Explanations: No. 14694 – Saturday, 4 February 2012

Sun, Feb 5, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Following something in a plane that’s hurrying along? (11,2)

HIGH-TAILING IT
Following something in a plane? (HIGH TAILING IT) that’s = HIGHTAILING IT: hurrying along.
10 Conclude there’s no hell (7)
INFER-NO
Conclude (INFER) there’s “no” (NO) = INFERNO: hell.
11 Quarrels around the post office are tell-tale signs (3-4)
TI(P-O)FFS
Quarrels (TI-FFS) around “the post office” (PO) are = TIP-OFFS: tell-tale signs.
12 Tough to get an artist back into high-definition (4)
H(AR)D
Into “high-definition” (H-D) an artist, ‘RA’, back (AR) to get = HARD: tough.
13 Arab league member longing to admit me (5)
YE(ME)N
Longing (YE-N) to admit “me” (ME) = YEMEN: Arab League member.
15 Not a fan of a beaten tin (4)
A-NTI
A (A) beaten “tin” (NTI) = ANTI: not a fan of.
17 Always poetic and never without envy, sounds like (3)
E’ER
“Never” without envy, sounds like, ‘NV’ (the word “n-E-v-ER” without the letters “n+v”) = E’ER: always (ever), poetic.
19 Appeared to visualise the water around Crete (6)
SEE-MED
To visualise (SEE) the water around Crete (MED) = SEEMED: appeared.
21 Hook up with a non-drinker, alas in Berlin (6)
A-TT-ACH
With “a non-drinker” (A TT) “alas” in Berlin (ACH) = ATTACH: hook up.
22 Wise ringing America for breakfast food (7)
SA(USA)GE
Wise (SA-GE) ringing “America” (USA) for = SAUSAGE: breakfast food.
23 Expensive half they lack (6)
DEAR-TH
Expensive (DEAR) half “th-ey” (TH) = DEARTH: lack.
25 That hurts court declarations for little fly-by-nights (6)
OW-LETS
That hurts (OW) court declarations (LETS) for = OWLETS: little fly-by-nights.
27 Saying it might be circular (3)
SAW
Saying (SAW) it might be circular (SAW).
29 A heavy blow for a large part of August (4)
GUST
A large part of “au-gust”, for = GUST: a heavy blow.
30 Coming back Dad squirrelled away an insect (5)
AP-HID
Dad, ‘Pa’, coming back (AP) squirrelled away (HID) = APHID: an insect.
31 Knock down the whole pack (4)
DECK
Knock down (DECK) the whole pack (DECK).
34 Hard to pin down credit card sent back in the night before (7)
EV(ASIV)E
In “the night before” (EV-E) credit card, ‘VISA’, sent back (ASIV) = EVASIVE: hard to pin down.
35 Moulded game piece to throw (3-4)
DIE-CAST
Game piece (DIE) to throw (CAST) = DIE-CAST: moulded.
36 Excited amidst top-shelf whiskey? (2,4,7)
IN HIGH SPIRITS
Excited (IN HIGH SPIRITS) amidst top-shelf whiskey? (IN HIGH SPIRITS).

Down
2 Operational at full strength (2,5)

IN FORCE
Operational (IN FORCE) at full strength (IN FORCE).
3 The woman’s nothing for Leander’s lover (4)
HER-O
The woman’s (HER) nothing (O) for = HERO: Leander’s lover (in Greek mythology).
4 The highest point to an Italian flower … gee! (6)
A-PO-GEE
To “an Italian flow-er, river” (A PO) gee (GEE) = APOGEE: the highest point.
5 Refuse delivery of a dog (6)
LITTER
Refuse (LITTER) delivery of a dog (LITTER).
6 A snooze? ‘E shows some neck! (4)
NAP-’E
A snooze (NAP) ‘E (E) shows = NAPE: some neck.
7 In with a fizzy drink for the Spanish princess (7)
IN-FANTA
In (IN) with “a fizzy drink” (FANTA) for = INFANTA: the Spanish princess.
8 Best that can be done for ice, it’s zero? (7,6)
HIGHEST DEGREE
Best that can be done (HIGHEST DEGREE) for ice it’s zero (Celsius)? (HIGHEST DEGREE), because higher than 0 Celsius ice becomes water.
9 Really happy next to a blown-up toy, perhaps? (2,4,2,1,4)
AS HIGH AS A KITE
Really happy (AS HIGH AS A KITE) next to a blown-up toy, perhaps? (AS HIGH AS A KITE).
14 Promised one a world debut in Dublin in 1742 (7)
MESSIAH
Promised one (MESSIAH) a world debut in Dublin in 1742 (MESSIAH, by Handel).
16 Kids they fly quickly around the South (5)
JE(S)TS
They fly quickly (JE-TS) around “the South” (S) = JESTS: kids.
18 Frets being wet back on board the ship (5)
S(TEW)S
On board the ship (S-S) “wet” back (TEW) being = STEWS: frets.
20 Had reversed a code word (3)
DAH
“Had” reversed = DAH: a (Morse) code word, along with “dit”.
21 Gone by for a try (3)
A-GO
A try (A GO) for = AGO: gone by.
24 Hold back sailor Mark (7)
AB-STAIN
Sailor (AB) mark (STAIN) = ABSTAIN: hold back.
26 Eastern part of the trip a little worker refined (7)
E-LEG-ANT
Eastern (E) part of the trip (LEG) a little worker (ANT) = ELEGANT: refined.
27 Address being PC in quiet surroundings (6)
S(PEE-C)H
In “quiet” surroundings (S-H) PC (PEE-C) being = SPEECH: address.
28 Conclude a victory party up North (4,2)
WIN-D UP
A victory (WIN) party up North (DUP) = WIND UP: conclude.
32 Fruit for one in Christchurch (4)
KIWI
Fruit (KIWI) for one in Christchurch, New Zealand (KIWI).
33 Expensive letter opener (4)
DEAR
Expensive (DEAR) letter opener (DEAR).