Explanations: No. 14644 – Wednesday, 7 December 2011
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1 Dismal, heartless old way to call (4)
Dismal (DI-sm-AL) heartless (-SM) = DIAL: old way to call.
4 Notes with this: 3x150F (6,4)
3x (TREBLE) 150 (CL) F (EF) = TREBLE CLEF: notes with this.
9 Plaque for two sailors (6)
Two sailors (TAR TAR) for = TARTAR: plaque.
10 The ability to be a smooth talker is a blessing in disguise (8)
A “blessing” in disguise is = GLIBNESS: the ability to be a smooth talker.
11 The instruction from Diane created confusion (8)
The instruction from Diane (DI’S ORDER) created = DISORDER: confusion.
12 It’s rough finding a different venue around the North (6)
A different “venue” (U-EVEN) around “the North” (N) finding = UNEVEN: it’s rough.
13 A hundred were present to be 7-down (4)
A hundred (C) “were” present (ARE) = CARE: to be CONCERNED.
15 It’s beneath that, shortly before interrupting the stormy noise (10)
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 (READ) before “changing ‘my’” (YM) one yen (ONE Y) for = READY MONEY: cash.
19 You get five in a deer or a bird (4)
In “a deer” (DO-E) you get “five” (V) or = DOVE: a bird.
20 The southwest ring-road’s north of Dublin (6)
The southwest (SW) ring (O) road’s (RD’S) = SWORDS: north of Dublin.
22 It’s not essential to annoy the ship (8)
To annoy (NEEDLE) the ship (SS) it’s = NEEDLESS: not essential.
25 A little lie about a quiet one that might choke somebody (8)
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)
The eastern (E) exotic “range” (NRAGE) from = ENRAGE: incense.
27 So noisy, so ringing below zero (10)
So (TH-US) ringing “below zero” (UNDER O) = THUNDEROUS: so noisy.
28 Throw about the street (4)
About (CA) the street (ST) = CAST: throw.
2 That’s one granny I and a friend are not moving (9)
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)
Perhaps he had a salty mate? (LOT) to (TO) = LOTTO: draw.
4 Need the rest to see the politician outside Ireland? (5)
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)
After “England” quickly (ENG) early closing for “ARDE-E” (ARDE) = EN GARDE: initiated a fence perhaps?
6 Unhurried getting the garland, certainly (9)
The garland (LEI) certainly (SURELY) getting = LEISURELY: unhurried.
7 Worried getting to sea, we hear, as soon as the Royal Navy has Edward (9)
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)
“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)
Terminus (END) or (OR) a Greek letter (PHI) N (N) = ENDORPHIN: a hormone.
15 A memorial to the doctor’s pitch (9)
To (TO) the doctor’s (MB’S) pitch (TONE) = TOMBSTONE: a memorial.
16 Pictures the wise men following the N6! (9)
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)
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 (WE) take “one” (I) half “hi-GH” (GH) = WEIGH: to determine the effect of gravity.
23 Eastern PP for 20-across (5)
Eastern (E) PP (PEES) for = EPEES: SWORDS.
24 Over one hundred fifty a year for describing some poetry (5)
“Fifty” “a year” (L-YR) over “one” “hundred” (IC) for = LYRIC: describing some poetry.