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Financial Times 14130 Jason

Posted by scchua on October 9th, 2012


Another enjoyable one from Tuesday regular Jason.  Plain sailing until the last one 19A. I got the answer, but it was one of the usually short ones that I can’t explain.  Called a friend, and I think he’s right.  Thanks Jason.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

8 Fast dog in cleric’s office (6)

SECURE : CUR(a dog) contained in(in) SEE(the area under the bishop’s jurisdiction, cleric’s office).

Defn. and Answer: As adjectives.

9 Doctor hates pic, it’s a copy (8)

PASTICHE : Anagram of(doctor) HATES PIC.

Answer: An incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc. taken from a variety of sources.

10 Snake beginning to tip vessel (4)

BOAT : BOA(a large snake) + initial letter of(beginning to) “tip“.

11 Plan to go in with lever (10)

ENTERPRISE : ENTER(to go in) plus(with) PRISE(to lever open).

Answer: A plan for a proposed project that requires, well, enterprise.

12 Join Queen’s row (4)

TIER : TIE(join together with eg. rope) + R(abbrev. for “Regina”, Latin for “Queen“).

13 Rush ass with, um, saccharin-sweet saga, say (10)

TEARJERKER : TEAR(to proceed quickly,rush) + JERK(slang for a contemptible, stupid or foolish person, as is “ass“, the latter sometimes with the sufffix “-hole”) + ER(like “um “, an expression of hesitation).

Answer: An excessively sentimental story, an example of which,say, is a saccharin-sweet saga.

17 Valley could be described by German beer (4)

DALE : D(the International Vehicle Registration Code for “German” cars, derived from “Deutschland”) + ALE(beer).

18 Bishop’s office, eg, swept by this (5)

BROOM : B(abbrev. for “Bishop“, as in chess notation) + ROOM(the physical location of, eg, an “office“).

19 Is getting into duck a nuisance? (4)

PEST :   ‘S(contraction of “Is“, eg. in “it’s”) contained in(into) PET(a term of endearment like “duck“, or, more usually, “ducks” or “duckie”).

21 Oscar to write arcana which everyone knows (4,6)

OPEN SECRET : O(represented by “Oscar” in the phonetic alphabet) + PEN(to write) + SECRET(arcana, the plural of the Latin “arcanum”, for “secret” but often used as a singular, cf. agenda/agendum). A reference to writer Oscar Wilde?

23 Church windows include this in the first place (4)

LEAD : Double defn: 1st: Church windows traditionally used strips of lead metal to hold together stained glass panes. Apparently, lead is also used in the process of stained glass manufacture.

24 Free chat with healer is what’s given by doctor (10)

HEALTHCARE : Anagram of(Free) [CHAT plus(with) HEALER].  Nice surface, though the chat would rarely be free of charge.

28 Newspaper on duke, otherwise a pain (4)

DRAG : RAG(a newspaper considered worthless and/or sensational) placed after(on) D(abbrev. for “duke“).

Answer: Someone or something that is tedious or boring, in other words,otherwise a pain in the you-know-what.

29 Where tramline starts? (8)

TERMINAL : Anagram of(?) tramline. A very concise anagram indicator. A WIWD(wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.

30 Some fun eventually is rough (6)

UNEVEN : Hidden in(Some) fun eventually.

1 Emails on mobile for pudding (8)

SEMOLINA : Anagram of(mobile) EMAILS ON.

2 Vegetable spread European put in bar (10)

BUTTERBEAN : BUTTER(a spread for your bread) + [E(abbrev. for “European “) contained in(put in) BAN(to prohibit,bar).

Answer:  Also called the lima bean.

3 Extremely attractive daughter in a position to get in (10)

DELECTABLE : D(abbrev. for “daughter “) + ELECTABLE(in a position to be voted in,to get in).

4 Quarrel – it is bath time (4)

SPAT : SPA(a bath, usually for promoting health, as is found in, well, the city of Bath) + T(abbrev. for “time“).

5 Old ruler cuts a regal show (4)

TSAR : Hidden in(show) “cuts a regal“.

6 Outspoken lord’s seaside attraction (4)

PIER : Homophone of(Outspoken) “lord“.

7 Modest husband entering social class (6)

CHASTE : H(abbrev. for “husband “) contained in(entering) CASTE(a social class).

14 Mail, eg, avoiding repetition produces lover (5)

AMOUR : “armour”(an eg of which is chain mail) minus(avoiding) “r”(abbrev. for “repetition“, I suppose).

