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Financial Times 12,468 by Cinephile — Largely Solvable

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 7th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 26, 2007

I am particularly pleased when I open my FT to find a puzzle by Cinephile. Often his puzzles have hidden themes that make them more challenging if one cannot spot the theme and then fairly easy once one has cottoned on to it — well, unless that theme is an obscure subject as has happened for me a couple of times. In this puzzle the theme is a very light one, anagrams of LARGELY, and spotting it did not help me, uh, largely.

Across

1. RADIAL – RA+DIAL.
4. FARCICAL – homonym
9, 10. FOR THE MOST PART – FORTH + reverse(TRAP + T + SOME).
12. NUMERATE – *(NEAR MUTE)
13. EGRESS – [n]EGRESS
15, 21. RINGWORM – RI*(WRONG)M
16. GALLERY – *(LARGELY)
20. ALLERGY – *(LARGELY)
25. MEDLAR – homonym. I have heard of this fruit but never eaten one.
26. ENORMOUS – *(NERO) + MOUS[e]
28. OUTBURST – *(TO BRUTUS)
29. SIESTA – hidden word
30. TURGENEV – *(VENTURE + G)
31. REALLY – *(LARGELY – G)

Down

1. REFINERY – RE + FI(N)ERY
2. DORTMUND – *(R MUD DONT)
3. ASHORE – ASH + ORE
5. AGOG – A + GOG
6. CATEGORY – CAT + E + GORY
7. CRATER – CRATE + R. This proved the toughest clue for me.
8. LATEST – L + A + TEST
11. STEAMER – double definition
14. ELEGANT – E + LEG + ANT. What would compilers do without ants?
17, 24. PLEASURE CRUISE – PLEA + SURE + homonym(CREWS)
18. COLOSSAL – LOSS in COAL
19. EMISSARY – MISS in [w]EARY
20. IMPORT – I’M + PORT
23. EDITOR – *(TIRED + O)
27. ISLE – IS + LE[ft]. This eluded me for some time but may be my favourite clue of the bunch.

One Response to “Financial Times 12,468 by Cinephile — Largely Solvable”

  1. says:

    The trouble with medlars is that you have to leave them to blet (which means they end up looking like inedible bruised apples, which can be off-putting). Pour yourself a glass of dry Madeira, and eat the medlar with a spoon. Wonderful.

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