Explanations: No. 14711 – Friday, 24 February 2012

Fri, Feb 24, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Part of a garden plan (4)

PLOT
Part of a garden (PLOT) plan (PLOT).
4 Pass out honourable mention for Diana (10)
DI’S-TRIBUTE
Honourable mention for Diana (DI’S TRIBUTE) = DISTRIBUTE: pass out.
9 I had entered to perform a tune, a short track (6)
S(I’D)ING
To perform a tune (S-ING) “I had” entered (I’D) = SIDING: a short track.
10 Bring up a hospital unit away from the front (8)
REAR-WARD
Bring up (REAR) a hospital unit (WARD) = REARWARD: away from the front.
11 Disney film devotee takes to half the continent (8)
FAN-T-ASIA
Devotee (FAN) takes “t-o” half (T) the continent (ASIA) = FANTASIA: Disney film.
12 Where to sit is fixed, and where to drive (6)
SET-TEE
Fixed (SET) and “where to drive”, on a golf course (TEE) is = SETTEE: where to sit.
13 Perspective that is introduced into a car (4)
V(IE)W
Into “a car” (V-W) “that is” introduced (IE) = VIEW: perspective.
15 Shaking hangover from dessert wine from Germany (10)
AFTERS-HOCK
Dessert (AFTERS) wine from Germany (HOCK) from = AFTERSHOCK: shaking hangover.
17 They’re worn to give a different aspect to it (10)
PETTICOATS
A different “aspect to it”, to give = PETTICOATS: they’re worn.
19 Some lingerie is just a mistake (4)
SLIP
Some lingerie (SLIP) is just a mistake (SLIP).
20 First move him from Panama and Suez, say (6)
IST-HMI
First (IST) move “him” (HMI) from = ISTHMI: Panama and Suez, say.
22 Hindrance for a ward, perhaps (8)
DRAW-BACK
A “ward” is the word DRAW written BACK, for = DRAWBACK: hindrance.
25 Living in a fancy renovated space, one by a southern motorway (8)
ESCAP-I-S-M
Renovated “space” (ESCAP) “one” by a “southern” “motorway” (I-S-M) = ESCAPISM: living in a fancy.
26 You’ll find work there showing a little interest and a little hope (2-4)
IN-TRAY
“A little interest” (INT) and “a little hope” (RAY) showing = IN-TRAY: you’ll find work there.
27 Infernal poet admitting a French island pioneer is no expert (10)
D(ILE-TT)ANTE
Infernal poet, as in Dante’s “Inferno” (D-ANTE) admitting a French island, ‘ile’, pioneer ‘TT’ (ILE-TT) is = DILETTANTE: no expert.
28 Owns a piano lock, partly anyway! (4)
HAS-P
Owns (HAS) a piano (P) = HASP: lock, partly anyway!

Down
2 Saved for help in the French team (4,5)

L(AID) A-SIDE
In the French, ‘la’, help, ‘aid’ [L(AID)A] team (SIDE) = LAID ASIDE: saved.
3 Plot element for half a Dickens novel (5)
TWIST
A Dickens novel (OLIVER TWIST) half, for = TWIST: plot element.
4 Old Penny turned up wise artist (5)
D-EGAS
Old Penny (D) wise, ‘sage’, turned up (EGAS) = DEGAS: artist.
5 Page raves about half the Bible (7)
SERVA-NT
“Raves” about (SERVA) half the Bible, ‘the New Testament’ (NT) = SERVANT: page.
6 States again to emphasise half our airline must turn up (9)
REASSERTS
To emphasise, ‘stress’, half our airline, ‘Aer Lingus’ (STRESS-AER) must turn up = REASSERTS: states again.
7 Entrances for the Internet turned up things to scratch (9)
BEW-ITCHES
The Internet, ‘Web’, turned up (BEW) things to scratch (ITCHES) for = ENTRANCES: bewitches.
8 Rich choice to the Channel (5)
TO-RTE
To (TO) the channel (RTE) = TORTE: rich choice.
14 Monitor assignment for a detective providing timely protection? (5,4)
WATCH CASE
Monitor (WATCH) assignment for a detective (CASE) providing = WATCH CASE: timely protection?
15 Mischievous playful visit that’s one for the record books (9)
ARCH-IVIST
Mischievous (ARCH) playful “visit” (IVIST) that’s = ARCHIVIST: one for the record books.
16 Has words get a lift in a musical (9)
C(HITCH)ATS
In “a musical” (C-ATS) get a lift (HITCH) = CHITCHATS: has words.
18 Bad, bad sign for a corporation (7)
ABD-OMEN
Bad “bad” (ABD) sign (OMEN) for = ABDOMEN: a corporation (slang term for a belly).
21 South America greeting food (5)
S-US-HI
South (S) America (US) greeting (HI) = SUSHI: food.
23 Stand a helper bee inside (5)
A(B)IDE
A helper (A-IDE) “bee” inside (B) = ABIDE: stand.
24 The club at the church gets a lot (5)
BAT-CH
The club (BAT) at “the church” (CH) gets = BATCH: a lot.