Explanations: No. 14708 – Tuesday, 21 February 2012
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8 Monk wrapped in a sheet (6)
Monk (LAM-A) wrapped “in” (IN) = LAMINA: a sheet.
9 Step before a damaged molar gets the axe? (4,4)
Damaged “molar” gets the “axe”, an anagram = ORAL EXAM: step before a damaged molar “gets the axe” (is removed).
10 Here is the empire without someone in Westminster (4)
The “empire” without some in Westminster, ‘MP’ (“E-mp-IRE” without the letters “MP”) is = EIRE: here.
11 It doesn’t add up to a race with less hair? (10)
A race with less hair (BALDER DASH) = BALDERDASH: it doesn’t add up.
12 Look to take in a priest that may have been through the mill (6)
Look (PE-ER) to take in “a priest” (PP) = PEPPER: that may have been through the mill.
14 Others admitting one move with the Poles is the biggest chance (8)
Others (R-EST) admitting “one” “move with the poles” (I-SKI) is = RISKIEST: the biggest chance.
15 Cold War asset let a guy freeze (10,5)
Let a guy freeze (UNDER COVER A GENT) = UNDERCOVER AGENT: Cold War asset.
18 The rest organised an American band for the party (8)
The “rest” organised (STRE) an American (AMER) = STREAMER: band for the party.
20 The commercial break is not tied down (6)
The commercial (AD) break (RIFT) is = ADRIFT: not tied down.
22 Do do get some Morse code, Tom, to the boats (5,5)
Some Morse code (DIT) Tom (TOM) to “the boats” (ARKS) get = DITTO MARKS: do do.
24 This undecided before a party that could raise the roof (4)
This “undecided” (TORN) before “a party” (A DO) = TORNADO: that could raise the roof.
25 They take over for Penny taken in by loan sharks (8)
Loan sharks (USUR-ERS) taking in “Penny” (P) for = USURPERS: they take over.
26 Seurat’s work is like this … and like that (6)
Seurat (the famous pointillist) his work is like this (DOTTED) “…” and like that (DOTTED).
1 Case to get say Ivy, in Dec 25 perhaps (6)
In “Dec 25 perhaps” (DAT-E) say “Ivy” (IV) to get = DATIVE: case.
2 Dreadful danger? (4)
D-anger? (D-IRE) = DIRE: dreadful.
3 Except for the pub say, icy and primitive (8)
Except for (BAR) the pub (BAR) say “icy” (IC) and = BARBARIC: primitive.
4 Only heard this kind of music (4)
Only (SOLE) heard = SOUL: this kind of music.
5 The bounder takes thousands from women’s groups (6)
The bounder (HARE) takes “thousand-s” (M-S) from = HAREMS: women’s groups.
6 One just like him smitten with Esmeralda, RIP (4,6)
Him smitten with Esmeralda, Quasimodo the bell ringer, RIP (DEAD RINGER) = DEAD RINGER: one just like.
7 So yesterday your boy is taken (6,2)
So yesterday (PASSE) your boy (SON) = PASSES ON: is taken.
13 The leading statesman walks in showers (10)
The leading “States” man (PRES) walks in (ENTERS) = PRESENTERS: showers.
14 He splits what the banks are holding (5)
He splits (RIVER) what the banks are holding (RIVER).
16 Smartest at flipping it into the egg container (8)
Into “the egg container” (N-EST) “at” flipping “it” (AT-IT) = NATTIEST: smartest.
17 Where the footpath is from the RDS, one Edward put back (8)
The RD-S (ROAD-S) one (I) Edward, ‘Ed’, put back (DE) = ROADSIDE: where the footpath is.
19 Minute remnant of a barbecue he joined (6)
Minute (M) remnant of a barbecue (EMBER) = MEMBER: he joined.
21 More company less willing to budge? (6)
More company? (FIRM-ER) = FIRMER: less willing to budge.
23 Endless crises get an angry reaction (4)
Endless “crises” (take the end letters off “c-RISE-s”) get = RISE: an angry reaction.
24 Adds charges for day-care (4)
Adds (TOTS) charges for day-care (TOTS).