Explanations: No. 14703 – Wednesday, 15 February 2012
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1 Make one little woman fashionable (4)
Little woman (JO) fashionable (IN) = JOIN: make one.
4 Minor bother with the French money (10)
Bother (ADO) with “the” French (LES) money (CENT) = ADOLESCENT: minor.
9 Insult, not on purpose (6)
Not on (OFF) purpose (END) = OFFEND: insult.
10 One backed to finish or call in poker (8)
To finish (END) or (OR) call in poker (SEE) = ENDORSEE: one backed.
11 He can’t leave one so nosy about my boy (8)
One so nosy (PRI-ER) about “my boy” (SON) = PRISONER: he can’t leave.
12 No anaesthesiologist (6)
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)
Worrying (CONCERNING) about (CONCERNING).
17 My sister and me adapted and balanced appearances (10)
“My sister” and “me” adapted, and = SYMMETRIES: balanced appearances.
19 Learned seasoning (4)
Learned (SAGE) seasoning (SAGE).
20 Platform for quiet hatred (6)
Quiet (P) hatred (ODIUM) for = PODIUM: platform.
22 Firm about what’s dissolved (8)
About (RE) what’s dissolved (SOLUTE) = RESOLUTE: firm.
25 Nice officer a general ordered armed (8)
A general (GEN) ordered “armed” (DARME) = GENDARME: Nice officer.
26 Away from home the grown-up kit is best (6)
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)
The North (N) united (ONE) = NONE: alternative to all (as in “all or none”).
2 Volunteer David Cameron perhaps for part of the service (9)
Volunteer (OFFER) David Cameron perhaps (TORY) for = OFFERTORY: part of the service.
3 Has to have massages so to speak (5)
Massages (KNEADS) so to speak = NEEDS: has to have.
4 Extra commercial to put on (3-2)
Commercial (AD) to put on (DON) = ADD-ON: extra.
5 Take too much time to invade (7)
Take too much time (OVERRUN) to invade (OVERRUN).
6 Risks a finish with ticks off (9)
A finish (END) with “ticks off” (ANGERS) = ENDANGERS: risks.
7 It’s about me getting into some small change for the last clothes (9)
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)
A city on the Riviera (NICE) so it’s said, from = NIECE: a family girl.
14 Note to oneself about a rest (9)
Note to oneself (REM-INDER) about “a” (A) = REMAINDER: rest.
15 Jazz fan a mother managed for craft? (9)
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)
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 (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)
The UK honours (OBES) the East (E) = OBESE: with a lot to lose.
23 Sabre, Sierra or Sugar (5)
Sierra or Sugar (S-WORD) = SWORD: sabre.
24 Admit the French can (3,2)
“The” French (LE) can (TIN) = LET IN: admit.