Explanations: No. 14706 – Saturday, 18 February 2012
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1 Eat around six and paddle back to the boat for a service perhaps (6,7)
Eat, ‘dine’, around six, ‘VI’ [DI(VI)NE] and paddle, ‘row’, back to “the boat” (WOR-SHIP) for = DIVINE WORSHIP: a service perhaps.
10 Bugs from sick one taking a taxi back (7)
“Sick” “one” taking “a taxi” (ILL-I-CAB) back, from = BACILLI: bugs.
11 Record preserves they’re not moving (7)
Record preserves (LOG JAMS) = LOGJAMS: they’re not moving.
12 Senseless note containing word of hesitation (4)
Note (N-B) containing “word of hesitation” (UM) = NUMB: senseless.
13 In with silver rings one day (5)
Silver (A-G) rings one day, ‘Monday’ (MON) = AMONG: in with.
15 Sound investment in each if interested (2-2)
In “eac-H IF I-nterested” = HI-FI: sound investment.
17 Expert and first class service (3)
Expert (ACE) and first class (tennis) service (ACE).
19 Bounced around America with Edward (6)
A-round (O) America (US) with “Edward” (TED) = OUSTED: bounced.
21 Lawyer concludes they’re not 100% one or the other (6)
Lawyer (BL) concludes (ENDS) = BLENDS: they’re not 100% one or the other.
22 Some gas that is of concern to a loser? (7)
Some gas (CALOR) that is (IE) = CALORIE: of concern to a loser?
23 Use me, reversing a ruse (6)
“Me” reversing (EM) a ruse (PLOY) = EMPLOY: use.
25 Frightening word about a doctor who shoots in the jungle? (6)
Frightening word (B-OO) about “a doctor” (A MB) = BAMBOO: shoots in the jungle?
27 The share count evens out (3)
“Count” evens out (take the even letters out of C-o-U-n-T) = CUT: the share.
29 What Father Christmas collects therefore, overtime (4)
Therefore (SO) overtime (OT) = SOOT: what Father Christmas collects.
30 Royal Academy follows graduates from an Iraqi city (5)
Graduates (BAS) followed by Royal Academy (RA) from = BASRA: an Iraqi city.
31 Flip out photo (4)
Flip out (SNAP) photo (SNAP).
34 No help in taking you sound roofing material (7)
In (IN) taking “you” sound (U) roofing material (TILE) = INUTILE: no help.
35 Not a good guy for a house that’s fancy and trendy (7)
A house that’s fancy (VILLA) and “trendy” (IN) for = VILLAIN: not a good guy.
36 American guy’s cool showing an ability to lead us all (13)
American guy’s cool (STATES MAN’S HIP) showing = STATESMANSHIP: an ability to lead us all.
2 These provide me with coins somehow (7)
“Me” with “coins” somehow = INCOMES: these provide me with coins somehow.
3 Sounds like a pop star isn’t working (4)
A pop star (IDOL) sounds like = IDLE: isn’t working.
4 Some variations for the German war machine (6)
Some Variations, by Elgar (ENIGMA Variations) for the German war (cipher) machine (ENIGMA).
5 One outside, fifty in seeing the sites (6)
One (O-NE) outside “fifty” “in” (L-IN) = ONLINE: seeing the sites.
6 It might be Leo writing on the wall perhaps (4)
It might be Leo (SIGN) writing on the wall perhaps (SIGN).
7 Like Shiraz I managed to take John from Scotland (7)
I managed (I RAN) to take “John from Scotland” (IAN) = IRANIAN: like Shiraz (the city, after which the wine takes its name).
8 Desperately left a strap around one of Ed’s joints? (9,4)
A strap around one of Ed’s joints (A BAND ON ED’S HIP) = ABANDONED SHIP: desperately left.
9 This ass’s business is all at sea (1,4’1,7)
A SHIP’S COMPANY
This “a-SS’s” (A SHIP’S) business (COMPANY) is = A SHIP’S COMPANY: “all” at sea.
14 A month to work an army threat? (7)
A month (OCT) to “work” (OPUS) = OCTOPUS: an “arm-y” threat?
16 Christmas period alternative for ornamentation (5)
Christmas period (DEC) alternative (OR) for = DECOR: ornamentation.
18 Make a case quietly and get ahead (5)
Quietly (P) and “get ahead” (LEAD) = PLEAD: make a case.
20 Every second from a diary unit? (3)
Every second from a “diary” (every second letter from “D-i-A-r-Y”) = DAY: a diary unit?
21 Front cover showing one into bees (3)
Into “bees” (B-B) one (I) showing = BIB: front cover.
24 What ‘The Times’ makes for output? (7)
What the “times” makes, mathematically (PRODUCT) for “output” (PRODUCT).
26 Like some Indians from England in an island near Java (7)
In “an island near Java” (B-ALI) England (ENG) from = BENGALI: like some Indians.
27 In recital see sabre dances and highland flings? (6)
“See” in recital (C) “sabre” dances (ABERS) and = CABERS: highland “flings”?
28 Like some questions, a shot in the arm to one into retro-art (6)
Into “retro ‘art’” (TR-A) “a shot in the arm” to “one” (IV-I) = TRIVIA: like some questions.
32 Order a panda maybe (4)
Order (FIAT) a Panda maybe (FIAT).
33 Sadly it’s not in the atlas (4)
No-t in the “atlas” (take out the “t” from “A-t-LAS) it’s = ALAS: sadly.