Explanations: No. 14725 – Monday, 12 March 2012
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8 Pet no. somehow is beginning to matter and it’s being relatively helpful (8)
“Pet no.” somehow (NEPOT) is (IS) beginning to “m-atter” (M) and it’s = NEPOTISM: being relatively helpful.
9 Bold support for her kind of state (6)
Support for her (BRA) kind of state (ZEN) = BRAZEN: bold.
10 Fight against doctor in Ulster, maybe (6)
In “Ulster” maybe (CO-AT) doctor (MB) = COMBAT: fight against.
11 Stumble after broadcasts take off here (8)
After “broadcasts” (AIRS) stumble (TRIP) = AIRSTRIP: take off here.
12 Encourage one in the theatre beginning to go (4,2)
One in the theatre (S-URGEON) beginning to go (-S) = URGE ON: encourage.
13 Descartes followed band finding a reason to get legless, perhaps (8)
Band (GANG) “Descartes” followed (RENE) finding = GANGRENE: a reason to get legless, perhaps.
15 One loved doing nothing in audition (4)
Doing nothing (IDLE) in audition = IDOL: one loved.
17 Gas revealed for pest reportedly (7)
For (PRO) pest, ‘pain’, reportedly (PANE) revealed = PROPANE: gas.
19 Be worthy of holding article made of clay (7)
Be worthy of (EAR-N) holding “article” (THE) = EARTHEN: made of clay.
22 Needs the doctor mentioned to make some rounds (4)
Needs the doctor (AILS) mentioned, to make = ALES: some rounds.
24 Pass over part of a pool for an Arctic flier (3-5)
Pass over (SKIP) part of a (swimming) pool (LANE) for = SKI-PLANE: an Arctic flier.
27 Troubles with a second pet (6)
Troubles (CARES) with “a second” (S) = CARESS: pet.
29 Bug catching musical note on the sly (2,6)
Bug (INSEC-T) catching “musical note” (RE) = IN SECRET: on the sly.
30 Foolishness I do put right in very cool surroundings (6)
In “very cool” surroundings (I-CY) “I do” put right (DIO) = IDIOCY: foolishness.
31 More of the same found on the border? (6)
More of the same (CLONES) found on the border? (CLONES).
32 Really impressed after views went up and down (8)
After “views” (SEES) really impressed (AWED) = SEESAWED: went up and down.
1 Pack it in to find a president over three quarters of an hour (6)
A president (DEV) over “three quarters of an ‘h-our’” (OUR) to find = DEVOUR: pack it in.
2 Bend over and read out WP? (6,2)
Read out W (DOUBLE U) P (P) and = DOUBLE UP: bend over.
3 It’s one thing after another before ten turned up to catch ‘Morning Ireland’, say (6,2)
It’s one thing after another (LIST) before ten, ‘nine’, turned up (ENIN) = LISTEN IN: to catch ‘Morning Ireland’, say.
4 Prohibition therefore encompasses qualification in business (7)
Therefore (E-RGO) encompasses “qualification in business” (MBA) = EMBARGO: prohibition.
5 Dishevelled robe showing, Titania quarrels with him (6)
Dishevelled “robe” (OBER) showing (ON) = OBERON: Titania quarrels with him (in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”).
6 Loud one in company that contributes to a situation (6)
Loud (F) one in company (ACTOR) = FACTOR: that contributes to a situation.
7 Half dead, intended insubordination (8)
Half “de-ad” (DE) intended (FIANCE) = DEFIANCE: insubordination.
14 Downwind from a river (4)
A (A) river (LEE) from = ALEE: downwind.
16 This academic takes in company for someone in the church (4)
This academic (DEA-N) takes in “company” (CO) for = DEACON: someone in the church.
18 Patriarch returned without family again to excite (8)
Patriarch, ‘elder’, returned (RE-DLE) without, i.e. outside, “family” (KIN) = REKINDLE: again to excite.
20 Credited the writer in a TV pitch (8)
In “a TV pitch” (A-D) the writer (SCRIBE) = ASCRIBED: credited.
21 Like the worst kind of illness one might depart from here (8)
Like the worst kind of illness (TERMINAL) one might depart from here (TERMINAL).
23 Like greens went first (7)
Went (LEFT) first (IST) = LEFTIST: like Greens.
25 Fixes feathers for hens, where the H is! (6)
“H-ens”, where the H is (PRE-ENS) for = PREENS: fixes feathers.
26 Stop a record producer (6)
Stop (ARREST) a record producer (ARREST).
28 Say, quite nonchalantly move a little bag (6)
Quite nonchalantly move (SASHAY) say = SACHET: a little bag.