Explanations: No. 14703 – Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Wed, Feb 15, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Make one little woman fashionable (4)

JO-IN
Little woman (JO) fashionable (IN) = JOIN: make one.
4 Minor bother with the French money (10)
ADO-LES-CENT
Bother (ADO) with “the” French (LES) money (CENT) = ADOLESCENT: minor.
9 Insult, not on purpose (6)
OFF-END
Not on (OFF) purpose (END) = OFFEND: insult.
10 One backed to finish or call in poker (8)
END-OR-SEE
To finish (END) or (OR) call in poker (SEE) = ENDORSEE: one backed.
11 He can’t leave one so nosy about my boy (8)
PRI(SON)ER
One so nosy (PRI-ER) about “my boy” (SON) = PRISONER: he can’t leave.
12 No anaesthesiologist (6)
NUMBER
No (NUMBER) anaesthesiologist (NUMB-ER).
13 Perhaps Jim Morrison was way out? (4)
Perhaps Jim Morrison, of The Doors? (a DOOR) was “way out” (DOOR).
15 Worrying about (10)
CONCERNING
Worrying (CONCERNING) about (CONCERNING).
17 My sister and me adapted and balanced appearances (10)
SYMMETRIES
“My sister” and “me” adapted, and = SYMMETRIES: balanced appearances.
19 Learned seasoning (4)
SAGE
Learned (SAGE) seasoning (SAGE).
20 Platform for quiet hatred (6)
P-ODIUM
Quiet (P) hatred (ODIUM) for = PODIUM: platform.
22 Firm about what’s dissolved (8)
RE-SOLUTE
About (RE) what’s dissolved (SOLUTE) = RESOLUTE: firm.
25 Nice officer a general ordered armed (8)
GEN-DARME
A general (GEN) ordered “armed” (DARME) = GENDARME: Nice officer.
26 Away from home the grown-up kit is best (6)
OUT-FOX
Away from home (OUT) the grown-up “kit” (FOX) is = OUTFOX: best.
27 Take note of Paddington on the brain (4,2,4)
BEAR IN MIND
Take note of (BEAR IN MIND) Paddington (Bear) on the brain (BEAR IN MIND).
28 Alternative to all the North united (4)
N-ONE
The North (N) united (ONE) = NONE: alternative to all (as in “all or none”).

Down
2 Volunteer David Cameron perhaps for part of the service (9)

OFFER-TORY
Volunteer (OFFER) David Cameron perhaps (TORY) for = OFFERTORY: part of the service.
3 Has to have massages so to speak (5)
NEEDS
Massages (KNEADS) so to speak = NEEDS: has to have.
4 Extra commercial to put on (3-2)
AD-D-ON
Commercial (AD) to put on (DON) = ADD-ON: extra.
5 Take too much time to invade (7)
OVERRUN
Take too much time (OVERRUN) to invade (OVERRUN).
6 Risks a finish with ticks off (9)
END-ANGERS
A finish (END) with “ticks off” (ANGERS) = ENDANGERS: risks.
7 It’s about me getting into some small change for the last clothes (9)
CE(RE-ME)NTS
Into “some small change” (CE-NTS) it’s “about me” (RE-ME) for = CEREMENTS: the last clothes.
8 A family girl from a city on the Riviera, so it’s said (5)
NIECE
A city on the Riviera (NICE) so it’s said, from = NIECE: a family girl.
14 Note to oneself about a rest (9)
REM(A)INDER
Note to oneself (REM-INDER) about “a” (A) = REMAINDER: rest.
15 Jazz fan a mother managed for craft? (9)
CAT-A-MA-RAN
Jazz fan (CAT) a mother (A MA) managed (RAN) for = CATAMARAN: craft.
16 Close by, thank God, have the rights to cover for one out (9)
NIGH-TG-OWN
Close by (NIGH) thank God (TG) have the rights to (OWN) = NIGHTGOWN: cover for one out.
18 Is the crazed king returning with one Middle Easterner? (7)
IS-RAEL-I
Is (IS) the crazed king, ‘Lear’, returning (RAEL) with “one” (I) = ISRAELI: Middle Easterner.
21 With a lot to lose the UK honours the East (5)
OBES-E
The UK honours (OBES) the East (E) = OBESE: with a lot to lose.
23 Sabre, Sierra or Sugar (5)
S-WORD
Sierra or Sugar (S-WORD) = SWORD: sabre.
24 Admit the French can (3,2)
LE-T IN
“The” French (LE) can (TIN) = LET IN: admit.