Explanations: No. 14700 – Saturday, 11 February 2012

Sun, Feb 12, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
1 Gets mad, leaves the dance, and is a jerk (4,9)

GOES BALL-IS-TIC
Leaves (GOES) the dance (BALL) and “is” (IS) a jerk (TIC) = GOES BALLISTIC: gets mad.
10 Gear sitting on the fence (7)
NEUTRAL
Gear (NEUTRAL) sitting on the fence (NEUTRAL).
11 Somewhere to sit that’s outside and inside, Ms Lynn (7)
VER(AND)A
Inside “Ms Lynn” (VER-A) and (AND) = VERANDA: somewhere to sit that’s outside.
12 Really tear up a small page (4)
WEE-P
A small (WEE) page (P) = WEEP: really tear up.
13 Clever enough to get the second tram back (5)
S-MART
The second (S) “tram” back (MART) to get = SMART: clever enough.
15 Alternatively, a learner gets an exam (4)
OR-A-L
Alternatively (OR) a learner (A L) gets = ORAL: an exam.
17 Letters from characters in Roscommon, one right after the other (3)
EMS
Characters in “rosco-MM-on”, one right after the other (MM) from = EMS: letters.
19 Certify a t-trial? (6)
A-T-TEST
A (A) t-trial (T-TEST) = ATTEST: certify.
21 Minister for quiet and unlawful firing? (6)
P-ARSON
Quiet (P) and “unlawful firing?” (ARSON) for = PARSON: minister.
22 George Russell deserves and gets bubbly (7)
AE-RATES
George Russell (AE) deserves (RATES) and = AERATES: gets bubbly.
23 Responsible for a learner one qualified (6)
L-I-ABLE
A learner (L) one (I) qualified (ABLE) for = LIABLE: responsible.
25 Penny presses for mass dismissals (6)
P-URGES
Penny (P) presses for (URGES) = PURGES: mass dismissals.
27 Entirely now in the wall (3)
ALL
“No-w” in the “wall” (take the “w” out of “w-all”) = ALL: entirely.
29 They’re charged alongside ten Poles (4)
IO-NS
Alongside “ten” (IO) poles (NS) = IONS: they’re charged.
30 Of course finish here or about, in general (5)
G(RE)EN
In “general” (G-EN) about (RE) or = GREEN: of (golf) course, finish here.
31 Some of the brass incorporated after that last letter (4)
Z-INC
After “that last letter” (Z) incorporated (INC) = ZINC: some of the brass.
34 One held a multitude this time (7)
HOST-AGE
A multitude (HOST) this time (AGE) = HOSTAGE: one held.
35 One of twelve placing the mail in beer? (7)
A(POST)LE
In “the beer” (A-LE) placing “the mail” (POST) = APOSTLE: one of twelve.
36 Putting everything into a wager, with guests they’re often on their toes (6,7)
B(ALL)ET COMPANY
Putting everything, ‘all’, into a wager, ‘bet’ [B(ALL)ET] with “guests” (COMPANY) = BALLET COMPANY: they’re often on their toes.

Down
2 Work said you take the time to give up Rich! (7)

OP-U-LENT
Work (OP) said “you” (U) take “the time to give up” (LENT) = OPULENT: rich.
3 Father King’s address (4)
SIRE
Father (SIRE) king’s address (SIRE).
4 Fired up and hobbling after a foxtrot on the radio (6)
After “a” (A) “foxtrot” on the radio (F) hobbling (LAME) and = AFLAME: fired up.
5 Fans the flames (6)
LOVERS
Fans (LOVERS) the flames (LOVERS).
6 Be nosy after the South gets full of 21-down (4)
S-PRY
After “the South” (S) be nosy (PRY) gets = SPRY: full of PEP.
7 They’re inside and stay there, by a road south (7)
INN-A-RD-S
Stay there (INN) by “a” “road” “south” (A-RD-S) and = INNARDS: they’re inside.
8 Get bigger quickly and don’t give up the Cold War (8,5)
SNOWBALL FIGHT
Get bigger quickly (SNOWBALL) and “don’t give up” (FIGHT) = SNOWBALL FIGHT: the cold war.
9 A fun time also, at a hole-in-the-wall kind of joint (4,3,6)
BALL AND SOCKET
A fun time (BALL) also (AND) at “a hole in the wall” (SOCKET) = BALL AND SOCKET: kind of joint.
14 Can I do it being complaisant? (7)
AM-I-ABLE
Can I do it? (AM I ABLE) being = AMIABLE: complaisant.
16 UK leader admits Sarah is 1 out of 150 (5)
P(SAL)M
UK leader (P-M) admits “Sarah” (SAL) is = PSALM: 1 out of 150 (there are 150 psalms).
18 Overheard you in a struggle for air to fill a tank in America (3,2)
GAS (U)P
In “a struggle for air” (GAS-P) overheard “you” (U) = GAS UP: to fill a tank in America.
20 It’s not used in the fairway nor in a tree (3)
TEE
“No-r” in a “tree” (take the “r” out of “t-r-ee”) = TEE: it’s not used in the fairway.
21 Energy for people lacking cheer in Spain (3)
PEP
“People” lacking cheer in Spain, ‘ole’ (take the letters “ole” out of the word “PE-o-P-le”) for = PEP: energy.
24 Recalling trouble for wayward men in the continent (7)
A(MNE)SIA
In “the continent” (A-SIA) wayward “men” (MNE) for = AMNESIA: recalling trouble.
26 First in the valley to shine (7)
GL(IST)EN
In “the valley” (GL-EN) first (IST) = GLISTEN: to shine.
27 Five hundred within are not burning (6)
AR(D)EN’T
Within “are not” (AR-EN’T) five hundred (D) = ARDENT: burning.
28 Member at a round played smoothly (6)
LEG-AT-O
Member (LEG) at (AT) a round (O) = LEGATO: played smoothly.
32 Flag down from hard rain? (4)
HAIL
Flag down (HAIL) from “hard rain?” (HAIL).
33 Firm up a great feat (4)
CO-UP
Firm (CO) up (UP) = COUP: a great feat.