Explanations: No. 14705 – Friday, 17 February 2012
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1 Piano tune for a weak hand? (4)
Piano (P) tune (AIR) for = PAIR: a weak (poker) hand.
4 A good deal there maybe quick catching the morning boat (4,6)
Quick (FLE-ET) catching “the morning” “boat” (AM-ARK) = FLEA MARKET: a good deal there maybe.
9 Gypsy choir selection for a film (6)
“gy-PSY CHO-ir” selection, for = PSYCHO: a film.
10 Certainly not a small business concern in fossil fuel (8)
In “fossil fuel” (CO-AL) business concern (LOSS) = COLOSSAL: certainly not a small.
11 He has cause being more tasteless around South Africa (8)
More tasteless (CRU-DER) around “South Africa” (SA) being = CRUSADER: he has cause.
12 Fashionable street to record where there’s an arch (6)
Fashionable (IN) street (ST) to “record” (EP) = INSTEP: where there’s an arch.
13 Stop working for others (4)
Stop working (REST) for “others” (REST).
15 US capital outlaw about to bet in roulette (5,5)
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)
Drama teacher (STAGE COACH) for = STAGECOACH: way out West for an American.
19 Uses rollers and parts of matches (4)
Uses rollers (SETS) and “parts of (tennis) matches” (SETS).
20 Strengths instead of a setback (6)
Instead of (FOR) a “set” back (TES) = FORTES: strengths.
22 It’s illuminating that Diane is not quite finished in the competition (8)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The northeast (NE) and this direction (WEST) is from = NEWEST: most recent.
2 Good at picking up they’re crunched or crooked (9)
They’re crunched (ABS) or (OR) crooked (BENT) = ABSORBENT: good at picking up.
3 Makes music like the Stones? (5)
The stones (ROCKS) makes music like the Stones (ROCKS).
4 You’ll see one from Oslo or Ardee following a loud little woman (5)
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)
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)
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)
Rocky “rises” (RESIS) and rocky hills (TORS) = RESISTORS: they stem the current.
8 Take marks off for the time around Wexford initially (5)
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)
Drunk (TIGHT) one might skip this (ROPE) = TIGHTROPE: narrow kind of crossing.
15 Wait there before going on the return journey? (9)
The return journey (BACK STAGE) = BACKSTAGE: wait there before going on.
16 Convey for instance back tax (3,6)
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)
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)
Positive response from a European (OUI) and another (JA) = OUIJA: kind of board.
23 Object for a medic taking in an Aussie runner (5)
A medic (D-R) taking in “an Aussie runner” (EMU) for = DEMUR: object.
24 Everything that’s painful is OK (5)
Everything (ALL) that’s painful (OW) is = ALLOW: OK.