Explanations: No. 14692 – Thursday, 2 February 2012

Thu, Feb 2, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Very dark and rash reaction by a lawyer in the smoker’s unit (5-5)

P(ITCH-BL)ACK
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)
TA-LC
Thanks (TA) to “Elsie” we hear (LC) = TALC: soft rock.
10 Manifest with more than tea, say (5)
OVER-T
With “more than” (OVER) “tea” say (T) = OVERT: manifest.
11 Ready to change two fathers around the table (9)
AD-AP-TABLE
Two fathers, ‘Pa + Da”, around (ADAP) the table (TABLE) = ADAPTABLE: ready to change.
12 Exaggerated guy thing giving an apple to his doctor (8)
MAC-HIS-MO
An Apple, computer (MAC) to “his doctor” (HIS MO) giving = MACHISMO: exaggerated guy thing.
13 About in time to go along (5)
AG(RE)E
In “time” (AG-E) about (RE) = AGREE: to go along.
15 Edie heard it charged one for printing (7)
ED-IT-ION
“Edie” heard (ED) it (IT) charged one (ION) for = EDITION: printing.
17 Brought on again over her one colour (7)
REH-I-RED
Over “her” (REH) one (I) colour (RED) = REHIRED: brought on again.
19 Before work, Desmond and Katie heard the background to the windows (7)
DES-KT-OP
Desmond (DES) and “Katie” heard (KT) before “work” (OP) = DESKTOP: the background to the windows.
21 Native half-starter in a little enclosure? (7)
EN(DEMI)C
In “a little ‘enclosure’” (EN-C) “half” starter (DEMI-) = ENDEMIC: native.
22 Others’ announced there (5)
THEIR
Announced “there” = THEIR: others’.
24 Stage Cusack takes fifty to one hundred for the script (8)
CYRIL-L-I-C
Stage Cusack (CYRIL) takes “fifty” to “one” “hundred” (L-I-C) for = CYRILLIC: the script.
27 Complex procedure to fix the Mother part (9)
RIG-MA-ROLE
To fix (RIG) the Mother part (MA ROLE) = RIGMAROLE: complex procedure.
28 Pretence for guys in conversation (5)
GUISE
“Guys” in conversation, for = GUISE: pretence.
29 Models it’s following south (4)
S-IT’S
Following “south” (S) it’s (ITS) = SITS: models.
30 Reportedly, a quarter left opposite Frank (10)
FORTH-RIGHT
A quarter, ‘fourth’, reportedly (FORTH) “left” opposite (RIGHT) = FORTHRIGHT: frank.

Down
1 Menial person losing heart (4)

PE-ON
“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)
THER(A-P-I)E’S
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)
HAT-CH
It could be a Panama (HAT) church (CH) from = HATCH: way out at sea.
4 An affair after fifty, one first-class issue (7)
LI-AI-SON
After “fifty one” (LI) first-class (AI) issue (SON) = LIAISON: an affair.
5 Commotion getting shellfish belonging to us (7)
CLAM-OUR
Shellfish (CLAM) belonging to us (OUR) getting = CLAMOUR: commotion.
7 An old fossil for a doctor in part of Aer Lingus (5)
A(MB)ER
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)
CL(EVER-D)ICK
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-TT-ACHED
A pioneer (A TT) longed (ACHED) to be = ATTACHED: hooked up.
14 Is chief of pastries maybe getting competitive advantages? (4,6)
HEAD S-TARTS
Is chief of pastries, maybe? (HEADS TARTS) getting = HEAD STARTS: competitive advantages.
16 Pause to put to rest Valerie (8)
INTER-VAL
To put to rest (INTER) Valerie (VAL) = INTERVAL: pause.
18 Left me back inside, showering (9)
R(EM)AINING
Inside “showering” (R-AINING) “me” back (EM) = REMAINING: left.
20 One played a game with mallets, admitting one to two hundred (7)
P(I-CC)OLO
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)
EAR-NEST
Under “the organ” (EAR) a snug retreat (NEST) to find = EARNEST: determined.
23 The number ahead of clever Dick (5)
EIGHT
The number ahead of the 8-down answer, CLEVER DICK = EIGHT.
25 The German arm for an Olympic slider (5)
LUGER
The German arm, gun (LUGER) for an Olympic slider (LUGER).
26 So leaving doesn’t make an impression (4)
D-E-NT
“So” leaving “doesn’t” (the letters “s+o” leaving D-o-E-s-NT) = DENT: make an impression.