Explanations: No. 14697 – Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Wed, Feb 8, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 The first person against the northeast being unyielding (10)

ADAM-ANTI-NE
The first person (ADAM) against (ANTI) the northeast (NE) being = ADAMANTINE: unyielding.
6 Blow for friends from the right (4)
SLAP
Friends, ‘pals’, from the right, letters turned around, for = SLAP: blow.
10 Best I give a hand (5)
I-DEAL
I give a hand (I DEAL) = IDEAL: best.
11 Drop the bag … not like THAT! (9)
LOWER-CASE
Drop the bag (LOWER CASE) = LOWERCASE: not like “THAT”.
12 Wavering, the French follow the United Nations’ bill (8)
UN’S-TAB-LE
The United Nations’ bill (UN’S TAB) “the” French follow (LE) = UNSTABLE: wavering.
13 That’s the way it’s employed this year – 1776 (5)
US-AGE
This year – 1776 (US AGE) that’s = USAGE: the way it’s employed.
15 Hide user getting a shot around Henry’s second (7)
T(ANNE)RY
A shot (T-RY) around Henry’s second, ‘Anne Boleyn’ (ANNE) getting = TANNERY: hide user.
17 Age certain for elimination (7)
ERA-SURE
Age (ERA) certain (SURE) for = ERASURE: elimination.
19 Discard an accountant’s stylish gentleman (4,3)
CA’S-T OFF
An accountant’s (CA’S) stylish gentleman (TOFF) = CAST OFF: discard.
21 Gal one found in a copy of ‘Jane Eyre’ perhaps? (7)
C(LASS-I)C
Found in “a copy” (C-C) “gal” “one” (LASS-I) = CLASSIC: ‘Jane Eyre’ perhaps?
22 Acquire a trendy mongrel (5)
IN-CUR
A trendy (IN) mongrel (CUR) = INCUR: acquire.
24 Response about the play beginning round the North (8)
RE-ACT-I-O-N
About (RE) the play beginning (ACT I) round (O) the North (N) = REACTION: response.
27 Kids no longer enjoying the season (9)
OFF-SPRING
No longer enjoying (OFF) the season (SPRING) = OFFSPRING: kids.
28 Best and no longer fashionable hairstyle (5)
OUT-DO
No longer fashionable (OUT) hairstyle (DO) and = OUTDO: best.
29 A real piece of work to half-question! (4)
T-ASK
“T-o” half (T) question (ASK) = TASK: a real piece of work.
30 Not the usual UN, with nothing to do at ten (10)
U-NORTH-O-DO-X
UN (U-NORTH) with “nothing” (O) to “do” (DO) at “ten” (X) = UNORTHODOX: not the usual.

Down
1 Keen to show a short film (4)

A-VID
A short film (A VID) to show = AVID: keen.
2 Copy the N99 range (9)
APE-N-NINES
Copy (APE) the N (N) 99 (NINES) = APENNINES: range.
3 Parcel out everything over time (5)
ALL-OT
Everything (ALL) over time (OT) = ALLOT: parcel out.
4 Plaything containing a fifty-pound furniture item (7)
T(A-L-LB)OY
Plaything (T-OY) containing “a” “fifty” “pound” (A-L-LB) = TALLBOY: furniture item.
5 There’s not any place this minute to present (7)
NOW-HERE
This minute (NOW) to “present” (HERE) there’s = NOWHERE: not any place.
7 Owns in Los Angeles, the Forbidden City (5)
L(HAS)A
In “Los Angeles” (L-A) owns (HAS) = LHASA: the Forbidden City (of Tibet).
8 A few pennies outside to send elsewhere for the top pick (10)
P(REFER)ENCE
A few pennies (P-ENCE) outside “to send elsewhere” (REFER) for = PREFERENCE: the top pick.
9 Brother, you heard that laugh and uproar (8)
BRO-U-HA-HA
Brother (BRO) “you” heard (U) that laugh (HA-HA) and = BROUHAHA: uproar.
14 Stay to mark off one in Guinness, say (5,2,3)
S(TICK I)T-OUT
In “Guinness, say” (S-TOUT) to mark one off (TICK I) = STICK IT OUT: stay.
16 Perhaps vain journeys for example, over time end with tears (3,5)
EG-O T-RIPS
For example (EG) over time (OT) end with “tears” (RIPS) = EGO TRIPS: perhaps vain journeys.
18 Not like the leopard still hidden (9)
UNSPOTTED
Not like the leopard (UNSPOTTED) still hidden (UNSPOTTED).
20 Overturning of a rule that’s unfamiliar (7)
FO-REIGN
Overturning “of” (FO) a rule (REIGN) that’s = FOREIGN: unfamiliar.
21 The family Reginald upset, it can be dropped (7)
CLAN-GER
The family (CLAN) Reginald, ‘Reg’, upset (GER) = CLANGER: it can be dropped.
23 Handily restrains army bands? (5)
CUFFS
Handily restrains? (CUFFS) arm-y bands? (CUFFS).
25 Also, not quite the one in your head (5)
TOO-TH
Also (TOO) not quite “th-e” (TH) = TOOTH: one in your head.
26 Use a bit of blarney to get 1000 across (4)
C-O-A-X
100-0 (C-O) a-cross (A-X) to get = COAX: use a bit of blarney.