Explanations: No. 14797 – Monday, 4 Jun 2012
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8 Line up with Down Loyalist (4-4)
Line up (TRUE) with “down” (BLUE) = TRUE-BLUE: loyalist.
9 Fields around the North provide venues to play (6)
Fields (ARE-AS) around “the North” (N) provide = ARENAS: venues to play.
10 Ship report of sea, say (6)
Report of “sea” (C) say (UTTER) = CUTTER: ship.
11 Story one acted out (8)
“One acted” out = ANECDOTE: story.
12 Entered hospital department in triumph (4,2)
In “triumph” (W-IN) hospital department (ENT) = WENT IN: entered.
13 Naturally desiccates a few small items (8)
Naturally desiccates (SUN DRIES) = SUNDRIES: a few small items.
15 Not as many head off to find pitcher (4)
Not as many (F-EWER) head off (-F, take off the head letter) to find = EWER: pitcher.
17 Run round gym at speed (7)
Round (O) gym (PE) at “speed” (RATE) = OPERATE: run.
19 Turn to David’s weapon and have a little gander (7)
Turn (GO) to “David’s weapon” (SLING) and have = GOSLING: a little gander.
22 Several we note making a comeback (1,3)
”We” “note” (WE-FA) making a comeback = A FEW: several.
24 Disease of fruit from a bush put into the ground, reportedly (8)
“Fruit from a bush” “put into the ground” (BERRY BURY) reportedly, of = BERIBERI: disease.
27 There’s something sweet you heard, in tango dancing (6)
In “tango” dancing (NO-GAT) “you” heard (U) there’s = NOUGAT: something sweet.
29 One Oriental to another Oriental, in a way? (8)
“Oriental” in a way = RELATION: one Oriental to another Oriental, in a way.
30 A kind of network man? (3-3)
A kind of network (OLD-BOY) man? (OLD BOY).
31 A century with little money, this could be grave (6)
A century (A C) with “little money” (CENT) = ACCENT: this could be grave (the accent used in French).
32 Getting paid for head of radicchio that is in mixed greens (8)
In “mixed greens” (SALA-D) head of “r-adicchio” “that is” (R-IE) for = SALARIED: getting paid.
1 Wake up in the middle of merry-go-round (6)
A merry-go-round (C-AROUSE-L) in the middle of = AROUSE: wake up.
2 One willing to try a rocky peak (8)
To try (TEST) a rocky peak (A TOR) = TESTATOR: one willing.
3 ECLART (8)
E(CLAR)T is “CLAR” IN “ET” = CLARINET.
4 Slide back to see how animal drinks in a lough (7)
In “a lough” (RE-E) how animal drinks (LAPS) to see = RELAPSE: slide back.
5 Safe place holding nothing to wear (4,2)
Safe place (HAVE-N) holding “nothing” (O) = HAVE ON: to wear.
6 Football play a man read about (6)
A man (HE) “read” about (ADER) = HEADER: football play.
7 Severely criticise article on a Roman temple (8)
Severely criticise (PAN) article (THE) on (ON) = PANTHEON: a Roman temple.
14 Drive son away from theatre worker (4)
Theatre worker (S-URGE-ON) with “son” away (-SON) = URGE: drive.
16 Sport put the East in conflict (4)
In “conflict” (W-AR) put “the East” (E) = WEAR: sport.
18 Company gifts for an audience (8)
Gifts (PRESENTS) for an audience = PRESENCE: company.
20 Defending errors made to have control of ambitions? (3,5)
Defending errors (OWN GOALS) made “to have control of ambitions”? (OWN GOALS).
21 Treats dodgy funds for the French reporting to Socialist leader (8)
“The” French (LA) reporting to (UNDER) “S-ocialist” leader (S) for = LAUNDERS: treats dodgy funds.
23 Put an end to captivating North European language (7)
Put an end to (FIN-ISH) captivating “North” (N) = FINNISH: European language.
25 I take a long time for public relations matters (6)
I take a long time (I’M AGES) for = IMAGES: public relations matters.
26 Revises about a hundred orders (6)
Revises (EDI-TS) about “a hundred” (C) = EDICTS: orders.
28 Made up for mood in year of Our Lord (6)
In “year of Our Lord” (A-D) mood (TONE) for = ATONED: made up.