Explanations: No. 14672 – Tuesday, 10 January 2012
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8 He’s often behind the wheel, is Harry (6)
He’s often behind the wheel (POTTER) is Harry (POTTER).
9 Changing guard, and for one almost with a degree (8)
Changing “guard” (GRADU) and (AND) for = GRADUAND: one almost with a degree.
10 The King and Mother leave 11-across exhausted (4)
11-across (WOR-king ma-N) the “king” and “Mother” leave (-KING-MA) = WORN: exhausted.
11 He earns his money from the woman holding Kay in the ring (7,3)
The woman (WO-MAN) holding “’Kay’ in the ‘ring’” [R(K)ING] from = WORKING MAN: he earns his money.
12 In the north had something to eat that’s natural (6)
In (IN) the North (N) had something to eat (ATE) that’s = INNATE: natural.
14 An unspecified number rest uneasily south of the Bristol Channel (8)
An unspecified number (SOME) “rest” uneasily (RSET) = SOMERSET: south of the Bristol Channel.
15 He wrote, ‘The lough’s the way of the Chinese dynasty’ (6,9)
The lough’s (ERNE’S) the way of the Chinese dynasty (THE MING WAY) = ERNEST HEMINGWAY: he wrote.
18 To play a part, Ivy admits the Spanish with real effort (8)
To play a part (ACT) “Ivy” admits “‘the’ Spanish” [IV(EL)Y] = ACTIVELY: with real effort.
20 How much a private investigator charges to find a bootlegger (6)
How much a private investigator charges (PI-RATE) to find = PIRATE: a bootlegger.
22 Ned, rub and pile too much on? (10)
“Ned, rub” is OVER-turned BURDEN = OVERBURDEN: pile too much on.
24 A way to knit the page and the Internet address (4)
The page (P) and the Internet address (URL) = PURL: a way to knit.
25 Make believe it’s before 10:00, Clare (8)
Before10:00 (PRE-TEN) Clare (CE) it’s = PRETENCE: make-believe.
26 The court action for Northern Ireland is after ten (6)
After “ten” (TEN) Northern Ireland is (NI’S) for = TENNIS: the court action.
1 He commands the company take on a form of protection (6)
He commands (CO) the company (CO) take “on” (ON) = COCOON: a form of a protection.
2 Shock finding half of it in our star (4)
In “our star” (S-UN) half of “i-t” (T) finding = STUN: shock.
3 Brother, it hurts to be at Hector (8)
Brother (BR) it hurts (OW) to “be at” (BE AT) = BROWBEAT: hector.
4 A fish that’s the basis of a culture (4)
A fish (A GAR) that’s = AGAR: the base of a culture (in a Petri dish).
5 The chairman’s philosophy? A mimosa cocktail! (6)
A “mimosa” cocktail = MAOISM: the Chairman’s philosophy.
6 Begin to move Latvian capital at the middle of March for one flying from Australia (10)
Begin to move (BUDGE) Latvian capital (RIGA) at “the middle of ‘ma-R-ch’ (R) for = BUDGERIGAR: one flying from Australia.
7 Romance novel with a way to get captured, perhaps? (2,6)
“Romance” novel (ON CAMER) with “a” (A) = ON CAMERA: way to get captured, perhaps?
13 This morning before the Spanish, I make a speech that’s better (10)
This “morning” (AM) before “the” Spanish (EL) I make a speech (I ORATE) that’s = AMELIORATE: better.
14 Poorly kept music disc, to one listening (5)
Music disc (CD) to one listening = SEEDY: poorly kept.
16 Getting back about the company VIP part? (8)
About (RE) the company (CO) VIP, ‘Very Important Person’, part (VERY) = RECOVERY: getting back.
17 Little rascals sticking together get protection from punishment (8)
Little rascals sticking together (IMP UNITY) get = IMPUNITY: protection from punishment.
19 A queen interfered with one inside like an ass, perhaps (6)
A “queen” interfered with (EQU-NE) “one” inside (I) = EQUINE: like an ass, perhaps.
21 Slow to page one in the road (6)
To (TO) page one, ‘PI’, in “the road” [R(PI)D] = TORPID: slow.
23 The actor gets old Penny over (4)
Old penny (D) over (O’ER) gets = DOER: the actor.
24 Nitrogen input that used to circulate here (4)
In-put (PU-T) nitrogen (N) = PUNT: that used to circulate here.