Explanations: No. 14690 – Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 To the degree it’s not applicable … not applicable for one of the bunch (6)

BA-NA-NA
To “the degree” (BA) it’s “not applicable” (NA) not applicable (NA) for = BANANA: one of the bunch.
9 Usual position by a road (8)
STAND-A-RD
Position (STAND) by “a road” (A RD) = STANDARD: usual.
10 It might be raw wood (4)
DEAL
It might be raw (DEAL) wood (DEAL).
11 Lowest flask in the net (10)
NE(THERMOS)T
In “the net” (NE-T) flask (THERMOS) = NETHERMOST: lowest.
12 Isolation is back up the road … ah! (6)
PU-RD-AH
Back “up” (PU) the road (RD) ah (AH) is = PURDAH: isolation.
14 They strike supporting sister’s workplaces (8)
FOR-WARDS
Supporting (FOR) sister’s workplaces (WARDS) = FORWARDS: they strike.
15 3-D works for Mac by the heath? (10,5)
THREE-PENNY OPERA
3 (THREE) D (PENNY) works (OPERA) = THREEPENNY OPERA: for Macheath (“Mac” by the “heath”).
Macheath, aka Mack the Knife, is the protagonist in “The Threepeny Opera”. And the plural of opus (work) is opera (works).
18 Not cheques and coins rather than notes (4,4)
HARD CASH
Not cheques (HARD CASH) and “coins” rather then “notes” (HARD CASH).
20 Rest less seeing a French doctor, say (6)
UNE-ASY
“A” French (UNE) doctor “say” (ASY) seeing = UNEASY: rest-less.
22 Being charitable, embracing an alien setting off (10)
D(ET)ONATING
Being charitable (D-ONATING) embracing “an alien” (ET) = DETONATING: setting off.
24 US lawyer about to be brave (4)
DA-RE
US lawyer (DA) about (RE) = DARE: to be brave.
25 Drop off 99 without chocolate? (5,3)
FLAKE OUT
Drop off (FLAKE OUT) 99 without chocolate? (FLAKE OUT).
26 Snobbish friend for sweep around the north (6)
S(N)OOTY
Friend for Sweep, the puppet (S-OOTY) around “the north” (N) = SNOOTY: snobbish.

Down
1 Gee, put away the gold, it’s so rich! (6)

G-ATE-AU
Gee (G) put away (ATE) the gold (AU) = GATEAU: it’s so rich.
2 Sailing boat for port in Cork Sound (4)
YAWL
Port in Cork (YOUGHAL) sound = YAWL: sailing boat.
3 Where to borrow money for a move on board? (8)
PAWN’S-HOP
A move on (chess) board? (PAWN’S HOP) for = PAWNSHOP: where to borrow money.
4 Ain’t right putting north in first (3’1)
IS(N)’T
In “first” (IS-T) putting “north” (N) = ISN’T: “ain’t” right.
5 One for the road ever calling (6)
CAR-E’ER
One for the road (CAR) ever (E’ER) = CAREER: calling.
6 Perhaps something moving in speech that led to the first fall? (4’1,5)
ADAM’S APPLE
Perhaps something moving in speech? (ADAM’S APPLE) that led to the first fall (ADAM’S APPLE).
7 Little credit to America by the German one, with cause (8)
CR-USA-DER
Little “credit” (CR) to “America” (USA) by “the” German (DER) = CRUSADER: one with cause.
13 Rastafarians’ do fear those sometimes picked (10)
DREAD-LOCKS
Fear (DREAD) those sometimes picked (LOCKS) = DREADLOCKS: Rastafarians’ do.
14 Move slowly after a loud bird (5)
F-INCH
After a “loud” (F) move slowly (INCH) = FINCH: bird.
16 One way to argue the delay for a change (8)
HEATEDLY
“The delay” for a change = HEATEDLY: one way to argue.
17 Pretty immature, one of us sign-flipping, a hospital sign (8)
YOU-NGIS-H
One of “us” (YOU) “sign” flipping (NGIS) a hospital sign (H) = YOUNGISH: pretty immature.
19 A Scott Joplin work on Spain, in part? (6)
A-RAG-ON
A Scott Joplin work (A RAG) on (ON) = ARAGON: Spain, in part?
21 Maybe rock bands at Arthur’s back? (6)
STRATA
At Arthur’s (AT ART’S) back = STRATA: maybe rock bands.
23 Enthusiastic about one not spoiled (4)
I-NTO
One (I) “not” spoiled (NTO) = INTO: enthusiastic about.
24 Condemn a party to meditative chant (4)
DO-OM
A party (DO) to “meditative chant” (OM) = DOOM: condemn.