Explanations: No. 14662 – Thursday, 29 December 2011

Thu, Dec 29, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 One opposing the colonist taking a stab at the North first (10)

ANT-A-GO-N-IST
The colonist (ANT) taking “a stab” (A GO) at “the North” (N) first (IST) = ANTAGONIST: one opposing.
6 ‘War and Peace’ … just the first character twist (4)
WAR-P
War (WAR) and “P-eace”, just the first character (P) = WARP: twist.
10 Quiet wax producer that’s cut (5)
SH-EAR
Quiet (SH) wax producer (EAR) that’s = SHEAR: cut.
11 Happen to rant about the steeple (9)
TRAN-SPIRE
To “rant” about (TRAN) the steeple (SPIRE) = TRANSPIRE: happen.
12 Reported height I’d see an effect of the moon? (4,4)
HIGH TIDE
“Height I’d” reported, sounds like = HIGH TIDE: an effect of the moon.
13 Overheard I’ll get an alternative to the window, perhaps (5)
AISLE
“I’ll” overheard, sounds like = AISLE: an alternative to the window, perhaps (on a plane).
15 A ring and a foot seen in a fish throwing up! (7)
L(O-FT)ING
Seen in “a fish” (L-ING) “a ring” and “a foot” (O-FT) = LOFTING: throwing up.
17 Local talk that’s laid back, fragmented etc (7)
DIAL-ECT
“Laid” back (DIAL) fragmented “etc” (ECT) that’s = DIALECT: local talk.
19 Your old French king takes hundreds in the neck? (7)
THY-ROI-D
“Your” old (THY) French “king” (ROI) takes “hundreds” (D) = THYROID: in the neck?
21 Shock around England seeing the British Army’s weapon (4,3)
ST(EN G)UN
Shock (ST-UN) around “England” (ENG) seeing = STEN GUN: the British Army’s weapon.
22 Provide funds and conclude it hurts! (5)
END-OW
Conclude (END) it hurts! (OW) and = ENDOW: provide funds.
24 A number take the wrong route into the bog (8)
F(OURTE)EN
Into “the bog” (F-EN) take the wrong “route” (OURTE) = FOURTEEN: a number.
27 Notes following this make 10 or 150F (5,4)
TEN-OR CL-EF
10 (TEN) or (OR) 150 (CL) F (EF) make = TENOR CLEF: notes following this.
28 It overturned the money for the church (5)
TI-THE
“It” overturned (TI) the (THE) = TITHE: money for the church.
29 Act for a DD? (4)
DEE-D
A “D” (DEE) “D” (D) for = DEED: act.
30 For an independent sort to fret about the pier is foolish? (4,6)
FRE(E SPIRI)T
Fret (FRE-T) about “the ‘pier is’ foolish” (E SPIRI) for = FREE SPIRIT: an independent sort.

Down
1 A learner therefore to boot (4)

A-L-SO
A learner (A L) therefore (SO) = ALSO: to boot.
2 They hold Eli and Dev’s party to get an Irish flower (3,6)
TH(E LI-FF)EY
They (TH-EY) hold “Eli” and “Dev’s party” (ELI-FF) to get = THE LIFFEY: an Irish flow-er.
3 The circumference is wrong, right? (5)
GIRTH
Wrong “right” is = GIRTH: the circumference.
4 Taking home protection from insects maybe (7)
NETTING
Taking home (NETTING) protection from insects maybe (NETTING).
5 Wow! In a seed that’s found in the ocean? (7)
SE(AWE)ED
In “a seed” (SE-ED) wow (AWE) = SEAWEED: that’s found in the ocean.
7 Wrong to place Pierre’s friend over the ship (5)
AMI-SS
To place Pierre’s “friend” (AMI) over “the ship” (SS) = AMISS: wrong.
8 Resolve beforehand to get a new president by the end of June (10)
PREDESTIN-E
A new “president” (PREDESTIN) by “the end of ‘jun-e’” (E) to get = PREDESTINE: resolve beforehand.
9 Raise a sad case near the end of the day (8)
ESCA-LATE
A sad “case” (ESCA) near the end of the day (LATE) = ESCALATE: raise.
14 Abused what Ed likes to hear when the bill comes? (3-7)
I’LL-TREAT-ED
What Ed likes to hear when the bill comes (I’LL TREAT ED) = ILL-TREATED: abused.
16 I’m Ronald and I have a job making things using metal (8)
I-RON-WORK
I’m Ronald and I have a job (I, RON, WORK) = IRONWORK: making things using metal.
18 For instance, Britain has one eating and one scrambling (9)
EG-GB-EATER
For instance (EG) Britain (GB) has “one eating” (EATER) and = EGGBEATER: one scrambling.
20 Life going back into the German one who desecrates (7)
D(EFIL)ER
Into “the” German (D-ER) “life” going back (EFIL) = DEFILER: one who desecrates.
21 Counsel, you heard an Irish party and the French getting into a fight? (7)
SC-U-FF-LE
Counsel (SC) “you” heard (U) and Irish party (FF) and “the” French (LE) getting into = SCUFFLE: a fight.
23 The 500 before made his comedy so divine? (5)
D-ANTE
The 500 (D) before (ANTE) made = DANTE: his comedy so divine (as in, Dante’s “Divine Comedy”)?
25 Add to, and put back (3,2)
TO-T UP
To (TO) and “put” back (T UP) = TOT UP: add.
26 Believing Group C is inset? (4)
SE(C)T
In “set” (SE-T) is “C” (C) = SECT: believing group.