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Financial Times 14082 Redshank

Posted by scchua on August 14th, 2012


It’s been more than a year (time flies!) since I last blogged a Redshank.  Going by previous blogs, this is another typical puzzle from him – not that easy, with many good surfaces, WIWD clues, and quite some enjoyably tricky ones.  Thanks Redshank.  Based on comments re other puzzles by him, I was glad I could complete this one.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom of the blog has an unidentified link with the puzzle.]]


1 In which poor income is choking firm and credit is squeezed (8,6)

ECONOMIC CRISIS :  [CR(abbrev. for credit) + IS] contained in(squeezed) {anagram of(poor) [INCOME IS] containing(choking) CO(abbrev. for company,firm)}.  Defn:  A WIWD(wordplay intertwined with definition) clue – describing two symptoms of an economic crisis.  Nice, even though the answer is not difficult to get.

10 She used to come out with it in entry on left (5)

DEBIT :  DEB(short for debutante, a young girl introduced to society,come out in a grand occasion, basically signalling she’s ready for it – does “used” mean this practice is defunct now?) plus(with) IT.

Answer:  In accountancy, specifically double-entry book-keeping, a debits was/is traditionally an entry on the left side, and a credit on the right – in a mostly right-handed species, the left-hand more often than not takes the rap!

11 Director oddly upset by these changes in household cover (9)

DUSTSHEET :  D(abbrev. for director) + U,S,T(the letters in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th positions,oddly of “upset”) plus(by) anagram of(changes) THESE.

Answer:  What is used to cover the furniture, etc. in a household, if they’re to be left undusted for a long time.

12 Half an hour in local, drunk on this (7)

ALCOHOL :  HO(half of the letters in “hour”) contained in(in) anagram of(drunk) LOCAL.  A nice surface and WIWD.

13 Pilot is not visiting each country (7)

ESTONIAAnagram of(pilot, as in to steer) [IS NOT] contained in(visiting) EA(abbrev. for each).

14 Antisocial guy finally read short book (5)

DWEEB :  D(last letter of,finallyread”) + WEE(small,short in length, area or volume) + B(abbrev. for book).

Answer:  Slang for an eccentric person or one awkward in a social evironment , antisocial in that sense, and not in the pathological sense, which would be too harsh a definition.

16 He’s taken in for a pill dissolved with oxygen (5,4)

APRIL FOOLAnagram of(dissolved) [FOR A PILL] containing(dissolved with) O(chemical symbol for the element, oxygen).

19 High winds in Blackburn? (3,6)

JET STREAM :  JET(black) + STREAM(a small river or brook,burn).

Answer:  In meteorology, the layer, about 12000 metres high, of strong,high winds.

20 Study writer’s material (5)

DENIM :  DEN(a study,a quiet room where you could study, if you wanted to) + I’M{a contraction of “I am”,writer(I) is,writer’s}.

22 Tyrannical leader usurps king in horrific chamber piece (7)

MACBETH :  T(initial letter,leader of “tyrannicalreplacing(usurps) “r”(abbrev. for Rex in Latin,king) in anagram of(horrific) “chamber”.

Answer:  A play,piece by Shakespeare.  Another WIWD clue as the clue describes Macbeth’s deed.

25 First sailor to lose a rope at sea hasn’t a chance (2-5)

NO-HOPER :  NOH{“Noah”(in Genesis, he – and family – was the first human to float,first sailor, in an ark in the great flood, when all the other non-sailors perished) minus(to lose) “a”} + anagram of(at sea) ROPE.

27 Note fruit that’s right outside little Jack’s place (2,1,6)

IN A CORNER :  [IE(abbrev. for id est, Latin for that is,that’s) + R(abbrev. for right)] containing(outside) [N(abbrev. for a note) + ACORN(fruit of the oak tree)].

Answer:  Reference to the nursery rhyme about little Jack Horner, who sat in a corner, eating…..  It has been interpreted as referring to acts of opportunism by various characters.

28 National flag on Howth Head (5)

IRISH :  IRIS(some of the species of iris plants are commonly called flags, eg. the blue flag, the iris versicolour) plus(on) H(initial letter,head of “Howth”).

Answer:  A national,citizen of Ireland.


29 Secure, like boltholes for spies when hiding (2,4,2,6)

AS SAFE AS HOUSES :  AS(like, as used in a simile like this) + SAFE HOUSES(hiding places,boltholes for spies on the run) containing(…hiding) AS(as in “as and when”).  A WIWD clue.


2 Volume of copper piece holding constant charge (5,4)

CUBIC FEET :  [CU(chemical symbol for the element, copper)] + BIT(a piece) containing(holding) [C(mathematical symbol for a constant number) + FEE(a charge for a service rendered)].

Answer:  Pre-metrication, a measure of volume in the Imperial system.

