Explanations: No. 14635 – Saturday, 26 November 2011

Sun, Nov 27, 2011, 23:59

   

Shakespeare is much-loved in the world’s theatres, and indeed in the world’s crosswords. He makes a couple of appearances in today’s puzzle, including this reference to “the Scottish play”:

34 It’s gas for me, next to many a character in Macbeth (7)
It’s hilarious, finding myself standing beside all these actors taking part in “Macbeth”. Looking below the surface here, it’s pretty clear we’re in search of a “gas”, and one that starts with “me”, the letters “ME”. Well, that’s not hard to guess, so it’s probably ME-THANE. And yes, there’s many a thane, a Scottish laird, in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. Here’s the full list:

- Macbeth: the Thane of Glamis, then the Thane of Cawdor
- MacDuff: the Thane of Fife
- Ross, Lennox, Angus, Menteith, Caithness – all Scottish Thanes

Please feel free to leave a comment below. If you have a question about today’s puzzle I am sure that I, or a fellow solver, can answer it for you.

How did you fare with this crossword?

Across
1 So often it’s 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for example (4,5,4)

TIME AFTER TIME
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for example (a TIME AFTER a TIME) it’s = TIME AFTER TIME: so often.
10 That’s cold-blooded, giving cooked tripe to Ellie, say (7)
REPTI-LE
Cooked “tripe” (REPTI) to “Ellie”, say (LE) giving = REPTILE: that’s cold-blooded.
11 It might be a boom, line or bird (7)
SPAR-ROW
It might be a boom (SPAR) line (ROW) or = SPARROW: bird.
12 The very first son for Abraham, at fifty (4)
ABE-L
Abraham (ABE) at “fifty” (L) for = ABEL: the very first son.
13 Polished the South Wales emblem (5)
S-LEEK
The South (S) Wales emblem (LEEK) = SLEEK: polished.
15 A US soldier, a lieutenant, highly decorated perhaps (4)
GI-LT
A US soldier (GI) a lieutenant (LT) = GILT: highly decorated perhaps.
17 Listen, with this it’s something to loan to Mark Antony (3)
EAR
Listen with this (EAR) it’s something to loan to Mark Antony (EAR) … as in Shakespeare’s line “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”.
19 Support for housing her, a French saint (6)
FO(STE)R
For (FO-R) housing “her, a French saint” (STE) = FOSTER: support.
21 In the drink, a detective inspector reveals something known to 3-down dangerously (6)
R(A-DI)UM
In “the drink” (R-UM) a detective inspector (A DI) reveals = RADIUM: something known to EMIT dangerously.
22 Work a miracle and recover (7)
RECLAIM
Work a “miracle”, and = RECLAIM: recover.
23 At the south ring-road, I had to get dirty (6)
S-O-RD-I’D
At “the south” (S) ring (O) road (RD) I had (I’D) to get = SORDID: dirty.
25 Artists, after 1000 AD, exhibit there in India (6)
M-AD-RAS
After 1000 (M) AD (AD) artists (RAS) exhibit = MADRAS: there in India.
27 It’s affirmative now, in yews (3)
YES
no-W in “yews” (no W in YE-w-S) = YES: it’s affirmative.
29 In short, the coldness of someone in the office (4)
TEMP
The coldness of, ‘temperature’, in short (TEMP) someone in the office (TEMP).
30 Quite cheerful according to Kerry (5)
PER-KY
According to (PER) Kerry (KY) = PERKY: quite cheerful.
31 Turn up with a mother cat (4)
PU-MA
Turn “up” (PU) with “a mother” (MA) = PUMA: cat.
34 It’s gas for me, next to many a character in Macbeth (7)
ME-THANE
Me (ME) next to “many a character in Macbeth” (THANE) for = METHANE: it’s gas.
35 Four in a trial of little value (7)
TR(IV)IAL
In a “trial” (TR-IAL) four (IV) = TRIVIAL: of little value.
36 Their version of theism is something not offered on Sunday (3,5,5)
THE IR-ISH TIMES
Their (THE IR) version of “theism is” (ISH TIMES) = THE IRISH TIMES: something not offered on Sunday.

Down
2 I am, with 36-across influence (7)

I’M-PRESS
I am (I’M) with THE IRISH TIMES (PRESS) = IMPRESS: influence.
3 Send forth word, with five occurrences here in retrospect (4)
Word with five occurrences here in the grid (TIME) in retrospect = EMIT: send forth.
4 Looking back, the beef with the French was pretty ineffective (6)
FEEB-LE
The “beef”, looking back (FEEB) with “the” French (LE) was = FEEBLE: pretty ineffective.
5 E’er a Sunday (6)
EAST-ER
E (EAST) ‘er (ER) = EASTER: a Sunday.
6 Say, would we get a drink with Kay? (4)
TEA-K
A drink (TEA) with “Kay” (K) we get = TEAK: wood (say “would”).
7 Swallow one drink (7)
MARTIN-I
Swallow (MARTIN) one (I) = MARTINI: drink.
8 Easter morning hour? (9,4)
BREAK-FAST TIME
Easter (BREAK FAST TIME, following Lent) = BREAKFAST TIME: morning hour.
9 Tablet able for some basic maths (3,5,5)
TWO TIMES TABLE
Table-t able (TABLE TABLE) for = TWO TIMES TABLE: some basic maths.
14 Perhaps even more like a nobleman before now? (7)
EARL-IER
Perhaps even more like a nobleman (EARL-IER) = EARLIER: before now.
16 Ever so quickly … that is weird! (5)
E’ER-IE
“Ever” so quickly (E-ER) that is (IE) = EERIE: weird.
18 Mothers get the morning back, by degrees (5)
MA-MAS
The morning, ‘AM’, back (MA) by “degrees” (MAS) get = MAMAS: mothers.
20 Embarrassed and oddly lacking in friends (3)
RED
Oddly lacking in friends (“f-R-i-E-n-D-s” lacking the odd letters) and = RED: embarrassed.
21 Edge one into a little room (3)
R(I)M
Into “a little ‘room’” (R-M) one (I) = RIM: edge.
24 Get sick ringing Mother for the second game (7)
RE(MA)TCH
Get sick (RE-TCH) ringing “Mother” (MA) for = REMATCH: the second game.
26 Meet again for that one thing in the lough (7)
RE(UNIT)E
In “the lough” (RE-E) that one thing (UNIT) for = REUNITE: meet again.
27 You fellows take one guy from the Middle East (6)
YE-MEN-I
You fellows (YE MEN) take “one” (I) = YEMENI: guy from the Middle East.
28 Draw alongside south, by the yacht (6)
S-KETCH
Alongside “south” (S) by “the yacht” (KETCH) = SKETCH: draw.
32 Perhaps it charges the going rate at Counter 11? (4)
TA-XI
“At” counter (TA) 11 (XI) = TAXI: perhaps it charges the going rate (the rate to go somewhere)?
33 One from down under, a mountain in Pakistan and the West Indies (4)
KI-WI
A mountain in Pakistan, K1 (KI) and “the West Indies” (WI) = KIWI: one from down under.