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Financial Times 12,480 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 21st, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Across
1. PAWNSHOP – PA*(SHOWN)P. I had to look up “uncle” in a dictionary to learn that it has a slang meaning of pawnbroker.
5. SPLEEN – *(SLEEP)N
10. EXTRA – EX + ART backwards
11. TIT FOR TAT
12. TURBOPROP = *(ROBOT + R + U)P. I take issue with the definition part of this clue, “part of an aircraft”; turboprop, as I understand the term, refers to a kind of aircraft or the type of engine an airplane has but not exactly a part of it.
13. GARBO – *(BRAG)O
14. BOO BOO
15. REMORSE – RE + MORSE. A real cruciverbalist’s clue!
16. SPLIT UP – double definition.
20. SINGLE – SING(L)E
22. OUSEL – LOUSE with the L moved to the end.
24. SMALL BEER
25. SPAGHETTI – SPA(GHETT[o])I[n]
27. LEGUME – LE(GUM)E[k]
28. CACHEPOT – CACHE(PO)T. I had to search my dictionary to find this word.

Down
1. PRESTO – PRESTO[n]
2. WATERFOWL – *(FAR WET)OWL
3. STAR-OF-BETHLEHEM
4. ONTARIO – O*(TRAIN)O
6. PLOUGHMANS LUNCH
7. ENTER – T in RENE backwards
8. NITROGEN – *(NO INERT G)
9. STUPOR – ST + UP + OR
16. RELIEF MAP – *(FEMALE + RIP)
17. ESPOUSAL – O + US in LAPSE reversed
19. PESETA – PE(SET)A
20. STAMINA – ANIMAT[e]S reversed
21. CREDIT – double definition
23. SLANG – SLA(N)G

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