3 Nick’s where Dawkins goes on Sunday? (5)

NOTCH :  Cryptic defn:  Reference to Englishman Richard Dawkins, leading atheist, ethologist, evolutionary biologist, a joy-to-read author and presenter, who has helped to raise the awareness and level of scientific knowledge in modern societies.  He might go any place but NOT CHurch on Sundays.

4 Spread roughly between two and three scores (6,3)

MIDDLE AGE :  Cryptic defn. (I think, or it could be a double defn.):  The extra weight (fat?) spread around the middle of your body that you tend to get when you’re roughly between 40 (two score) and 60(three score) years old (cf. the biblical “the days of our years are threescore years and ten”).

5 Modest hotel snubbed Brahmans for instance (5)

CASTE :  “chaste”,modest, as usually applied to females minus(…snubbed) H(represented by “hotel” in the phonetic alphabet).

Answer:  Or Brahmins, members of the highest, or priestly, class in the caste system of the Hindus.

6 Broken street light moved elsewhere (9)

RESETTLED :  [Anagram of(broken) STREET] + LED(abbrev. for light emitting diode, an increasingly common replacement for the bulb).

7 Polish actor? (5)

SHEEN :  Double defn: 1st:  The gleaming brightness obtained by polishing; and 2nd:  Martin, or his son, Charlie, American actors, take your pick.

8 Leave port in Kent, say, with a list corrected (3,4)

SET SAIL :  SE(abbrev. for the South East region of England, of which for example,say, Kent is part) plus(with) anagram of(corrected) A LIST.

9 He wed a wild racy divorcee for starters (6)

EDWARDAnagram of(wild) [WED A] + R,D(initial letters of,for startersracy” and “divorcee”)

15 Punter away getting richer (6,3)

BETTER OFF :  BETTER(a punter,layer of bets) + OFF(away from here).

17 Supporter in Colosseum from anarchist group (5,4)

ROMAN ARCHHidden in(…group) fROM ANARCHist.

Answer:  A feature that supports a load in a building , in this case, the Roman Colosseum.

18 I help one drunk to swallow old grape nut (9)

OENOPHILEAnagram of(drunk) [I HELP ONE] containing(to swallow) O(abbrev. for “old”).

Answer:  The suffix -phile indicating a nut,fan,connoisseur, or just someone who enjoys “the grape“,wine, represented by the prefix oeno-.

19 Judge, one replacing monarch in US island (7)

JAMAICA :  J(abbrev. for judge) + {“America”(US) with “a”(one) replacing(replacing) “ER”(current British monarch, Elizabeth Regina)}

21 He split, leaving Humphrey to get mashed potato (6)

MURPHYAnagram of(mashed) UMPHRY(“Humphreyminus(….leaving) (“h” and “e”)(“hesplit, ie. not subtracting “he” as a single word, but the individual letters)].

Answer:  The Irish or white potato.

23 Head of coaching has boxing ring in disarray (5)

CHAOS :  C(initial letter,head ofcoaching”) + [HAS containing(boxing) O(letter in the shape of a ring)].

24 Stainer numbers tackled by male alto (5)

HENNA :  N,N(2 abbrevs. for number) contained in(tackled by) [HE(pronoun for a male) + A(abbrev. for alto)].

Answer:  A reddish-orange dye,stainer for hair, skin, fingernails, leather and wool, from the henna plant.


26 Poem has always intrigued Kyoto union bosses (5)

HAIKU :  Initial letters,bosses of Has Always Intrigued Kyoto Union.

Answer:  A poem (could even be in English) in the Haiku style, a very short form of Japanese poetry.  Another WIWD clue.



8 Responses to “Financial Times 14082 Redshank”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Another fine crossword by Redshank.
    I didn’t find it very hard, but then, I’m used to his style (which of course helps).

    I particularly liked 19ac, 17d (took me ages to see that it was a hidden) and a lot more!
    A pity that ‘drunk’ was used twice as an anagram indicator, but it didn’t spoil the fun.

    Many thanks scchua, for your exemplary blog.
    I needed it for understanding 29ac.

    Just one little thing. Your parsing of 19d is not completely right. It should be: J (judge) + {A (one) for ER (king) in AMERICA}.

    And, yes, there it was again, some people’s favourite device ( :) ) in 21d: a subtraction anagram, immaculately executed.

  2. scchua says:

    Thanks Sil, blog now corrected.

  3. mike04 says:

    Many thanks, scchua.

    19dn: I agree with Sil about the parsing. And could I add another little thing?
    ER is the current British monarch.

  4. scchua says:

    Sorry, Mike04, corrected now. Didn’t mean to diminish her realm.

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    And I called her “king” in my post ….. :)

  6. mike04 says:

    It could be the Tower of London for you guys! Mike

  7. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Redshank and scchua. [Catherine DeNeuve #1 and Jack Lemmon #3 were in The April Fools - 16ac. Emilio Estevez #2 is son of Martin Sheen - 7d. Barbara Feldon #4 worked for Control on Get Smart. They fought against KAOS - 23d.]


  8. scchua says:

    Congratulations, grandpuzzler, you’ve done it again!

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