Explanations: No. 14726 – Tuesday, 13 March 2012
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8 She’s often with Lisa, care of the state (6)
She’s often with Lisa (MONA) care of (CO) = MONACO: the state.
9 Getting exclusive to deliver a number around a group of farmers (8)
To deliver a number (S-ING) around “a group of farmers” (CO-OP) = SCOOPING: getting exclusive.
10 Where to get drunk zoo keepers? (4)
Where to get drunk (BARS) zoo keepers? (BARS).
11 Orderly for health check covering only half though (10)
Health check (ME-DICAL) covering “only half ‘tho-ugh’” (THO) for = METHODICAL: orderly.
12 Big spout for a water heater (6)
Big spout (GEYSER) for a water heater (GEYSER).
14 Again, ask about where to find ‘Madame Butterfly’ (8)
“Again, ask” about = NAGASAKI: where to find Madame Butterfly (Puccini’s opera is set in Nagasaki).
15 This clue uses them (4-6,5)
“This”, “clue”, “uses” and “them” are all FOUR-LETTER WORDS.
18 Gives the right to names (8)
Gives the right to (ENTITLES) names (ENTITLES).
20 Naught losing heart making 14-down (6)
Naught (NOT-H-ING) losing heart (-H) = NOTING: making NOTES.
22 AM/SS (10)
AM (AM) / (PER) SS (S AND S) = AMPERSANDS.
24 He knows very little inside information (4)
He knows very little (DOPE) inside information (DOPE).
25 Artist arrived inside behind closed doors (2,6)
Artist, ‘RA’, arrived inside (IN CAME RA) = IN CAMERA: behind closed doors.
26 I would turn around, the girl is set on the table (6)
I would, ‘I’d’, turn around (DI) the girl is (SHE’S) = DISHES: set on the table.
1 How much one can take party-wise (6)
Party (DO) wise (SAGE) = DOSAGE: how much one can take.
2 Musical firsts from Chopin and then Schubert (4)
Firsts (first letters) from “C-hopin A-nd T-hen S-chubert” (C-A-T-S) = CATS: musical.
3 Trade a couple of thousand in force (8)
In “force” (CO-ERCE) a couple of thousand (MM) = COMMERCE: trade.
4 Attempt to attract attention from ship’s staff (4)
From “shi-P’S ST-aff” = PSST: attempt to attract attention.
5 I leave performing alone and farewell? (2,4)
Performing along (SOLO-I-ING) “I” leave (-I) and = SO LONG: farewell.
6 Killjoy treats the wine too well (10)
Treats the wine too well (SPOILS PORT) = SPOILSPORT: killjoy.
7 Exposed voluntarily about a thousand (8)
Voluntarily (UN-ASKED) about “a thousand” (M) = UNMASKED: exposed.
13 Maybe a private priest? (10)
Priest? (SERVICE MAN) = SERVICEMAN: maybe a private.
14 Some money to place atop counter (5)
To place atop (SET ON) counter = NOTES: some money.
16 Agreement to meet application first with this preparation (8)
“Application” first (APP) with “this preparation” (OINTMENT) = APPOINTMENT: agreement to meet.
17 The band and team are close to a fight (8)
The band (RING) and “team” (SIDE) are = RINGSIDE: close to a fight.
19 Moderate teaching unit, so it’s said (6)
Teaching unit (LESSON) so it’s said = LESSEN: moderate.
21 View from Vesuvius for the rest with Leslie (6)
The rest (NAP) with “Leslie” (LES) = NAPLES: view from Vesuvius.
23 Interact every second straight (4)
Interact (i-N-t-E-r-A-c-T) ever second = NEAT: straight.
24 Little bit of code? (4)
Little bit (DASH) = DASH: little bit of (Morse) code.