’s puzzling (10)
MY-S(T)ERIOUS
My (MY) grave, ‘serious’, contains “tea” by the sound of it [S(T)ERIOUS] and that’s = MYSTERIOUS: puzzling.
12 The South is making a proposal (6)
THE-S-IS
The South is (THE-S-IS) making = THESIS: a proposal.
14 Someone in a suit illuminated the giant arrangement (8)
LIT-IGANT
Illuminated (LIT) the “giant” arrangement (IGANT) = LITIGANT: someone in a suit.
15 C/top bond activity, maybe? (6,9)
C-OVER-T OPERATION
C/t (C OVER T) op (OPERATION) = COVERT OPERATION: (James) Bond activity, maybe?
18 A breaking wave with movement and pace coming back (8)
WHIT-ECAP
“With” movement (WHIT) and “pace” coming back (ECAP) = WHITECAP: a breaking wave.
20 Son coming back with how to be a skipper, in a way (2-4)
NO-S-HOW
“Son” coming back (NO-S) with “how” (HOW) to be = NO-SHOW: a “skipper”, in a way.
22 Adaptation that gets the wobbly tandem around the fair (10)
AD(JUST)MENT
The wobbly “tandem” (AD-MENT) around “the fair” (JUST) that gets = ADJUSTMENT: adaptation.
24 Exclude Kay from this side of the river (4)
BAN-K
Exclude (BAN) Kay (K) from = BANK: this side of the river.
25 Speeds about, if one approves (8)
RAT(IF-I)ES
Speeds (RAT-ES) about “if one” (IF-I) = RATIFIES: approves.
26 Number getting the 1:10 back in New York (6)
N(I-NET)Y
In “New York” (N-Y) the “1”, 10, ‘ten’ back (I-NET) getting = NINETY: number.

Down
1 Bring up a bee to Hal, who’s up for a laugh? (6)

B-ROACH
A bee (B) to Hal, who’s up for a laugh (ROACH) = BROACH: bring up.
2 The one in front of the castle at the end of the dogleg north (4)
PAW-N
At the end of the dog-leg (PAW) north (N) = PAWN: the one in front of the castle (on the chess board).
3 Spoil the doctor’s alien monkey (8)
MAR-MO’S-ET
Spoil (MAR) the doctor’s (MO’S) alien (ET) = MARMOSET: monkey.
4 Perhaps time pieces for 500 with a cuckoo, say? (4)
D-AYS
500 (D) with a cuckoo “say” (AYS) for = DAYS: perhaps “time pieces”?
5 23-down is an inert mixture under oxygen (6)
O-RIENT
Under “oxygen” (O) an “inert” mixture (RIENT) is = ORIENT: EAST.
6 GI-men, ’tis a disease (10)
MEN-IN-GIT-IS
“GI men ‘tis” is the word MEN written IN the words GI ‘TIS (MEN-IN-GI-TIS) = MENINGITIS: a disease.
7 A sly slur comes to an end in the union organisation (8)
INNU(END)O
In “the ‘union’ organisation” (INNU-O) an end (END) comes to = INNUENDO: a sly slur.
13 She distributed semi-cut paper with notes (5,5)
SHE-ET MUSIC
She (SHE) distributed “semi-cut” (ET MUSIC) = SHEET MUSIC: paper with notes.
14 Eagerly accept a friend? (3,2)
LAP UP
A friend (PAL) is the word LAP written UP = LAP UP: eagerly accept.
16 Snaky work concealed by Ian (8)
OP-HID-IAN
Work (OP) concealed (HID) by “Ian” (IAN) = OPHIDIAN: snaky.
17 Alert for mobile nitrogen! (8)
RINGTONE
Mobile “nitrogen” = RINGTONE: alert for mobile!
19 The accountant returns the pint and that excites a Persian, say (6)
CA-TNIP
The accountant (CA) returns the “pint” (TNIP) and = CATNIP: that excites a Persian (cat), say.
21 Busy or curiously neat (6)
OR-NATE
Or (OR) curiously “neat” (NATE) = ORNATE: busy.
23 Orient as in ‘Alien’ (4)
E(AS)T
In “alien” (E-T) as (AS) = EAST: orient.
24 Give a little and be heard before the finale (4)
B-END
“Be” heard (B) before “the finale” (END) and = BEND: give a little.