Explanations: No. 14644 – Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Wed, Dec 7, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Dismal, heartless old way to call (4)

DI-AL
Dismal (DI-sm-AL) heartless (-SM) = DIAL: old way to call.
4 Notes with this: 3x150F (6,4)
TREBLE CL-EF
3x (TREBLE) 150 (CL) F (EF) = TREBLE CLEF: notes with this.
9 Plaque for two sailors (6)
TAR-TAR
Two sailors (TAR TAR) for = TARTAR: plaque.
10 The ability to be a smooth talker is a blessing in disguise (8)
GLIBNESS
A “blessing” in disguise is = GLIBNESS: the ability to be a smooth talker.
11 The instruction from Diane created confusion (8)
DI’S-ORDER
The instruction from Diane (DI’S ORDER) created = DISORDER: confusion.
12 It’s rough finding a different venue around the North (6)
U(N)EVEN
A different “venue” (U-EVEN) around “the North” (N) finding = UNEVEN: it’s rough.
13 A hundred were present to be 7-down (4)
C-ARE
A hundred (C) “were” present (ARE) = CARE: to be CONCERNED.
15 It’s beneath that, shortly before interrupting the stormy noise (10)
TH(ERE)UNDER
The stormy noise (TH-UNDER) interrupted by “shortly ‘before’” (ERE) it’s = THEREUNDER: beneath that.
17 Read before changing my one Yen for cash (5,5)
READ-Y-M-ONE-Y
Read (READ) before “changing ‘my’” (YM) one yen (ONE Y) for = READY MONEY: cash.
19 You get five in a deer or a bird (4)
DO(V)E
In “a deer” (DO-E) you get “five” (V) or = DOVE: a bird.
20 The southwest ring-road’s north of Dublin (6)
SW-O-RD’S
The southwest (SW) ring (O) road’s (RD’S) = SWORDS: north of Dublin.
22 It’s not essential to annoy the ship (8)
NEEDLE-SS
To annoy (NEEDLE) the ship (SS) it’s = NEEDLESS: not essential.
25 A little lie about a quiet one that might choke somebody (8)
FI(SH)B-ONE
A little lie, ‘fib’ about a quiet, ‘sh’ [FI(SH)B] one (ONE) = FISHBONE: that might choke someone.
26 Incense from the eastern exotic range? (6)
E-NRAGE
The eastern (E) exotic “range” (NRAGE) from = ENRAGE: incense.
27 So noisy, so ringing below zero (10)
TH(UNDER-O)US
So (TH-US) ringing “below zero” (UNDER O) = THUNDEROUS: so noisy.
28 Throw about the street (4)
CA-ST
About (CA) the street (ST) = CAST: throw.

Down
2 That’s one granny I and a friend are not moving (9)

I-NAN-I-MATE
That’s “one” (I) granny (NAN) I (I) and “a friend” (MATE) are = INANIMATE: not moving.
3 Perhaps he had a salty mate to draw? (5)
LOT-TO
Perhaps he had a salty mate? (LOT) to (TO) = LOTTO: draw.
4 Need the rest to see the politician outside Ireland? (5)
T(IRE)D
The politician (T-D) outside “Ireland” (IRE) to see = TIRED: need the rest?
5 Early closing for Ardee after England quickly initiated a fence perhaps? (2,5)
EN G-ARDE
After “England” quickly (ENG) early closing for “ARDE-E” (ARDE) = EN GARDE: initiated a fence perhaps?
6 Unhurried getting the garland, certainly (9)
LEI-SURELY
The garland (LEI) certainly (SURELY) getting = LEISURELY: unhurried.
7 Worried getting to sea, we hear, as soon as the Royal Navy has Edward (9)
C-ONCE-RN-ED
To “sea” we hear (C) as soon as (ONCE) the Royal Navy (RN) has “Edward” (ED) getting = CONCERNED: worried.
8 With Kay gone, Ken and Susan follow (5)
EN-SUE
“Ken” with “Kay” gone, ‘k-EN without the K’ (EN) and “Susan” (SUE) = ENSUE: follow.
14 A hormone terminus, or a Greek letter N (9)
END-OR-PHI-N
Terminus (END) or (OR) a Greek letter (PHI) N (N) = ENDORPHIN: a hormone.
15 A memorial to the doctor’s pitch (9)
TO-MB’S-TONE
To (TO) the doctor’s (MB’S) pitch (TONE) = TOMBSTONE: a memorial.
16 Pictures the wise men following the N6! (9)
EN-VI-SAGES
Following “the N6” (EN-VI) the wise men (SAGES) = ENVISAGES: pictures.
18 It’s not nothing, it’s roughly one N or Z (3-4)
NON-ZERO
It’s roughly “one N or Z” = NON-ZERO: it’s not nothing.
21 We take one-half high to determine the effect of gravity (5)
WE-I-GH
We (WE) take “one” (I) half “hi-GH” (GH) = WEIGH: to determine the effect of gravity.
23 Eastern PP for 20-across (5)
E-PEES
Eastern (E) PP (PEES) for = EPEES: SWORDS.
24 Over one hundred fifty a year for describing some poetry (5)
L-YR-I-C
“Fifty” “a year” (L-YR) over “one” “hundred” (IC) for = LYRIC: describing some poetry.