Explanations: No. 14687 – Friday, 27 January 2012
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1 Dourly without, or as required (4)
“Dourly” without “or” (D-o-U-r-LY without the letters OR) = DULY: as required.
4 Rot and acid are sent back for one to exterminate (10)
“Rot” and “acid are” (ROT-ACID-ARE) sent back, for = ERADICATOR: one to exterminate.
9 Make a mistake and the colonist is off-course (6)
Make a mistake (ERR) and “the colonist” (ANT) is = ARRANT: off course.
10 Me, as well as that Cockney lass’s snakes (8)
Me (ME) as well as (AND) that Cockney lass’s (‘ERS) = MEANDERS: snakes.
11 Draw out the Spanish on the way out of the garden (8)
“The” Spanish (EL) on (ON) the way out of the garden (GATE) = ELONGATE: draw out.
12 The end of a threat to get zero new reels (2,4)
Zero (O) new “reels” (R ELSE) to get = OR ELSE: the end of a threat.
13 ‘The Times’ expected letters from Greece (4)
The times expected, ‘expected times of arrival’ (ETAs) = ETAS: letters from Greece.
15 Send on the rest with Martin some other way (10)
The “rest” with “Martin” some other way = RETRANSMIT: send on.
17 A theologian is to start a couple of degrees somewhere in Africa (5,5)
“A theologian is” to start (A DD IS) a (A) couple of degrees (BA-BA) = ADDIS ABABA: somewhere in Africa.
19 Issue it after them quickly (4)
After “’them’ quickly” (‘EM) it (IT) = EMIT: issue.
20 Patrick is back around one, taking an Aer Lingus flight for the Asian city (6)
Patrick, ‘Pat’ is back around “one” [TA(I)P] taking “an Aer Lingus flight” (EI) for = TAIPEI: the Asian city.
22 Nip back, following a Latin earth turtle (8)
A Latin “earth” (TERRA) “‘nip’ back” following (PIN) = TERRAPIN: turtle.
25 Heading for the final bun ordered and consumed (8)
“Bun” ordered (UNB) and “consumed” (EATEN) = UNBEATEN: heading for the final.
26 A doubly late Byrne perhaps admits Mel with spirit (6)
A doubly late Byrne perhaps, Byrne from ‘The Late Late Show’ (GA-Y) admits “Mel” (MEL) = GAMELY: with spirit.
27 Bless a scam that’s second rate (10)
A scam (CON) that’s “second” “rate” (SEC-RATE) = CONSECRATE: bless.
28 A pigpen across a hellish river (4)
A pigpen (STY) a-cross (X) = STYX: a “Hellish” river.
2 Run around overjoyed it’s not connected (9)
“Run” around (UNR) overjoyed (ELATED) it’s = UNRELATED: not connected.
3 Pine vintage to the north (5)
Vintage (YEAR) to “the north” (N) = YEARN: pine.
4 The one in the crowd scene is a former Irish beach (5)
A former (EX-) Irish “beach” (TRA) is = EXTRA: the one in the crowd scene.
5 Check about a thousand for something that might be shared on a plane (7)
Check (AR-REST) about “a thousand” (M) for = ARMREST: something that might be shared on a plane.
6 One with a Roman upset at a fiancée, say (9)
One (I) with a “Roman” upset (NAMOR) at a (AT A) = INAMORATA: fiancée, say.
7 One receiving a woman’s garment in a D (9)
In “a D” (A D-EE) a woman’s garment (DRESS) = ADDRESSEE: one receiving.
8 Caesar’s therefore turned south to find those monsters (5)
Caesar’s therefore, ‘ergo’, turned (OGRE) south (S) to find = OGRES: those monsters.
14 They leave spots for southern boozers (9)
Southern (S) boozers (TIPPLERS) for = STIPPLERS: they leave spots.
15 About the elite group … I see reported it’s practical (9)
About (RE) the elite group (A-LIST) “I see” reported (IC) it’s = REALISTIC: practical.
16 In it with one compatriot at first (9)
In it (IN IT) with “one compatriot” (I ALLY) = INITIALLY: at first.
18 Perhaps help for the reception for a girl about ten? (7)
A girl (AN-NA) about “ten” (TEN) for = ANTENNA: perhaps help for the reception.
21 Brief test for one expecting a man working at ten (5)
A “man” working (AMN) at “ten” (IO) = AMNIO: brief test for one expecting (brief “amniocentesis”).
23 Go back into a Paris street, Scamp (5)
Into “a Paris ‘street’” (R-UE) “go” back (OG) = ROGUE: scamp.
24 A hundred sides of my personality, tops (5)
A hundred (A C) sides of my personality (MES) = ACMES: tops.