Explanations: No. 14679 – Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wed, Jan 18, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Imagine an extraordinary saving in the middle of the week (8)

E(NVISAG)E
In “the middle of the ‘w-ee-k’” (E-E) an extraordinary “saving” (NVISAG) = ENVISAGE: imagine.
9 Almost agree, after me it’s inadequate (6)
ME-AGRE
After “me” (ME) almost “agre-e” (AGRE) it’s = MEAGRE: inadequate.
10 One following enemy manoeuvres for someone by the Red Sea (6)
YEMEN-I
“Enemy” manoeuvres (YEMEN) “one” following (I) for = YEMENI: someone by the Red Sea.
11 Orated badly with a really loud exchange (5-3)
TRADE-O-FF
“Orated” badly (TRADE-O) with a “really loud” (FF) = TRADE-OFF: exchange.
12 There’s an Italian flower, thanks to the vodka producer (6)
PO-TA-TO
There’s “an Italian flow-er” (PO) thanks (TA) to (TO) = POTATO: the vodka producer.
13 The dope ran around the company with the jerk (8)
NAR-CO-TIC
“Ran” around (NAR) the company (CO) with “the jerk” (TIC) = NARCOTIC: the dope.
15 We get the pound back that caused inflation maybe? (4)
BLEW
“We” get “the pound” (WE-LB) back = BLEW: that caused inflation maybe?
17 May admitting a bad slip be a bad move? (7)
M(ISPL)AY
May (M-AY) admitting “a bad ‘slip’” (ISPL) be = MISPLAY: a bad move.
19 The artist took another bite from the toasted dish (7)
RA-REBIT
The artist (RA) took another bite (REBIT) from = RAREBIT: the toasted dish.
22 Reportedly lift up the skates (4)
RAYS
Lift up (RAISE) reportedly = RAYS: the skates.
24 Great-aunt quickly allowed something to be thrown down (8)
G-AUNT-LET
“Great-aunt” quickly (G-AUNT) allowed (LET) = GAUNTLET: something to be thrown down.
27 They’re not allowed thanks to some scary words (6)
TA-BOOS
Thanks (TA) to “some scary words” (BOOS) = TABOOS: they’re not allowed.
29 One who refutes is about to be heard, say (8)
RE-B-UTTER
About (RE) to “be” heard (B) say (UTTER) is = REBUTTER: one who refutes.
30 They might run by only switching Poles (6)
NYLO-NS
By “only” switching (NYLO) poles (NS) = NYLONS: they might run.
31 Certain Molly is grand by herself (6)
M-ALONE
Grand (M) by herself (ALONE) is = MALONE: certain “Molly”.
32 Revises the test, in case it is recorded (8)
CAS(SETT)E
In “case” (CAS-E) revises the “test” (SETT) = CASSETTE: it is recorded.

Down
1 It might be Gabriel round for measure … for measure’s bad guy (6)

ANGEL-O
It might be Gabriel (ANGEL) round (O) for = ANGELO: bad guy from “Measure for Measure”.
2 An explosive mixture that faired badly with one in Westminster (8)
That “faired” badly (FIREDA) with “one in Westminster” (MP) = FIREDAMP: an explosive mixture.
3 Somewhere in North America there’s a guy with one, to a degree (8)
MAN-I-TO-BA
There’s “a guy” (MAN) with “one” (I) to (TO) a degree (BA) = MANITOBA: somewhere in North America.
4 Most of the crown is tin, in dire need (7)
DEN(TIN)E
In “dire ‘need’” (DEN-E) tin (TIN) is = DENTINE: most of the crown (of a tooth).
5 Damage one thousand and two (6)
I-M-PAIR
One thousand (I-M) and “two” (PAIR) = IMPAIR: damage.
6 Got by turning up a verse to the Sire’s mate (4,2)
MAD-EDO
“A verse” to “the sire’s mate” (ODE-DAM) turning up = MADE DO: got by.
7 Unwanted art the UK fliers fit into the US military, man (8)
G(RAF-FIT)I
Into “the US military man” (G-I) “the UK fliers” “fit” (RAF-FIT) = GRAFFITI: unwanted art.
14 It’s twisted and tawdry without a politician (4)
-AW-RY
It’s “tawdry” without a politician, ‘TD’ (without the TD in “t-AW-d-RY”) and = AWRY: twisted.
16 Your ends in the French instrument (4)
L(YR)E
In “the” French (L-E) “Y-ou-R” ends (YR) = LYRE: instrument.
18 It seems to me I’d take a year’s freely (1,4,3)
I D-A-RE SAY
I’d (ID) take “a” (A) “year’s” freely (RE SAY) = I DARE SAY: it seems to me.
20 20 cwt is in the ash floor (8)
AS(TON-IS)H
In “the ash” (AS-H) “20 cwt” “is” (TON-IS) = ASTONISH: floor.
21 He makes Mummy amble around the French sea? (8)
EMBAL-MER
“Amble” around (EMBAL) the French “sea” (MER) = EMBALMER: he makes mummy?
23 Draw back thanks to the pamphlet (7)
AT-TRACT
Thanks, ‘ta’, back (AT) to “the pamphlet” (TRACT) = ATTRACT: draw.
25 Northern Europe on one of your transmitters? (6)
N-EUR-ON
Northern Europe (N-EUR) on (ON) = NEURON: one of your transmitters?
26 Not the first of two-fifty at the half, Mister (6)
L-AT-TER
Fifty (L) at (AT) the half “mis-ter” (TER) = LATTER: not the first of two.
28 Perhaps too busy to speak about the North (6)
OR(N)ATE
To speak (OR-ATE) about “the North” (N) = ORNATE: perhaps too busy.