Explanations: No. 14670 – Saturday, 7 January 2012

Sun, Jan 8, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 In a new seat, a vet, he has a plan for a Green motto (4,3,6)

SA(VE T-HE PLAN)ET
In “a new ‘seat’” (SA-ET) “a vet” “he” has “a plan” (VET-HE-PLAN) for = SAVE THE PLANET: a green motto.
10 Element lit by him outside, you said (7)
LIT-HI(U)M
Lit (LIT) by “him” outside “‘you’ said” [HI(U)M] = LITHIUM: element.
11 Not the usual one in changing places (7)
SPEC(I)AL
In “changing ‘places’” (SPEC-AL) one (I) = SPECIAL: not the usual.
12 It’s not applicable to the Italian one that’s hammered (4)
NA-IL
It’s “not applicable” (NA) to “the” Italian (IL) = NAIL: one that’s hammered.
13 In with a half-sister, get to Bury (5)
IN-TER
In (IN) with “a half ‘sis-ter’’’ (TER) get to = INTER: bury.
15 Complain a guy admits nothing (4)
M(O)AN
A guy (M-AN) admits “nothing” (O) = MOAN: complain.
17 Organ in the heart (3)
EAR
In “the heart” (h-EAR-t) = EAR: organ.
19 The nerve to work and run (6)
GALL-OP
The nerve (GALL) to “work” (OP) and = GALLOP: run.
21 Shining silver lamé ensemble (6)
AG-LEAM
Silver (AG) “lamé” ensemble (LEAM) = AGLEAM: shining.
22 A relative, standing, rang about family (7)
RAN(KIN)G
Rang (RAN-G) about “family” (KIN) = RANKING: a relative standing.
23 With nothing round 500, the French get loads (6)
O-O-D-LES
With “nothing” (O) round (O) 500 (D) “the” French (LES) get = OODLES: loads.
25 Paris, for one, gets rot circulating the first month (6)
TRO-JAN
“Rot” circulating (TRO) the first month (JAN) gets = TROJAN: Paris, for one.
27 Shocking word to be heard around the circle (3)
B-O-O
To “be” heard (B) a-round (O) the circle (O) = BOO: shocking word.
29 See a resort for comfort (4)
EASE
“See a” resort, for = EASE: comfort.
30 Coach catches on and gets a little extra (5)
B(ON)US
Coach (B-US) catches “on” (ON) and gets = BONUS: a little extra.
31 Complacent seeing the South take the cup (4)
S-MUG
The South (S) take “the cup” (MUG) seeing = SMUG: complacent.
34 Again get straight the rule about Alan (7)
RE(AL)IGN
The rule (RE-IGN) about “Alan” (AL) = REALIGN: again get straight.
35 Brother newly swore he was just looking (7)
BR-OWSER
Brother (BR) newly “swore” (OWSER) = BROWSER: he was just looking.
36 Be a saint and dial up Penny at the pound and answer, ‘they can go wrong’ (4-4,5)
BE-ST-LAID P-L-ANS
Be (BE) a saint (ST) and “dial” up (LAID) penny (P) at “the pound” (L) and “answer (ANS) = BEST-LAID PLANS: they can go wrong.

Down
2 The nth one in the works is a home for a 21-down (7)

A(NTH-I)LL
In “the works” (ALL) the nth one (NTH-I) is = ANTHILL: a home for an ANT.
3 An Arab leader from the east with peace for the Russians (4)
E-MIR
The east (E) with “peace” for the Russians (MIR) from = EMIR: the Arab leader.
4 Decent man, in a colourful cast (6)
HU(MAN)E
In “a colourful cast” (HU-E) man (MAN) = HUMANE: decent.
5 Bother to look closely around the street (6)
PE(ST)ER
To look closely (PE-ER) around “the street” (ST) = PESTER: bother.
6 Perhaps wrongly, help Abraham to half (4)
ABE-T
Abraham (ABE) “t-o” half (T) = ABET: perhaps “wrongly” help.
7 Record one large volume that’s the finest example (7)
EP-I-TOME
Record (EP) one (I) large volume (TOME) that’s = EPITOME: the finest example.
8 By a quiet lane, little George and me take a shot at Euclid’s study (5,8)
P-LANE GEO-ME-TRY
By “a quiet” (P) lane (LANE) little “George” (GEO) and “me” (ME) take a shot at (TRY) = PLANE GEOMETRY: Euclid’s study.
9 Those running factory gardeners? (5,8)
PLANT MANAGERS
Those running factory? (PLANT MANAGERS) gardeners (PLANT MANAGERS).
14 A nail my boy adds (5,2)
TACK-S ON
A nail (TACK) my boy (SON) = TACKS ON: adds.
16 Get embarrassed like an unfortunate bullfighter (5)
GO-RED
Get embarrassed (GO RED) = GORED: like an unfortunate bullfighter.
18 A horse to back, or there’s trouble (5)
A-GG-RO
A horse (A GG) to “or” back (RO) there’s = AGGRO: trouble.
20 Father’s dancing … step on stage (3)
PA’S
Father’s (PA’S) = PAS: dancing step on stage (in ballet especially).
21 … and with a TD swapping a six-footer (3)
AN-T
And (AN-D) with a “TD” swap (swap the D for a T) = ANT: a six-footer.
24 Diane’s facility for sickness (7)
DI’S-EASE
Diane’s (DI’S) facility (EASE) for = DISEASE: sickness.
26 Yes, in Germany me and my boy get some whiskey (7)
JA-ME-SON
“Yes” in Germany (JA) me (ME) and “my boy” (SON) get = JAMESON: some whiskey.
27 The south and the north, in snake country (6)
BO(S-NI)A
In “snake” (BO-A) the “south” and “the North” (S-NI) = BOSNIA: country.
28 Beat on eBay one in doubt possibly (6)
OUTB(I)D
In “doubt” possibly (OUTB-D) one (I) = OUTBID: beat on eBay.
32 Suggest it’s a big success around the North (4)
HI(N)T
It’s “a big success” (HI-T) around “the North” (N) = HINT: suggest.
33 The barrister admits it hurts to play in an alley (4)
B(OW)L
The barrister (B-L) admits “it hurts” (OW) = BOWL: to play in an alley.