Explanations: No. 14674 – Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thu, Jan 12, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 A high ball spotter fiddled with the trap (7,3)

LOB-BSTER POT
A high ball (LOB) “spotter” fiddled with (STER POT) = LOBSTER POT: the trap.
6 Ambiance in a restaurant (4)
AURA
In “a rest-AURA-nt” = AURA: ambiance.
10 Have a meal, taking in a French dawn (5)
S(UN)UP
Have a meal (S-UP) taking in “a” French (UN) = SUNUP: dawn.
11 With a Reverend backing the sit-in, do it yourself to make a difference (9)
DI(VER-SIT)Y
In “do it yourself” (DI-Y) with a Reverend, “‘Rev’ backing” the “sit” (VER-SIT) to make = DIVERSITY: a difference.
12 Hover about the organ pick up (8)
OVERH-EAR
“Hover” about (OVERH) the organ (EAR) = OVERHEAR: pick up.
13 Hate backing one in five thousand (5)
V(ENO)M
In “five” “thousand” (V-M) backing “one” (ENO) = VENOM: hate.
15 Graduate from the usual production around Monaghan (7)
ALU(MN)US
The “usual” production (ALU-US) around “Monaghan” (MN) from = ALUMNUS: graduate.
17 His main interest is in him that’s got one in the estimate (7)
E(GOT-I)ST
In “the estimate” (EST) that’s “got one” (GOT I) = EGOTIST: his main interest is him.
19 A little bird parts with juicy morsels? (7)
TIT-BITS
A little bird (TIT) parts (BITS) = TITBITS: juicy morsels.
21 There’s rice at the bachelor’s pad, on floor one (7)
BA’S-MAT-I
At “the bachelor’s” (BA’S) pad on floor (MAT) one (I) there’s = BASMATI: rice.
22 Sent back this morning, all wool coming from this (5)
LLAMA
This “morning” “all” (AM-ALL) sent back = LLAMA: wool coming from this.
24 Design an expression of thanks in fruit (8)
PLAN-TA-IN
Design (PLAN) an expression of thanks (TA) in (IN) = PLANTAIN: fruit.
27 Make a quick examination and notice danger for the king (4-5)
SPOT-CHECK
Notice (SPOT) danger for the king, on the chess board (CHECK) and = SPOT-CHECK: make a quick examination.
28 Raymond was ruined after you and I spent (5)
WE-ARY
After “you and I” (WE) Raymond, ‘Ray’ was ruined (ARY) = WEARY: spent.
29 Watches the kids getting skittish every second (4)
SITS
Skittish (S-k-I-t-T-i-S-h) every second (take every second letter) getting = SITS: watches the kids.
30 Made light of what the county sports team did (10)
DOWN-PLAYED
What the county sports team did (DOWN PLAYED) = DOWNPLAYED: made light of.

Down
1 A fifty-first menu, perhaps (4)

L-IST
A fifty (L) first (IST) = LIST: menu, perhaps.
2 Somewhere secure to jump across the river, perhaps (4,5)
BANK VAULT
Somewhere secure (BANK VAULT) to jump across the river, perhaps (BANK VAULT).
3 There’s someone recording so come to the point? (5)
TAPER
There’s someone recording (TAPER) so come to the point? (TAPER).
4 Satisfaction seeing some colour about the ship (7)
RED-RE-SS
Some colour (RED) about (RE) the ship (SS) seeing = REDRESS: satisfaction.
5 Freely observe heads (7)
OBVERSE
Freely “observe” = OBVERSE: heads (on a coin).
7 It might be Trinity, on joining (5)
UNI-ON
It might be Trinity (UNI) on (ON) = UNION: joining.
8 As with my turns, and like many rulers, and not like this grid (10)
AS-YM-METRIC
As (AS) with “my” turns” (YM) and like many rulers (METRIC) and = ASYMMETRIC: not like this grid.
9 Very reverent surroundings for the Reverend Prior (8)
P(REV)IOUS
Very reverent (P-IOUS) surroundings for “the Reverend” (REV) = PREVIOUS: prior.
14 Tempts the last in cunningly, into the back-seat (10)
TA(NTALIS)ES
Into “the back ‘seat’” (TA-ES) the “last in” cunningly (NTALIS) = TANTALISES: tempts.
16 The pain is in the subtle distinction (8)
NU(IS)ANCE
In “the subtle distinction” (NU-ANCE) is (IS) = NUISANCE: the pain.
18 Fancied it was a stormy, rainy environment for wise men? (9)
I(MAGI)NARY
A stormy “rainy” (I-NARY) environment for “wise men” (MAGI) = IMAGINARY: fancied.
20 Chief work around a French sea that’s all upset (7)
SUPREMO
Work, ‘opus’, around a French sea, ‘mer’ [O(MER)PUS] that’s all up-set, written upwards = SUPREMO: chief.
21 Fern gets her support for a dislocated neck? (7)
BRA-CKEN
Her support (BRA) a dislocated “neck” (CKEN) gets = BRACKEN: fern.
23 It’s concerning a few rounds, maybe (5)
A-BOUT
A few rounds, maybe (A-BOUT) it’s = ABOUT: concerning.
25 It’s a drag, the Spanish hair dryer, perhaps (5)
TOW-EL
It’s “a drag” (TOW) “the” Spanish (EL) = TOWEL: hair dryer, perhaps.
26 Observed I would shortly, so to speak (4)
EYED
“I would” shortly (I’D) so to speak = EYED: observed.