Posted by smiffy on 6th June 2007
As is the case with his Guardian puzzles, Cinephile (aka Araucaria) often includes a thematic element or array in his FT publications. This particular puzzle was made slightly less tractable than usual by the absence – in my edition of the paper at least – of any rubric to denote that the bracketed numbers in several clues were thematic shorthand and not merely misprints (the fact that 25a contained a genuine, but obvious, typo didn’t help in that regard). However, I soon rumbled 23d (6)=(JUNta), and thereafter the theme (numerics equating to abbreviated names of months) actually helped to accelerate the solving process overall. So somewhat relieved that, despite an initial minute or so of fear, my blogging debut did not require any black-belt solving skills.