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Financial Times 12,486 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 28th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 16, 2007

Across

1. ENGLANDER – *(GREENLAND)
6. TORCH – double definition.
9. STAID – homophone
10. NOTEPAPER – reverse(ETON) + PAPER. Very clever!
11. SPECTATORS – *(ACTORS STEP)
12. PELF – P + ELF. Pelf is a word I was unfamiliar with meaning riches, especially those dishonestly acquired. This learning gives new dimension to the character Clara Pelf in that wonderful old movie, Semi-Tough.
14. CHAGRIN – CHA(GR)IN. I am not sure I understand this one. King George gives us GR but “annoyance” seems a bit of a stretch for defining chagrin and I do not understand how CHAIN can mean display.
15. DEMETER – reverse(MET) in DEER
17. REDOUBT – RE + DOUBT
19. PETASUS – *(PAT USES). I was a bit confused by this one because I had come across the word “petasos” before (in another crossword puzzle) but was unfamiliar with the “petasus” variant. The word refers to the winged hat that Mercury/Hermes wears. I love the way Cincinnus has concocted the surface of this clue with an implied reference, I assume, to Postman Pat.
20. APSE – A(S)PE
22. BORROWDALE – homophone
25. EYEBRIGHT – EYE + BRIGHT
26. RISEN – R[hode] I[sland] + SEN[ator]
27. NYMAN – N.Y. MAN. I had some trouble getting this one in spite of the fact that Michael Nyman is one of my favourite composers. His music for The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover stands, I think, as one of the best film scores of all time.
28. TUNISIANS – reverse(IN) in *(SAS UNIT)

Down

1. EASES – AS (for Arsenic) in SEE (for get) reversed. Another little gem.
2. GRACELAND – GR*(LACE)AND. I favour this clue!
3. AUDITORIUM – AUDI + TO + R(I)UM. I am seeing a good number of AUDIs and Hebridean RUMs in crosswords of late.
4. DUNSTAN – DUN + S + TAN. Or is there a Saint Stan? Given that “saint” usually clues ST, not S, I am unsure whether I do not fully understand how this clue works or if it just does not work perfectly. But I like it anyway.
5. RETIRED – double definition
6. TYPE – double definition
7. RUPEE – *(EUR[o]PE)
8. HEREFORDS – HE + RE + FORDS
13. EMPTY WORDS – *(DRY MOPS WET)
14. CARRAGEEN – CAR(RAG)EEN
16. TASMAN SEA – *(SMETANAS A)
18. THOUGHT –
19. PURITAN – P(UR + IT)AN
21. STEAM – STE(A)M with a nice cryptic definition.
23. ENNIS – [t]ENNIS
24. WREN – R in NEW reversed

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