15 Leave too early to go over article on, say (4,3,3)

JUMP THE GUN : JUMP( an obstacle) + THE(the definite article) placed above(on, in a down clue) GUN(an example of which,say, is the Lewis, a WW1 light machine gun named after its inventor).

16 Something to get you down is guy on a run (4,6)

ROPE LADDER : ROPE(which can be used as a guy, something to secure, steady or guide an object) plus(on, in a down clue) LADDER(a run in a nylon stocking).

20 Are fares are out of order for Sinbad? (8)

SEAFARER : Anagram of(out of order) FARES ARE. Is there one too many “are”s?

Defn: A reference to Sinbad, renowned fictional sailor in the “Arabian Nights”. A nice surface as Sinbad wouldn’t have been bothered with any fare/charge for his travels.

22 Promote pawn to point (6)

PREFER : P(abbrev. for “pawn ” in chess notation) + REFER(to cite,to point to).

Answer: To advance in rank over others,to promote.

25 Clout a source of illumination (4)

LAMP : Double defn: 1st: British slang for “to hit or attack”.

26 Search out knight in shed (4)

HUNT : N(abbrev. for “knight” in chess notation, the 3rd example of the latter today) contained in(in) HUT(a shed).

27 Lop the top off Jeeves’ bloody friend (4)

ALLY : “bally”(as heard in the P.G. Wodehouse series of stories about Jeeves, as a euphemistic substitute for “bloody“) minus(Lop … off) its initial letter(the top).



Answer to pic#3 here (on the web page under Contents click on 5.)

6 Responses to “Financial Times 14130 Jason”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Jason for the puzzle and scchua for the blog. A lot of good here, but I do not like this grid. After solving 9/11ac and 4/5/6/7dn I only had two letters towards any further answers. Of course, views on this sort of thing will depend on the approach to solving.

    19ac: I thought a duck was an unlikely pet, but the explanation using terms of endearment makes perfect sense.

    24ac: (Response to scchua’s remark.) In the (British) NHS, there is no charge at the point of use for seeing a GP.

    29ac: It did not occur to me that the question mark was meant to be an anagram lead, so I took it as just a cryptic definition whose answer was the anagram of a clue word.

    5dn: I have seen the argument made before that a phrase of more than one word takes a plural verb in cryptic grammar, but I am not convinced. Having said that, I cannot think of an easy way of making the cryptic grammar work uncontroversially without ruining the surface of the clue.

    14dn: I cannot find r listed as an abbreviation for “repetition” in either Chambers 2008 or Collins 2000. I took the cryptic indication as meaning that only one of the Rs in ARMOUR is to be retained. I would be completely happy with this as removing the second of the two Rs, whether they are together or separated in the word, but am less happy about it for removing the first R.

    20dn: Consistent with the cryptic grammar used in 5dn, one could say that the phrase “Are fares” takes a plural verb, so the anagram lead is “are out of order”, but personally I would prefer to drop one or other occurrence of the word “are”. Possibly an editing error? Slightly unsatisfying that “fare” plays such a prominent part in clue and solution.

    In relation to the three occurrences of chess notation, I would have thought that B for bishop was more general, but Chambers 2008 gives it specifically as “bishop (in chess)”. Of course, if Jason had managed to get the other three types of chessman in, we would have been congratulating him on a (mini-)theme. I would imagine that “rook” would be the most difficult to work unobtrusively into a clue.

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks Jason and scchua.

    Patrick Stewart and Scott Bakula were both in ‘Star Trek': (USS) Enterprise – 11a. Madonna produced a film titled ‘I’m going to tell you a secret’ and also has songs called ‘Secret’ and ‘Secret Garden’ (21a Open Secret). Jane Russell was in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (22d Prefer).

  3. scchua says:

    Thanks for your comments.
    Pelham, you’re right about “repetition”. Mine was a supposition more than anything else – that there would be a source somewhere that gave the abbrev. Should have thought more about it.

    [[Steve, well done, including the Madonna links, which I didn’t know of. To be honest, I was thinking of something else – hint: why that particular shot of her? and one other clue/answer gives a further hint.]]

  4. Richard says:

    25dn: I have LAMA as the source of illumination (Lam + A)

  5. Ferret says:

    … Madonna “Like a Virgin” and hence CHASTE?

  6. scchua says:

    [[Steve and Ferret, I’ve added a link beneath the pictures to the answer to pic#3.]]

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