Posted by scchua on April 17th, 2012
Dante starts the FT week, after, as Rufus, starting the Guardian week yesterday, in the same style, with double and cryptic definitions and anagrams, compactly clued. Thanks Dante. Definitions are underlined in the clues. Each of 3 pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the crossword, whilst the 4th is to help identify one of the others.
1 A sinful desire of one mind (6)
AGREED : A + GREED(excessive desire, one of the deadly sins).
4 Exploding into pure chaos (8)
ERUPTION : Anagram of(chaos) INTO PURE.
Defn: As a noun.
9 They fight with one another (6)
ALLIES : Cryptic defn: Using another sense of “with” as in “together”,”side by side”,”on the same side”.
10 Tax produces public anger (8)
OVERTIRE : OVERT(public,in the open) + IRE(anger).
12 It could be indeed so unfair (3-5)
ONE-SIDED : Anagram of(it could be) INDEED SO.
13 Shakespearean character is found in complicated plot (6)
PISTOL : IS contained in(found in) anagram of(complicated) PLOT.
Answer: Shakespearean character in “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2, “Henry V” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, found in more than one complicated plot, then. A WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
15 Superfluous oil-well (4)
SUMP : Cryptic defn: A container,well for excess,superfluous oil.
16 It’s instrumental in calor gas distribution (3,7)
COR ANGLAIS : Anagram of(distribution) IN CALOR GAS.
Answer: The English horn, literally translated from French.
19 Capital start provided in one change round (10)
COPENHAGEN : P(initial letter,start of “provided”) contained in(in) anagram of(round) ONE CHANGE.
Answer: Capital city of Denmark.
20 Czech river – or German (4)
ODER : German for “or”.
23 Hop around in attempt to get prize (6)
TROPHY : Anagram of(around) HOP contained in(in) TRY(attempt).
25 Handy thing to take up or run (8)
GAUNTLET : Double defn: 1st: A glove,the very thing for your hand, which you can take up to accept a challenge – it could be figuratively, or literally if someone throws down his gauntlet, perhaps after slapping you with it; and 2nd: The thing to run,to suffer or endure an onslaught or ordeal – again it could be figuratively, or literally when you are forced between two rows of men (or women?) who strike you as you run through, originally a form of military punishment.
27 Could mean coming in last, everything considered (5,3)
AFTER ALL : Cryptic defn: Coming in last means you come in after all the others.
28 Be defeated in court when secret is revealed (6)
CLOSET : LOSE(be defeated) contained in(in) CT(abbrev. for “court”). I think “is revealed” cannot be part of the definition, as it is the opposite of the answer. It is therefore probably to misdirect, and as a connector to the wordplay. I thought a better construction would be “Be defeated in court, revealing secret.”
Answer: An adjective for being in private,secret.
29 Spear goes to many a knight (8)
LANCELOT : LANCE(spear) plus(goes to) LOT(many).
30 Become more relaxed when no longer criticised, we hear (6)
EXPAND : Homophone of(we hear) of “ex-“(no longer, as in your “ex-wife”) “panned”(criticised, eg. by a film/play reviewer).
Answer: To become more relaxed,talkative,effusive. Root word for the more familiar adjective “expansive”.
1 Bewildered by how a bankrupt business was run (2,1,4)
AT A LOSS : Cryptic defn.
2 An outstanding example of cartography (6,3)
RELIEF MAP : Cryptic defn: A pun on “outstanding” to mean standing out, as in projecting from a plane. A relief map gives the configuration and heights of the land surface above a given plane, ie. its projections.
3 Shutter usually closed at night (6)
EYELID : Cryptic defn: The shutter over your eyes.
5 Knock about badly delivered over (4)
ROVE : Anagram of(badly delivered) OVER.
Defn: and Answer: To wander around aimlessly.
6 Time for breakfast food (8)
PORRIDGE : Double defn: 1st: Slang for time served in prison.
7 I do it when playing the fool (5)
IDIOT : Anagram of(when playing) I DO IT.
8 Stacks of chalk required by dressmakers? (7)
NEEDLES : Double defn: 1st: With the definitie article and an upper-case initial, the 3 stacks of chalk off the Isle of Wight; and 2nd: Pointed implements required by dressmakers for their work.
11 Getting rid of, or just changing places (7)
REMOVAL : Double defn: 1st: As a noun, the act of getting rid of, say, an unwanted thing or person; and 2nd: As a noun, the moving from one place to another, as when one moves house, using a removal van.
14 Sort of thinking of belonging to the side (7)
LATERAL : Double defn: 1st: Thought processes,sort of thinking employing unorthodox and creative methods, the term originating from apparently, and popularised by, Edward de Bono.
17 Region that’s Spanish and American inter alia (9)
ANDALUSIA : AND + [US(American) contained in(inter) ALIA].
18 Reaching new position of authority (2,6)
IN CHARGE : Anagram of(new) REACHING.
19 Tom’s shout shows disapproval (7)
CATCALL : CAT(a tom,male cat) + CALL(shout).
Answer: A shrill whistle or cry that shows disapproval by the caller.
21 Went round to add a name to the list (7)
ROTATED : TED(a name) plus(to add…to) ROTA(a list of names,roster)
22 Flood in motion (6)
INFLUX : IN + FLUX(continuous change,motion).
Answer: The arrival or entry of many things,a flood.
24 Frequently expressed as decimal (5)
OFTEN : OF TEN(in multiples of 10,as decimal)
26 A number given to someone to sing (4)
ALTO : A + L(Roman numeral for the number 50) plus(given) TO.