Explanations: No. 14690 – Tuesday, 31 January 2012
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8 To the degree it’s not applicable … not applicable for one of the bunch (6)
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)
Position (STAND) by “a road” (A RD) = STANDARD: usual.
10 It might be raw wood (4)
It might be raw (DEAL) wood (DEAL).
11 Lowest flask in the net (10)
In “the net” (NE-T) flask (THERMOS) = NETHERMOST: lowest.
12 Isolation is back up the road … ah! (6)
Back “up” (PU) the road (RD) ah (AH) is = PURDAH: isolation.
14 They strike supporting sister’s workplaces (8)
Supporting (FOR) sister’s workplaces (WARDS) = FORWARDS: they strike.
15 3-D works for Mac by the heath? (10,5)
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)
Not cheques (HARD CASH) and “coins” rather then “notes” (HARD CASH).
20 Rest less seeing a French doctor, say (6)
“A” French (UNE) doctor “say” (ASY) seeing = UNEASY: rest-less.
22 Being charitable, embracing an alien setting off (10)
Being charitable (D-ONATING) embracing “an alien” (ET) = DETONATING: setting off.
24 US lawyer about to be brave (4)
US lawyer (DA) about (RE) = DARE: to be brave.
25 Drop off 99 without chocolate? (5,3)
Drop off (FLAKE OUT) 99 without chocolate? (FLAKE OUT).
26 Snobbish friend for sweep around the north (6)
Friend for Sweep, the puppet (S-OOTY) around “the north” (N) = SNOOTY: snobbish.
1 Gee, put away the gold, it’s so rich! (6)
Gee (G) put away (ATE) the gold (AU) = GATEAU: it’s so rich.
2 Sailing boat for port in Cork Sound (4)
Port in Cork (YOUGHAL) sound = YAWL: sailing boat.
3 Where to borrow money for a move on board? (8)
A move on (chess) board? (PAWN’S HOP) for = PAWNSHOP: where to borrow money.
4 Ain’t right putting north in first (3’1)
In “first” (IS-T) putting “north” (N) = ISN’T: “ain’t” right.
5 One for the road ever calling (6)
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)
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)
Little “credit” (CR) to “America” (USA) by “the” German (DER) = CRUSADER: one with cause.
13 Rastafarians’ do fear those sometimes picked (10)
Fear (DREAD) those sometimes picked (LOCKS) = DREADLOCKS: Rastafarians’ do.
14 Move slowly after a loud bird (5)
After a “loud” (F) move slowly (INCH) = FINCH: bird.
16 One way to argue the delay for a change (8)
“The delay” for a change = HEATEDLY: one way to argue.
17 Pretty immature, one of us sign-flipping, a hospital sign (8)
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 Scott Joplin work (A RAG) on (ON) = ARAGON: Spain, in part?
21 Maybe rock bands at Arthur’s back? (6)
At Arthur’s (AT ART’S) back = STRATA: maybe rock bands.
23 Enthusiastic about one not spoiled (4)
One (I) “not” spoiled (NTO) = INTO: enthusiastic about.
24 Condemn a party to meditative chant (4)
A party (DO) to “meditative chant” (OM) = DOOM: condemn.