Explanations: No. 14680 – Thursday, 19 January 2012
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1 Hrs before Dawn (5,5)
Hrs (SMALL HOURS) before dawn (SMALL HOURS).
6 I am in a US city, a capital city! (4)
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)
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 (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)
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 (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 (AS) below (UNDER) = ASUNDER: in many pieces.
17 After tea, heard the justification for the terrible crime (7)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A relative (UNCLE) takes “fifty” in “any” [AN(L)Y] = UNCLEANLY: way that’s besmirched.
28 The city in America with the Turner? (5)
The city in America (LA) with “the” (THE) = LATHE: turner?
29 Once called, are said to be never short (2’2)
Once called (NEE) “are” said (R) to be = NE’ER: “never” short.
30 Plan alien song and star showers? (10)
Plan (PLAN) alien (ET) song (ARIA) and = PLANETARIA: star show-ers.
1 The Welsh cut short and turned back a whole load (4)
The “Wels-h” cut short (WELS) and turned back = SLEW: a whole load.
2 We are inside as the lorry gets ‘delwob’? (9)
“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)
Seen in “Laois” (L-S) “first” (IST) = LISTS: complete records.
4 Better, or in the open (7)
Better (OUTDO) or (OR) = OUTDOOR: in the open.
5 Send back to the Dáil for part of a film, novel etc (7)
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 (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” 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)
In “a grave sign, perhaps” (ACC-ENT) I would (I’D) find = ACCIDENT: misfortune.
14 Enormous fish the nag raised with wild tuna (10)
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)
Inside “Desmond” (D-ES) “the boat” with “silver” (ARK-AG) to make = DARK AGES: some time after Rome declined.
18 NaClH2O (9)
NaCl (SALT) H2O (WATER) = SALTWATER.
20 Highly influential getting the lanes back around the road north from Dublin (7)
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)
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)
“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)
Old Penny (D) “felt” excited (ELFT) finding = DELFT: where Vermeer worked.
26 Zed and, in Latin, a Greek letter (4)
Zed (Z) “and” in Latin (ET) a (A) = ZETA: Greek letter.