Explanations: No. 14701 – Monday, 13 February 2012
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8 Out of date so allow in a UK honour (8)
In “a UK honour” (OB-E) so allow (SO-LET) = OBSOLETE: out of date.
9 The month Caesar’s greeting and going from one do to the next? (6)
The month (OCT) Caesar’s greeting (AVE) and = OCTAVE: going from one “do” to the next (to the next do as in “do-re-mi”).
10 Father, settle up with a fruit (6)
Father (PA) settle up (PAY) with “a” (A) = PAPAYA: fruit.
11 Shore line engineers make with dirt (8)
Engineers “make” with “dirt” = TIDEMARK: shore line.
12 Fight is in everyone else (6)
In “everyone else” (RES-T) is (IS) = RESIST: fight.
13 Like Ma and Da aren’t interrupting a friend! (8)
A friend (P-AL) interrupted by “aren’t” (ARENT) = PARENTAL: like Ma and Da.
15 Wrongly help with a chance that’s taken? (4)
With “a” (A) chance that’s taken (BET) = ABET: wrongly help?
17 Wine produced at a party that took over the GPO (7)
Produced (MADE) at “a party that took over the GPO” (IRA) = MADEIRA: wine.
19 Bizarre that it’s not even a dance (7)
Not even (ODD) a dance (BALL) it’s = ODDBALL: bizarre, that.
22 Manage to find some clothing for the priest (4)
Manage (COPE) to find “some clothing for a priest” (COPE).
24 Frank and Art returned in a sense (8)
In “a sense” (S-IGHT) “art” returned (TRA) and = STRAIGHT: frank.
27 Century split split? (6)
Century (C) split (LEAVE) = CLEAVE: split.
29 Digital tool to perfectly execute a computer record (8)
To perfectly execute (NAIL) a computer record (FILE) = NAILFILE: digital tool.
30 Discourages debaters without an arts degree (6)
“Debaters” without an arts degree, ‘BA’ (DE-ba-TERS without the letters ‘ba’) = DETERS: discourages.
31 Adaptable one in a factory (6)
In “a factory” (PL-ANT) one (I) = PLIANT: adaptable.
32 Hang around … that is if you want to see her clothes (8)
Hang around (LINGER) that is (IE) if you want to see = LINGERIE: her clothes.
1 Nothing the barrister consumed was like Smarties (6)
Nothing (O) the barrister (BL) consumed (ATE) was = OBLATE: like Smarties (in shape).
2 Tending to call up when ‘e gets ahead of this case (8)
When ‘e (E) gets ahead of “this case” (VOCATIVE) = EVOCATIVE: tending to call up.
3 Headliner Elizabeth as a sailor (8)
Elizabeth (MEG) as (AS) a sailor (TAR) = MEGASTAR: headliner.
Apologies: I mixed up my Meg and Peg in this one, and I am afraid it slipped through the net. Clue should have read “Headliner Margaret as a sailor”.
4 About to upset a deputy and copy government bonds (3,4)
About (RE) to a deputy, ‘TD’, upset (DT) and “copy” (APE) = RED TAPE: government bonds.
5 Yes-man finds the North more unconventional (6)
The North (N) more unconventional (ODDER) finds = NODDER: yes-man.
6 Don’t go, guys! Reportedly it’s needed for reproduction (6)
Don’t go, guys! (STAY, MEN!) reportedly = STAMEN: it’s needed for (plant) reproduction.
7 Draw too much for major repairs (8)
Draw too much (OVER HAUL) for = OVERHAUL: major repairs.
14 Sitting on a jumper maybe (4)
A jumper maybe (A TOP) = ATOP: sitting on.
16 Switzerland under graduate … one who scored? (4)
Under “graduate” (BA) Switzerland (CH) = BACH: one who scored?
18 Really it’s part of a play you heard with a friend (8)
It’s part of a play (ACT) “you” heard (U) with “a friend” (ALLY) = ACTUALLY: really.
20 Self-indulgent use of the New Testament after the fifties say (8)
After “the fifties say” (DECADE) the New Testament (NT) use of = DECADENT: self-indulgent.
21 A brother to dine at the girl’s break (8)
A brother (BR) to dine (EAT) at “the girl’s” (HER) = BREATHER: break.
23 Back to the inferno round a tragic moor (7)
Back “to” (OT) the inferno (HELL) round (O) = OTHELLO: a tragic Moor.
25 Shining the silver before the meal is ordered (6)
The silver (AG) before the “meal” is ordered (LEAM) = AGLEAM: shining.
26 Discuss the interest in slime (2,4)
In “slime” (GO-O) the interest (INT) = GO INTO: discuss.
28 Priest turned up with minute lice, for example (6)
Priest, ‘Rev’, turned up (VER) with “minute” (MIN) = VERMIN: lice, for example.