Explanations: No. 14709 – Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wed, Feb 22, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Victor gets a show of affection before the round ends (4)

HUG-O
A show of affection (HUG) before “the round” ends (O) gets = HUGO: Victor.
4 Made unholy mess of seed boxed up (10)
DESE-CRATED
Mess of “seed” (DESE) boxed up (CRATED) = DESECRATED: made unholy.
9 A pope, a doctor and a Scotsman (6)
A-DR-IAN
A doctor (A DR) and a Scotsman (IAN) = ADRIAN: a pope.
10 First class Catholic in charge of getting help from on high (3,5)
AI-R C-OVER
First class (AI) Catholic (RC) in charge of (OVER) getting = AIR COVER: help from on high.
11 Make fun of guys in Financial Times piece (8)
F(RAG-MEN)T
In “Financial Times” (F-T) make fun of guys (RAG MEN) = FRAGMENT: piece.
12 A company division’s experts (6)
A-DEPT’S
A company division’s (A DEPT’S) = ADEPTS: experts.
13 It’ll write, but not by column reportedly? (4)
BIRO
But not “by column”? (BY ROW) reportedly = BIRO: it’ll write.
15 <–can can–> (5-5)
BREAK-DANCE
The clue depicts the “cancan” DANCE being BROKEN apart = BREAK-DANCE.
17 Checked the others showered (10)
REST-RAINED
The others (REST) showered (RAINED) = RESTRAINED: checked.
19 Saw stuff the deputy sent back around America (4)
D(US)T
The deputy, ‘TD”, sent back (D-T) around “America” (US) = DUST: saw stuff (i.e. sawdust)
20 Before the blood line is about to collapse (4,2)
CA-VE IN
About, ‘circa’ (CA) is before “the blood line” (VEIN) = CAVE IN: to collapse.
22 Bowlers maybe into grub that’s seen on telly (4,4)
C(HAT S)HOW
Into “grub” (C-HOW) bowlers maybe (HATS) = CHAT SHOW: that’s seen on telly.
25 Generally the lot within the works (3,2,3)
ALL IN ALL
The lot (ALL) within (IN) the works (ALL) = ALL IN ALL: generally.
26 Edward has the stage for he got the lights working (6)
ED-IS-ON
Edward (ED) has the stage (IS ON) for = EDISON: he got the lights working.
27 Coasts unleash rollers (10)
FREE-WHEELS
Unleash (FREE) rollers (WHEELS) = FREEWHEELS: coasts.
28 It’s up to the money collector (4)
TILL
It’s up to (TILL) the money collector (TILL).

Down
2 Stress from reporting to the queue? (9)

UNDER-LINE
Reporting to (UNDER) the queue (LINE) from = UNDERLINE: stress.
3 Go back around to get the gold with Bill? (5)
O(WIN)G
“Go” back (O-G) around “to get the gold” (WIN) = OWING: with bill?
4 The party originally called someone with a gift (5)
DO-NEE
The party (DO) originally called (NEE) = DONEE: someone with a gift.
5 Come to terms about a place in America (7)
SE(A)TTLE
Come to terms (SE-TTLE) about “a” (A) = SEATTLE: place in America.
6 Was concerned about a sailor held up on the road (9)
CAR(JACK)ED
Was concerned (CAR-ED) about “a sailor” (JACK) = CARJACKED: held up on the road.
7 Already talked about ideas for a resort (9)
AFORESAID
“Ideas for a” resort = AFORESAID: already talked about.
8 It happens to be an outlet on the Internet? (5)
E-VENT
An outlet on the Internet? (E-VENT) to be = EVENT: it happens.
14 Part of the team in addition to one’s own work (2,3,4)
ON THE SIDE
Part of the team (ON THE SIDE) in addition to one’s own work (ON THE SIDE).
15 Change the attitude towards her undergarment in the laundry? (9)
BRA-IN-WASH
Her undergarment (BRA) in the laundry (IN WASH) = BRAINWASH: change the attitude towards?
16 Moving medicine for the first sitting lady MP in spring (6,3)
C(ASTOR) OIL
In “spring” (C-OIL) the first sitting lady MP, ‘Lady Astor’ (ASTOR) for = CASTOR OIL: moving medicine.
18 French fib but okay on the fairway (4,3)
NICE LIE
French fib (NICE LIE) but okay on the fairway (NICE LIE).
21 Better suited for Napoleon’s island retreat at the middle of March (5)
ABLE-R
Napoleon’s island, ‘Elba’, retreat (ABLE) at “the middle of ‘ma-R-ch’” (R) for = ABLER: better suited.
23 Turns over the ice hatchet, taking one pound one shilling (5)
AXE-L-S
Hatchet (AXE) taking “one pound” “one shilling” (L-S) = AXELS: turns over the ice.
24 A key team at work (5)
SHIFT
A key (SHIFT) team at work (SHIFT).