Explanations: No. 14707 – Monday, 20 February 2012

Mon, Feb 20, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Accountant with a Rolls-Royce, one going door-to-door? (8)

CA-ROLLER
Accountant (CA) with “a Rolls-Royce” (ROLLER) = CAROLLER: one going door-to-door.
9 It transmits negative word from France about Europe (6)
N(EUR)ON
Negative word from France (N-ON) about “Europe” (EUR) = NEURON: it transmits.
10 Rebuke an Egyptian king, and his twin (3-3)
TUT-TUT
An Egyptian king (TUT) and his twin (TUT) = TUT-TUT: rebuke.
11 Favour a sound twist (4,4)
GOOD TURN
A sound (GOOD) twist (TURN) = GOOD TURN: favour.
12 Make sense of a verse for the Christmas period (6)
DEC-ODE
A verse, ‘ode’, for the Christmas period, ‘December’ (DEC ODE) = DECODE: make sense of.
13 Maintained Fianna Fáil has one in, ready to do battle (8)
A(FF-I)RMED
In “ready to do battle” (A-RMED) “Fianna Fáil” has “one” (FF-I) = AFFIRMED: maintained.
15 Look into commands to get military supplies returned (4)
AMMO
Look into “c-OMMA-nds” (OMMA) returned, to get = AMMO: military supplies.
17 Reckon place gets income (7)
COM(PUT)E
In “come” (COM-E) gets “place” (PUT) = COMPUTE: reckon.
19 Circle round towards the back of the boat floating down the river (7)
R(AFT)ING
Circle (R-ING) round “towards the back of the boat” (AFT) = RAFTING: floating down the river.
22 Sets a price for a fool … about a grand (4)
AS(K)S
A fool (AS-S) about “a grand” (K) for = ASKS: sets a price.
24 Where to get a lift for ten with the old army in a military vehicle (4,4)
TA(X-I RA)NK
In “a military vehicle” (TA-NK) “ten” with “the old army” (X-IRA) for = TAXI RANK: where to get a lift.
27 Alert service award that’s not working (3-3)
TIP-OFF
Service award (TIP) that’s “not working” (OFF) = TIP-OFF: alert.
29 Maybe write arbitarily to skip gym before the fifties (8)
MISS-PE-LL
To skip (MISS) gym (PE) before “the fifties” (LL) = MISSPELL: maybe write “abitarily” (instead of “arbitrarily”).
30 It’s about people putting current into the ground rail (6)
R(AC)IAL
Into “the ground ‘rail’” (R-IAL) putting “current” (AC) = RACIAL: it’s about people.
31 Like Offaly for one … the Netherlands also (6)
I-NL-AND
One (I) the Netherlands (NL) also (AND) for = INLAND: like Offaly.
32 MAET (4,4)
FLIP SIDE
MAET is the word “TEAM” FLIPPED over = FLIP “SIDE”.

Down
1 South African instrument used for a military action (6)

SA-LUTE
South African (SA) instrument (LUTE) used for = SALUTE: a military action.
2 Cajole a yielding and fair city maybe (4-4)
SOFT-SOAP
A yielding (SOFT) and “Fair City” maybe (SOAP) = SOFT-SOAP: cajole.
3 It’s on me to do wrong by (3-5)
I’LL-TREAT
It’s on me (I’LL TREAT) = ILL-TREAT: to do wrong by.
4 Application for a lightweight? (7)
PRO-GRAM
For (PRO) a light-weight (GRAM) = PROGRAM: application.
5 Removal of the smallest number that’s unique (3-3)
ONE-OFF
Removal of the smallest number (ONE OFF) that’s = ONE-OFF: unique.
6 Kind of boat propeller, our pounder? (6)
PUNT-ER
Our pound-er? (PUNT-ER) = PUNTER: kind of boat propeller.
7 Number from an ex, Ivy heard (8)
FOURTEEN
An “ex, Ivy” heard (XIV) from = FOURTEEN: number.
14 Choice location for a vitamin (4)
FOR-K
For (FOR) a vitamin (K) = FORK: choice location (in a road, say … which way do I go?).
16 501 missing from the median statistic (4)
ME-AN
501, ‘DI’, missing from the “median” (the letters “di” missing from “ME-di-AN”) = MEAN: statistic.
18 Addresses nothing, with only these allowed (8)
O-RATIONS
Nothing (O) with “only these allowed” (RATIONS) = ORATIONS: addresses.
20 A bodybuilder that’s out of this world (8)
A-STEROID
A bodybuilder (A STEROID) = ASTEROID: that’s out of this world.
21 Like Spacey playing in pioneer parts too often? (8)
T(YPECAS)T
In “pioneer” (T-T) “Spacey” playing (YPECAS) = TYPECAST: like Spacey playing in pioneer parts too often.
23 A way to the top is mostly life in a bit of theatre (3,4)
SKI (LIF)T
In “a bit of theatre” (SKI-T) mostly ‘lif-e” (LIF) is = SKI LIFT: a way to the top.
25 Trendy design … same line of clothing! (6)
IN-SEAM
Trendy (IN) design “same” (SEAM) = INSEAM: line of clothing.
26 What to do with a general lawyer in America (6)
A-GEN-DA
With “a” (A) general (GEN) lawyer in America (DA) = AGENDA: what to do.
28 A woman in Munich has old Penny’s fast ones (6)
FRAU-D’S
A woman in Munich (FRAU) has “old Penny’s” (D’S) = FRAUDS: fast ones.