Posted by Ringo on July 14th, 2011
Mostly a doddle, this one, in spite of a couple of sly misdirections and too many financial allusions for this solver’s comfort (although I suppose there may be solvers who buy the FT for reasons other than the crossword). I thought that a couple of the constructions were a bit on the inelegant side, and wasn’t too enamoured of the two long anagrams, but all in all a decent way to start a Thursday.
1. RECALL Re [about] + call [visit – see 11ac.]
4, 19, 18. IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER Somewhat contrived anagram of author heartened notion e to give a colloquialism favoured by exasperated schoolteachers
10. CLASSLESS Double definition, playing on two senses of ‘class’
11. VISIT V(ermon)t containing is I [is one], giving ‘stay’ in the sense of a trip or holiday
12. OXEN Oven [aga] with V [five] increased to X [ten], giving cattle
13. VIDEO GAMES Lovely anagram of aged movies
15. EXECUTE Another fairly straightforward double definition (‘execute’ as a synonym for ‘run’ perhaps makes most sense in the context of computer programmes)
16. GATHER The [article] in reversal of rag [newspaper]
19. See 4ac.
21. STOMACH Anagram of masoch(is)t, giving ‘stomach’ in the sense of ‘tolerate’ or ‘stand’
23. RHETORICAL Cryptic definition – very simple, but what’s wrong with that?
25. GIRO Reversal of the even letters of hoarding to give a kind of banking transfer
28. GIBBERISH Gib [sounds like ‘jib’, i.e. refuse (usually refers to an unco-operative horse)] + be(a)rish [believing that the FTSE will fail]
29. SATIRISE Sate [satisfy] containing iris [woman’s name] to give a synonym for ‘take off’ in the sense of a spoof or burlesque
30. MANGER Anagram of rang me
1, 22. RACK ONE’S BRAINS Anagram of brass neck on air
2. CHAMELEON Cha [tea] + melon [fruit] containing (cak)e to give everyone’s favourite eye-swiveller
3. LOST Double definition, referring to the US television programme Lost
5. NEST EGG Nest [shelter] + eg [for example] + g(old): ‘Everyone needs a nest egg to fall back on, though not while wearing a good suit’ – Woody Allen
6. NAVIGATION Nation [people] containing vig(il) to give a word for a canal or other navigable waterway
7. EPSOM Ep [Extended Play, a kind of record in the pre-iPod age] + som(e) [a few] to give the crossword setter’s favourite racecourse
8. RETEST Rest incorporating et [French for ‘and’]
9. DEFILE Double definition
14. OUT OF ORDER Another double definition, meaning both ‘not ordered’ and ‘not working’
17. EXAMINING Anagram of imagine N(ew) X [cross]
18. See 4ac.
20. TWINGES Tes [reversal of ‘set’] incorporating wing [section]
21. SHABBY Sh [quiet] + abbey [convent] minus E [España, Spain]
22. See 1dn.
24. ECLAT Hidden in reversal of reciTAL CEllist
26. VERA Hidden in perseVERAnce