Here is the dissection of the Gemini 7429, as published in the Canberra Times on Thursday 6 August. As usual, the definition is underlined, except in double or cryptic definition clues.
1. Present-day churchman has to manage (10) = ADMINISTER
Charade clue. Present-day = AD (anno domine) + churchman = MINISTER
8. Artist who is male and French (5) = MANET
A nice foreign language charade clue. Male (MAN) + and, in French = MAN + ET.
9. Accurately defined new recipes (7) = PRECISE
Anagram. Recipes is the fodder (the letters to jumble up), and new is the indicator. I’ve recently discovered that anagram indicators are sometimes called anagrinds. Cute.
10. Very short measure – examination is abandoned (7) = IMMORAL
Charade. A very short measure in this instance is one millimeter = 1 MM = IMM. And an ORAL is a type of exam.
11. Snide sort of chap (5) = DENIS
Anagram. The anagram indicator is sort of, fodder is snide. Definitions such as bloke, chap, man, guy, girl, miss, and lady often mean the answer is a first name. These can be pretty hard to solve, as the answer is therefore any male or female name that is x letters long … there are a lot of options!
12. Edison redefines being in a legal position (6) = ONSIDE
Another anagram, wih Edison as the fodder. Redefines is the indicator word. The definition here alludes to the sporting term, a position on the playing field where play is allowed, or legal.
14. Ran fast when bombarded (6) = PELTED
A double definition clue, with ‘ran fast’ and ‘bombarded’ as the two definitions for PELTED. They’re from the same root word, though (not ideal).
17. Those in trouble show spirit (5) = ETHOS
Anagram of those, and in trouble is the anagram indicator.
19. A doctor appears in fast time — that’s brilliant! (7) = LAMBENT
Container clue. A doctor = A MB (Bachelor of Medicine). Put them in fast time — nothing to do with speed here, but a reference to a time when some people fast = LENT. L(A+MB)ENT. Lambent — such a nice literary word, isn’t it?
21. Caterer involved in domestic row (7) = TERRACE
Nice definition misdirection here. Not a hint of violence, it’s a row of domestic dwellings! The answer is an anagram of caterer. Indicated by involved in.
22. One who gets up some enterprise recklessly (5) = RISER
Hidden word clue. Some of enterprise recklessly.
23. Timekeeper is little help (6,4) = MINUTE HAND
A very funny double definition clue. A minute help is a MINUTE (as in small) HAND. And it’s also on a watch, or timekeeper. Cute, huh?
2. Monday’s arrangement for current suppliers (7) = DYNAMOS
Another anagram — this crossword has a lot! Arrangement is the anagram indicator. Monday’s is the fodder (ignore that apostrophe). Nice definition, something that supplies current; nothing to do with suppliers to a business!
3. In the meantime I’m after this (5) = INTER
I admit I’m not sure about the wordplay in this clue. In the meantime = INTERIM, I think, and then I’M is removed. But I don’t think that after or after this really imply deletion. Also not sure about the definition. INTER (verb) means to bury a corpse. And INTER- (prefix) means ‘between; among’ or ‘mutually’. Is this intended to be an &lit clue?
4. I’m lacking lustre in run through (6) = IMPALE
Charade. I’m = IM + lacking lustre = PALE. Ouch, brutal finish!
5. Vaguely related to part of a lathe (7) = TREADLE
Anagram. Vaguely is the indicator, and related is the word to jumble up.
6. Rule that holds George initially in check (5) = REIGN
Rule in the clue read like a noun, but — surprise — it’s actually a verb. This is a container clue. George initially = G (the initial letter of George), put in REIN (check, as in guiding a horse by pulling on reins – reining in).
7. Dreadful Sweden riot is a job for top journalist (4,6) = NEWS EDITOR
You guessed it — another anagram. Indicator is dreadful and the fodder is Sweden riot. I think the grammar is a little off with this one — you wouldn’t talk about Sweden riots, you’d say Swedish riots (which of course then wouldn’t work as the anagram fodder). The clue could be reworded to work though, maybe something along the lines of: Riot in Sweden is dreadful job for top journalist.
8. Home building team on site (10) = MAISONETTE
This answer is hard to get if you’re an Aussie, as the word MAISONETTE is not used here. It’s a small house contained inside another bigger house, apparently. An anagram clue, indicated by building. The fodder is team on site, as you’ve no doubt figured out.
13. Poor Dad is in contempt (7) = DISDAIN
10th anagram. Poor is the indicator, and Dad is in is the fodder.
15. Deranged senator gives great offence (7) = TREASON
This is one of my favourite exact anagrams — senator & treason. So apt! Deranged is the anagram indicator.
16. Notwithstanding it’s a vestment with back fastening (6) = ALBEIT
A charade with a reversal! A vestment is an ALB + fastening (TIE) run back = EIT.
18. Her ma strayed into the women’s quarters (5) = HAREM
Anagram, indicated by strayed. The fodder is her ma.
20. A month in advance (5) = MARCH
Double definition clue! It’s a month, and a word meaning to advance.
There you go! If anyone has better ideas about the INTER clue, I’d be very happy to hear them. I don’t think my explanation is quite there yet.