Explanations: No. 14702 – Tuesday, 14 February 2012
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8 Show a film that prevents one viewing? (6)
Show a film (SCREEN) that prevents one viewing (SCREEN).
9 Spot for a dress dance from Bohemia. (5,3)
Dance from Bohemia (POLKA) “.” (DOT) = POLKA DOT: spot for a dress.
10 Blue feathers (4)
Blue (DOWN) feathers (DOWN).
11 PM, uh? (10)
“PM, uh” is the letters HUMP written BACK-wards = HUMPBACKED.
12 Cuts corners to get downhill quickly before the army cops (6)
To get downhill quickly (SKI) before “the army cops” (MPS) = SKIMPS: cuts corners.
14 Sparkling silver debris (8)
Silver (AG) debris (LITTER) = AGLITTER: sparkling.
15 OWHER (6,2,7)
MIDDLE OF N(OWHER)E
OWHER is the MIDDLE OF the word NOWHERE = MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
18 Sub-post office with an ex-disease, one from the past (8)
Sub-post office (SMALL PO) with an “ex” (X) = SMALLPOX: disease, one from the past (now eradicated).
20 Tongue-lashing one in the exchange (6)
In “the exchange” (T-RADE) one (I) = TIRADE: tongue-lashing.
22 Spoken about name the New Testament reveals for show (10)
Spoken (OR-AL) about “name” “the New Testament” (NAME-NT) reveals = ORNAMENTAL: for show.
24 Dodge for one providing 10-across (4)
Dodge (DUCK) for one providing DOWN (DUCK).
25 Steel pad used for supporting a statue? (8)
“Steel pad” used = PEDESTAL: for supporting a statue?
26 Counsel to turn over and over and move around a computer’s 8-across (6)
Counsel (SC) to turn over and over (ROLL) and = SCROLL: move around a computer’s SCREEN.
1 Company backed something to pick for the end of time? (1’5)
Company, ‘Co.’, backed (OC) something to pick (LOCK) for = O’CLOCK: the end of time?
2 Write about nothing and nobody (4)
Write (PE-N) about “nothing” (O) and = PEON: nobody.
3 Bawdy half-uncle’s rush (8)
Half “unc-les” (UNC) rush (HASTE) = UNCHASTE: bawdy.
4 Unwanted communication from spring to the 5th of November (4)
Spring (SPA) to “the 5th of nove-M-ber” (M) from = SPAM: unwanted communication.
5 Universal guy’s mate catches a high ball (6)
Guy’s mate (G-AL) catches “a high ball” (LOB) = GLOBAL: universal.
6 Maybe the Pied Piper gets a pair of animals in France, dear (3-7)
A pair of animals (RAT-CAT) in France “dear” (CHER) = RAT-CATCHER: maybe the Pied Piper.
7 Warnings of course, ever his job to divine (8)
Warnings of (golf) course (FORES) ever (E’ER) = FORESEER: his job to divine.
13 Maybe 450 to 1450 or 500 to 500 in odometer readings (6,4)
In “odometer readings” (MI-LE AGES) “500” to “500” (D-D) or = MIDDLE AGES: maybe 450 to 1450 (AD).
14 Attach a really loud 1-across? (5)
A (A) really loud (FF) 1 (I) a-cross (X) = AFFIX: attach.
16 Quickly identify around 2000 Gaelic below the surface (8)
Quickly “identify” (I-D) around “’2000’ ‘Gaelic’” (MM-ERSE) = IMMERSED: below the surface.
17 Do far better than pupils on a field trip? (8)
Pupils on a field trip (OUT-CLASS) = OUTCLASS: do far better than.
19 Nice to see a pioneer in a quarry (6)
In “a quarry” (PRE-Y) a pioneer (TT) = PRETTY: nice to see.
21 Easily managed to find a doctor on Réunion, say (6)
A doctor (DOC) on “Réunion” say (ILE) to find = DOCILE: easily managed.
Réunion is the most populous of all French islands, and is found in the Indian Ocean.
23 Blow the whistle for a Rossini subject (4)
Blow the whistle (TELL) for a Rossini subject (William TELL).
24 Desperate to see about Diana first (4)
“Diana” first (DI) about (RE) to see = DIRE: desperate.