Explanations: No. 14663 – Friday, 30 December 2011

Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Hold son or Nel? (4,6)

HALF NEL-SON
Either “Nel” or “son” is HALF of NELSON = HALF NELSON: hold (in wrestling).
6 Looking back, it’s a gas tale (4)
SAGA
It’s “a gas” (A GAS) looking back = SAGA: tale.
10 Announced Evie in a Paris street-production for the stage (5)
R(EV)UE
In a Paris “street” (R-UE) “Evie” announced (EV) = REVUE: production for the stage.
11 Frank conjecture about the Italian and Spanish (9)
GU(IL-EL)ESS
Conjecture (GU-ESS) about “the” Italian and “the” Spanish (IL-EL) = GUILELESS: frank.
12 Father’s ‘Football’ say, is the paper to get in (8)
PA’S-SPORT
Father’s (PA’S) football, say (SPORT) is = PASSPORT: the paper to get in.
13 Kind of Pole to add ‘em? (5)
TOT-’EM
To add (TOT) ‘em (EM) = TOTEM: kind of pole.
15 Aims misplaced round the lack of faith (7)
A(THE)ISM
“Aims” misplaced (A-ISM) round “the” (THE) = ATHEISM: lack of faith.
17 Terrible one, that referee you heard in Donegal (7)
D(I-REF-U)L
In “Donegal” (D-L) “one”, that “referee” “you” heard (I-REF-U) = DIREFUL: terrible.
19 It’s loud, and not just a carnival (7)
F-UNFAIR
It’s “loud” (F) and “not just” (UNFAIR) = FUNFAIR: a carnival.
21 If all else fails at holding R&R? (2,5)
A(T WO-RS)T
At (A-T) holding “R&R” (TWO RS) = AT WORST: if all else fails.
22 The smallest street after the meadow (5)
LEA-ST
After “the meadow” (LEA) street (ST) = LEAST: the smallest.
24 Remain outside the ring at sea to find deadly fish (8)
ST(INGR)AY
Remain (ST-AY) outside “the ‘ring’ at sea” (INGR) to find = STINGRAY: deadly fish.
27 Financial considerations and incomes varied around the company (9)
E(CO)NOMICS
“Incomes” varied (E-NOMICS) around “the company” (CO) and = ECONOMICS: financial considerations.
28 Pass on, in gold, Pierre’s parting word (5)
A(DIE)U
In “gold” (A-U) pass on (DIE) = ADIEU: Pierre’s parting word.
29 Did away with the Welsh, but not completely back then (4)
SLEW
The “wels-h”, but not completely (WELS) back then = SLEW: did away with.
30 That jarring sound is your boy in the ball (10)
D(IS-SON)ANCE
In “the ball” (D-ANCE) “is” “your boy” (IS-SON) = DISSONANCE: that jarring sound.

Down
1 Are heard in the shack, injured (4)

HU(R)T
In “the shack” (HU-T) “are” heard (R) = HURT: injured.
2 Vital he breaks with an envious Prince of Hell (9)
LEVIATH-AN
“Vital he” breaks (LEVIATH) with “an” (AN) = LEVIATHAN: envious Prince of Hell.
3 How well became we for more than one Xmas (5)
NO-ELS
How “we-ll” became “we” (there are NO ELS) for = NOELS: more than one Xmas.
4 Space for the French wedding party (7)
LE-GROOM
“The” French (LE) wedding party (GROOM) for = LEGROOM: space.
5 Missing ‘glove’ in a dictionary initially? (7)
O(MITT)ED
In “a dictionary initially”, the Oxford English Dictionary (O-ED) glove (MITT) = OMITTED: missing.
7 Warn Alan the Irish channel is confused (5)
AL-ERT
Alan (AL) the Irish channel, ‘RTE’, is confused (ERT) = ALERT: warn.
8 A young lady returns one, not in time to absorb this (10)
A-SSIM-I-LATE
A (A) young lady, ‘miss’, returns (SSIM) one (I) not in time (LATE) = ASSIMILATE: to absorb, this.
9 Awful hatred that hurts one about to die there (5,3)
DEATH R-OW
Awful “hatred” (DEATH R) that hurts (OW) = DEATH ROW: one about to die here.
14 There’s not as much about awful northern legality (10)
L(AWFUL-N)ESS
There’s “not as much” (L-ESS) about “awful” “northern” (AWFUL-N) = LAWFULNESS: legality.
16 In the first part of the play on doing nothing (8)
IN-ACT-I-ON
In (IN) the first part of the play (ACT I) on (ON) = INACTION: doing nothing.
18 Establishment for Mother to break into (9)
FOR-MA-TION
For Mother (FOR MA) to break “into” (TION) = FORMATION: establishment.
20 The French king admits terrible sins for the composer (7)
RO(SSIN)I
The French “king” (RO-I) admits “terrible ‘sins’” (SSIN) for = ROSSINI: the composer.
21 Maybe Smith and Jones sail in the sea upset (7)
ALIASES
“Sail” in the “sea” [SE(SAIL)A] up-set = ALIASES: maybe Smith and Jones.
23 Make up in the early hours of the morning (5)
AT-ONE
In the early hours of the morning (AT ONE) = ATONE: make up.
25 An artist into a drink made from corn, say (5)
G(RA)IN
Into “a drink” (G-IN) an “artist” (RA) made from = GRAIN: corn, say.
26 Some people can’t carry one bone picked out of the Tribune (4)
TUNE
Bone, ‘rib’, picked out of the “tribune” (T-rib-UNE) leaves = TUNE: some people can’t carry one.