Explanations: No. 14671 – Monday, 9 January 2012

Mon, Jan 9, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Funny oval Scrabble piece that’s changeable (8)

VOLA-TILE
Funny “oval” (VOLA) Scrabble piece (TILE) that’s = VOLATILE: changeable.
9 Needing a doctor shortly … ah! (4,2)
HARD UP
A “doctor” shortly … “ah” (DR-AH) which is HARD turned UP = HARD UP: needing.
10 Win, over-used freely by Clare (6)
SEDU-CE
“Used” freely (SEDU) by “Clare” (CE) = SEDUCE: win over.
11 Perhaps 22-across for tea say, if back in a jiffy (8)
FLA(T-FI)SH
In “a jiffy” (FLA-SH) “‘tea’ say” “‘if’ back” (T-FI) for = FLATFISH: perhaps RAYS.
12 Shed by a meadow that’s not unusual (4-2)
LEA-N-TO
By “a meadow” (LEA) that’s “not” unusual (N-TO) = LEAN-TO: shed.
13 Shape a circle I’d seen, after a Greek letter, doctor (8)
RHO-MB-O-I’D
Seen after “a Greek letter” “doctor” (RHO-MB) a circle (O) I’d (ID) = RHOMBOID: shape.
15 Again, act and read audibly to the circle (4)
RED-O
“Read” audibly (RED) to “the circle” (O) and = REDO: again, act.
17 A minute with a saint to start showing legs (7)
ST-A-MIN-A
“Saint” to start (ST) “a” “minute” with “a” (A-MIN-A) showing = STAMINA: legs.
19 Hide the inside, Father, for Regan (7)
LEA(THE)R
Inside “Father for Regan” i.e. King Lear (LEA-R) the (THE) = LEATHER: hide.
22 Fish to bring up, say (4)
RAYS
To bring up (RAISE) say = RAYS: fish.
24 Scram, man! I hear Robert with a score (8)
SCHUMANN
Scram, man (SHOO, MAN!) I hear = SCHUMANN: Robert with a (musical) score.
27 Wound up 1-500 back-to-front for instance (2,4)
ON E-D-GE
1 (ON-E) -500 (D) for instance, ‘e.g.’, back-to-front (GE) = ON EDGE: wound up.
29 Police action to head off sake getting into Guinness, say? (8)
ST(AKE)OUT
Into “Guinness, say” (ST-OUT) head off “s-ake” (AKE) = STAKEOUT: police action.
30 In a weird way it’s always the Italian yen (6)
E’ER-IL-Y
“Always” (E’ER) “the” Italian (IL) yen (Y) it’s = EERILY: in a weird way.
31 After a run, an Aer Lingus flight seeing land on Borneo? (6)
B-RUN-EI
After “a” (B) run (RUN) an Aer Lingus flight (EI) seeing = BRUNEI: land on Borneo.
32 In a month, the saint reformed the chief support (8)
MA(INSTA)Y
In “a month” (MA-Y) the “saint” reformed (INSTA) = MAINSTAY: the chief support.

Down
1 Be united with present company on top (6)

CO-HERE
“Company” on top (CO) with “present” (HERE) = COHERE: be united.
2 Um, after the French set fire to that tree? (8)
LA-BURN-UM
After “the” French (LA) set fire to (BURN) um (UM) = LABURNUM: that tree.
3 Perhaps like a wristwatch that’s antiquated? (8)
TIME-WORN
Perhaps like a wristwatch? (TIME WORN) that’s = TIMEWORN: antiquated.
4 It’s for following an old mate in Waterford County (7)
W(EX-FOR)D
In “Waterford” (W-D) it’s “an old mate” followed by “for” (EX-FOR) = WEXFORD: county.
5 Each reformed the post office slang, for it’s shoddy? (6)
CHEA-PO
“Each” reformed (CHEA) the post office (PO) = CHEAPO: slang for (it’s) shoddy?
6 Lead around a football official to a building, for convenience (6)
P(REF-A)B
Lead (P-B) around “a football official” to “a” (REF-A) = PREFAB: building for convenience.
7 Do better than playing south in the east (8)
OUTSH-IN-E
Playing “south” (OUTSH) in (IN) the east (E) = OUTSHINE: do better than.
14 Dev, out for a holiday Ida left? (4)
HOL-Y
A holiday (HOL-ida-Y) “Ida” left (-IDA) for = HOLY: dev-out.
16 Bring home Noel to learn (4)
EARN
No-el (-L) to “learn” (L-EARN) = EARN: bring home.
18 Not willing to talk and implied where to put the ashes (8)
TACIT-URN
Implied (TACIT) where to put the ashes (URN) and = TACITURN: not willing to talk.
20 ‘E is Eric from the Old Testament, for those in the know (8)
E’S-OT-ERIC
‘E is (E’S) Eric from the Old Testament (OT ERIC) = ESOTERIC: for those in the know.
21 The elevation in O leads one to speculate (8)
THE-O-RISE
The elevation in O (THE O RISE) leads one to = THEORISE: speculate.
23 How one’s made up a tiny piece in New York (7)
A-N(ATOM)Y
A (A) tiny piece, ‘atom’, in New York, ‘NY’ [N(ATOM)Y] = ANATOMY: how one’s made up.
25 Lacking mercy, you reported a North Korean independent (6)
U-NK-IND
“You” reported (U) a “North Korean” “independent” (NK-IND) = UNKIND: lacking mercy.
26 Minute kind of clock (6)
ATOMIC
Minute (ATOMIC) kind of clock (ATOMIC).
28 How a guy’s mate does it beside Clare (6)
GAL-WAY
How a guy’s mate does it (GAL WAY) = GALWAY: beside Clare.