This is my dissection of the Gemini Cryptic Crossword 7470, from the Wed 16 Sept issue of the Canberra Times. As usual, definitions are underlined, except in double definition and cryptic definition clues.
1. What is needed is no huge change (6) = ENOUGH
Anagram clue. You just need to change the letters of no huge, to get a word that means what is needed.
4. Insert pages in a final section? (6) = APPEND
Container clue. Put PP (pages) in A END (final section).
9. Ban banjo playing? Not a good remedy! (7) = NOSTRUM
Sort of a charade / double / cryptic definition clue? To ban banjo playing you might say NO STRUM (although NO STRUMMING would be more grammatically accurate).
10. A great opening for Charles on March 1st (5) = CHASM
Charade clue. Charles is often shortened to CHAS. And March 1st is the first letter of March — hence, M. CHAS+M.
11. Material for sedentary occupation (5) = SATIN
Cryptic definition, I think … SAT IN implies a sedentary occupation.
12. Measures extents to which dogged people may go (7) = LENGTHS
Double definition. Lengths are measures, as well as ‘the lengths people will go to’ …
13. It’s cold fare for a revolutionary leader (5,6) = FIDEL CASTRO
Anagram without a clear anagram indicator. The fodder is it’s cold fare. The revolutionary from the definition isn’t supposed to do ‘double duty’ as an anagram indicator as well as being part of the definition.
18. So a ring changes a girl’s status in Italy (7) = SIGNORA
Anagram. The indicator is changes and the fodder is so a ring.
20. Fish always left inside (5) = ELVER
A pretty broad definition here! Container clue. EVER (always) with L (left) put inside it = E(L)VER.
22. Form of concealment said to be of use (5) = AVAIL
Homophone clue. A VEIL (a form of concealment) sounds like (said) AVAIL.
23. Girl I sign on an astronomer (7) = GALILEO
Tidy little charade clue. Girl = GAL + I (in the clear) + LEO (astrological sign) = GAL-I-LEO.
24. They happen to upset Steven (6) = EVENTS
Anagram of Steven, indicated by upset.
25. Turn around tragedy lacking drama initially (6) = GYRATE
Anagram with deletion. First get tragedy, and delete the D (the initial letter of drama). This gives you TRAGEY as the fodder. Then move it around (anagram indicator) until you get GYRATE. This one was a bit tricky cos turn around could also be the definition for GYRATE. But in this case, the definition is just that one word turn, with around acting as the indicator.
1. He is unusually terse about mid-afternoon (6) = ERNEST
These name clues, they’re a bit vague, aren’t they? He is the definition for basically any boy’s name. Gah. Anyway, on with the wordplay, which is an anagram put around one letter. Mid-afternoon = R, the middle letter of afternoon. Unusually is the anagram indicator. So the fodder is terse, and you put it around, or about that R. E(R)NEST. Phew.
2. Notes false start (5) = ONSET
A nice simple anagram, after the monster above! Anagram indicator is false, and the fodder (you guessed it) is notes.
3. Ignored trouble in French department (7) = GIRONDE
I had to use Wikipedia to get a list of French departments (administrative districts). Anagram of ignored, indicated by trouble.
5. Quietly get the cane out of hickory (5) = PECAN
Charade with an anagram. Did you know that pecan nuts came from hickory trees? I didn’t, but I do now! Quietly = P (from ‘piano’ in music notation). Add on (get) an anagram (out) of cane.
6. Once in the theatre he demands his money’s worth (7) = EXACTOR
Double definition — someone who used to be in the theatre is an EX-ACTOR. And an EXACTOR is also someone who demands, or exacts, something from someone.
7. It’s material to enquire after one parent (6) = DAMASK
Another fabric name! Charade. Put ASK (to enquire) after DAM (one parent — a mother in this case). DAM+ASK.
8. Pocket money makes little difference (5,6) = SMALL CHANGE
Cute double definition clue. SMALL CHANGE can be said to be pocket money (money you find in your pocket), as well as a colloquial term for something trivial, that makes little difference.
14. He doesn’t appreciate where the coal goes (7) = INGRATE
A double definition clue. We don’t really burn coal IN GRATEs here in Australia, so this one was a bit hard for me.
15. He’s about to call up a poet (7) = SHELLEY
Tricky one this. It’s a charade of an anagram + reversal. He’s about means get HES and jumble it up = SHE. Add on call up = YELL (call) turned upside down (up) = LLEY.
16. Housing development willingly left (16) = ESTATE
I think this is a cryptic definition – I can’t see any obvious wordplay here. This is a rather British-centric clue — the council estates there have a poor reputation, and are seen as a place people would wish to get away from.
17. Go over undulating track (6) = GROOVE
The last anagram for this crossword! Undulating is the anagram indicator, and go over is the fodder to jumble up.
19. A small hooter (5) = OWLET
A cryptic definition. Naaaaaw, cute little owl. The owlet is a small owl found in Asia and Africa, or a young owl.
21. A house badly constructed in Virginia (5) = VILLA
Container clue. Badly constructed = ILL is put in VA (Virginia).