Explanations: No. 14720 – Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Tue, Mar 6, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 Temper shown by girl in front of boy (6)

ANNE-AL
Girl (ANNE) in front of “boy” (AL) shown by = ANNEAL: temper.
9 Models are quiet in Aer Lingus flight, with books (8)
E(P)I-TOMES
Quiet, ‘p’, in Aer Lingus flight, ‘EI’ [E(P)I] with “books” (TOMES) are = EPITOMES: models.
10 One down to see doctor before exercise class (4)
MO-PE
Doctor (MO) before “exercise class” (PE) to see = MOPE: one down.
11 Having second thoughts about Elvis after his diet (10)
RE-THIN-KING
About (RE) Elvis after his diet (THIN KING) = RETHINKING: having second thoughts.
12 Listen to Eliot, initially from the quarter deck? (6)
HEAR-TS
Listen to (HEAR) Eliot, initially (TS) from = HEARTS: the quarter deck (of cards)?
14 Branch into men’s suits, maybe (8)
G(ARM)ENT’S
Into “men’s” (G-ENTS) branch (ARM) = GARMENTS: suits, maybe.
15 Mainly Germanic rule reforms harm loony British politician in Ireland (4,5,6)
HOLY ROMAN E(MP)IRE
Reforms “harm loony” (HOLY ROMAN) British politician, ‘MP’, in Ireland, ‘Eire’ [E(MP)IRE] = HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: mainly Germanic rule.
18 They play with the animation unit rosters (8)
CEL-LISTS
With “the animation unit” (CEL) rosters (LISTS) = CELLISTS: they play.
20 What? An end to the sentence? (6)
PARDON
What? (PARDON) An end to the sentence? (PARDON).
22 Reports there to rummage from high to low say (5,5)
RIFLE RANGE
To rummage (RIFLE) from high to low say (RANGE) = RIFLE RANGE: reports there (reports from guns).
24 Worry it’s in the rack the wrong way (4)
CARE
It’s in “th-E RAC-k” (ERAC) the wrong way = CARE: worry.
25 They’re often split by social workers and field workers (8)
PEAS-ANTS
They’re often split (PEAS) by “social workers” (ANTS) and = PEASANTS: field workers.
26 They tempt the Poles after the king’s address (6)
SIRE-NS
After “the king’s address” (SIRE) the poles (NS) = SIRENS: they tempt.

Down
1 One more time before taking in the non-com (6)

E(NCO)RE
Before (E-RE) taking in “the non-com” (NCO) = ENCORE: one more time.
2 One passed on the first book without your little sister (4)
GENE
The first book (GENE-SIS) without your little sister (-SIS) = GENE: one passed on.
3 Five hundred from Alfred’s company like a picnic (8)
ALFRE-’S-CO
Five hundred, ‘D’ from “alfre-d-s” (ALFRE-S) company (CO) = ALFRESCO: like a picnic.
4 Advanced making fast time (4)
LENT
Advanced (LENT) making “fast time” (LENT).
5 Less certain after old Penny is more aloof (6)
D-ICIER
After “old Penny” (D) is “more aloof” (ICIER) = DICIER: less certain.
6 He deals with the financial reserve, a team player (10)
BOOK-KEEPER
Reserve (BOOK) a team player (KEEPER) = BOOKKEEPER: he deals with the financial.
7 Poor listener in this house, some might say! (8)
LEINSTER
Poor “listener” = LEINSTER, and poor listener in Leinster House, some might say!
13 A good hand for a prince say, that’s rich! (5,5)
ROYAL FLUSH
A prince say (ROYAL) that’s “rich” (FLUSH) for = ROYAL FLUSH: a good hand.
14 Crystal maybe a good girl (5)
G-LASS
A “good” (G) girl (LASS) = GLASS: crystal maybe.
16 Quick delivery for Titanic or Lusitania, but not both (3-5)
ONE-LINER
Titanic or Lusitania, but not both (ONE LINER) for = ONE-LINER: quick delivery.
17 The East’s media love a drink (8)
E’S-PRESS-O
The East’s (E’S) media (PRESS) love (O) = ESPRESSO: a drink.
19 Drew back quiet and offensive (6)
SH-RANK
Quiet (SH) and “offensive” (RANK) = SHRANK: drew back.
21 Love a place for fighting and having a row (6)
O-A-RING
Love (O) a place for fighting (A RING) and = OARING: having a row.
23 Curious leaders from north of Serbia and Yugoslavia (4)
N-O-S-Y
Leaders from (first letters from) n-orth (N) o-f (O) S-erbia (S) and Y-ugoslavia (Y) = NOSY: curious.
24 Roll up to see reportedly, a modern address (4)
C-URL
To “see” reportedly (C) a modern address (URL) = CURL: roll up.