Explanations: No. 14646 – Friday, 9 December 2011

Fri, Dec 9, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 It’s underwater at 1:50 AM (4)

CL-AM
At “150” (CL) AM (AM) = CLAM: it’s underwater.
4 Forgo changes by the Bard’s forest making an elevated plot (4,6)
ROOF G-ARDEN
“Forgo” changes (ROOF-G) by “the Bard’s forest” (ARDEN) making = ROOF GARDEN: an elevated plot.
9 Listened to Elsie, in a piece for two that’s pleasant to the ear (6)
DU(LC)ET
Listened to “Elsie” (LC) in “a piece for two” (DU-ET) that’s = DULCET: pleasant to the ear.
10 One sent something that wasn’t a hit within a cracking year! (8)
E(MISS)ARY
Within “a cracking ‘year’” (E-ARY) something that wasn’t a hit (MISS) = EMISSARY: one sent.
11 It might involve penalties, to tell the tout to leave? (8)
SHOO-TOUT
To tell the tout to leave? (SHOO, TOUT!) = SHOOTOUT: it might involve penalties.
12 Bond heard you about, inside that pigpen (6)
S(U-RE)TY
Inside “that pigpen” (S-TY) “heard ‘you’” “about” (U-RE) = SURETY: bond.
13 Latch onto an artist in Britain (4)
G(RA)B
In “Britain” (G-B) an artist (RA) = GRAB: latch onto.
15 Can’t be trusted, and quite batty perhaps? (3-2-5)
FLY-BY-NIGHT
Can’t be trusted (FLY-BY-NIGHT) and quite “batty” perhaps? (FLY-BY-NIGHT).
17 He sinks low, looking for gems and fruit? Awful drivel! (5,5)
PEAR-L DIVER
Fruit (PEAR) awful “drivel” (L-DIVER) and = PEARL DIVER: he sinks low looking for gems.
19 Where Scarlett encounters the Irish kings? (4)
TARA
Where Scarlett (O’Hara, in “Gone with the Wind”, lives in the plantation called …) (TARA) encounters the Irish Kings (at the Hill of …) (TARA).
20 Penny and the alien moved like a 28-across (6)
P-INEAL
Penny (P) and the “alien” moved (INEAL) = PINEAL: like a PINE.
22 Sat backward, before the flute-playing refined (8)
TAS-TEFUL
“Sat” backward (TAS) before “the ‘flute’ playing” (TEFUL) = TASTEFUL: refined.
25 Carelessly boast then rue returning a vandal (8)
SABOT-EUR
Carelessly “boast” (SABOT) then “rue” returning (EUR) = SABOTEUR: a vandal.
26 One who mistreats you, and me, in abnormally bare surroundings (6)
AB(US)ER
In “abnormally ‘bare’” surroundings (AB-ER) you and me (US) = ABUSER: one who mistreats.
27 Receiving a copy with the record, to enact anyway (10)
A-CC-EP-TANCE
A copy (A CC) with “the record” (EP) to “enact” anyway (TANCE) = ACCEPTANCE: receiving.
28 Long centre for the spines (4)
PINE
Centre for the “s-PINE-s” = PINE: long.

Down
2 There’s a lot of Irish water for that woman in the lounge for a change (5,4)

LOUG(H ER)NE
In “the ‘lounge’ for a change” (LOUG-NE) that woman (HER) for = LOUGH ERNE: there’s a lot of Irish water!
3 The way of operating includes a German interjection that’s excessively manly (5)
M(ACH)O
The way of operating, ‘modus operandi’ (M-O) includes “a German interjection” (ACH!) that’s = MACHO: excessively manly.
4 The proportion of numbers the TD exchanges for the radio? (5)
RATIO
The “TD” exchanges for the “radio”, exchange the D for a T in the word “ra-d-io” (RA-T-IO) = RATIO: the proportion of numbers.
5 The lieutenant and reverend move back into Offaly quite publicly (7)
O(VERTL)Y
Into “Offaly” (O-Y) the “lieutenant” and “reverend”, ‘LT-REV’, move back (VERTL) = OVERTLY: quite publicly.
6 He contradicts and denies the profits before the new year (9)
GAINS-AYER
The profits (GAINS) before “the new ‘year’” (AYER) = GAINSAYER: he contradicts and denies.
7 It controls what’s left outside the locomotive (9)
RES(TRAIN)T
What’s left (RES-T) outside “the locomotive” (TRAIN) = RESTRAINT: it controls.
8 Characters from ‘Poltergeist’ backed this bird (5)
EGRET
Characters from “pol-TERGE-ist” (TERGE) backed = EGRET: this bird.
14 Upset, elope with 13-across and use this to navigate the canal (9)
BARGEPOLE
“Elope” with “GRAB” (ELOPE-GRAB) upset, written upwards, and = BARGEPOLE: use this to navigate the canal.
15 Most awkward, to handle two 500s that lie in a closed hand (9)
FI(DD-LIE)ST
In “a closed hand” (FI-ST) “two 500s” “that lie” (DD-LIE) = FIDDLIEST: most awkward to handle.
16 A guy starts a nuclear explosion that’s mythically formidable (9)
HE-RCULEAN
“A guy” starts (HE) a “nuclear” explosion (RCULEAN) = HERCULEAN: that’s mythically formidable.
18 He’s experienced enough to put an exotic tree in a truck! (7)
V(ETER)AN
In “a truck” (V-AN) to put an exotic “tree”! (ETER) = VETERAN: he’s experienced enough.
21 Is a current son sacrificed? Almost! (5)
IS-A-AC
Is a (IS A) current (AC) = ISAAC: son sacrificed almost (by his father, Abraham).
23 Spring about and let go! (5)
SPA-RE
Spring (SPA) about (RE) and = SPARE: let go.
24 Outfit for a witty remark online? (5)
E-QUIP
A witty remark online? (e-QUIP) for = EQUIP: outfit.