This is a ‘full reveal’ for the clues from Gemini 7380 (as numbered by The Canberra Times). Published last Thursday, 18 June 2015.
For those of you new to the cryptics from the Canberra Times, although they list the ‘English Cryptic Crossword’ along with the ‘Gemini Cryptic Crossword’, both cryptics are British. The Canberra Times does not print any cryptics by Australian setters. The Gemini can be hard to solve, as the setters (two guys) tend to use a lot of cryptic definition clues (which don’t follow set ‘cryptic rules’). They use a lot of anagrams too, though, so that helps to get going on their grids.
1. Dull but done with style (8) = OVERCAST
Charade clue. Done = OVER + style = CAST (as a noun meaning ‘the form or appearance of something’).
5. Fight for support (4) = SPAR
Double definition. You can SPAR and have a fight, and a SPAR is a long thick pole, or support, used for masts and suchlike. This is a good double definition clue; both definitions are separate headwords in the dictionary, and have completely different meanings.
9. Old capital of Japan rebuilt as Tokyo (5) = KYOTO
Anagram of Tokyo, indicated by the word rebuilt (ie rebuild the letters of Tokyo to get the name of the old capital of Japan).
10. IOUs run wild could well be (7) = RUINOUS
I think this is an &lit clue. The anagram indicator is wild. The anagram ‘fodder’ (letters to jumble up) is IOUs run. The whole clue reads as a rather slantwise definition for the answer.
11. Matches made be made if three girls go abroad (12) = FIRELIGHTERS
Anagram. I admit this one tripped me up badly … I didn’t make the connection between matches and firelighters. Kept thinking of romantic matches! So the surface reading of the clue worked well in misleading me. It’s a basic anagram. Fodder is if three girls, and the anagram indicator is go abroad. Derp.
13. Don’t miss a review (6) = NOTICE
Double definition. If you notice something, you don’t miss seeing it. And a review (noun) can also be a notice. Not such a good double def clue, as both definitions come under the same headword in the dictionary.
14. I am in pursuit in a carriage (6) = CHAISE
Container clue. Put I in CHASE (pursuit). CHA(I)SE. Ta dah!
17. Made a resounding comeback (12) = REVERBERATED
Cryptic definition. Echoing is a resounding (re-sounding, or sounding again) comeback … cryptic def clues can be hard to crack, and often go in last when you’re solving, as you need crossing-over letters to help solve them.
20. Chooses to make an allusion in a postscript (7) = PREFERS
Container clue. Put REFER (an allusion) in (container indicator) PS (postscript). P(REFER)S
21. Top gear selected by a duchess perhaps (5) = TIARA
Cryptic definition. Top gear here is something you wear on your head (nothing to do with driving!). And a duchess is an example of someone who might have one?
22. Smash strike (4) = DASH
Double definition. Another poor double def clue, in my opinion, with both definitions being too close to each other in meaning.
23. She is assigned to guard military uniform (8) = WARDRESS
Charade clue. Military = WAR + uniform = DRESS. Put ’em together!
1. Apples grow on them (4) = OAKS
Cryptic definition. Refers to oak apples. No, I didn’t know what they were, either!
2. I may feature a lot in his conversation (7) = EGOTIST
Cryptic definition. Someone who uses the word ‘I’ a lot when he’s talking …
3. The pick of the professions? (6,6) = CHOSEN CAREER
Cryptic definition. Picking something is choosing it. A profession is a career. It kinda works.
4. Air force (6) = STRAIN
Double definition. Air as in a melody, or STRAIN of music. And force is a more obvious definition for STRAIN.
6. Be under professional examination (5) = PROBE
Charade. Put BE under PRO (professional). PRO-BE.
7. Unfamiliar desert is crossed (8) = RESISTED
Anagram. Unfamiliar is the anagram indicator, and desert is is the fodder.
8. Happy to arrange the right deal (5-7) = LIGHT-HEARTED
Anagram. Arrange is the indicator, the right deal is the fodder.
12. Brave diner gets mixed up with the tip (8) = INTREPID
Anagram. The fodder is scattered over the clue here — diner + tip. Mixed up is the anagram indicator, but I bet you already knew that!
15. Repeat treat that is arranged (7) = ITERATE
Anagram. Bit of abbreviation stuff going on here! That is = IE. Add it to treat, and arrange them to get ITERATE.
16. Aspire to reform Iran in the past (6) = PERSIA
Anagram. Reform (or re-form) the word aspire.
18. Surveys opinions (5) = VIEWS
Double definition. Another verb / noun double def which have very similar meanings, both coming under the same headword.
19. Mad cricketers (4) = BATS
Double definition. This is the decent double def clue — the two meanings have separate headwords (BATS being insane or crazy or mad) and BATS as slang for people who use cricket bats.
And there you have it! One Gemini neatly dissected, without any pain or blood. We’ll do it again soon 🙂
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