Explanations: No. 14678 – Tuesday, 17 January 2012
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8 Before me, she rings a hundred for the project (6)
“She” rings “a hundred” [S(C)HE] before “me” (ME) for = SCHEME: the project.
9 The dead-wrong direction Alan takes us to see a flier from Crete (8)
The “dead” wrong direction (DAED) “Alan” takes “us” (AL-US) to see = DAEDALUS: a flier from Crete (in Greek mythology).
10 It does the cutting A-Z (spelled out another way) (4)
A (A) -Z, spelled out, ‘zed’, another way (DZE) = ADZE: it does the cutting.
11 They’re often up and in, so many Apple computers around Ulster (10)
In so (IN SO) many Apple computers, ‘Macs’, around Ulster, ‘NI’ [M(NI)ACS] and = INSOMNIACS: they’re often up.
12 Something to eat with Counsel, that morning (22/7) (6)
With “Counsel” (SC) that “morning” (AM) 22/7 (PI) = SCAMPI: something to eat.
14 Something remaining for G? Nah! (8)
“G? Nah” (G-NAH) is the word HANG written OVER, for = HANGOVER: something remaining.
15 A time could be Pa, St, Ni, or Ne (7,4,4)
QUARTER PAST NINE is “a time” and QUARTER “PAST NINE” could be PA, ST, NI or NE.
18 Good manners to get the 06:51 into town (8)
Into “town” (CI-TY) the “06” “51” (VI-LI) to get = CIVILITY: good manners.
20 The Spanish take in the moniker and show it off, smiling (6)
“The” Spanish (E-L) take in “the moniker” (NAME) and = ENAMEL: show it off smiling.
22 Surprisingly lovely to be heard by everyone, sport! (10)
Surprisingly “lovely” (VOLLEY) to “be” heard (B) by “everyone” (ALL) = VOLLEYBALL: sport.
24 Be around a bee, little one? (4)
Be (B-E) around “a bee” (A B) = BABE: little one.
25 One who sells and plays the kid’s game using a donkey? (8)
One who plays the kid’s game using a donkey i.e. “pin the tail on the donkey” (RE-TAILER) and = RETAILER: one who sells.
26 A Xmas saint the Spanish change in North America (6)
A Xmas saint (NICK) “the” Spanish (EL) = NICKEL: change in North America.
1 The current one, Diane, takes a C-sharp (6)
The current (AC) one (I) Diane (DI) takes “a C” (C) = ACIDIC: sharp.
2 Not in there at this point (4)
No-t in “t-here” = HERE: at this point.
3 General, with it I have a case of possession (8)
General (GEN) with “it” (IT) I have (I’VE) = GENITIVE: a case of possession.
4 Fusses around in commercials (4)
In “commercials” (AD-S) a-round (O) = ADOS: fusses.
5 They’ll agree the enemy battered around the South (3-3)
The “enemy” battered (YE-MEN) around “the South” (S) = YES-MEN: they’ll agree.
6 About 51 in favour of Ulster taking a part of the US (10)
About, ‘circa’ (CA) 51 (LI) in favour of (FOR) Ulster (NI) taking “a” (A) = CALIFORNIA: part of the US.
7 A meal for fifty-one in Paris that Guevara takes on (8)
Fifty (L) “one” in Paris (UN) that Guevara (CHE) takes “on” (ON) for = LUNCHEON: a meal.
13 Market one by a wall that upset the soldiers in charge (7,3)
Market (MART) one (I) by “a” (A) “wall”, that up-set (L LAW) = MARTIAL LAW: the soldiers in charge.
14 What’s cut and dried about a priest being all smiles? (5)
What’s cut and dried (HA-Y) about “a priest” (PP) being = HAPPY: all smiles.
16 Not pressed to have the reunion organised by the 1st of December (8)
The “reunion” organised (UNIRONE) by “the 1st of ‘d-ecember’” (D) to have = UNIRONED: not pressed.
17 It’s well within what the choristers do to come to prominence (8)
Within “what the choristers do” (S-ING) it’s “well” (WELL) to come to = SWELLING: prominence.
19 Some bucolic lines idly composed before the 50s (6)
“Idly” composed (IDYL) before “the 50-s” (L-S) = IDYLLS: some bucolic lines.
21 Put ‘em either side of the barrister logo (6)
Put “‘em” on one side of (EM) the barrister (BL) and on the other side (EM) = EMBLEM: logo.
23 A big do for a change (4)
“For a” change = AFRO: a big do.
24 Not into batch, he was into mass production? (4)
No-t into “ba-t-ch” = BACH: he was into Mass production?