Posted by Ringo on July 28th, 2011
A Financial Times crossword for Financial Times readers, today… which rather left me up a certain creek without a certain implement. An ingenious finance theme throughout, coupled with what I felt was some pretty obscure clueing, made this a tough solve for me today. The hangover didn’t help.
1. BANKER Anagram of Ken in bar [pub] to give a colloquial term for a sure-fire certainty
4. HERCULES L [fifty] in her cues [womanly signs] to give the famed strongman of classical myth
10. LEGISLATE Leg [member] + is late [has missed appointment]
11. PONZI P [money, pence] + on [staked, as in ‘there’s a lot of money on this race’] + zi(p) [almost nothing] to give the notorious scheming swindler (I’m not sure about my parsing of this one: corrections and clarifications welcome, as ever!)
12. RUIN I [1, one] in run [as in a run on the bank] to give something many economies are currently facing
13. BOB DIAMOND Bob [a shilling coin] + did incorporating a + mon(ey) to give the first of the big-time bankers [see 1ac.] included in this puzzle
15, 24. DOUGLAS FLINT Douglas [capital of (the Isle of) Man] + FT [us] incorporating L [pound] + in to give the HSBC head honcho
16. DROOPY Hidden in reverse in verY POOR Drawing – but this is surely a glaring error, as the magnificent Droopy was surely a basset-hound or a beagle, and in any case certainly not a poodle (I might not know much about high finance, but I know my cartoons…)
19, 26. MERVYN KING Anagram of Mr Envy + king [top man] to give the Bank of England boss
21. See 25ac.
23. IN-FIGHTING I(nternational) + night [darkness] incorporating f(emale) + G(ulf) to give a description of an internal conflict such as banker vs. banker
25, 21. FRED GOODWIN F(ellow) + red [-faced with embarrassment] + good win [right result] to give the infamous Fred the Shred
27. PRICE P(otato) + rice [starchy food] to give the glamour model and ‘author’ Katie Price (a.k.a. Jordan) – and a nice tie-in with the financial theme
28. ASSAILANT Anagram of alsatians
29. EXTENDED Ex [old love] + tended [had disposition to] to give a synonym for ‘out’
30. AGREED A [film all may see? Could be a reference to the old ‘A’ film classification, which preceded ‘Parental Guidance’] + greed [mortal sin]
1. BELGRADE Anagram of GB dealer to give the Serbian capital
2. NEGRITUDE Anagram of Tiger within nude [unclothed] to give a term for collective black culture – but the definition is odd: something forsaken? Perhaps an obscure reference to Tiger Woods, who refers to himself as ‘Cablinasian’ with reference to his Caucasian, Black, American Indian and Asian heritage?
3. EAST (B)east [brutal person] to give a compass point
5. EMENDED E(arth) + men [people, with apologies to half the world’s population] + de(e)d [action]
6. CEPHALOPOD Anagram of poodle chap to give a kind of tentacled mollusc
7. LINGO Ling [fish] + o [0, zero, a ‘duck’ in cricket]
8. SHINDY Sandy minus and [also], incorporating hind [back], to give a dialect word meaning (among other things) a row or fight
9. FAMOUS Fa(t) + anagram of sumo
14. OLIVE GREEN Anagram of legion ever to give a colour or shade
17. POWER BASE Pose [sit, as for a portrait] surrounding we + anagram of bar – took me a while, this one
18. UNEDITED Une [‘one’ in French (i.e. from Paris)] + died [came to grief] incorporating T(roy)
20. NUT CASE Anagram of can’t use
21. GANESH Gash [cut] incorporating (k)ne(e) to give the elephant-headed Hindu God
22. PIMPLE MP [Member of Parliament] within pile [massive building, as in an aristocrat’s ‘country pile’]
24. See 15ac.
26. See 19ac.