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Financial Times 12,504 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 19th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Across
1. BACKFIRE – BACK + FIRE
5. ARCTIC – C in ARTIC (artic being an abbreviation of articulated lorry)
9. PECTORAL – anagram of CLEOPATR. One of the breast anagram indicators I’ve come across in a while!
10. ASCENT – AS + CENT
12. SHOW TRIAL – anagram of IS WORTH A + L
13. WHOLE – homophone
14. GRIT – R in GIT
16. POTTAGE – OTT (for Over The Top) in PAGE. I guessed this from the common French word “potage” and verified the English word in my dictionary.
19. ROUNDER – double definition. Rounders is an English children’s game with a slight similarity to baseball; I assumed that “rounder” can mean a run in this game although I don’t recall ever hearing the word used like that.
21. PARR – double definition (Catherine Parr was Henry VIII’s last wife)
24. ADIEU – A[ustralian] + DIE + [yo]U
25. SCALLYWAG – ALLY in SWAG
27. ICICLE – hidden word &lit
28. TIA MARIA – A in TIM + ARIA
29. MINUTE – double definition
30. REDOLENT – DOLE in RENT

Down
1. BYPASS – BY + PASS
2. COCOON – CO + CO + ON
3. FLOAT – O in FLAT (as in milk float, an electric vehicle for delivering dairy products)
5. REALIST – RE + A + LIST
6. ROSE WATER – AWE (reversed) in ROSTER
7. TEETOTAL – TEE (meaning supporter as in golf) + TOTAL
8. CATHETER – THE in CATER
11. FLIP – double definition
15. RED MULLET – RED + MULLET
17. ORGANISM – anagram of IS AMONG around R[iver]
18. AUDITION – AUDI + I in TON. “Hundred” as a clue for TON is a good one to keep in mind; it can also, of course, clue C.
20. RASH – double definition
21. PRALINE – anagram of PLAINER. A praline is a type of sweet made with pecans and associated, I believe, with New Orleans.
22. SWERVE – W in SERVE
23. AGHAST – hidden word (well hidden)
26. LIMBO – B in LIMO (Lincoln being a marque of limousines)

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