Posted by scchua on April 23rd, 2013
This was trickier than the usual Tuesday FT. So much so that I had to get help from a better solver than I, to complete it, which partly accounts for the slightly later blog. There is a 9across of proper or potentially proper names and some chess references, but if there’s a ghost theme it’s gone over my head. Thanks Gaff. I enjoyed solving, and writing the blog too. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets. Thank you.]]
1 One who angles for compliments? (6)
FISHER : Cryptic defn: A fisherman could also mean one who fishes for compliments. (Or is that a Double defn:?).
5 With no company making “Lose Nemo”. . . . (8)
LONESOME : Anagram of(making) LOSE NEMO.
9 . . . . lots of realistic animators forfeit their openings (4)
RAFT : Initial letters, respectively, of(… openings) “realistic animators forfeit their “.
10 Louis, for example, isn’t a problem (5)
SAINT : Anagram of(problem) ISN’T A.
Answer: Saint Louis, US city, an example of a “Louis”.
11 Piece of skin graft (4)
KING : Hidden in(of) “skin graft “.
Defn: A piece in chess. “Piece” could also be taken as part of the hidden indicator.
12 Chess player 1 soundly beat man (5)
BOBBY : Homophone of(soundly) “Fisher”(answer to 1across) (Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster, and the 11th World Chess Champion).
Defn: and Answer: A constable in England who walks the beat, “bobby” for short.
14 A nearly ideal chance for air traffic controller (9)
AUTOPILOT : A + “Utopia”(an ideal) minus its last letter(nearly) + LOT(one’s fortune;chance, root for eg. “lottery”and “draw lots”).
Answer: A device to control planes on a set course;an air traffic controller.
16 Tools to produce more even deal, perhaps (7)
SANDERS : Cryptic defn: Power-driven tools to smooth;even out wood;deal surfaces.
17 Fool succeeds. Bravo! (7)
CHARLIE : In the phonetic alphabet, that which represents C following after;succeeding B, represented by Bravo.
Answer: British slang for a fool, apparently derived from “Charlie Hunt”, rhyming slang for …. (I leave it to your imagination what it rhymes with – hint: it’s not punt)
20 Solver’s eaten half a fruit, more green (7)
YOUNGER : YOUR(possessive pronoun for “solver”;you as opposed to the setter’s;mine) containing(eaten) + last three letters of(half) “orange”(a fruit).
21 Form an audible spokesman (7)
FOREMAN : Homophone of(audible) “Form an”.
Answer: As in the spokesman for a jury.
23 What’s said about fair lady (4,3,2)
SHE’S GOT IT : Cryptic defn: Said by Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering about Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady, after she got “The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain” phonetically correct. One could also read the definition as the fair;pretty lady has got it;sex appeal.
26 Masonic drink (5)
PERRY : Cryptic defn: Reference to Perry Mason, the fictional defence attorney, created by American author Erle Stanley Gardner.
Answer: An alcoholic beverage, similar to cider, but made from pear juice.
28 Won’t play Rugby, possibly (4)
TOWN : Anagram of(play) WON’T.
Answer: Of which Rugby, in E. Warwickshire, England, is an example;possibly.
29 Mad about Jonathan? (5)
CROSS : C(abbrev. for “circa”;about in reference to approximate dates) + ROSS(Jonathan, TV and radio presenter, aka Wossy, known for his rhotacism if not for anything else).
30 Hollow northern banker (4)
DENE : Double defn: 1st: A valley; and 2nd: A small river;banker in Warwickshire (a second mention – a connection with the setter?).
31 Stop moving around, Gaff’s back on the town (8)
HAMILTON : HALT(to stop moving) containing(around) reversal of(back) I’M(contraction of I am;Gaff the setter is;Gaff’s) + ON.
Answer: A town in S. Larnarkshire, Scotland.
32 Marsh, footballer, changed MO (6)
ROMNEY : “Rooney”(Wayne, footballer, English international and currently Man. U. player) with the second “o” changed to “m”(changed MO).
Answer: Romney Marsh;wetland in Kent and E. Sussex.
2 Beau to Marion, a rogue (9)
INAMORATO : Anagram of(rogue) TO MARION, A.
Answer: A male lover, who could very well be a rogue.
3 Smash (3)
HIT : Double defn: 1st: To break something with a violent blow; and 2nd: Someone or something that is an overwhelming success or is very popular. The two definitions combined into one in the clue.
4 Note showing we object to trick (4)
RUSE : RE(the syllable used for the second note in the diatonic musical scale, or “a drop of golden sun”) containing(showing) US(the objective case of the pronoun “we”).
5 Paul, confused about identity, retired (4,2)
LAID UP : Anagram of(confused) PAUL containing(about) ID(short for “identity”).
Answer: To be confined to bed;retired.
6 Independent state of gangster after race (10)
NATIONHOOD : HOOD(a gangster, from shortening of “hoodlum”) placed after(after) NATION(a race of people).
Answer: The state of being an independent nation.
7 Task I prepared for Hindu goddess (5)
SAKTI : Anagram of(prepared) TASK I.
Answer: An alternative spelling of “Shakti”, a wife of a Hindu deity, especially of Shiva. By extension, it also means the female organ of reproduction.
8 Collectible Mountain of Mourne, endlessly mysterious (5)
MUNRO : Anagram of(mysterious) “mourne” minus its last letter(endlessly).
Answer: Any mountain taller than 3000 feet in Scotland. I think “collectible” refers to the practice of “munro-bagging” which is to climb as many, if not all, the munros.
13 Itinerant people, lacking distance learning, take root (3,2)
BED IN : “Bedouin”(nomads;intinerant people in North Africa) minus(lacking) “ou”(abbrev. for the Open University, which provides distance learning).
Answer: To take root in a flower bed, say.
15 Spooner’s vampire’s belief in Siamese, maybe (5,2,3)
BREED OF CAT : Spoonerism of “creed of bat”(the beliefs of a creature which could be of the blood-sucking type;a vampire).
Answer: One of which;maybe is the Siamese.
18 Energy shown by ever-rising officer (5)
REEVE : E(abbrev. for “energy” in physics) contained in(shown by) reversal of(rising, in a down clue) EVER.
Answer: An administrative office of a town or district.
19 Dazed by evil incarnate (2,1,6)
IN A TRANCE : Anagram of(evil) INCARNATE. When in a trance, one may claim to be possessed by evil incarnate. A WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
22 Renounce row about broadcast (6)
DISOWN : DIN(a row;a noise) containing(about) SOW(to broadcast;to spread, as in “sowing one’s wild oats”).
24 Doctor Fog heard commotion (3-2)
HOO-HA : Homophone of(heard) “Who”(the Time Lord Doctor) “haar”(a thick fog along the coast).
25 After misdeed, best place to receive instructions about behaviour (5)
SINAI : SIN(a misdeed;a wrong) placed before(After …) AI(letters that look like A1;the best grade).
Answer: The mountain place where, in Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Moses received the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not….”, etc. etc.
27 Don’t even test air-head (4)
TSAR : “testair” minus its 2nd, 4th and 6th letters(Don’t even).
Answer: The former head of Russia.
30 Slow to reduce volume (3)
DIM : DIM(the abbrev. for “diminuendo”, the musical instruction to lower the volume of play).
Answer: The opposite of “quick-witted”.