Explanations: No. 14685 – Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Wed, Jan 25, 2012, 23:59

   

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How did you fare with this crossword?

Across
1 Instrument for kp? (5,5)

GRAND PIANO
k (GRAND) p (PIANO) for = GRAND PIANO: instrument.
6 Hearsay … go for pudding maybe (4)
SAGO
Hear “say go” for = SAGO: pudding, maybe.
10 Native, but not gullible (5)
NA-IVE
“Native” but “no-t” (no T in the word NA-t-IVE) = NAIVE: gullible.
11 How to get the message from the eastern map inshore (9)
S(E-MAP)HORE
In “shore” (S-HORE) the “eastern” “map” (E-MAP) from = SEMAPHORE: how to get the message.
12 One in the theatre taking in tea … I hear it’s fish (8)
S(T)URGEON
One in the theatre (S-URGEON) taking in “‘tea’ I hear” (T) it’s = STURGEON: fish.
13 The area getting the actual motorway (5)
REAL-M
The actual (REAL) motorway (M) getting = REALM: the area.
15 Has to take a road that gets the Colonel in the game? (7)
MUST-A-RD
Has to (MUST) take “a road” (A RD) that gets = MUSTARD: the Colonel in the game (of Cluedo).
17 Sucked in, the specialist used ice (7)
ENT-ICED
The specialist (ENT) used ice (ICED) = ENTICED: sucked in.
19 Sounds right, about a sixth sense providing relief (7)
R(ESP)ITE
Sounds “right” (R-ITE) about “a sixth sense” (ESP) providing = RESPITE: relief.
21 Acts of covering up beatings? (7)
HIDINGS
Acts of covering up? (HIDINGS) beatings (HIDINGS).
22 Arabs rebuilt the Iraqi port (5)
BASRA
“Arabs” rebuilt = BASRA: the Iraqi port.
24 A tankard of beer in Germany for this genius! (8)
EIN-STEIN
“A” “tankard of beer” in Germany (EIN STEIN) for = EINSTEIN: this genius.
27 Courage shown by Elizabeth holding the raven (9)
B(RAVEN)ESS
Elizabeth (B-ESS) holding “the raven” (RAVEN) shown by = BRAVENESS: courage.
28 Rejoice seeing an old mate this past month (5)
EX-ULT
An old mate (EX) this past month (ULT) seeing = EXULT: rejoice.
29 The first place for even around 500 (4)
E’(D)EN
Even (E’-EN) around “500” (D) for = EDEN: the first place.
30 Climb up here to see the wrongly-spelt snake (10)
STEPL-ADDER
The wrongly “spelt” (STEPL) snake (ADDER) to see = STEPLADDER: climb up here.

Down
1 A lady’s man to pick up around the North (4)

GE(N)T
To pick up (GE-T) around “the North” (N) = GENT: a lady’s man.
2 States wrongly about the detectives and these provide proof (4,5)
A(CID) TESTS
“States” wrongly (A-TESTS) about “the detectives” (CID) and = ACID TESTS: these provide proof.
3 The poet’s gloomy being five hundred behind (5)
D-REAR
Five hundred (D) behind (REAR) being = DREAR: the poet’s “gloomy”.
4 It’s as a replacement in rocky dates (7)
IN-STEAD
In (IN) rocky “dates” (STEAD) it’s = INSTEAD: as a replacement.
5 One running with a French name one was once known as (7)
NOM-I-NEE
With a French “name” (NOM) one (I) was once known as (NEE) = NOMINEE: one running.
7 Roam about with a bouquet (5)
AROM-A
“Roam” about (AROM) with “a” (A) = AROMA: bouquet.
8 Open about modes too, retiring (10)
OVER(MODES)T
Open (OVER-T) about “modes” (MODES) = OVERMODEST: too retiring.
9 Maybe Carmen and Edward got under your skin, perhaps? (8)
OPERA-TED
Maybe “Carmen” (OPERA) and “Edward” (TED) = OPERATED: got under your skin, perhaps?
14 Doubtful that rascal Robert qualified (10)
IMP-ROB-ABLE
That rascal (IMP) Robert (ROB) qualified (ABLE) = IMPROBABLE: doubtful.
16 Worked up and aged, I make lace inside (8)
AG(I-TAT)ED
Aged (AG-ED) “I make lace” inside (I TAT) and = AGITATED: worked up.
18 Carried on unnoticed, in disguise (9)
CONTINUED
“Unnoticed” in disguise = CONTINUED: carried on.
20 One in the table LMN – T (7)
EL-EM-EN-T
LMN (EL EM EN) – T (T) = ELEMENT: one in the table.
21 What the robber said at noon? (5,2)
HANDS UP
What the robber said (HANDS UP) at noon? (HANDS UP).
23 Home for a bachelor in the southeast, one in a dark suit (5)
S(PAD)E
In “the southeast” (S-E) home for a bachelor (PAD) = SPADE: one in a dark suit.
25 The thanks you get from a Greek character (5)
THE-TA
The thanks (THE TA) you get from = THETA: a Greek character.
26 Rodents raised to take the lead (4)
STAR
Rodents (RATS) raised = STAR: to take the lead.