Explanations: No. 14668 – Thursday, 5 January 2012
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1 Indicator for NI on getting sympathy (10)
Indicator for N (COMPASS) I (I) on (ON) getting = COMPASSION: sympathy.
6 Perhaps a steward’s domain is a quiet circle … quiet (4)
A quiet (SH) circle (O) quiet (P) is = SHOP: perhaps a steward’s domain (as in “shop steward”).
10 No, Lyndsay brought up stocking this (5)
“No” Lyndsay, ‘Lyn’ (NO-LYN) brought up = NYLON: stocking this.
11 A priest allowed the lough be the source for fruit (5,4)
A priest (A PP) allowed (LET) the Lough (REE) be = APPLE TREE: the source for fruit.
12 Sister with a terribly pushy one who never stops pushing? (8)
Sis (SIS) with a terribly “pushy” (YPHUS) = SISYPHUS: one who never stops pushing (as in the Greek myth)?
13 Samuel takes British Airways and moves from Brazil (5)
Samuel (SAM) takes “British Airways” (BA) and = SAMBA: “moves” from Brazil.
15 Arrow part made from an iron-earth mix (7)
An iron (FE) “earth” mix (ATHER) made from = FEATHER: arrow part.
17 Put on for example, by Albert & Co (7)
Put on (DON) for example (EG) by “Albert” (AL) & = DONEGAL: Co(unty).
19 Consumed with ecstasy a peanut mix (5,2)
With “Ecstasy” (E) a “peanut” mix (ATEN UP) = EATEN UP: consumed.
21 One wandering to find somewhere to sleep? Yes, in Paris North (7)
Somewhere to sleep (BED) “yes” in Paris (OUI) North (N) to find = BEDOUIN: one wandering.
22 Beat the personnel dept, in to be heard (5)
In “to”, “the personnel dept” [T(HR)O] “be” heard (B) = THROB: beat.
24 Assign everything, and nothing to Catherine (8)
Everything (ALL) and “nothing” (O) to “Catherine” (CATE) = ALLOCATE: assign.
27 So, a religious leader and an artist can produce some never-ending drama (4,5)
So (SO) a religious leader (A POPE) and “an artist” (RA) can produce = SOAP OPERA: some never-ending drama.
28 The European series at the end makes nothing with the game fixed (5)
Nothing (O) with “the ‘game’ fixed “ (MEGA) makes = OMEGA: the European series (i.e. Greek alphabet) at the end.
29 Oh, Clare returns to repeat (4)
”Oh” “Clare” (OH-CE) returns = ECHO: to repeat.
30 Keeps for locks (10)
For (FOR) locks (TRESSES) = FORTRESSES: keeps.
1 The small change is me leaving the cement (4)
The cement (CE-me-NT) with “me” leaving (-me) is = CENT: the small change.
2 I will turn in Matthew for a little power (9)
In “Matthew” (M-ATT) “I” “’will’ turn” (I-LLIW) for = MILLIWATT: a little power.
3 Get to any housing number (5)
Any (AN-Y) housing “number” (NO) = ANNOY: get to.
4 One shattering and destroying Mass with that woman (7)
Destroying “Mass” (SAMS) with “that woman” (HER) and = SMASHER: one shattering.
5 Against work with awful dopes (7)
Work (OP) with awful “dopes” (POSED) = OPPOSED: against.
7 Hear about a thousand women as a group in some societies (5)
“Hear” about (HARE) a thousand (M) = HAREM: women as a group in some societies.
8 Quiet priest, needing a doctor having more influence (10)
Quiet (P) priest (REV) needing a doctor (AILING) = PREVAILING: having more influence.
9 Oceans, one-dimensional with experience (8)
Oceans (SEAS) one-dimensional (ONE-D) = SEASONED: with experience.
14 It lingers towards the back of the ship before the rest ate bananas? (10)
Towards the back of the ship (AFT) before “the ‘rest ate’ bananas” (ERTASTE) = AFTERTASTE: it lingers.
16 Perhaps some words of guidance and a scary word in Hong Kong (8)
In “Hong Kong” (H-K) “and” “a scary word” (AND-BOO) = HANDBOOK: perhaps some words of guidance.
18 An aunt with a pound, interrupting, gets some gloves (9)
Gets (G-ETS) interrupted by “aunt” with “a pound” (AUNT-L) = GAUNTLETS: some gloves.
20 Penny has a cable tangled round something, but it really has no effect (7)
Penny (P) has a “cable” tangled (LACEB) round (O) = PLACEBO: something, but it really has no effect.
21 It could be a sandbag the lab brought up at the end (7)
The “lab” brought up (BAL) at the end (LAST) = BALLAST: it could be a sandbag.
23 Arm’s length about a church (5)
About (RE) a church (A CH) = REACH: arms length (particularly to a boxer).
25 Knock off at one fifty-one? (5)
At “one fifty” (CL) one (ONE) = CLONE: knock-off.
26 A sailor returns as old MacDonald heard these (4)
A sailor, ‘AB’, returns (BA) as (AS) = BAAS: Old MacDonald heard these (in the nursery rhyme).