Explanations: No. 14645 – Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thu, Dec 8, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Base accountants found in a pile on the bed? (10)

PIL(LOW-CAS)E
In “a pile” (PIL-E) “base” “accountants” (LOW CAS) = PILLOWCASE: found on the bed?
6 One page in the paper opened poetically (2-2)
OP-ED
“Opened” poetically (OPED) = OP-ED: one page in the paper.
10 Returned all right, in the style of an Australian! (5)
KO-A-LA
All right, ‘OK’, returned (KO) in the style of (A LA) = KOALA: an Australian.
11 Game account by one east of Strangford Lough (9)
BILL-I-ARDS
Account (BILL) by “one” (I) east of Strangford Lough (ARDS) = BILLIARDS: game.
12 Check what’s left by the shower (8)
REST-RAIN
What’s left (REST) by “the shower” (RAIN) = RESTRAIN: check.
13 Permission to speak to Esso (3-2)
SAY-S-O
”To speak” (SAY) to “Ess-o” (SO) = SAY-SO: permission.
15 M-mad to see the state of the Middle East (7)
EM-IRATE
M (EM) mad (IRATE) to see = EMIRATE: the state of the Middle East.
17 Note the pair of farm animals used for the quip (7)
E-PIG-RAM
Note (E) the pair of farm animals (PIG RAM) used for = EPIGRAM: the quip.
19 Completely occupy the N144 (7)
EN-GROSS
The N (EN) 144 (GROSS) = ENGROSS: completely occupy.
21 Strife at the top of the 8-down road (7)
DISCO-RD
At “the top of ‘DISCO-MMODE’ (DISCO) road (RD) = DISCORD: strife.
22 Where to play is, for many, North America (5)
ARE-NA
“Is” for many (ARE) North America (NA) = ARENA: where to play.
24 Cheer for Benjamin taking in the conservatives (8)
B(RIGHT)EN
Benjamin (B-EN) taking in “the conservatives” (RIGHT) for = BRIGHTEN: cheer.
27 Someone smart let back in a client in ruins (9)
IN(TEL)LECT
In “a ‘client’ in ruins” (IN-LECT) “let” back (TEL) = INTELLECT: someone smart.
28 Journey east for something to eat (5)
TRIP-E
Journey (TRIP) east (E) for = TRIPE: something to eat.
29 It’s not applicable as it’s in Kildare (4)
NA-AS
It’s “not applicable (NA) as (AS) = NAAS: it’s in Kildare.
30 Plots with the South, conservative untruths about the North (10)
S-TORY-LI(N)ES
With “the South” (S) conservative (TORY) untruths, ‘lies’, about “the North” [LI(N)ES] = STORYLINES: plots.

Down
1 Fish quietly, that is around Kay (4)

P-I(K)E
Quietly (P) that is, ‘i.e.’ around Kay, ‘K’ [I(K)E] = PIKE: fish.
2 It raises time off by semi-planning (9)
LEAVE-NING
Time off (LEAVE) by semi “plan-NING” (NING) = LEAVENING: it raises.
3 In a way, it’s moving paintings round a bit (2,3)
O-P ART
Round (O) a bit (P-ART) = OP ART: it’s “moving” paintings, in a way.
4 Greens about the bees age (7)
CA-BB-AGE
About (CA) the bees (BB) age (AGE) = CABBAGE: greens.
5 The French go in, because it’s so quiet (7)
SI(LE)NCE
In “because” (SI-NCE) “the” French go (LE) = SILENCE: it’s so quiet.
7 Do try dancing after Father (5)
PA-RTY
After “Father” (PA) “try” dancing (RTY) = PARTY: do.
8 Put out a dance for the 1970s – 2000 ode (10)
DISCO-MM-ODE
A dance for the 1970s (DISCO) 2000 (MM) ode (ODE) = DISCOMMODE: put out.
9 Ventilates joints used for light transportation (8)
AIRS-HIPS
Ventilates (AIRS) joints (HIPS) for = AIRSHIPS: “light” transportation.
14 How much DNA is permitted for production? (10)
GENE-RATION
How much DNA is permitted (GENE RATION) for = GENERATION: production.
16 Qualified housing a girl finds charming (8)
A(DORA)BLE
Qualified (A-BLE) housing “a girl” (DORA) finds = ADORABLE: charming.
18 The old African Greek character is back inside, Dean (9)
RHO-DE(SI)AN
Greek character (RHO) inside “Dean” “is” back [DE(SI)AN] = RHODESIAN: the old African.
20 Undermine and upset little Trevor by the bus (7)
SUBVERT
“Little ‘Trevor’” by “the bus” (TREV-BUS) upset, written upwards = SUBVERT: undermine.
21 He wanders, feet wrapped in a towel, say (7)
DRI(FT)ER
In “a towel, say” (DRI-ER) feet (FT) = DRIFTER: he wanders.
23 It’s more making a rate adjustment about ten (5)
E(X)TRA
A “rate” adjustment (E-TRA) about “ten” (X) making = EXTRA: it’s more.
25 It’s very uncool the Spanish can get a room there? (5)
HOT-EL
It’s very uncool? (HOT) “the” Spanish (EL) = HOTEL: can get a room there.
26 Ballets without all the monies ventured (4)
B-ETS
Ballets (B-all-ETS) without “all” (-ALL) = BETS: the monies ventured.