Explanations: No. 14688 – Saturday, 28 January 2012
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1 Maybe fluffs the subtitles for ‘fog ran roof tiles’? (13)
Fog (MIST) ran (RAN) roof tiles (SLATES) for = MISTRANSLATES: maybe fluffs the subtitles.
10 Passionate in what may be present (7)
In (IN) what may be present (TENSE) = INTENSE: passionate.
11 Nothing abstract is in that realm (7)
In “that realm” (REAL-M) is (IS) = REALISM: nothing abstract.
12 Rent a hill to the north (4)
A hill (TOR) to “the north” (N) = TORN: rent.
13 Reportedly, you produce a 3-down on drugs (5)
Reportedly “you” (U) produce a TUNE (SING) = USING: on drugs.
15 Mine finds roundabouts (4)
Round (O) about-s (RE-S) = ORES: mine finds.
17 Sign off, and send off, the first (3)
“Send” off the first (take the first letter off “s-end”) and = END: sign off.
19 Kind of sleep by the ark, say (6)
Kind of sleep, ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ (REM) by “the ark” (ARK) = REMARK: say.
21 GOLD GOLD (2,4)
GOLD (AU) GOLD again, to make a (PAIR) = AU PAIR.
22 Most smarmy one to lie in East German surroundings (7)
In “‘east’ German” surroundings (O-ST) “one” to “lie” (I-LIE) = OILIEST: most smarmy.
23 Take stock in underwear (6)
In underwear (IN VEST) = INVEST: take stock.
25 Gets rid of quiet impulses (6)
Quiet (P) impulses (URGES) = PURGES: gets rid of.
27 Idyllic site for French and English articles (3)
French article (LE) and “English article” (A) for = LEA: idyllic site.
29 A choice word enlisted every second (4)
“Enlisted” every second (every second letter from “E-n-L-i-S-t-E-d”) = ELSE: a choice word.
30 A positive response, taking in fifties for long-distance calls perhaps (5)
A positive response (YE-S) taking in “fifties” (LL) for = YELLS: long-distance calls, perhaps.
31 I am a grand man for leading prayers (4)
I am (I’M) a grand (A M) = IMAM: man for leading prayers.
34 Futile ration (7)
Ration (USE LESS) = USELESS: futile.
35 Sounds like you interrupting act-1 on the competitive sale (7)
“Act” interrupted by “‘you’ sounds like” [A(U)CT] “1” “on” (I-ON) = AUCTION: the competitive sale.
36 To be perfect have no doubt (4,2,7)
MAKE NO MISTAKE
To be perfect (MAKE NO MISTAKE) have no doubt (MAKE NO MISTAKE).
2 Meantime maybe encrypt one thousand? (7)
Maybe “en-crypt”? (INTER) “one” “thousand” (I-M) = INTERIM: meantime.
3 It might be carried east after the large cask (4)
After “the large cask” (TUN) east (E) = TUNE: it might be carried.
4 Opposed a few words in the Bible (6)
A few words in the Bible (A VERSE) = AVERSE: opposed.
5 Half way down the street and desert? (6)
Half way down the “str-eet” (STR) and (AND) = STRAND: desert.
6 First, Father gets a barrier (4)
A barrier (A DAM) = ADAM: first father.
7 Tire, climbing about a location on the Red Sea (7)
“Tire” climbing, written upwards (ERIT) “about” “a” (RE-A) = ERITREA: location on the Red Sea.
8 Monsieur Guy translated from the city on the Med, no more before him usually? (6,4,3)
MISTER NICE GUY
Translated “Monsieur Guy” from the city on the Med, ‘Nice’ (MISTER GUY from NICE) = MISTER NICE GUY: no more before him usually (as in “no more Mister Nice Guy”).
9 Mo returns and I emphasise mine is a song from a 12th night (1,8,4)
O M-I-STRESS MINE
“Mo” returns (O-M) and “I emphasis” (I STRESS) mine (MINE) is = O MISTRESS MINE: a song from “Twelfth Night”.
14 He doesn’t believe in the man in Havana before Raúl (7)
In (IN) the man in Havana before Raúl Castro became President, his brother (FIDEL) = INFIDEL: he doesn’t believe.
16 A sign of the times, getting a pen name (5)
A sign of the “times” (CROSS) getting a pen “name” (CROSS).
18 Dancer dresses an Egyptian king in front of you, and me (5)
An Egyptian king (TUT) in front of “you and me” (US) = TUTUS: dancer dresses.
20 Katie reportedly embraced one, the young vixen! (3)
“Katie” reportedly (K-T) embraced “one” (I) = KIT: the young vixen.
21 Creature with venom now in a wasp (3)
“No-w” in a “wasp” (take the W out of “w-asp”) = ASP: creature with venom.
24 Guts for six races roughly (7)
Six (VI) “races” roughly (SCERA) for = VISCERA: guts.
26 Stunt Russian fighter overturned by Michael (7)
Russian fighter, ‘MiG’, overturned (GIM) by “Michael” (MICK) = GIMMICK: stunt.
27 Come on, releases! (4,2)
Come on! (LET’S GO!) = LETS GO: releases.
28 Albert with Shiva’s wife … basic stuff! (6)
Albert (AL) with “Shiva’s wife”, the Hindu goddess (KALI) = ALKALI: basic stuff.
32 Now taking this present and getting to no place (4)
Now (NOW) taking this “present” (HERE) and getting = NOWHERE: to no place.
33 Perhaps a nae-sayer saint holds firm? (4)
Saint (S-T) holds “firm” (CO) = SCOT: perhaps a “nae” sayer.