Explanations: No. 14698 – Thursday, 9 February 2012

Thu, Feb 9, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 One with scales, in fear for the accountant’s time (6,4)

F(I-SCAL Y)EAR
In “fear” (F-EAR) “one” “with scales” (I-SCALY) for = FISCAL: the accountant’s time.
6 Take a bow after a finish (4)
B-END
After “a” (B) finish (END) = BEND: take a bow.
10 A s-sailor that may smell like a rose? (5)
A-T-TAR
A (A) s-sailor (T-TAR) = ATTAR: that might smell like a rose.
11 Makes like country rises around the Europe and Asia divide (9)
R(URAL)ISES
Rises (R-ISES) around “the Europe and Asia divide” (URAL) = RURALISES: makes like country.
12 Mount an escape before Alan dug in (8)
ESC-AL-ATE
An escape (ESC) before “Alan” (AL) dug in (ATE) = ESCALATE: mount.
13 The big three met there in 1945 and lay back with thanks (5)
YAL-TA
“Lay” back (YAL) with “thanks” (TA) and = YALTA: the big three (Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin) met there in 1945.
15 Something to prove what needs refining in them (7)
THE(ORE)M
In “them” (THE-M) what needs refining (ORE) = THEOREM: something to prove.
17 Fed up say, I see it is a lack of receipts maybe (7)
DEF-IC-IT
“Fed” up (DEF) say “I see” (IC) it (IT) is = DEFICIT: a lack of receipts maybe.
19 Suspicion it’s defence for squid and fish (7)
INK-LING
It’s defence for squid (INK) and “fish” (LING) = INKLING: suspicion.
21 The lens flips if she takes you all (7)
FI-SHE-YE
Flips “if” (FI) she (SHE) takes “you all” (YE) = FISHEYE: the lens.
22 Penny Lane back then was prison-related (5)
P-ENAL
Penny (P) “lane” back then (ENAL) was = PENAL: prison-related.
24 What you make out of Grannie’s letters (8)
EARNINGS
Out of “grannies” letters = EARNINGS: what you make.
27 Reminders from a castle with Japanese brews (9)
KEEP-SAKES
A castle (KEEP) with “Japanese brews” (SAKES) from = KEEPSAKES: reminders.
28 In 1803 he was hanged by them for Cockneys assembled (5)
‘EM-MET
“Them” for Cockneys (‘EM) assembled (MET) = EMMET: in 1803 he was hanged (Robert Emmet).
29 After the wine choice there’s nothing to change (4)
RED-O
After “the wine choice” (RED) there’s “nothing” (O) = REDO: to change.
30 Doesn’t gasp enough seeing the shorts (10)
UNDER-PANTS
Doesn’t gasp enough (UNDER PANTS) seeing = UNDERPANTS: the shorts.

Down
1 To lose strength is standard (4)

FLAG
To lose strength (FLAG) is standard (FLAG).
2 Drunk rounds reach a high, if you will (2,2,5)
SO T-O S-PEAK
Drunk (SOT) round-s (O-S) reach a high (PEAK) = SO TO SPEAK: if you will.
3 The first letter, or a thank you that’s right from the heart (5)
A-OR-TA
The first letter (A) or (OR) a thank you (TA) = AORTA: that’s right from the heart.
4 Foot-foot and foot-arm (7)
YARD-ARM
Foot-foot and foot, ‘three feet’ (YARD) arm (ARM) = YARDARM.
5 The pilot, maybe he’s scatterbrained for first class heard a different order (7)
AI-RHEAD
The pilot maybe (AIR HEAD) = first class (AI) “heard” a different order (RHEAD), for = AIRHEAD: he’s scatterbrained.
7 Facility with fifty getting support for the arts (5)
EASE-L
Facility (EASE) with “fifty” (L) getting = EASEL: support for the arts.
8 Takes apart cloaks belonging to Diane (10)
DI’S-MANTLES
Cloaks belonging to Diane (DI’S MANTLES) = DISMANTLES: takes apart.
9 Quiet suspensions of employment for games played at the end (4-4)
P-LAY-OFFS
Quiet (P) suspensions of employment (LAY-OFFS) for = PLAY-OFFS: games played at the end.
14 Cards that reveal one refusing to work around a priest with nothing (5,5)
STRI(P P-O)KER
One refusing to work (STRI-KER) around “a priest” with “nothing” (PP-O) = STRIP POKER: cards that reveal.
16 Artist in Leslie’s with no showers (8)
RA-IN-LES’S
Artist (RA) in Leslie’s (IN LES’S) = RAINLESS: with no showers.
18 Family outside ‘er place to work out for a father figure? (9)
CL(‘ER-GYM)AN
Family (CL-AN) outside “‘er” “place to work out” (‘ER GYM) for = CLERGYMAN: a “father” figure?
20 A bit of a pickle, gee … that woman’s family! (7)
G-HER-KIN
Gee (G) that woman’s family (HER KIN) = GHERKIN: a bit of a pickle.
21 For an Eastern bishop’s domain it’s divine (7)
FOR-E-SEE
For (FOR) an Eastern (E) bishop’s domain (SEE) it’s = FORESEE: divine.
23 A large number, a number to finish (2,3)
NO END
A number (NO) to finish (END) = NO END: a large number.
25 Eci-glaciate? (3,2)
ICE UP
“Eci” is the word ICE written UP = ICE UP: glaciate.
26 Greek H’s and Latin A’s (4)
ET-A’S
“And” Latin (ET) A’s (AS) = ETAS: Greek H’s.