Explanations: No. 14667 – Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Wed, Jan 4, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Hinders all in the woodlands (10)

FOREST(ALL)S
In “the woodlands” (FOREST-S) all (ALL) = FORESTALLS: hinders.
6 The holy man turned up in Fulham, alive (4)
LAMA
In “Fulh-AM AL-ive” is (AMAL) turned up = LAMA: the holy man.
10 Britain’s monarch admits her honour remains glowing? (5)
E(MBE)R
Britain’s monarch (E-R) admits her honour, ‘Britain’s honour’ (MBE) = EMBER: remains, glowing?
11 Sends up a flower into the free seats (9)
SAT(IRIS)ES
Into “the free ’seats’” (SAT-ES) a flower (IRIS) = SATIRISES: sends up.
12 Extraordinary doctor, using little Lawrence (8)
SINGU-LAR
Doctor “using” (SINGU) little “Lawrence” (LAR) = SINGULAR: extraordinary.
13 Note the road north from Dublin to Ulster, a motorway (5)
MI-NI-M
The road north from Dublin (MI) to “Ulster” (NI) a motorway (M) = MINIM: note.
15 With the northeast back, he can possibly improve (7)
EN-HANCE
With the northeast, ‘NE’, back (EN) “he can” possibly (HANCE) = ENHANCE: improve.
17 Unusually the hut with less is the most luxurious (7)
LUSHEST
Unusually the “hut” with “less” is = LUSHEST: the most luxurious.
19 Mother’s vehicle, with a cosmetic touch-up? (7)
MA’S-CAR-A
Mother’s (MA’S) vehicle (CAR) with “a” (A) = MASCARA: cosmetic touch-up?
21 Left on board, one with him in command makes a grand entrance (7)
PORT-I-CO
“Left” on board (PORT) one (I) with “him in command” (CO) makes = PORTICO: a grand entrance.
22 Not quite shot, but more than scold the bees? (5)
S-WARM
Not quite “s-hot” but more than “s-cold” (S-WARM) = SWARM: the bees.
24 Eighth Reformed Church that doesn’t suit a Luddite (4,4)
HIGH TE-CH
“Eighth” reformed (HIGH TE) church (CH) = HIGH TECH: that doesn’t suit a Luddite.
27 I am with those mailing the fakes (9)
I’M-POSTERS
I am (I’M) with “those mailing” (POSTERS) = IMPOSTERS: the fakes.
28 Records, thanks to gym classes (5)
TA-PES
Thanks (TA) to “gym classes” (PES) = TAPES: records.
29 Originally called old Penny for what’s required (4)
NEE-D
Originally called (NEE) old penny (D) for = NEED: what’s required.
30 According to a close relative, it’s a friend in the flesh (10)
PER-SON-ALLY
According to (PER) a close relative (SON) it’s “a friend” (ALLY) = PERSONALLY: in the flesh.

Down
1 Took off flushed, losing heart (4)

FL-ED
Flushed (FL-ush-ED) losing heart, the middle letters (-ush) = FLED: took off.
2 Criticises the bees I found in the reeds (9)
RU(BB-I)SHES
Found in “the reeds” (RU-SHES) the “bees I” (BB-I) = RUBBISHES: criticises.
3 Show indifference for a quiet kind of carpet (5)
SH-RUG
A quiet (SH) kind of carpet (RUG) for = SHRUG: show indifference.
4 Tummy muscle work-out free from guilt (7)
AB-SOLVE
Tummy muscle (AB) work out (SOLVE) = ABSOLVE: free from guilt.
5 In America it’s a 1000cc a pound, without exaggeration (7)
LITER-A-L
In America is a 1000cc (LITER) a pound (A L) = LITERAL: without exaggeration.
7 No, Senora quickly turned up the burning desire? (5)
ARSON
“No” Senora, quickly (NO-SRA) turned up = ARSON: the burning desire?
8 It’s supposed to be a blend of potassium and nitrogen (10)
ASSUMPTIO-N
A blend of “potassium” (ASSUMPTIO) and “nitrogen” (N) to be = ASSUMPTION: it’s supposed.
9 In favour of Scrooge getting an undertaker (8)
PRO-MISER
In favour of (PRO) Scrooge (MISER) getting = PROMISER: an undertaker.
14 Leave the wrong impression (10)
PERMISSION
The wrong “impression” = PERMISSION: leave.
16 Close call for a marine at sea with the ship (4,4)
NEAR MI-SS
A “marine” at sea (MEAR MI) with “the ship” (SS) for = NEAR MISS: close call.
18 Copies prepared by a friend of the bishop (9)
EPISCO-PAL
“Copies” prepared (EPISCO) by “a friend” (PAL) = EPISCOPAL: of the bishop.
20 Get done with a Greek character, Adam’s mate (7)
A-CHI-EVE
With “a Greek character” (A CHI) Adam’s mate (EVE) = ACHIEVE: get done.
21 It’s Margaret, with a South American horse that’s truly fantastic (7)
PEG-A-S-US
It’s “Margaret” (PEG) with “a” (A) South (S) American (US) = PEGASUS: horse that’s truly fantastic.
23 A priest into beer and fruit (5)
A(PP)LE
Into beer (A-LE) a priest (PP) and = APPLE: fruit.
25 Take it back to the brown giant (5)
TI-TAN
Take “it” back (TI) to “the brown” (TAN) = TITAN: giant.
26 Strangely yes, around a quiet spot (4)
ES(P)Y
Strangely “yes” (ES-Y) around a “quiet” (P) = ESPY: spot.