Explanations: No. 14647 – Saturday, 10 December 2011

Sun, Dec 11, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Get the signals crossed, and after the road north from Dublin is below the street (13)

MI’S-UNDER-ST-AND
The road north from Dublin is (MI’S) below (UNDER) the street (ST) “and” after (AND) = MISUNDERSTAND: get the signals crossed.
10 Graduates before long can play this (7)
BAS-SOON
Graduates (BAS) before long (SOON) = BASSOON: can play this.
11 Sounds like you knocked the scoundrel outside … thank you, thank you! (3-1-3)
RA(T-A-TA)T
The scoundrel (RA-T) outside “thank you, thank you” (TA TA) = RAT-A-TAT: sounds like you knocked.
12 A unit of electricity volume at the beginning of time (4)
VOL-T
Volume (VOL) at the beginning of “T-ime” (T) = VOLT: a unit of electricity.
13 An accountant gets transportation somewhere just south of the border (5)
CA-VAN
An accountant (CA) gets “transportation” (VAN) = CAVAN: somewhere just south of the border.
15 Manages moves quickly (4)
RUNS
Manages (RUNS) moves quickly (RUNS).
17 The top one in Longford? (3)
L(I)D
In “Longford” (L-D) one (I) = LID: the top.
19 Jumped up and belted out about public relations? (6)
S(PR)UNG
Belted out (S-UNG) about “public relations” (PR) and = SPRUNG: jumped up.
21 It’s a right to-do to ring the French (6)
HOOP-LA
To “ring” (HOOP) “the” French (LA) it’s = HOOPLA: a right to-do.
22 The first murderer captured, apt to lead (7)
C(APT)AIN
The first murderer (C-AIN) captured “apt” (APT) = CAPTAIN: to lead.
23 A mountain that has some Greek characters (6)
ALP-HAS
A mountain (ALP) has (HAS) = ALPHAS: some Greek characters.
25 Doctor doesn’t put to death brutally (6)
STONED
Doctor “doesn’t” = STONED: put to death brutally.
27 Staff get taken away from the magnet (3)
MAN
The letters “get” taken away from the word “magnet” (MA-g-N-et) = MAN: staff.
29 Scheduled to capture the north getting this in the desert (4)
DU(N)E
Scheduled (DU-E) to capture “the north” (N) getting = DUNE: this in the desert.
30 Houseman with noose like a 27-across (5)
HUMAN
The word “houseman” (H-o-U-se-MAN) with no-ose (take away the letters “ose”) = HUMAN: like MAN.
31 Darn, old Penny gets the start of 11-across (4)
D-RAT
Old Penny ((D) gets “the start of ‘RAT-A-TAT’ (RAT) = DRAT: darn.
34 Thinks logically about the answer, so taken in (7)
RE-A(SO)NS
About (RE) the “answer”, “so” taken in [A(SO)NS] = REASONS: thinks logically.
35 Place for a saint, excited by the fifties (7)
INSTA-LL
A “saint” excited (INSTA) by “the fifties” (LL) for = INSTALL: place.
36 Being judged for the test of how long you can stay on your feet (8,5)
STANDING TRIAL
Being judged (STANDING TRIAL) for the test of how long you can stay on your feet (STANDING TRIAL)

Down
2 Isolated city in the US in ruins, in a mess (7)

INSU(LA)R
In “ruins” in a mess (INSU-R) city in the US (LA) = INSULAR: isolated.
3 Out of bed, being broadcast in an elevated position (4)
UP-ON
Out of bed (UP) being broadcast (ON) = UPON: in an elevated position.
4 Refusal to do business around the North (6)
DE(NI))AL
To do business (DE-AL) around “the North” (NI) = DENIAL: refusal.
5 About doubled the commercial study, again (6)
RE-RE-AD
About (RE) doubled (RE) the commercial (AD) = REREAD: study again.
6 Doubly thankful to hear this as one leaves? (2-2)
TA-TA
Doubly thankful (TA TA) = TA-TA: hear this as one leaves.
7 Not behind the bid for the bridge? (2-5)
NO-T-RUMP
Not (NO-T) behind (RUMP) = NO-TRUMP: the bid for the bridge (the card game)?
8 On the ship holding a vest, and that’s better than usual! (5,8)
ABO(VE ST-AND)ARD
On the ship (ABO-ARD) holding “a vest” “and” (VEST-AND) that’s = ABOVE STANDARD: better than usual.
9 At Stanley, in a commercial that’s still stopped (2,1,10)
AT A (STAN)D-STILL
At (AT) Stanley, ‘Stan’, in a commercial, ‘ad’ [A(STAN)D] that’s “still” (STILL) = AT A STANDSTILL: stopped.
14 Violet weave, meant for the country (7)
VI-ETNAM
Violet (VI) weave “meant” (IETNAM) for = VIETNAM: the country.
16 Remove the 17-across for an azure blue military uniform part (5)
UN-CAP
An azure blue military uniform part (UN CAP, United Nations cap) for = UNCAP: remove the LID.
18 May perhaps get an insect that flies around the North (5)
MO(N)TH
An insect that flies (MO-TH) around “the North” (N) get = MONTH: May perhaps.
20 Grabs nothing, even when it’s funny? (3)
GAS
“Grabs” nothing even, no even letters in the word “grabs” (G-r-A-b-S) when it’s = GAS: funny.
21 Greetings belonging to a 27-across (3)
HIS
Greetings (HIS) belonging to a MAN (HIS).
24 It’s suspended softly, by the last insect (7)
P-END-ANT
Softly (P) by “the last” “insect” (END ANT) it’s = PENDANT: suspended.
26 It’s sort of like the heavens battered rain all around the truck (7)
NIR(VAN)A
Battered “rain” (NIR-A) all around “the truck” (VAN) = NIRVANA: it’s sort of like the heavens.
27 A letter from a Greek Isle disturbed your breakfast perhaps (6)
MU-ESLI
A letter from a Greek (MU) “isle” disturbed (ESLI) = MUESLI: your breakfast perhaps.
28 Pester about the minimum calling (6)
NA(MIN)G
Pester (NA-G) about “the minimum” (MIN) = NAMING: calling.
32 Old capital that’s good in France before the 1st of November (4)
BON-N
That’s “good” in France (BON) before the 1st of N-ovember (N) = BONN: old capital.
33 An old leader for the sailor circling the south (4)
T(S)AR
The sailor (T-AR) circling “the south” (S) for = TSAR: an old leader.