Explanations: No. 14686 – Thursday, 26 January 2012

Thu, Jan 26, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 To brew up by part of the canal that’s seen in Ballymun (5,5)

TO-WER B-LOCK
To (TO) “brew” up (WERB) by “part of the canal” (LOCK) = TOWER BLOCK: that’s seen in Ballymun.
6 There’s nothing in a horse that’s awestruck (4)
A-G(O)G
In “a horse” (A G-G) there’s “nothing” (O) that’s = AGOG: awestruck.
10 To recap, it’s 1,000 US (3,2)
SUM UP
1,000 US (MUS) and MUS is SUM written UP, it’s = SUM UP: to recap.
11 A French and tragic King Edward is not erudite at all (9)
UN-LEAR-NED
“A” French (UN) and “tragic King” (LEAR) Edward (NED) is = UNLEARNED: not erudite at all.
12 England goal Queen Elizabeth gets to cause (8)
ENG-END-ER
England (ENG) goal (END) Queen Elizabeth (ER) gets to = ENGENDER: cause.
13 Something made up for example, overturned a lord (5)
LIE-GE
Something made up (LIE) for example, ‘e.g.’, overturned (GE) = LIEGE: a lord.
15 One flying from Andalusia via Torremolinos (7)
AVIATOR
From “andalusi-A VIA TOR-remolinos” = AVIATOR: one flying.
17 The horse interrupts one trying to set off (7)
TRI(GG)ER
One trying (TRI-ER) “the horse” interrupts (GG) = TRIGGER: to set off.
19 Went underground with Albert to go for the Spanish noble (7)
HID-AL-GO
Went underground (HID) with “Albert” (AL) to “go” (GO) for = HIDALGO: the Spanish noble.
21 What’s found under some logs and some metal (7)
AND-IRON
And (AND) some metal (IRON) = ANDIRON: what’s found under some logs (in a fire grate).
22 Now? Yes … absolutely not! (2,3)
NO W-AY
Now (NOW) yes (AY) = NO WAY: absolutely not!
24 Reversing for example, too far outside to see the shoes maybe (8)
Far (F-AR) outside “for example too, ‘eg too’, reversing (OOT-GE) to see = FOOTGEAR: the shoes maybe.
27 Digs around competition’s shames (9)
DISG-RACE’S
“Digs” around (DISG) competition’s (RACE’S) = DISGRACES: shames.
28 Tear open a commemoration of the demise of the United Nations? (5)
UN-RIP
A commemoration of the demise of the United Nations (UN RIP) = UNRIP: tear open.
29 Your half and your half go up and down (2-2)
YO-YO
“Yo-ur” half (YO) and “’yo-ur’ half” (YO) = YO-YO: go up and down.
30 Essentials? Her underwear by the heaps! (5,5)
BRAS-S TACKS
Her underwear (BRAS) by “the heaps” (STACKS) = BRASS TACKS: essentials.

Down
1 Took a seat back there with Kay and Job (4)

TAS-K
Took a seat, ‘sat’, back there (TAS) with “Kay” (K) and = TASK: job.
2 About half of us from the sultanate with family in Waterford (9)
W(OMAN-KIN)D
In “Waterford” (W-D) “the sultanate” with “family” (OMAN-KIN) from = WOMANKIND: about half of us.
3 There’s Indian bread up in the lough (5)
R(UP)EE
In “the lough” (R-EE) up (UP) there’s = RUPEE: Indian “bread”.
4 The French, drugged, might do this to money (7)
LA-UNDER
“The” French (LA) drugged (UNDER) = LAUNDER: might do this to money.
5 He did it for a group of zealots around the middle of April (7)
CUL(PRI)T
A group of zealots (CUL-T) around “the middle of ‘a-APR-l’” (PRI) for = CULPRIT: he did it.
7 One into the hereditary factor for spirit (5)
GEN(I)E
Into “the hereditary factor” (GEN-E) one (I) for = GENIE: spirit.
8 Fared badly in leaving so devout (3-7)
GO(D-FEAR)ING
In “leaving” (GO-ING) “fared” badly (D-FEAR) = GOD-FEARING: so devout.
9 Thanks to the Italian victory, there’s 500 that’ll help the pilot have a good time? (8)
TA-IL-WIN-D
Thanks (TA) to “the” Italian (IL) victory (WIN) there’s “500” (D) = TAILWIND: that’ll help the pilot have a good (flight) time?
14 When to 4-down dashing about, in a way (7,3)
WA(SHING DA)Y
In “a way” (WA-Y) “dashing” about (SHING DA) = WASHING DAY: when to LAUNDER.
16 Lean over three feet to see where they’d joust (8)
TILT-YARD
Lean over (TILT) three feet (YARD) to see = TILTYARD: where they’d joust.
18 Old gramme, before new criteria (9)
G-ERIATRIC
Gramme (G) before “new ‘criteria’” (ERIATRIC) = GERIATRIC: old.
20 One hundred in a bid to see part of a board (7)
OFF(I-C)ER
In “a bid” (OFF-ER) “one” “hundred” (I-C) to see = OFFICER: part of a board.
21 Works up a euro’s conversion to the shilling (7)
A-ROUSE-S
A (A) “euro’s” conversion (ROUSE) to “the shilling” (S) = AROUSES: works up.
23 The West Indies agent is not solid (5)
WI-SPY
The West Indies (WI) agent (SPY) is = WISPY: not solid.
25 A great aunt is all skin and bones (5)
G-AUNT
A great aunt (G-AUNT) is = GAUNT: all skin and bones.
26 Perhaps a sonata around the piano with us (4)
O-P-US
A-round (O) the piano (P) with “us” (US) = OPUS: perhaps a sonata.