Explanations: No. 14696 – Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Tue, Feb 7, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 I make a mistake in South Africa revealing ‘S’ on the radio (6)

In “South Africa” (S-A) I make a mistake (I ERR) revealing = SIERRA: ‘S’ on the radio (alfa, bravo etc).
9 Big brutes put the gas outside, or I will … (8)
G(OR-I’LL)AS
Put the “gas” outside (G-AS) or I will (OR I’LL) = GORILLAS: big brutes.
10 Bikini perhaps from Paisley? (4)
ISLE
From “pa-ISLE-y” = ISLE: Bikini perhaps.
11 Some rock, gold or lead maybe (5,5)
HEAVY METAL
Some rock (music) (HEAVY METAL) gold or lead maybe (HEAVY METAL).
12 BaNaCl rock (6)
BA-SALT
Ba (BA) NaCl (SALT) = BASALT: rock.
14 It helps get the picture where that dude Leonard hangs (4,4)
LEN’S HOOD
Where that dude Leonard hangs (LEN’S HOOD) = LENS HOOD: it helps get the picture.
15 ‘Tis lax again? (3,4,3,5)
SIT BACK AND RE-LAX
‘Tis (SIT written BACK) AND “lax again” ? (RE-LAX) = SIT BACK AND RELAX.
18 Figures not moving around the South for positions (8)
STATU(S)ES
Figures not moving (STATU-ES) around “the South” (S) for = STATUSES: positions.
20 Force ‘er into County Clare (6)
CO-’ER-CE
Into “County” “Clare” (CO-CE) ‘er (ER) = COERCE: force.
22 Last month loath to change the north-south men only events (10)
DEC-ATHLO-N-S
Last month (DEC) “loath” to change (ATHLO) the “north-south” (N-S) = DECATHLONS: men only events.
24 Maybe go right for one out of Turin (4)
TUR-N
“One” out of “Turin” (take “i” out of TUR-i-N) for = TURN: maybe go right.
25 Not stopping like a Cadillac running on rims (8)
TIRE-LESS
Like a Cadillac running on rims (TIRE-LESS) = TIRELESS: not stopping.
26 Dated a deerstalker perhaps (3-3)
OLD-HAT
A deerstalker perhaps (OLD HAT) = OLD-HAT: dated.

Down
1 Get thanks after that is in the ship for day break (6)

S(IE)S-TA
That is, ‘ie’, in the ship, ‘SS’ [S(IE)S] get “thanks” after (TA) for = SIESTA: day break.
2 In a way it’s priceless not being tied down (4)
FREE
In a way it’s “priceless” (FREE) not being tied down (FREE).
3 Pitiful way to cite retrospective (8)
PATH-ETIC
Way (PATH) to “cite” retrospective (ETIC) = PATHETIC: pitiful.
4 Anagram hiding mausoleum city (4)
AGRA
“an-AGRA-m” hiding = AGRA: mausoleum city.
5 What’s drawing Raymond into the scam? (6)
C(RAY)ON
Into “the scam” (C-ON) Raymond (RAY) = CRAYON: what’s drawing?
6 Racy address to the camera that’s often Danish (4,6)
BLUE CHEESE
Racy (BLUE) address to the camera (CHEESE) = BLUE CHEESE: that’s often Danish.
7 Airborne soldier taking no one with a mental disorder (8)
PARA-NO-I-A
Airborne soldier (PARA) taking “no” “one” with “a” (NO-I-A) = PARANOIA: mental disorder.
13 Determines to get back her support it deserves (10)
ARB-IT-RATES
Her support, ‘bra’, back (ARB) it deserves (IT RATES) to get = ARBITRATES: determines.
14 The French answer isn’t quite neutral (5)
LE-ANS
“The” French (LE) answer (ANS) = LEANS: isn’t quite neutral.
16 Flying fabricated tin, I hear (2,3,3)
IN THE AIR
Fabricated “tin, I hear” = IN THE AIR: flying.
17 Determination the Xmas period is something charged (8)
DEC-IS-ION
The Xmas period (DEC) is (IS) something charged (ION) = DECISION: determination.
19 Tediously move the counsel to help reform (6)
SC-HLEP
The counsel (SC) to “help” reform (HLEP) = SCHLEP: tediously move.
21 Round up a fuel option that includes Rolls Royce (6)
CO(RR)AL
A fuel option (CO-AL) that includes “Rolls Royce” (RR) = CORRAL: round up.
23 Boot that’s not in around the South (4)
OU(S)T
Not in (OU-T) around “the South” (S) that’s = OUST: boot.
24 Also ringing old Penny to make a fuss (2-2)
TO-(D)O
Also (TO-O) ringing “old Penny” (D) to make = TO-DO: a fuss.