Explanations: No. 14699 – Friday, 10 February 2012
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1 Quietly fool an examiner’s judgment (4)
Quietly (P) fool (ASS) = PASS: an examiner’s judgment.
4 She’s painfully spiky, that club aide in Monaghan (4,6)
That club (IRON) “aide” in Monaghan, ‘MN’ [M(AIDE)N] = IRON MAIDEN: she’s painfully spiky (the torture device).
9 Hot, like some kisses (6)
Hot (STOLEN) like some kisses (STOLEN).
10 Chaucer’s story teller and a cowboy’s partner, at one are heard (8)
A cowboy’s partner (PARD) at “one” (ONE) “are” heard (R) and = PARDONER: Chaucer’s story teller (in “The Canterbury Tales”).
11 Appropriately divides a professional fee schedule (8)
A professional (PRO) fee schedule (RATES) = PRORATES: appropriately divides.
12 Pretentious young man, the one with Father (2-2-2)
Young man (LAD) the one (I) with “Father” (DA) = LA-DI-DA: pretentious.
13 We cross before this crossing point getting to the SE corner (4)
We (WE) cross (X) before “this crossing point” (FORD) getting to = WEXFORD: the SE corner (of the country).
15 Manufactured test of a Pakistani flower (10)
Test of a Pakistani flow-er, river (INDUS TRIAL) = INDUSTRIAL: manufactured.
17 The six-footer with it, he is … is opposite (10)
The six-footer (ANT) with “it” (IT) he is (HE’S) is (IS) = ANTITHESIS: opposite.
19 Stone work to a learner (4)
Work (OP) to “a” (A) learner (L) = OPAL: stone.
20 Footless, Dad turned round the lad the other way (6)
Dad, ‘Pa’, turned (AP) round (O) the “lad” the other way (DAL) = APODAL: footless.
22 They’re hot and have to land by Strangford Lough (8)
Have to (MUST) land by Strangford Lough (ARDS) and = MUSTARDS: they’re hot.
25 Not required for one in a ‘Platoon’ remake (8)
In “a ‘platoon’ remake” (OPT-ONAL) one (I) for = OPTIONAL: not required.
26 Illuminated even one mass communication? (6)
Illuminated (LIT) even one (ANY) = LITANY: mass communication?
27 Goes in a car with Mother in a bid to get to the wedding party (10)
In “a bid” (B-ID) “goes in a car” with “mother” (RIDES-MA) to get to = BRIDESMAID: the wedding party.
28 He admits I would hear this at the surprise party (4)
He (H-E) admits “I would” (I’D) = HIDE: hear this at a surprise party.
2 Perhaps more towards the stern at 12 pm? (9)
Perhaps more towards the stern? (AFT-ER) at “12” (NOON) = AFTERNOON: pm.
3 Kind of battery well, Laurence (5)
Well (SO) Laurence (LAR) = SOLAR: kind of battery.
4 Otherwise how does this becomes his? (2,3)
How does “t-his” become “his” (IF there is NO T) = IF NOT: otherwise.
5 After the operation, sat on the other side (7)
After “the operation” (OP) sat (POSED) = OPPOSED: on the other side.
6 They might censor a 1000 spoken to first by the South (9)
A 1000 (M) spoken (ORAL) to “first” (IST) by “the South” (S) = MORALISTS: they might censor.
7 So that one might see T then O? (2,5,2)
IN ORDER T-O
T then O? (IN ORDER, T then O) = IN ORDER TO: so that one might.
8 Editor ringing guys to make corrections (5)
Editor (E-D) ringing “guys” (MEN) = EMEND: to make corrections.
14 Left hanging with a final message the doctor died outside (4-5)
Died (D-IED) outside “with ‘a final message’ ‘the doctor’” (RIP-DR) = DRIP-DRIED: left hanging.
15 Inspirations in Henry and some colonists (9)
In (IN) Henry (HAL) and “some colonists” (ANTS) = INHALANTS: inspirations.
16 Left a group one old penny (9)
A group (A BAND) one old penny (ONE D) = ABANDONED: left.
18 Therefore, Mother takes the 51A for the country (7)
Therefore (SO) Mother (MA) takes the “51-A” (LI-A) for = SOMALIA: the country.
21 You have to pay him 22/7 for each (5)
22/7 (PI) for each (PER) = PIPER: you have to pay him (“you have to pay the piper”).
23 Young man from South Africa leaves for dinner (5)
Young man from South Africa (SA LAD) = SALAD: leaves for dinner.
24 Half start a letter (5)
“h-alf” start (H) = AITCH: a letter.