Explanations: No. 14678 – Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tue, Jan 17, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Before me, she rings a hundred for the project (6)

S(C)HE-ME
“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)
DAED-AL-US
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-DZE
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-M(NI)ACS
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)
SC-AM-PI
With “Counsel” (SC) that “morning” (AM) 22/7 (PI) = SCAMPI: something to eat.
14 Something remaining for G? Nah! (8)
HANG-OVER
“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 PA-ST-NI-NE
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)
CI(VI-LI)TY
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)
E(NAME)L
“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)
VOLLEY-B-ALL
Surprisingly “lovely” (VOLLEY) to “be” heard (B) by “everyone” (ALL) = VOLLEYBALL: sport.
24 Be around a bee, little one? (4)
B(A-B)E
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)
RE-TAILER
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)
NICK-EL
A Xmas saint (NICK) “the” Spanish (EL) = NICKEL: change in North America.

Down
1 The current one, Diane, takes a C-sharp (6)

AC-I-DI-C
The current (AC) one (I) Diane (DI) takes “a C” (C) = ACIDIC: sharp.
2 Not in there at this point (4)
HERE
No-t in “t-here” = HERE: at this point.
3 General, with it I have a case of possession (8)
GEN-IT-I’VE
General (GEN) with “it” (IT) I have (I’VE) = GENITIVE: a case of possession.
4 Fusses around in commercials (4)
AD(O)S
In “commercials” (AD-S) a-round (O) = ADOS: fusses.
5 They’ll agree the enemy battered around the South (3-3)
YE(S)-MEN
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)
CA-LI-FOR-NI-A
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)
L-UN-CHE-ON
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)
MART-I-A-L LAW
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)
HA(PP)Y
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)
UNIRONE-D
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)
S(WELL)ING
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)
IDYL-L-S
“Idly” composed (IDYL) before “the 50-s” (L-S) = IDYLLS: some bucolic lines.
21 Put ‘em either side of the barrister logo (6)
‘EM-BL-’EM
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)
AFRO
“For a” change = AFRO: a big do.
24 Not into batch, he was into mass production? (4)
BA-CH
No-t into “ba-t-ch” = BACH: he was into Mass production?