Explanations: No. 14676 – Saturday, 14 January 2012

Sun, Jan 15, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 One could say they headed off last month, so I paint at random (13)

DEC-APITATIONS
Last month (DEC) “so I paint at” random (APITATIONS) = DECAPITATIONS: one could say they “headed off”.
10 Attack a sailor, say (7)
ASSAULT
A sailor (A SALT) say = ASSAULT: attack.
11 The nut turned up one in a pea plant (7)
PE(TUN-I)A
In “a pea” (PE-A) the “nut”, turned up “one” (TUN-I) = PETUNIA: plant.
12 Reckon it’s a DM (4)
DEE-M
A D (DEE) M (M) it’s = DEEM: reckon.
13 Doctor, I just go on and on (5)
DR-ONE
Doctor (DR) I (ONE) = DRONE: just go on and on.
15 Still, it’s one legendary creature (4)
YET-I
Still (YET) it’s “one” (I) = YETI: legendary creature.
17 How dyes came to be … yes, it’s a positive sign (3)
NO-D
How “d-yes” came to be “yes” (there’s NO D in “yes” and there is in “d-yes”) = NOD: it’s a positive sign.
19 Isn’t able to find a girl in bed? (6)
C(ANN)OT
In “bed” (C-OT) a girl (ANN) = CANNOT: isn’t able to.
21 It’s on inside Vera, Proteus and Valentine’s home (6)
VER(ON)A
Inside “Vera” (VER-A) it’s “on” (ON) = VERONA: Proteus and Valentine’s home (“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”).
22 A little heat for Clare around the choice between me and Alan (7)
C(AL-OR-I)E
Clare (C-E) around “the choice between me and Alan” (AL OR I) for = CALORIE: a little heat.
23 Given help inside, the pup settled (4-2)
P(AID)-UP
Inside “the pup” (P-UP) given “help” (AID) = PAID-UP: settled.
25 An Ulster mother gets a pound from the brute (6)
A-NI-MA-L
An Ulster mother (A NI MA) gets “a pound” (L) from = ANIMAL: the brute.
27 For Caesar, I might stroke this (3)
EGO
For Caesar, i.e. in Latin, “I” (EGO) might stoke this (EGO).
29 They’re venomous as an afterthought (4)
AS-PS
As (AS) an afterthought (PS) = ASPS: they’re venomous.
30 Mess up by using the M1-south to the party (5)
MI-S-DO
The M1 (MI) south (S) to “the party” (DO) by using = MISDO: mess up.
31 Order in the court for one telling a joke about the 6th of January (4)
W(R)IT
One telling a joke (W-IT) about “the 6th of janua-R-y” (R) for = WRIT: order in the court.
34 What vines do to make a specialist port, say? (7)
ENT-WINE
A specialist (ENT) port, say (WINE) to make = ENTWINE: what vines do.
35 Apart from the southeast, where to go in summer (7)
SE-ASIDE
Apart from the southeast (SE ASIDE) = SEASIDE: where to go in summer.
36 As Chip’s arranged, a quiet thanks in ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘Ahab’ (1,4’1,7)
A S-HIP’S C-A-P-TA-IN
As (A S) “chip’s” arranged (HIP’S C) a quiet (A P) “thanks” “in” (TA-IN) finding = A SHIP’S CAPTAIN: Nemo or Ahab (the captains from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “Moby Dick” respectively).

Down
2 A wild sea bird from the orient (7)

EAS-TERN
A wild “sea” (EAS) bird (TERN) = EASTERN: from the orient.
3 Touch upon taking up the horn (4)
ABUT
The horn (TUBA) taking up = ABUT: touch upon.
4 Detain one after the other, reportedly (6)
INTERN
One after the other (IN TURN) reportedly = INTERN: detain.
5 Add a really quiet finale (6)
A-PP-END
A (A) really quiet (PP) finale (END) = APPEND: add.
6 Just a little bit after ten, thanks (4)
IO-TA
After “ten” (IO) thanks (TA) = IOTA: just a little bit.
7 No, no … it must be plus or minus (3-4)
NO-N-ZERO
No (NO) n-o (N-ZERO) = NON-ZERO: it must be plus or minus.
8 Hand over one hundred a month to aces for weighty competitions (8,5)
HAND-I-C-AP R-ACES
Hand (HAND) over “one” “hundred” (I-C) a month (APR) to “aces” (ACES) for = HANDICAP RACES: weighty competitions.
9 It’s produced by shifting one renting out in Paris, say? (7,6)
CAPITAL LETTER
It’s produced by shifting, on a keyboard (CAPITAL LETTER) one renting out in Paris, say? (CAPITAL LETTER).
14 After a couple of rounds, yearns for some teas (7)
OO-LONGS
After “a couple of rounds” (OO) yearns (LONGS) for = OOLONGS: some teas.
16 Place to find 500 coppers? (5)
L-O-CU-S
50-0 (L-O) copper-s (CU-S) to find = LOCUS: place.
18 It’s short … it’s short even in a short thank you (5)
T(E’EN)Y
In “a short ‘thank you’” (T-Y) it’s short “even” (E’EN) it’s = TEENY: short.
20 Some dance back at the piano (3)
TA-P
Back “at” (TA) the piano (P) = TAP: some dance.
21 An old Roman’s way to see the vista without the street (3)
VI-A
The vista (VI-st-A) without “the street” (-ST) to see = VIA: an old Roman’s “way”, in Latin.
24 I am upset … upset seeing this momentum (7)
I’M-PETUS
I am (I’M) “upset” upset (PETUS) seeing = IMPETUS: this momentum.
26 A drink for Arthur in the revealing dress! (7)
M(ART)INI
In “the revealing dress” (M-INI) Arthur (ART) for = MARTINI: a drink.
27 Ducks the Aer Lingus flight to the German south (6)
EI-DER-S
The Aer Lingus flight (EI) to “the” German (DER) south (S) = EIDERS: ducks.
28 Verse to a ship and a location for a mutiny (6)
ODE-SS-A
Verse (ODE) to “a ship” (SS) and “a” (A) = ODESSA: location for a mutiny (of the Potemkin)
32 There’s one in Monaghan … one car, that is (4)
M(I)N-I
There’s “one” in “Monaghan” [M(I)N] one (I) = MINI: car, that is.
33 Entice a graduate with it (4)
BA-IT
A graduate (BA) with “it” (IT) = BAIT: entice.