Explanations: No. 14692 – Thursday, 2 February 2012
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1 Very dark and rash reaction by a lawyer in the smoker’s unit (5-5)
In “the smoker’s unit” (P-ACK) “rash reaction” by “a lawyer” (ITCH-BL) and = PITCH BLACK: very dark.
6 Thanks to Elsie we hear soft rock (4)
Thanks (TA) to “Elsie” we hear (LC) = TALC: soft rock.
10 Manifest with more than tea, say (5)
With “more than” (OVER) “tea” say (T) = OVERT: manifest.
11 Ready to change two fathers around the table (9)
Two fathers, ‘Pa + Da”, around (ADAP) the table (TABLE) = ADAPTABLE: ready to change.
12 Exaggerated guy thing giving an apple to his doctor (8)
An Apple, computer (MAC) to “his doctor” (HIS MO) giving = MACHISMO: exaggerated guy thing.
13 About in time to go along (5)
In “time” (AG-E) about (RE) = AGREE: to go along.
15 Edie heard it charged one for printing (7)
“Edie” heard (ED) it (IT) charged one (ION) for = EDITION: printing.
17 Brought on again over her one colour (7)
Over “her” (REH) one (I) colour (RED) = REHIRED: brought on again.
19 Before work, Desmond and Katie heard the background to the windows (7)
Desmond (DES) and “Katie” heard (KT) before “work” (OP) = DESKTOP: the background to the windows.
21 Native half-starter in a little enclosure? (7)
In “a little ‘enclosure’” (EN-C) “half” starter (DEMI-) = ENDEMIC: native.
22 Others’ announced there (5)
Announced “there” = THEIR: others’.
24 Stage Cusack takes fifty to one hundred for the script (8)
Stage Cusack (CYRIL) takes “fifty” to “one” “hundred” (L-I-C) for = CYRILLIC: the script.
27 Complex procedure to fix the Mother part (9)
To fix (RIG) the Mother part (MA ROLE) = RIGMAROLE: complex procedure.
28 Pretence for guys in conversation (5)
“Guys” in conversation, for = GUISE: pretence.
29 Models it’s following south (4)
Following “south” (S) it’s (ITS) = SITS: models.
30 Reportedly, a quarter left opposite Frank (10)
A quarter, ‘fourth’, reportedly (FORTH) “left” opposite (RIGHT) = FORTHRIGHT: frank.
1 Menial person losing heart (4)
“Person” losing heart (PE-rs-ON losing the letters at the heart) = PEON: menial.
2 A piano one sees in there’s for remedial works (9)
In “there’s” (THER-ES) “a” “piano” “one” (A-P-I) for = THERAPIES: remedial works.
3 It could be a Panama church from way out at sea (5)
It could be a Panama (HAT) church (CH) from = HATCH: way out at sea.
4 An affair after fifty, one first-class issue (7)
After “fifty one” (LI) first-class (AI) issue (SON) = LIAISON: an affair.
5 Commotion getting shellfish belonging to us (7)
Shellfish (CLAM) belonging to us (OUR) getting = CLAMOUR: commotion.
7 An old fossil for a doctor in part of Aer Lingus (5)
In “part of ‘Aer Lingus’ (A-ER) a doctor (MB) for = AMBER: an old fossil.
8 He thinks he knows it’s always 500 in a click (6,4)
In “a click” (CL-ICK) it’s “always” “500” (EVER-D) = CLEVER DICK: he thinks he knows.
9 A pioneer longed to be hooked up (8)
A pioneer (A TT) longed (ACHED) to be = ATTACHED: hooked up.
14 Is chief of pastries maybe getting competitive advantages? (4,6)
Is chief of pastries, maybe? (HEADS TARTS) getting = HEAD STARTS: competitive advantages.
16 Pause to put to rest Valerie (8)
To put to rest (INTER) Valerie (VAL) = INTERVAL: pause.
18 Left me back inside, showering (9)
Inside “showering” (R-AINING) “me” back (EM) = REMAINING: left.
20 One played a game with mallets, admitting one to two hundred (7)
A game with mallets (P-OLO) admitting “one” to “two hundred” (I-CC) = PICCOLO: one played.
21 Determined to find a snug retreat under the organ (7)
Under “the organ” (EAR) a snug retreat (NEST) to find = EARNEST: determined.
23 The number ahead of clever Dick (5)
The number ahead of the 8-down answer, CLEVER DICK = EIGHT.
25 The German arm for an Olympic slider (5)
The German arm, gun (LUGER) for an Olympic slider (LUGER).
26 So leaving doesn’t make an impression (4)
“So” leaving “doesn’t” (the letters “s+o” leaving D-o-E-s-NT) = DENT: make an impression.