Explanations: No. 14710 – Thursday, 23 February 2012

Thu, Feb 23, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Killed time not in dictated? (10)

ERA-DICATED
Time (ERA) “no-t” in “dic-t-ated” (DICATED) = ERADICATED: killed.
6 This Father at fifty is like the Pope (4)
PAPA
This “father” (PAPA) at “fifty” (L) is = PAPAL: like the Pope.
10 Daring a man to ring Eliot initially (5)
GU(TS)Y
A man (GU-Y) to ring Eliot, ‘TS Eliot’, initially (TS) = GUTSY: daring.
11 A quiet communist, and a conservative willing to extort (9)
P-RED-A-TORY
A quiet (P) communist (RED) and “a conservative” (A TORY) = PREDATORY: willing to extort.
12 ‘W-I-T-C-H-C-R-A-F-T’ (8)
SPELLING
‘W-I-T-C-H-C-R-A-F-T’ is SPELLING out the word “witchcraft”, and “witchcraft” is SPELLING.
13 An American car has four exhausts (5)
TIRES
An car has four (TYRES) American = TIRES: exhausts.
15 Disputed a cold paper (2,5)
A-T ISSUE
A “cold” paper (A TISSUE) = AT ISSUE: disputed.
17 Press your boy outside to get the operator (7)
S(URGE)ON
Your boy (S-ON) outside “press” (URGE) to get = SURGEON: the operator.
19 Steals away little butter piles (7)
KID-NAPS
Little butter (KID) piles (NAPS) = KIDNAPS: steals away.
21 Engineer, artisan and singer (7)
SINATRA
Engineer “artisan” = SINATRA: singer.
22 Saw how long the commercial ran (5)
AD-AGE
How long the commercial ran (AD AGE) = ADAGE: saw.
24 x = xt (8)
EX-IS-TEN-T
x (EX) = (IS) x (TEN) t (T) = EXISTENT.
27 One adding 1001 to 500 for early August maybe? (9)
MI-D-SUMMER
1001 to 500 (MI-D) one adding (SUMMER) for = MIDSUMMER: early August maybe.
28 A round not recorded that goes with the martini (5)
O-LIVE
A round (O) not recorded (LIVE) = OLIVE: that goes with the martini.
29 A number to and fro with hands up? (4)
NO-ON
A “number” to (NO) and a “number” fro (ON) = NOON: with (clock) hands up?
30 Reportedly a decent look at what’s probably all lies? (10)
PROPAGANDA
A decent look (PROPER GANDER) reportedly = PROPAGANDA: what’s probably all lies.

Down
1 Borderline advantage (4)

EDGE
Border-line (EDGE) advantage (EDGE).
2 Finally examined gold deposit that’s misplaced (9)
AU-TOPSIED
Gold (AU) “deposit” that’s misplaced (TOPSIED) = AUTOPSIED: finally examined.
3 Rustic work turned in, fully discussed (5)
In “fu-LLY DI-scussed” (LLYDI) turned = IDYLL: rustic work.
4 A priest to stand up and advise (7)
A-PP-RISE
A priest (A PP) to stand up (RISE) and = APPRISE: advise.
5 Comes out and combines online perhaps? (7)
E-MERGES
Combines, ‘merges’, online perhaps (E-MERGES) and = EMERGES: comes out.
7 What ‘Othello’ is for the audience, a little romance (5)
AMOUR
What Othello is (A MOOR) for the audience = AMOUR: a little romance.
8 A huge hole-in-one by an old Ethiopian (10)
ABYSS-IN-I-AN
A huge hole (ABYSS) “in” “one” by “an” (IN-I-AN) = ABYSSINIAN: old Ethiopian.
9 Moving inside, Cornelius is not subject to change (4-4)
C(AST-IR)ON
Cornelius (C-ON) “moving” inside (ASTIR) is = CAST-IRON: not subject to change.
14 Returned the meat and game (10)
BACK-GAMMON
Returned (BACK) the meat (GAMMON) and = BACKGAMMON: game.
16 LAVO RATS (6,2)
SHAPES UP
LAVO and RATS are the SHAPES “oval” and “star” written UP = SHAPES UP.
18 What’s added the strained relationship with a former spouse (9)
EX-TENSION
The strained relationship with a former spouse (EX TENSION) = EXTENSION: what’s added.
20 A morning inside, to be at the helm for the ship (7)
STE(AM)ER
To be at the helm (STE-ER) “a morning” inside (AM) for = STEAMER: the ship.
21 What the cat says, it’s upset what might give you a leg up (7)
STIRRUP
“What the cat says” “it’s” (PURR-IT’S) upset = STIRRUP: what might you a leg up.
23 Sound track for a car to circle (5)
AUDI-O
A car (AUDI) to “circle” (O) for = AUDIO: sound track.
25 It’s revealing an air from one with a lisp (5)
THONG
An air (SONG) from one with a lisp = THONG: it’s revealing.
26 Take a chance with a character from Greece (4)
BET-A
Take a chance (BET) with “a” (A) = BETA: character from Greece.