Explanations: No. 14669 – Friday, 6 January 2012
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1 Old Penny and I have to leave a board, maybe (4)
Old penny (D) and “I have” (I’VE) = DIVE: to leave a board, maybe.
4 Type of fur for the cold in an oriental country (10)
In “an oriental country” (CHIN-A) the cold (CHILL) for = CHINCHILLA: type of fur.
9 A number at the nave, assembled for prayers by nine? (6)
A number (NO) at “the ‘nave’ assembled” (VENA) for = NOVENA: prayers by nine ( a prayer repeated on nine days)?
10 Pity you are heard inside after I’m showing contamination (8)
After “I’m” (IM) “‘you are’ heard” inside “pity” [P(UR)ITY] showing = IMPURITY: contamination.
11 The theologian that is interrupting must be the least clear (8)
Must (MU-ST) interrupted by “the theologian” “that is” (DD-IE) be = MUDDIEST: the least clear.
12 Vary housing over time for a real admirer (6)
Vary (V-ARY) housing “over time” (OT) for = VOTARY: a real admirer.
13 FTFTFT (4)
FTFTFT (3 x foot/feet) = YARD.
15 It’s precisely a copy you heard Ray let anyhow (10)
A copy (A CC) “you” heard (U) “ray let” anyhow (RATELY) it’s = ACCURATELY: precisely.
17 The German gets by with quiet anger somewhere across the water (10)
“The” German (DER) gets “by” (BY) with “quiet” (SH) anger (IRE) = DERBYSHIRE: somewhere across the water.
19 A party said you are pretty gloomy (4)
A party (DO) said “you are” (UR) = DOUR: pretty gloomy.
20 An artist ripe for change, perhaps could be a double-edged sword (6)
An artist (RA) “ripe” for change, perhaps (PIER) could be = RAPIER: a double-edged sword.
22 Furtive and bashful about tea with the lieutenant (8)
Bashful (S-HY) about “tea” with “the lieutenant” (TEA-LT) and = STEALTHY: furtive.
25 With these numbers, the editor and I have to take the plunge (4,4)
With “these numbers” (NOS) the editor (ED) and “I have” (I’VE) = NOSE DIVE: to take the plunge.
26 You heard it’s more certain to be Shylock (6)
“You” heard (U) it’s “more certain” (SURER) to be = USURER: Shylock.
27 On-site changes interrupted a pal finding modest housing (10)
A pal (MA-TE) interrupted by “‘on-site’ changes” (ISONET) finding = MAISONETTE: modest housing.
28 US soldier leaves the haggis for the old bats (4)
The haggis (HAG-gi-S) US soldier leaves (-GI) for = HAGS: the old bats.
2 One way to protect an unusual coin you heard, at the end of the day (9)
An unusual “coin” (INOC) “you” heard (U) at the end of the day (LATE) = INOCULATE: one way to protect.
3 In the end yours truly is correct (5)
In “the end” (EN-D) yours truly (ME) is = EMEND: correct.
4 Go after Charles with a note (5)
Charles (CHAS) with “a note” (E) = CHASE: go after.
5 Foolish getting Amin to back one hundred (7)
Amin (IDI) “to” back (OT) one hundred (I-C) getting = IDIOTIC: foolish.
6 The extreme left in Africa get the cap always back-to-front, Edward (4,5)
The cap (CAP) always (EVER) Edward, ‘Ed’, back-to-front (DE) get = CAPE VERDE: the extreme left (most westerly point) in Africa.
7 Annoyed I changed attire in the road (9)
I (I) “changed ‘attire’ in the road, ‘rd’ [R(RITATE)D] = IRRITATED: annoyed.
8 Alert mishandled and it’s not right now (5)
“Alert” mishandled, and it’s = LATER: not right now.
14 The corrupt builders around the North are capitalists? (9)
The corrupt “builders” (DUBLI-ERS) around “the North” (N) are = DUBLINERS: capitalists?
15 Claim a doctor isn’t sore (9)
A (A) doctor “isn’t sore” (SSERTION) = ASSERTION: claim.
16 Drug he put right into a lump of wood for the lake (5,4)
Into “a lump of wood” (LO-G) “drug he” put right (UGH DER) for = LOUGH DERG: the lake.
18 At home there’s a piano insect to check out! (7)
At home (IN) in “sect” there’s a “piano” [S(P)ECT] = INSPECT: to check out.
21 The distinctive smell of a capital city, to Luigi? (5)
A (A) capital city to Luigi (ROMA) = AROMA: the distinctive smell.
23 Draw, out east with Mussolini? (5)
East (E) with “Mussolini”? (DUCE) = EDUCE: draw out.
24 Break up this month in Louth (5)
In “Louth” (L-H) this month (AUG) = LAUGH: break up.