Explanations: No. 14682 – Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sun, Jan 22, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 One dieting perhaps for the supervisor in the centre? (6,7)

MIDDLE MANAGER
One dieting perhaps? (MIDDLE MANAGER) for the supervisor in the centre (MIDDLE MANAGER)
10 A little bird surprisingly, I can make really huge (7)
TIT-ANIC
A little bird (TIT) surprisingly “I can” (ANIC) make = TITANIC: really huge.
11 He won’t thank you for the gin cocktail at this rate (7)
ING-RATE
The “gin” cocktail (ING) at this “rate” (RATE) for = INGRATE: he won’t thank you.
12 Wild time brought about in the playground (4)
ORGY
In the “pla-YGRO-und” (YGRO) brought about = ORGY: wild time.
13 The street heard, you see, Kay was baffled (5)
ST-UC-K
The street (ST) heard “you see” (UC) kay (K) was = STUCK: baffled.
15 Tunes off the top of one’s ‘ead? (4)
‘AIRS
Off the top of one’s ‘ead, ‘hairs’ to a Cockney (‘AIRS) = AIRS: tunes.
17 Quickly, before Dai leaves, dearie (3)
ERE
“Dia” leaves “dearie” (DAI taken out of “d-E-a-R-i-E”) = ERE: “before” quickly.
19 SAES (6)
ABROAD
SAES is SEAS written OVER (OVERSEAS) = ABROAD.
21 Right before Sat, start to get intimate (6)
FRI-END
Right before “Sat start” (FRI-END) to get = FRIEND: intimate.
22 Acted petty seeing the Ulster horse was in front (7)
NI-GG-LED
The Ulster (NI) horse (GG) was in front (LED) seeing = NIGGLED: acted petty.
23 Catch some specialist contemporary music (6)
ENT-RAP
Some specialist (ENT) contemporary music (RAP) = ENTRAP: catch.
25 We have letters after a date this morning for a digital broadcaster (6)
WE-BC-AM
We (WE) have “letters after a date” (BC) this “morning” (AM) for = WEBCAM: a digital broadcaster.
27 Oversaw and lived (3)
WAS
Over “saw” (WAS) and lived (WAS)..
29 Nice bread is such a bother (4)
PAIN
Nice bread, “bread” in Nice (PAIN) is such a bother (PAIN).
30 Kay saw it’s not atonal (5)
K-EYED
Kay (K) saw (EYED) it’s = KEYED: not atonal (as in music in a key).
31 I managed to find an oil producer (4)
I-RAN
I managed (I RAN) to find = IRAN: an oil producer.
34 Crack after the lough outfit again (2-5)
RE-E-QUIP
After “the lough” (REE) crack (QUIP) = RE-EQUIP: outfit again.
35 I have the lout ill-treated first to survive (7)
OUTL-I’VE
The “lout” ill-treated first (OUTL) I have (I’VE) = OUTLIVE: to survive.
36 NL’s on to staff of the French president now retired (6,7)
N-EL’S-ON MAN-DE-LA
N (N) L’s (EL’S) on (ON) to staff (MAN) “of the” French (DE LA) = NELSON MANDELA: president, now retired.

Down
2 Figure for example, in Bury (7)

INT(EG)ER
In “bury” (INT-ER) for example (EG) = INTEGER: figure.
3 End up outside one to get a bite (4)
D(I)NE
“End” up (D-NE) outside “one” (I) = DINE: to get a bite.
4 Former name for stir (6)
EX-CITE
Former (EX-) name (CITE) for = EXCITE: stir.
5 Each copy about Ireland on the Internet this century (6)
AP(IE-C)E
Copy (AP-E) about “Ireland on the Internet” “this century” (IE-C) = APIECE: each.
6 Leave after the Egyptian god returns for Jason’s vessel (4)
AR-GO
After the Egyptian god, ‘Ra’, returns (AR) leave (GO) for = ARGO: Jason’s vessel.
7 Hard to catch as the four in the day before (7)
EV(AS-IV)E
In “the day before” (EV-E) “as” “the four” (AS-IV) = EVASIVE: hard to catch.
8 It centred on turkey and tomato tossed at a northeast UK politician with anger (7,6)
OTTOMA-N E-MP-IRE
“Tomato” tossed (OTTOMA) at “a northeast” (NE) UK politician (MP) with “anger” (IRE) = OTTOMAN EMPIRE: it centred on Turkey.
9 A terrible misdeed in one banning a doctor’s attribute (7,6)
B(EDSIDE M)ANNER
In “one banning” (B-ANNER) a terrible “misdeed” (EDSIDE M) = BEDSIDE MANNER: a doctor’s attribute.
14 The country guru returned with you by the sound of it, yes? (7)
URUG-U-AY
“Guru” returned (URUG) with “you” by the sound of it (U) yes (AY) = URUGUAY: the country.
16 Where to get locks made from tin and aluminium (5)
CAN-AL
Tin (CAN) and “aluminium” (AL) made from = CANAL: where to get locks.
18 The poet’s over the road, inside getting instruction (5)
O(RD)’ER
The poet’s “over” (O-’ER) “the road” inside (RD) getting = ORDER: instruction.
20 Turning, I would quietly make the dance move (3)
DI-P
I would, ‘I’d’, turning (DI) quietly (P) make = DIP: the dance move.
21 Not many flew with that lout (3)
F-EW
“Flew” with that “L-out” (“F-L-EW” with that “L” taken “out”) = FEW: not many.
24 A galley trier at sea, that’s me (7)
TRIRE-ME
“Trier” at sea (TRIRE) that’s “me” (ME) = TRIREME: a galley.
26 Choice between 100 and 500, a 1 and a 50 … gracious! (7)
C-OR-D-I-A-L
Choice between 100 and 500 (C OR D) a “1” and “a” “50” (I-A-L) = CORDIAL: gracious.
27 We take a piano round to the northern club, maybe (6)
WE-A-P-O-N
We (WE) take “a piano” (A P) round (O) to “the northern” (N) = WEAPON: club, maybe.
28 She was married in Spain and brought back in the Baroness (6)
SENORA
In the “b-ARONES-s” (ARONES) brought back = SENORA: she was married in Spain.
32 Reservations for bouts with nothing left (4)
B-OUTS
“Bouts” with “nothing” left (“O” leaves “B-o-UTS”) for = BUTS: reservations.
33 This type of farm by the Wye for review (4)
STUD
This type of farm (STUD) by “the wye” (Y) for = STUDY: review.