# Explanations: No. 14661 – Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Wed, Dec 28, 2011, 23:59

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Across
8 Lighten up the lawyer, every one (6)

BL-EACH
The lawyer (BL) every one (EACH) = BLEACH: lighten up.
9 The press get the copper with the lead by the road wrecked (8)
CU-PB-OARD
The copper (CU) with “the lead” (PB) by the “road” wrecked (OARD) get = CUPBOARD: the press.
10 Detailed stunt shock (4)
STUN
Stunt (STUN-T) “de-tailed” (-T) = STUN: shock.
11 It’s below zero inside, thus very noisy (10)
TH(UNDER-O)US
Inside “thus” (TH-US) it’s “below zero” (UNDER O) = THUNDEROUS: very noisy.
12 What is wrong ringing about a Christmas decoration? (6)
W(RE)ATH
“What” is wrong (W-ATH) ringing “about” (RE) = WREATH: a Christmas decoration.
14 Father’s terrible ethic results in a work with many borrowed elements (8)
PA’S-TICHE
Father’s (PA’S) terrible “ethic” (TICHE) results in = PASTICHE: a work with many borrowed elements.
15 What the Venus de Milo said seeing the novel about WWI? (1,8,2,4)
A FAREWELL TO ARMS
What the Venus de Milo said? (A FAREWELL TO ARMS) seeing “the novel about WWI” (A FAREWELL TO ARMS).
18 The pair to allow the band (8)
BRACE-LET
The pair (BRACE) to allow (LET) = BRACELET: the band.
20 Makes better guys in commercials (6)
A(MEN)DS
In “commercials” (A-DS) guys (MEN) = AMENDS: makes better.
22 Vic takes ten, with us winning (10)
VICTOR-IO-US
Vic (VICTOR) takes “ten” (IO) with “us” (US) = VICTORIOUS: winning.
24 The big report for the North is in the bag! (4)
BA(N)G
In “the bag” (BA-G) is “the North” (N) for = BANG: the big report.
25 Critically, the First Lady’s back to count (8)
SEVE-RELY
The first lady’s, ‘Eve’s’, back (SEVE) to “count” (RELY) = SEVERELY: critically.
26 Like some hair that’s average, Edward (6)
PAR-TED
That’s “average” (PAR) Edward (TED) = PARTED: like some hair.

Down
1 He gives a lift and that’s key afterwards (6)

E-LATER
That’s “key” (E) afterwards (LATER) and = ELATER: he gives a lift.
2 Futile one in a vehicle (4)
VA(I)N
In “a vehicle” (VA-N) one (I) = VAIN: futile.
3 A hundred bowlers say, how often you’ll see that on television (4,4)
C(HAT S)HOW
A hundred (C) bowlers say (HATS) how (HOW) = CHAT SHOW: often you’ll see that on television.
4 Half the resource upset the neutral tone (4)
ECRU
Half the reso-urce (URCE) upset = ECRU: the neutral tone.
5 A suit for the spring, Desmond? (6)
SPA-DES
The spring (SPA) Desmond (DES) for = SPADES: a suit.
6 Act together with the Chief Operating Officer and trade in another way (10)
COO-RDINATE
With “the Chief Operating Officer” (COO) and “trade in” another way (RDINATE) = COORDINATE: act together.
7 Be heard taking the none too smooth morning carriage (8)
B-ROUGH-AM
“Be” heard (B) taking “the none too smooth” (ROUGH) morning (AM) = BROUGHAM: carriage.
13 Barbarities at, or around, towns (10)
AT-RO-CITIES
At (AT) “or” around (RO) towns (CITIES) = ATROCITIES: barbarities.
14 It might be a light one in the scheme (5)
P(I)LOT
In “the scheme” (P-LOT) one (I) = PILOT: it might be a light.
16 Excuses and warnings of course, capturing a US soldier with five (8)
FOR(GI-V)ES
Warnings of (golf) course (FOR-ES) capturing “a US soldier” with “five” (GI-V) and = FORGIVES: excuses.
17 Coming back, Arthur foolishly spent to see part of the church (8)
TRA-NSPET
Arthur, ‘Art’, coming back (TRA) foolishly “spent” (NSPET) to see = TRANSEPT: part of the church.
19 Where to store fattier foods? (6)
LARD-ER
Fattier? (LARD-ER) = LARDER: where to store foods.
21 Dire peril? (6)
D-ANGER
D (D) ire (ANGER) = DANGER: peril.
23 Half the fury seen in an ox or antelope (4)
O(RY)X
Seen in “an ox” (O-X) half the “fu-ry” (RY) or = ORYX: antelope.
24 He writes poems except for old Penny (4)
BAR-D
Except for (BAR) old penny (D) = BARD: he writes poems.