3959 Inflation, or Now We Are Twelve by Waterloo

 

This was a very straightforward puzzle which often made Gregson smile. The preamble explained everything - numbers in answers had to be doubled. Thus the word RANINE had to be entered as RAEIGHTEEN.

ACROSS
5 Hearing unexpectedly about letter to do with part of mouth (10)
RANINE (RAEIGHTEEN) anag. HEARING including TEE (letter)
12 Take the pot, move west, shut up (6)
INWALL WIN ALL moving W
14 Story about you holding trench at the front (5)
CONTE  T(rench) in C (about) ONE
16 The twisty tower betrayed age of great charm (14, two words)
SWEET SIXTEEN (SWEET THIRTY TWO) anag. the twisty tower
17 Quite a lot of trouble with no trumps instead of spades twice (6)
HANTLE HASSLE NT instead of SS
19 Grass on a mole finally getting inside (4)
HALFA (ONEA) (mol)E in ON A
21 Leaders of the world elders lawfully turn young leader (8)
SIXER (TWELVEER) first letters T(he) W(orld) E(elders) L(awfully) + VEER
25 Game that is almost exciting (4)
FIVES (TENS) almost TENS(E)
27 You and I measure strange Shakespearean (6)
WEYARD WE + YARD Shakespearean spelling of WEIRD
28 Kind of take-off of Pakistani perhaps being given precedence (4)
JATO JAT (Pakistani) + O(f)
29 To the musical ear, loud - loud and sharp (10)
TWENTY TWENTY (FORTY FORTY) Sounds like Forte Forte
31 Did notice disseminate in Perth? (3)
SAW 2 definitions
32 Hell's angel, perhaps, poking end of stick in where corpse might be (5)
BIKER K (last letter of STICK) in BIER
34 Trembling if the swag is what he is after (5)
THIEF anag. IF THE
35 Nearly wrote terrible lie (4)
ONER (TWOR) Anag. WROT(E)
38 Type of rubber bridge coming back, shown in some odd openings at first (5)
SORBO BR reversed in S + O + O first letters
39 Ball of thread in centre of room (3)
COP S(COP)E
40 Allegedly elephant-bearers starting ride on carved supports (4)
ROCS initial letters
41 Clobber manager mistakenly sacking man (4)
GEAR anag. (MAN)AGER
44 Tabla's beginning in the manner of traditional Indian rhythm (4)
TALA T(abla) + A LA
45 Brew resulting in boy and teacher losing their heads (6)
ELIXIR (F)ELIX + (S)IR
46 Old record broken in Tyne (6)
FORTY FIVE (NINETY) anag. IN TYNE
47 Nameless office-worker crossing square in bit of old Madrid (4)
PESO PEO(N) containing S (square)
48 Fire double burst, dropping dead and ignoring scattered rubble (4)
OUST Compound anagram DOUBLE BURST less D + RUBBLE
49 Tiny capacity tips off the older joy-rider? (8)
TWOCCER (FOURCCER) 4cc (a small capacity for a car!) + last letters of th(E) olde(R)

DOWN
1 Twisted spaghetti bolognaise, perhaps, child gets round separated points (9)
DISHONEST (DISHTWOST) DISH (such as spag. bol.) + W + S in TOT
2 Not paid, not softened as before, no fool (7)
UNWAGED UN(ASS)WAGED
3 Voluptuous, the example of drunkenness without shred of reputation returns holding whip for assessment (13)
ELEVEN PLUS (TWENTY TWO PLUS) WOP (whip) in SULT(R)Y T(he) NEWT reversed. Ref. P..... as a newt. (This expression is not in Chambers!)
4 Excited about it, the least thing from Scotland (4)
HAET A (it) in HET
6 Sailor missing second rest (3)
ALT SALT less S (second)
7 Repeat performance from village choir (4)
ECHO Hidden
8 Turn on section of parachute canopy (4)
GORE GO (turn) + RE (on)
9 Fiddles or kit holding opposite end of gallery (4)
TOYS TOGS swapping G for Y (opposite ends of the word gallery)
10 Jump out of church and pray (7)
ENTREAT ENTRE(CH)AT
11 Right-winger has no company in gas (4)
NEON NEOCON les CO This word caused Gregson some anxiety as NEOCON is not in the preferred dictionary!
13 He was in the rush hour tying nearly new tie in a knot (12)
FORTY NINER (NINETY EIGHTR)
15 Start of sonnet written by me, mucking about in school (12)
TENEBRISM (TWENTYEBRISM) anag. S(onnet) +WRITTEN BY ME
18 Strange letter - right into scrap (8)
ELDRITCH EL (letter) + R in DITCH
20 Special language baffled at the end of annual return (5)
ARGOT AR (annual return) + GOT
22 Way Alfred ruined distraught lady's abandoned cake (5)
WAFER Anag. WAY ALFRED less anag. LADY
23 Tank driving cavalry in the centre in front of it (3)
VAT central letters driVing cavAlry + T (it)
24 Release letter with price right inside (6)
ENFREE EN + R in FEE
26 Pine, for instance, to use nasty expletive when losing head about leaving (9)
SOFTWOOD (SOFFOUROD) OFF (leaving) in SOUR + (g)OD
30 P - you don't need to take much from the car home (3)
RHO Hidden The letter rho is
represented by P
33 Unlike swapping partners before stirring up parts of November and December (6)
KISLEU anag. UNLIKE swapping N for S (bridge partners)
36 Promise about replacing bit of revolting colour (4)
WOAD WORD with A for R
37 Backward boy provided that logo (5)
MOTIF TOM reversed + IF (provided that)
38 A little lad in a boat like Frank (5)
SALIC L in SAIC
39 Part of compact wolfram light-sensitive cell (4)
CONE (CTWO) Hidden
40 Losing head, allow noisy frolic (4)
RANT (G)RANT
42 Ready to eat parts of the stomach but not the head (4)
RIPE (T)RIPE
43 Jump over, with numerical value doubled (4)
OXER OVER with V(5) doubled to X (10)