Explanations: No. 14664 – Saturday, 31 December 2011

Sun, Jan 1, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Time to rest these by the van they’d destroyed (3,7,3)

THE SE-VENTH DAY
These (THE SE) by “the ‘van they’d’ destroyed” (VENTH DAY) = THE SEVENTH DAY: time to rest.
10 Six hundred before debts … how depraved! (7)
VI-C-IOUS
Six (VI) hundred (C) before “debts” (IOUS) = VICIOUS: how depraved.
11 Such a scene, the bat returning to the meadow you heard (7)
TAB-LEA-U
The “bat” returning (TAB) to “the meadow” (LEA) “you” heard (U) = TABLEAU: such a scene.
12 In order to see the northeast, at last (4)
NE-AT
The northeast (NE) “at” last (AT) to see = NEAT: in order.
13 An early place to shop perhaps, for a silver ring by this artist (5)
AG-O-RA
A silver (AG) ring (O) by “this artist” (RA) for = AGORA: an early place to shop, perhaps.
15 Some pressure to take R&R? (4)
TO-RR
To (TO) take “R&R” (RR) = TORR: some pressure.
17 It’s before the Reverend’s heart (3)
ERE
The “rev-ere-nd’s” heart, it’s = ERE: before.
19 Strains to see Sister Eve interrupting (6)
SI(EVE)S
Sister (SI-S) “Eve” interrupting (EVE) to see = SIEVES: strains.
21 Get closer to the doctor, by that blood vessel (4,2)
MO-VE IN
The doctor (MO) by “that blood vessel” (VEIN) = MOVE IN: get closer to.
22 Renault convertible gear choice (7)
NEUTRAL
“Renault” convertible = NEUTRAL: gear choice.
23 All you leave for a country online? (6)
E-STATE
A country online? (e-STATE) for = ESTATE: all you leave.
25 Severely scold about embracing such badness (6)
R(EVIL)E
About (R-E) embracing “such badness” (EVIL) = REVILE: severely scold.
27 Perhaps wipe the floor with the round British politician outside (3)
M(O)P
The British politician (M-P) outside “round” (O) = MOP: perhaps wipe the floor with.
29 Overwork the French propeller on the Grand Canal, maybe? (4)
PO-LE
Work, ‘op’, over (PO) “the” French (LE) = POLE: propeller on the Grand Canal (in Venice).
30 Commonplace to find sodium in a laboratory back then (5)
BANAL
In “a laboratory, ‘lab’, back then” (BA-L) sodium (NA) to find = BANAL: commonplace.
31 This is one-fifty in snooker gear (4)
C(L)UE
In “snooker gear” (C-UE) fifty (L) = CLUE: this is one.
34 They accept the air from Alan and Olive differently (7)
AL-VEOLI
Alan (AL) and “Olive” differently (VEOLI) = ALVEOLI: they accept the air.
35 Things changed after one got this perception (7)
I-NSIGHT
After “one” (I) “things” changed (NSIGHT) got = INSIGHT: this perception.
36 Making things more balanced to her with a Longford paper (7,6)
EVENING HER-A-LD
Making things more balanced (EVENING) to “her” (HER) with “a Longford” (A LD) = EVENING HERALD: paper.

Down
2 Teach, moving about the area (7)

HECTA-RE
“Teach” moving (HECTA) about (RE) = HECTARE: the area.
3 Notice Lady Macbeth cried out and damned this? (4)
SPOT
“Out” and “damned” (OUT, DAMNED) notice (SPOT) = OUT, DAMNED SPOT: Lady Macbeth cried this.
4 Face how old six is? (6)
VI’S-AGE
How old six, ‘VI’, is (VI’S AGE) = VISAGE: face.
5 I hear you are innate, a character (6)
NAT(UR)E
In-nate (NAT-E) I hear “you are” (UR) = NATURE: a character.
6 A male, to be for the goddess of youth (4)
HE-BE
A male (HE) to “be” (BE) for = HEBE: the goddess of youth.
7 Plant by an M1? (7)
AN-EM-ONE
By “an” (AN) M1 (M-ONE) = ANEMONE: plant.
8 No one is winning our debate right now (4,2,2,5)
EVEN AS WE SPEAK
No one is winning our debate (EVEN AS WE SPEAK) right now (EVEN AS WE SPEAK).
9 Rip tides and power failures, they’re happening right now (7,6)
CURRENT EVENTS
Rip tides (CURRENT EVENTS) and power failures (CURRENT EVENTS) they’re happening right now (CURRENT EVENTS).
14 There’s nothing to restrict the amount of speech (7)
O-RATION
There’s “nothing” (O) to restrict the amount of (RATION) = ORATION: speech.
16 Handel’s slow time before Easter, love (5)
LENT-O
Time before Easter (LENT) love (O) = LENTO: Handel’s “slow”.
18 1000 cheers for tunnellers not found in Ireland (5)
M-OLES
1000 (M) cheers (OLES) for = MOLES: tunnellers not found in Ireland.
20 Grasp one end of the seesaw (3)
SEE
One end of the “see-saw” = SEE: grasp.
21 Spoil and impair alternately (3)
MAR
Impair (i-M-p-A-i-R) alternately, i.e. take every second letter, and = MAR: spoil.
24 The valet shows up at four somewhere on the Med (3,4)
TEL AV-IV
The “valet” shows up (TEL AV) at “four” (IV) = TEL AVIV: somewhere on the Med.
26 I will take for instance, a fifty that’s not allowed (7)
I’LL-EG-A-L
I will (I’LL) take “for instance” (EG) a fifty (A L) that’s = ILLEGAL: not allowed.
27 Have nothing good to say about Malachy over a gin cocktail (6)
MAL-IGN
Malachy (MAL) over a “gin” cocktail (IGN) = MALIGN: have nothing good to say about.
28 One avoided Father with his hair upset (6)
PA-RIAH
Father (PA) with his “hair” upset (RIAH) = PARIAH: one avoided.
32 Good, in Paris North is where Beethoven started out (4)
BON-N
“Good” in Paris (BON) North (N) is = BONN: where Beethoven started out (where he was born).
33 You and me, back about the addict (4)
US-ER
You and me (US) about, ‘re’, back (ER) = USER: the addict.