Explanations: No. 14689 – Monday, 30 January 2012

Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 One skiing around quietly … love nothing more scary (8)

S(P-O-O)KIER
One skiing (SK-IER) around “quietly” “love” “nothing” (P-O-O) = SPOOKIER: more scary.
9 Before a last letter, am blown away (6)
AM-A-ZED
Am (AM) before “a last letter” (A ZED) = AMAZED: blown away.
10 He’s not suited if coming back in a haze (6)
MIS(FI)T
In “a haze” (MIS-T) “if” coming back (FI) = MISFIT: he’s not suited.
11 Period before Ulster gets into the gum plant? (8)
G(ERA-NI)UM
Gets into the “gum” (G-UM) “period” before “Ulster” (ERA-NI) = GERANIUM: plant.
12 Make lace, also more permanent needlework (6)
TAT-TOO
Make lace (TAT) also (TOO) = TATTOO: more permanent needlework.
13 Crazy he will get a hard case (8)
NUTS-HE’LL
Crazy (NUTS) he will (HE’LL) get = NUTSHELL: a hard case.
15 Therefore on in a minute, say (4)
SO-ON
Therefore (SO) on (ON) = SOON: in a minute, say.
17 I came for Caesar, and the issue was the meat (7)
VENI-SON
“I came” for Caesar (VENI) and “the issue” (SON) was = VENISON: the meat.
19 Crane to see the German take the owner of a Casablanca café (7)
DER-RICK
“The” German (DER) take “the owner of a ‘Casablanca’ café” (RICK) to see = DERRICK: crane.
Humphrey Bogart played Rick, who owned Rick’s Café Américain in the classic film “Casablanca”.
22 Walked or backed into a deputy (4)
T(RO)D
Into “a deputy” (T-D) “or” backed (RO) = TROD: walked.
24 Lad turned up with nothing, interrupting Italian wine and Indian food (8)
VIN(DAL-O)O
Italian “wine” (VIN-O) interrupted by “‘lad’ turned up” with “nothing” (DAL-O) and = VINDALOO: Indian food.
27 Boards for the street, the wrong way round in general (4,2)
GE(TS-O)N
In “general” (GE-N) “the street, ‘st’, the wrong way” “round” (TS-O) for = GETS ON: boards.
29 A record player, very little money, from next door (8)
A-DJ-A-CENT
A record player (A DJ) very little money (A CENT) from = ADJACENT: next door.
30 Sylvan court by old Penny and Edward (6)
WOO-D-ED
Court (WOO) by “old Penny” (D) and Edward (ED) = WOODED: sylvan.
31 Honour for the priest before (6)
REV-ERE
The priest (REV) before (ERE) for = REVERE: honour.
32 Negative one could be a horse, sounds like? (8)
NAYSAYER
A horse, sounds like? (NEIGH SAYER) sounds like, could be = NAYSAYER: negative one.

Down
1 Ideals choose one, to a degree (6)

OPT-I-MA
Choose (OPT) one (I) to “a degree” (MA) = OPTIMA: ideals.
2 Against loud and French half-time wedding shower perhaps? (8)
CON-F-ET-TI
Against (CON) loud (F) “and” French (ET) half “ti-me” (TI) = CONFETTI: wedding shower perhaps?
3 Latin man turning out so great a musician? (8)
VIR-TUO-SO
Latin “man” (VIR) turning “out” (TUO) so (SO) = VURTUOSO: great a musician?
4 Love a blended orange seasoning (7)
O-REGANO
Love (O) a blended “orange” (REGANO) = OREGANO: seasoning.
5 Incentive for a vehicle to break down (6)
CAR-ROT
A vehicle (CAR) to break down (ROT) for = CARROT: incentive.
6 Two French articles the church send up (6)
LA-UN-CH
Two French articles (LA-UN) the church (CH) = LAUNCH: send up.
7 Like our country tavern, in memory of the past (8)
RE(PUB)LIC
In “memory of the past” (RE-LIC) tavern (PUB) = REPUBLIC: like our country.
14 Bring down a party at the United Nations (4)
UN-DO
A party at the United Nations (UN DO) = UNDO: bring down.
16 Aware of the New Testament in a couple of circles (4)
O(NT)O
In “a couple of circles” (O-O) the New Testament (NT) = ONTO: aware of.
18 Back live at the party with ‘er baddie (8)
EVIL-DO-’ER
Back “live” (EVIL) at “the party” (DO) with “‘er” (ER) = EVILDOER: baddie.
20 Side first revealing methods used by one in U2 (8)
EDGE-WAYS
Methods used by one in U2 (EDGE WAYS) revealing = EDGEWAYS: side first.
21 Sensible enough to take Albert in small doses (8)
RATION-AL
To take Albert in small doses (RATION AL) = RATIONAL: sensible enough.
23 Everyday the roads taken surround one to the north (7)
ROUT(I-N)E
The roads taken (ROUT-E) surround “‘one’ to ‘the north’” (I-N) = ROUTINE: everyday.
25 Diana had them for a Cockney crown (6)
DI-’AD-’EM
Diana (DI) “had them” for a cockney (‘AD ‘EM) = DIADEM: crown.
26 Tells tales about, for instance, lords (6)
LI(EG)ES
Tells tales (LI-ES) about “for instance” (EG) = LIEGES: lords.
28 Nothing 50-50 about the night before the exam (1-5)
O-L(EVE)L
Nothing (O) “50-50” about “the night before” [L(EVE)L] = O-LEVEL: exam.