Explanations: No. 14684 – Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Tue, Jan 24, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Angle with Ulster, inside close (6)
FI(NI)SH
Angle (FI-SH) with “Ulster” inside (NI) = FINISH: close.
9 Plumbago, and hydrogen with it, in the fruit of the vine (8)
GRAP(H-IT)E
In “the fruit of the vine” (GRAP-E) “hydrogen” with “it” (H-IT) and = GRAPHITE: plumbago.
10 Not in a fleet take-off (4)
FLEE
“No-t” in a “flee-t” (no T in the word FLEE-T) = FLEE: take off.
11 Native ending up in debts (10)
I(NDIGEN)OUS
In “debts” (I-OUS) “ending” up (NDIGEN) = INDIGENOUS: native.
12 Moves slowly to find one revolutionary in the Poles (6)
I-N(CHE)S
One (I) revolutionary, ‘Che’, in the poles, ‘NS’ [N(CHE)S] to find = INCHES: moves slowly.
14 Queen Dido’s home reveals a tattered chart to a historic time (8)
CARTH-AGE
A tattered “chart” (CARTH) to “a historic time” (AGE) reveals = CARTHAGE: Queen Dido’s home (the founder of Carthage).
15 Angry the Microsoft product upset lovers, and you! (9,6)
CROSS-WORD SOLVER
Angry (CROSS) the Microsoft product (WORD) upset “lovers” (SOLVER) and = CROSSWORD SOLVER: you!
18 The little devil goes here and there and gets better (8)
IMP-ROVES
The little devil (IMP) goes here and there (ROVES) and = IMPROVES: gets better.
20 Be working away and get lost (4,2)
BE-AT IT
Be (BE) working away (AT IT) and = BEAT IT: get lost
22 Maybe booze in, to ten? I cannot! (10)
IN-TO-X-I-CAN’T
In to (IN TO) ten (X) I cannot (I CAN’T) = INTOXICANT: maybe booze.
24 Most like a V for clothing? (4)
V-EST
Most like a V? (V-EST) for = VEST: clothing.
25 They won’t work for seniors holding a kid’s cycle (8)
S(TRIKE)RS
Seniors (S-RS) holding “a kid’s cycle” (TRIKE) for = STRIKERS: they won’t work.
26 A gal’s mate admits one lieutenant gives the word preceding the sentence (6)
GU(I-LT)Y
A gal’s mate (GU-Y) admits “‘one’ ‘lieutenant’” (I-LT) gives = GUILTY: the word preceding the sentence.

Down
1 5, 10, 50 in what’s played! (6)

V-IO-L-IN
5 (V) 10 (IO) 50 (L) in (IN) = VIOLIN: what’s played.
2 Spot it in the southeast (4)
S(IT)E
In “the southeast” (S-E) it (IT) = SITE: spot.
3 A third of a Latin dance in, was back for a feller! (8)
CHA-IN-SAW
A Latin dance, ‘cha-cha-cha’, a third of (CHA) in (IN) “was” back (SAW) for = CHAINSAW: a feller.
4 Agreed, losing heart as did ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (4)
AG-ED
“Agreed” losing heart (take out the two letter at the heart of AG-re-ED) = AGED: as did the picture of Dorian Gray.
5 Mire where the animals eat (6)
M-ANGER
M-ire (M-ANGER) = MANGER: where the animals eat.
6 Hang loose in some oriental country fur (10)
CHIN(CHILL)A
In “some oriental country” (CHIN-A) hang loose (CHILL) = CHINCHILLA: fur.
7 The result changed with a horse on the inside making great effort (8)
STRU(GG)LE
The “result” changed (STRU-LE) with “a horse” on the inside (GG) making = STRUGGLE: great effort.
13 Absurd shirt that’s charged and overly dramatic (10)
HISTR-IONIC
Absurd “shirt” (HISTR) that’s “charged” (IONIC) and = HISTRIONIC: overly dramatic.
14 Maybe a king and queen about royal society in Dublin? (5)
CA-RDS
About, ‘circa’ (CA) royal society in Dublin (RDS) = CARDS: maybe a king and queen.
16 Ponder getting a drink, just one with Nathaniel (8)
RUM-I-NATE
A drink (RUM) just “one” (I) with “Nathaniel” (NATE) getting = RUMINATE: ponder.
17 Wise taking in a damaged boat to vandalise (8)
SA(BOTA)GE
Wise (SA-GE) taking in “a damaged ‘boat’” (BOTA) = SABOTAGE: to vandalise.
19 States there’s nothing in gambling and greed, say (6)
V(O)ICES
In “gambling and greed, say” (V-ICES) there’s “nothing” (O) = VOICES: states.
21 Unmoved, one poles it you heard (2,4)
I-N S-IT-U
One (I) poles (NS) it (IT) “you” heard (U) = IN SITU: unmoved.
23 It’s as well it’s Capone’s ring (4)
AL’S-O
It’s “Capone’s” (AL’S) ring (O) it’s = ALSO: as well.
24 I’ve designed fifty-one of seven for Salome (4)
VEI-L
“I’ve” designed (VEI) fifty (L) = VEIL: one for Salome (who performed the dance of the seven veils).