Posted by scchua on September 4th, 2012
I always approach a Neo with trepidation, because sometimes he can be fiendish – in a good way of course. This one showed signs of being so (starting to sweat), until I got off to a start in the SE corner, and proceeded quite smoothly, until the SW corner, when I started toiling (sweat again). Thanks Neo, lovely puzzle….
with, as befitting the FT, a financial mini-theme, based on Barclays’ problems (a euphemism, by the way). Nice topical theme, but in a few more months or years, it’s a safe bet it would have died down, and things gone back to “normal”, none any wiser. And there are 3 “-ING”s in the SW corner, so perhaps a reference to the Barclays – ING tie up? Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom of the blog have unidetified links to the puzzle.]]
9 Current suggestion to take occasional income from shillings and rand as cover (9)
INSURANCE : I(in physics, the symbol for Current) + NUANCE(a subtle suggestion) containing(to take … income from) separately(occasional) [S(abbrev. for shillings) and R(likewise for rand)].
Answer: The cover you take against calamities happening to you.
10 Husband to writer from the religious community (5)
AMISH : H(abbrev. for Husband) placed after(to) AMIS(Kingsley or son Martin, English writers, take your pick).
Answer: One from the strictly religious community.
11 Barclays thought him such a geezer – for a time (7)
DIAMOND : Cryptic defn: Robert Diamond was the CEO of Barclays, which company thought he was such a “diamond geezer “,a precious chap for a time, until he, and Barclays, got into trouble.
12 An ancient European, I live right next door to Scotsman (7)
IBERIAN : I + BE(exist,live) + R(abbrev. for right) plus(next door to) IAN(crosswordland’s archetypical Scotsman).
Answer: One of one of the ancient peoples that inhabited the Iberian peninsula.
13 For Inquisition, the One Priest (3)
ELI : EL(the definite article “the” in the language, presumably, used by,For the Spanish Inquisition) + I(Roman numeral for One).
14 Man who wouldn’t be left on the shelf? (6,5)
MISTER RIGHT : Cryptic defn: The Man whom everyone woman wants, and therefore who wouldn’t be left on the shelf.
17 Material from tomb at Ikatan (5)
BATIK : Hidden in(from) tomb at Ikatan.
18 Military commander finds range (3)
AGA : Double defn: 1st: An old Turkish Military commander; and 2nd: The trademarked cooker range.
19 Cameron in South of France to return in melancholic state (5)
DUMPS : Reversal of(to return) [PM(which is what David Cameron currently is) + containing(in) SUD("South " in France).
21 Rude writer is to the point (11)
IMPERTINENT : I'M(contraction of I am,the writer is) + PERTINENT(relevant,to the point).
23 Government, Republican, mirrored German affirmation (3)
RAJ : R(abbrev. for Republican) + reversal of(mirrored) JA(German for yes,affirmation).
Answer: From Sanskrit for rule,Government. As used with "The" and a capitalised initial, it stood for the British government in India before partition in 1947.
25 Resolution on pound 6 Barclays were 7 (7)
LENDING : ENDING(how a matter is finally resolved,the Resolution) plus(on) L(£,the symbol for pound sterling).
Answer: The type of rate(answer to 6down), specifically the interbank lending rates that, together with other banks, Barclays were fixing(answer to 7down).
27 Rich old girl to make bet (7)
DOWAGER : [DO WAGER](to make bet).
Answer: An elderly woman with title and/or property, especially the widow of a king, duke, emperor, etc.
28 Rand given back to French for the antelope (5)
NYALA : Reversal of(back) AYN(Rand, author and philosopher) plus(given … to) LA(French for “the “, the definite article).
29 Oddly able to enter one country or another (9)
AUSTRALIA : A,L(odd letters,Oddly of “able “) contained in(to enter) AUSTRIA(one country).
Answer: another country, a bit further south.
1 Theologian in box in play (6)
FIDDLE : DD(abbrev. for a Doctor of Divinity,a Theologian) contained in(in) FILE(a box in which documents are kept, could be called a file).
2 Betrayer Mark takes out dunce’s daughter (8)
ISCARIOT : SCAR(a , of a healed wound, literally or figuratively) ci( ) IIOT(“idiot”, minus( ) “d”,abbrev. for ” “).
Answer: Additional name to Judas, Betrayer of Jesus.
3 Fletcher shows resistance in an argument with (5,5)
ARROW MAKER : R(in physics, the symbol for electrical “resistance “) contained in(in) [A ROW]( an argument) plus(with) MAKER(The, another epithet for God).
Answer: A common noun – the capital letter was a good misdirection.
4 Arthurian wife to have food sent over (4)
ENID : Reversal of(sent over) DINE(to have food).
Answer: The wife of Sir Geraint, one of the the Arthurian Knights of the Round Table.
5 It’s prudent to consider carefully (10)
DELIBERATE : Double defn: 1st: Slowly, not done quickly or rashly,prudently, I suppose as a result of the 2nd defn.; and 2nd: What committees do, or, usually, overdo, or don’t do.
6, 7 Cross into Nigeria with FT as arranged for Barclays 1 (4,6)
RATE FIXING : X(a Cross) contained in(into) anagram of(as arranged) [Nigeria plus(with) FT].
Answer: The “fiddle”(answer to 1across) that Barclays did on inter-bank interest, or lending, rates.
8 Hot Satan perhaps brings death to Greeks (8)
THANATOS : Anagram of(perhaps) Hot Satan.
Answer: In Greek mythology,to Greeks the spirit personifying “death “.
15 Heather in famous commercial battle (10)
STALINGRAD : LING(the Heather) contained in(in) STAR(famous, as in “a star performer”) + AD(short for advertisement,a commercial).
Answer: Now Volgograd, scene of a decisive WWII battle between Nazi Germany and its allies against the Soviets.
16 Singer sticks on wet tar – that’s messy (3,7)
ROD STEWART : RODS(sticks) placed above(on, in a down clue) anagram of(that’s messy) wet tar.
17 There’s no time for standing up Norwegian swimmer (8)
BRISLING : “bristling”(standing up, stiffly like the bristles on an animal) minus(There’s no … for) “t”(abbrev. for “time“).
Answer: A small marine food fish of the herring family.
20 Flower from French husband so proverbially good (8)
MARIGOLD : MARI(“husband ” in French) + GOLD(as is traditionally,proverbially considered the epitome of goodness in “as good as gold”).
22 State needs humour injection (6)
PUNJAB : PUN(linguistic humour) + JAB(an injection).
Answer: The state in NW India, and also the neighbouring province of Pakistan, a result of the division of the former Punjab province of British India. The name is derived from Sanskrit for “five” and “water”.
24 Katie Price in river (6)
JORDAN : Double defn: 1st: Pseudonym of the former The Sun’s Page Three girl.
26 I was leader in bombless state (4)
IRAN : [I RAN]( I was leader, as in “I ran the country”).
Answer: The state with a nuclear programme, and which no one else can tell if it is or is not without a bomb,”bombless ”
27 Many a Welsh runner in the gloaming (4)
DUSK : D(Roman numeral for 500,Many) + USK(Welsh river,runner).