Explanations: No. 14705 – Friday, 17 February 2012

Fri, Feb 17, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Piano tune for a weak hand? (4)

P-AIR
Piano (P) tune (AIR) for = PAIR: a weak (poker) hand.
4 A good deal there maybe quick catching the morning boat (4,6)
FLE(A M-ARK)ET
Quick (FLE-ET) catching “the morning” “boat” (AM-ARK) = FLEA MARKET: a good deal there maybe.
9 Gypsy choir selection for a film (6)
PSYCHO
“gy-PSY CHO-ir” selection, for = PSYCHO: a film.
10 Certainly not a small business concern in fossil fuel (8)
CO(LOSS)AL
In “fossil fuel” (CO-AL) business concern (LOSS) = COLOSSAL: certainly not a small.
11 He has cause being more tasteless around South Africa (8)
CRU(SA)DER
More tasteless (CRU-DER) around “South Africa” (SA) being = CRUSADER: he has cause.
12 Fashionable street to record where there’s an arch (6)
IN-ST-EP
Fashionable (IN) street (ST) to “record” (EP) = INSTEP: where there’s an arch.
13 Stop working for others (4)
REST
Stop working (REST) for “others” (REST).
15 US capital outlaw about to bet in roulette (5,5)
BA(TO)N ROUGE
Outlaw, ‘ban’, about “to” [BA(TO)N] bet in roulette (ROUGE) = BATON ROUGE: US capital.
17 Way out West for an American drama teacher (10)
STAGE-COACH
Drama teacher (STAGE COACH) for = STAGECOACH: way out West for an American.
19 Uses rollers and parts of matches (4)
SETS
Uses rollers (SETS) and “parts of (tennis) matches” (SETS).
20 Strengths instead of a setback (6)
FOR-TES
Instead of (FOR) a “set” back (TES) = FORTES: strengths.
22 It’s illuminating that Diane is not quite finished in the competition (8)
RA(DIAN)CE
In “the competition” (RA-CE) “Dian-e” is not quite finished (DIAN) = RADIANCE: it’s illuminating, that.
25 Not serious about a letter from Greece for that old Greek character! (8)
MINO(TAU)R
Not serious (MINO-R) about “a letter from Greece” (TAU) for = MINOTAUR: that old Greek character.
26 Green light after the motorway for Cork town (6)
M-ALLOW
After “the motorway” (M) green light (ALLOW) for = MALLOW: Cork town.
27 Maybe Lawrence’s Mellors was willing to furtively look back at ‘er? (10)
GAME-KEEP-’ER
Willing (GAME) to furtively look, ‘peek’, back (KEEP) at “‘er” (ER) was = GAMEKEEPER: maybe D. H. Lawrence’s “Mellors” in “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”.
28 Most recent is from the northeast and this direction (4)
WEST
The northeast (NE) and this direction (WEST) is from = NEWEST: most recent.

Down
2 Good at picking up they’re crunched or crooked (9)

ABS-OR-BENT
They’re crunched (ABS) or (OR) crooked (BENT) = ABSORBENT: good at picking up.
3 Makes music like the Stones? (5)
ROCKS
The stones (ROCKS) makes music like the Stones (ROCKS).
4 You’ll see one from Oslo or Ardee following a loud little woman (5)
F-JO-RD
A loud (F) Little Woman (JO) followed by “Ar-dee” (RD) or = FJORD: you’ll see one from Oslo.
5 Maybe a sound bite not including Romeo on the radio inside (7)
EXCE(R)PT
Not including (EXCE-PT) “Romeo on the radio” inside (R) = EXCERPT: maybe a sound bite.
6 A tiny bit sick, one interrupted part of the year (9)
M(ILL-I)ONTH
Part of the year (M-ONTH) interrupted by “sick” “one” (ILL-I) = MILLIONTH: a tiny bit.
7 Rocky rises and rocky hills, they stem the current (9)
RESIS-TORS
Rocky “rises” (RESIS) and rocky hills (TORS) = RESISTORS: they stem the current.
8 Take marks off for the time around Wexford initially (5)
ERA-SE
The time (ERA) around Wexford, ‘the South East’, initially (SE) = ERASE: take marks off.
14 Drunk one might skip this narrow kind of crossing (9)
TIGHT-ROPE
Drunk (TIGHT) one might skip this (ROPE) = TIGHTROPE: narrow kind of crossing.
15 Wait there before going on the return journey? (9)
BACK-STAGE
The return journey (BACK STAGE) = BACKSTAGE: wait there before going on.
16 Convey for instance back tax (3,6)
GE-T A-CROSS
For instance, ‘eg’, back (GE) t-a-x (T-A-CROSS) = GET ACROSS: convey.
18 Show on telly with a small amount of help from on high (3-4)
AIR-DROP
Show on telly (AIR) with “a small amount” of (DROP) = AIR-DROP: help from on high.
21 Kind of board getting positive responses from two different Europeans (5)
OUI-JA
Positive response from a European (OUI) and another (JA) = OUIJA: kind of board.
23 Object for a medic taking in an Aussie runner (5)
D(EMU)R
A medic (D-R) taking in “an Aussie runner” (EMU) for = DEMUR: object.
24 Everything that’s painful is OK (5)
ALL-OW
Everything (ALL) that’s painful (OW) is = ALLOW: OK.