Explanations: No. 14648 – Monday, 12 December 2011

Mon, Dec 12, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
8 This is a prospect, or in the country, beside the canal (8)

PAN(OR)AMA
In “the country beside the canal” (PAN-AMA) or (OR) this is = PANORAMA: a prospect.
9 Nope, for the operator, one that speaks out (6)
ORATOR
“No-pe” for the “o-pe-rator”(without the letters PE in O-pe-RATOR) = ORATOR: one that speaks out.
10 It’s quite fine to get a little interest within 24 hours (6)
DA(INT)Y
Within “24 hours” (DA-Y) a little “interest” (INT) to get = DAINTY: it’s quite fine.
11 It moves so quickly the job overturned in utter confusion (8)
TUR(BOJ)ET
In “utter” confusion (TUR-ET) the “job” overturned (BOJ) = TURBOJET: it moves so quickly.
12 I am, regrettably, back for some Italian food (6)
SALAMI
“I am” “regrettably” (I’M ALAS) back, for = SALAMI: some Italian food.
13 One missing the first two letters dispatched at the middle of the week (8)
AB-SENT-EE
The first two letters (AB) dispatched (SENT) at “the middle of the “w-ee-k’” (EE) = ABSENTEE: one missing.
15 Kay on the radio is a knockout covering the Italian (4)
K(IL)O
A knockout (K-O) covering “the” Italian (IL) = KILO: (the letter) “kay” on the radio, using the phonetic alphabet.
17 Happy and content to see Leslie’s in the bunk, for example (7)
B(LES’S)ED
In “the bunk, for example” (B-ED) Leslie’s (LES’S) to see = BLESSED: happy and content.
19 He sometimes fills the depression first (7)
DENT-IST
The depression (DENT) first (IST) = DENTIST: he sometimes fills.
22 On the 4th of July, kiss this stone (4)
ON-Y-X
On (ON) the 4th of “jul-y” (Y) kiss (X) = ONYX: this stone.
24 The Spanish queen is the first to be murdered by the French (8)
IS-ABEL-LA
Is (IS) the first to be murdered (ABEL) by “the” French (LA) = ISABELLA: the Spanish queen.
27 Civil and church division capitals of France and Holland? (6)
PARIS-H
The capital of France (PARIS) the capital of “H-olland” (H) = PARISH: civil and church division.
29 Play games with a sailor and one who is probably a 16-down (8)
MEGAS-TAR
Play “games” (MEGAS) with “a sailor” (TAR) and = MEGASTAR: one who is probably an idol.
30 The German holds the beer for someone working in 18-down (6)
DE(ALE)R
“The” German (DE-R) holds “the beer” (ALE) for = DEALER: someone working in LAS VEGAS.
31 Turned up with an artist that used to snap (6)
CAME-RA
Turned up (CAME) with “an artist” (RA) = CAMERA: that used to snap.
32 Ragged politician taking in a pioneer Cockney here (8)
T(A-TT-’ERE)D
Politician (T-D) taking in “a pioneer” Cockney “here” (A TT ‘ERE) = TATTERED: ragged.

Down
1 Before, a mother might cook in this country (6)

PAN-A-MA
Might cook in this (PAN) before “a mother” (A MA) = PANAMA: country.
2 The passengers openly sit in them back there and unseat with no confusion (8)
TONNEAUS
“Unseat” with “no” confusion = TONNEAUS: the passengers openly sit in them back there.
3 The antithesis of manly, yet so genteel to be idly floating around in the lough (8)
LA(DYLI)KE
In “the lough” (LA-KE) “idly” floating around (DYLI) to be = LADYLIKE: the antithesis of manly, yet so genteel.
4 Correct a fault, engineered external to the alternating current (7)
F(AC)TUAL
A “fault” engineered (F-TUAL) external to “the alternating current” (AC) = FACTUAL: correct.
5 The way it operates, initially Rolls-Royce is and was a minor car manufacturer (6)
MO-RR-IS
The way it operates (MO) initially “Rolls-Royce” (RR) is (IS) and = MORRIS: was a “Minor” car manufacturer (i.e. the Morris Minor).
6 Some shallow water for the French Sellers or Milligan? (6)
LA-GOON
“The” French (LA) Sellers or Milligan? (GOON) for = LAGOON: some shallow water.
7 The present of 17-across takes in one way to serve fish, perhaps (8)
B(ONE)LESS
The present (tense) of BLESSED (BLESS) takes in “one” (ONE) = BONELESS: way to serve fish, perhaps.
14 The young lad swallows the key for the trunk! (4)
BO(D)Y
The young lad (BO-Y) swallows “the key” (D) for = BODY: the trunk.
16 I had around fifty-one, beloved (4)
I’D-O-L
I had (I’D) a-round (O) fifty (L) = IDOL: one beloved.
18 Foolishly gave into the young lady for betting so much here? (3,5)
LAS (VEGA)S
Into “the young lady” (LAS-S) foolishly “gave” (VEGA) for = LAS VEGAS: betting so much here.
20 Push your old mate to quietly revise the note (8)
EX-P-EDIT-E
Your old mate (EX) to “quietly” (P) revise (EDIT) the note (E) = EXPEDITE: push.
21 Look daggers at a heart-broken X (8)
THREA-TEN
A “heart” broken (THREA) X (TEN) = THREATEN: look daggers at.
23 Ran back at such speed to tell (7)
NAR-RATE
“Ran” back (NAR) at “such speed” (RATE) = NARRRATE: to tell.
25 Brother, such cards … and pairs! (6)
BR-ACES
Brother (BR) such cards (ACES) and = BRACES: pairs.
26 Allow Henry to get fat Al? (6)
LET-HAL
Allow (LET) Henry (HAL) to get = LETHAL: fat-al.
28 Edward, in the news, backed the Kingdom (6)
SW(ED)EN
In the “news” backed (SW-EN) Edward (ED) = SWEDEN: the kingdom.