Explanations: No. 14680 – Thursday, 19 January 2012

Thu, Jan 19, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Hrs before Dawn (5,5)

SMALL HOURS
Hrs (SMALL HOURS) before dawn (SMALL HOURS).
6 I am in a US city, a capital city! (4)
L(I’M)A
In “a US city” (LA) I am (I’M) = LIMA: a capital city (of Peru).
10 For example 6 and 8, and 7 if you move it about a bit! (5)
EVENS
7, ‘seven’, if you move it about a bit, and = EVENS: for example 6 and 8.
11 The company turned suggestive for Vatican City or former Tibet, perhaps (9)
THE-OC-RACY
The (THE) company, ‘co’, turned (OC) suggestive (RACY) for = THEOCRACY: Vatican City or former Tibet, perhaps.
12 Returning so, to manage something that can see the drum (8)
OTOS-COPE
Returning “so to” (OTOS) manage (COPE) = OTOSCOPE: something that can see the (ear) drum.
13 Used to hear a little anvil in copper and sulphur (5)
IN-CU-S
In (IN) copper (CU) and sulphur (S) = INCUS: used to hear, a little anvil (a bone in the middle ear).
15 As below in many pieces (7)
AS-UNDER
As (AS) below (UNDER) = ASUNDER: in many pieces.
17 After tea, heard the justification for the terrible crime (7)
T-REASON
After “tea” heard (T) the justification (REASON) for = TREASON: the terrible crime.
19 They race using the force of gravity okay, and liberal pursuits (2-5)
G-O-K-ARTS
The force of gravity (G) okay (O-K) and “liberal pursuits” (ARTS) using = GO-KARTS: they race.
21 A boat that rescued six Fenians, a feline and Albert, Father (7)
CAT-AL-PA
A feline (CAT) and “Albert” (AL) Father (PA) = CATALPA: a boat that rescued six Fenians (“The Catalpa Rescue”).
22 Relative to an inverted element symbol for nitrogen and sodium (5)
NA-N-NA
To “an” inverted (NA) element symbol for “nitrogen” and “sodium” (N-NA) = NANNA: relative.
24 Lower price for an old German coin and an old penny to own (4,4)
MARK-D-OWN
An old German coin (MARK) and “an old penny” (D) to “own” (OWN) = MARK DOWN: lower price.
27 A relative takes fifty in any way that’s besmirched (9)
UNCLE-AN(L)Y
A relative (UNCLE) takes “fifty” in “any” [AN(L)Y] = UNCLEANLY: way that’s besmirched.
28 The city in America with the Turner? (5)
LA-THE
The city in America (LA) with “the” (THE) = LATHE: turner?
29 Once called, are said to be never short (2’2)
NE’E-R
Once called (NEE) “are” said (R) to be = NE’ER: “never” short.
30 Plan alien song and star showers? (10)
PLAN-ET-ARIA
Plan (PLAN) alien (ET) song (ARIA) and = PLANETARIA: star show-ers.

Down
1 The Welsh cut short and turned back a whole load (4)

SLEW
The “Wels-h” cut short (WELS) and turned back = SLEW: a whole load.
2 We are inside as the lorry gets ‘delwob’? (9)
A(WE)S-TRUCK
“We” are inside “as” [A(WE)S] the lorry (TRUCK) gets = AWESTRUCK: bowled over (‘delwob’ is BOWLED written OVER)?
3 Complete records first seen in Laois (5)
L(IST)S
Seen in “Laois” (L-S) “first” (IST) = LISTS: complete records.
4 Better, or in the open (7)
OUTDO-OR
Better (OUTDO) or (OR) = OUTDOOR: in the open.
5 Send back to the Dáil for part of a film, novel etc (7)
REEL-ECT
Part of a film (REEL) novel “etc” (ECT) for = REELECT: send back to the Dáil.
7 Is a current issue for Abraham (5)
IS-A-AC
Is a (IS A) current (AC) = ISAAC: issue for Abraham.
8 An Ethiopian cat supposedly gets a start by the ship in with John from Scotland (10)
A-BY-SS-IN-IAN
“A” start (A) “by” “the ship” “in” (BY-SS-IN) with “John” from Scotland (IAN) = ABYSSINIAN: an Ethiopian cat, supposedly.
9 I would, in a grave sign perhaps, find misfortune (8)
ACC(I’D)ENT
In “a grave sign, perhaps” (ACC-ENT) I would (I’D) find = ACCIDENT: misfortune.
14 Enormous fish the nag raised with wild tuna (10)
GAR-GAN-TUAN
Fish (GAR) the “nag” raised (GAN) with “wild ‘tuna’” (TUAN) = GARGANTUAN: enormous.
16 Some time after Rome declined to make the boat with silver inside, Desmond (4,4)
D(ARK AG)ES
Inside “Desmond” (D-ES) “the boat” with “silver” (ARK-AG) to make = DARK AGES: some time after Rome declined.
18 NaClH2O (9)
SALT-WATER
NaCl (SALT) H2O (WATER) = SALTWATER.
20 Highly influential getting the lanes back around the road north from Dublin (7)
SE(MI)NAL
The “lanes” back (SE-NAL) around “the road north from Dublin” (MI) getting = SEMINAL: highly influential.
21 Continue to see the small bag, perhaps (5-2)
CARRY-ON
Continue (CARRY ON) to see = CARRY-ON: the small bag perhaps.
23 In coming back to see, we hear he gets to a real hole-in-the-wall (5)
NI-C-HE
“In” coming back (NI) to “see” we hear (C) he (HE) gets to = NICHE: a real hole in the wall.
25 Old Penny felt excited finding where Vermeer worked (5)
D-ELFT
Old Penny (D) “felt” excited (ELFT) finding = DELFT: where Vermeer worked.
26 Zed and, in Latin, a Greek letter (4)
Z-ET-A
Zed (Z) “and” in Latin (ET) a (A) = ZETA: Greek letter.