Explanations: No. 14708 – Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tue, Feb 21, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Monk wrapped in a sheet (6)

LAM(IN)A
Monk (LAM-A) wrapped “in” (IN) = LAMINA: a sheet.
9 Step before a damaged molar gets the axe? (4,4)
ORAL EXAM
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)
EIRE
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)
BALDER-DASH
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)
PE(PP)ER
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)
R(I-SKI)EST
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)
UNDER-COVER A-GENT
Let a guy freeze (UNDER COVER A GENT) = UNDERCOVER AGENT: Cold War asset.
18 The rest organised an American band for the party (8)
STRE-AMER
The “rest” organised (STRE) an American (AMER) = STREAMER: band for the party.
20 The commercial break is not tied down (6)
AD-RIFT
The commercial (AD) break (RIFT) is = ADRIFT: not tied down.
22 Do do get some Morse code, Tom, to the boats (5,5)
DIT-TO M-ARKS
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)
TORN
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)
USUR(P)ERS
Loan sharks (USUR-ERS) taking in “Penny” (P) for = USURPERS: they take over.
26 Seurat’s work is like this … and like that (6)
DOTTED
Seurat (the famous pointillist) his work is like this (DOTTED) “…” and like that (DOTTED).

Down
1 Case to get say Ivy, in Dec 25 perhaps (6)

DAT(IV)E
In “Dec 25 perhaps” (DAT-E) say “Ivy” (IV) to get = DATIVE: case.
2 Dreadful danger? (4)
D-IRE
D-anger? (D-IRE) = DIRE: dreadful.
3 Except for the pub say, icy and primitive (8)
BAR-BAR-IC
Except for (BAR) the pub (BAR) say “icy” (IC) and = BARBARIC: primitive.
4 Only heard this kind of music (4)
SOUL
Only (SOLE) heard = SOUL: this kind of music.
5 The bounder takes thousands from women’s groups (6)
HARE-M-S
The bounder (HARE) takes “thousand-s” (M-S) from = HAREMS: women’s groups.
6 One just like him smitten with Esmeralda, RIP (4,6)
DEAD RINGER
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)
PASSE-S ON
So yesterday (PASSE) your boy (SON) = PASSES ON: is taken.
13 The leading statesman walks in showers (10)
PRES-ENTERS
The leading “States” man (PRES) walks in (ENTERS) = PRESENTERS: showers.
14 He splits what the banks are holding (5)
RIVER
He splits (RIVER) what the banks are holding (RIVER).
16 Smartest at flipping it into the egg container (8)
N(AT-TI)EST
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)
ROAD-S-I-DE
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)
M-EMBER
Minute (M) remnant of a barbecue (EMBER) = MEMBER: he joined.
21 More company less willing to budge? (6)
FIRM-ER
More company? (FIRM-ER) = FIRMER: less willing to budge.
23 Endless crises get an angry reaction (4)
RISE
Endless “crises” (take the end letters off “c-RISE-s”) get = RISE: an angry reaction.
24 Adds charges for day-care (4)
TOTS
Adds (TOTS) charges for day-care (TOTS).