Explanations: No. 14673 – Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Came close and saw the smaller application had core changes (10)

APP-ROACHED
The smaller “application” (APP) “had core” changes (ROACHED) and saw = APPROACHED: came close.
6 In among a thousand, I would! (4)
A-M-I’D
A thousand (A M) I would (I’D) = AMID: in among.
10 No friends are as valuable as these? (5)
O-PALS
No friends (O PALS) are = OPALS: as valuable as these?
11 With a little work to and fro, the web pages show up and down for example (9)
OP-PO-SITES
With a little work, ‘op’, to and fro (OP-PO) the web pages (SITES) show = OPPOSITES: “up” and “down” for example.
12 More energetic iron is at that level (8)
FE-IS-TIER
Iron (FE) is (IS) at “that level” (TIER) = FEISTIER: more energetic.
13 Looking back at Ronald with one at a waterwheel (5)
NOR-I-A
Ronald, ‘Ron’, looking back at (NOR) with “one” (I) at “a” (A) = NORIA: waterwheel.
15 Was present inside considering that (7)
W(HERE)AS
Was (W-AS) “present” inside (HERE) = WHEREAS: considering that.
17 Half lead in and ran back for the conference (7)
SEMI-NAR
“Half” lead-in (SEMI-) and “ran” back (NAR) for = SEMINAR: the conference.
19 It could be Elvis embracing Sis involved a display of affection (7)
K(ISS)ING
It could be Elvis (K-ING) embracing “‘Sis’ involved” (ISS) = KISSING: a display of affection.
21 We get severe like the world of a playboy (7)
WE-STERN
We (WE) get “severe” (STERN) = WESTERN: like the world of a playboy (as in “The Playboy of the Western World”).
22 They precipitate Northern Ireland taking in the one doctor (5)
N(I-MB)I
Northern Ireland (N-I) taking in the “one” “doctor” (I-MB) = NIMBI: they precipitate (as they are rain clouds).
24 She flies a V8, Rick’s heard (8)
AVIATRIX
“A V8, Rick’s” heard = AVIATRIX: she flies.
27 It’s quite bright, Noel, blending in from dusk to dawn (4,5)
N(EON L)IGHT
In “from dusk to dawn” (N-IGHT) “Noel” blending (EON L) = NEON LIGHT: it’s quite bright.
28 Moving ever east, one heading for Canterbury (5)
REEV-E
Moving “ever” (REEV) east (E) = REEVE: one heading for Canterbury (the third tale from Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”).
29 Audibly sighed seeing a six on the dice, say (4)
SIDE
Audibly “sighed” seeing = SIDE: a six on the dice,say.
30 To many it’s nice tasting a bit less, we recollected (5,5)
SWEET BASIL
“A bit less, we” recollected = SWEET BASIL: to many it’s nice tasting.

Down
1 There’s nothing in beer that soothes (4)

AL(O)E
In “beer” (AL-E) there’s “nothing” (O) = ALOE: that soothes.
2 Bloody things let into some bits of China (9)
PLATE(LET)S
Into “some bits of china” (PLATE-S) let (LET) = PLATELETS: bloody things.
3 There’s nothing unchanged and perhaps one can get a date there? (5)
O-AS-IS
There’s “nothing” (O) unchanged (AS IS) and = OASIS: perhaps one can get a date there?
4 Some pals will show Ronald one in a sec, upset (7)
C(RON-I)ES
In “a ‘sec’ upset” (C-ES) “Ronald” “one” (RON-I) will show = CRONIES: some pals.
5 Peter’s moved about ten masters (7)
E(X)PERTS
“Peter’s” moved (E-PERTS) about “ten” (X) = EXPERTS: masters.
7 That’s sly, leaving masterly Aurelia Cotta to Caesar, say (5)
MATER
That’s “sly” leaving (-SLY) masterly (MA-s-TER-ly) = MATER: Aurelia Cotta to Caeser, say (i.e. Julius Caesar’s mother).
8 Giving up broadcasting after Desmond gets quiet (10)
DES-P-AIRING
After “Desmond” (DES) gets “quiet” (P) broadcasting (AIRING) = DESPAIRING: giving up.
9 Around Sunday morning, it is making waves (8)
‘T(SUN-AM)IS
It is (‘T-IS) around “‘Sunday’ ‘morning’” (SUN-AM) making = TSUNAMIS: waves.
14 A centre-forward sneaking about creates some stirrings (10)
A-W-AKENINGS
A (A) centre “for-W-ard” (W) “sneaking” about (AKENINGS) creates = AWAKENINGS: some stirrings.
16 Qualified for one big comeback between the Spanish and the French (8)
EL(I-GIB)LE
Between “‘the’ Spanish and ‘the’ French” (EL-LE) “one” “‘big’ comeback” (I-GIB) for = ELIGIBLE: qualified.
18 Want her, once called ‘Diane by the Loch’? (9)
NEE-DI-NESS
Her once called? (NEE) Diane (DI) by “the Loch” (NESS) = NEEDINESS: want.
20 Gas mixture in a little light somewhere in Scotland (7)
GL(ASG)OW
In “a little light” (GL-OW) “gas” mixture (ASG) = GLASGOW: somewhere in Scotland.
21 Put a saint in, as long as it stops the play (7)
WHI(ST)LE
In “as long as” (WHI-LE) put “a saint” (ST) = WHISTLE: it stops the play.
23 Made low noises showing the way to operate the dictionary (5)
MO-OED
The way to operate (MO) the dictionary (OED) showing = MOOED: made low noises.
25 Pound the ends of the earth to steal (5)
TH-ROB
The ends of “T-he eart-H” (TH) to “steal” (ROB) = THROB: pound.
26 Alan, after that guy, subjectively get better (4)
HE-AL
After “that guy, subjectively” (HE) Alan (AL) = HEAL: get better.