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FT 12518 / Flimsy – Straightforward(ish)

Posted by tilsit on July 24th, 2007

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Solving Time: 14 minutes

Fairly straightforward fare with a couple of nice off-the-wall clues.  Bit baffled by 24 down.

ACROSS   * = Anagram  (r) = Reversal  (CD) =  Cryptic definition

1  MEMBER (RE)MEMBER
5  GEOMETRY GET ROME* + Y (Italy’s latest)
9  LEONARDO ON REAL DA*  If I had a grumble, it is with this clue. It can be
  argued that “Da” is also part of the definition as well.
10 HAIRDO Cut = definition  H + RADIO*
11 PEEWIT WEEP (R) + it
12 THROTTLE (CD)
14 DANISH PASTRY A PANTRY’S DISH*  Nice appropriate anagram
18 TOP-HEAVINESS  (CD)
22 VERBATIM BRAVE* + TIM   I think I preferred Nimrod’s version of this clue in last
  Saturday’s Indy.
25 LEEWAY LEE + WAY
26 COSSET COS + SET
27 NEGLIGÉE (CD) This clue’s a bit weak for me.  The CD is too close to a normal def.
28 KEROSENE KNEE ROSE *
29 TIERED TIE + RED

DOWN
2  ELEVEN Prime Number + Coffee break time
3  BANDWIDTH BAND + WI + D + TH  Bit of a clunky clue for a difficult word to clue.
4  RURITANIA  Hooray!  Kudos to Flimsy for not using Land of Hope as a hackneyed  
  clue for this.  R + URANIA about IT.  URANIA is one of the nine Muses from
  Greek mythology
5  GLOTTIS L in GOT + TIS
6  OTHER (H)OT + HER
7  ELIOT CD – George Eliot – Not a male novelist, really!
8  RED ALERT  R + RELATED*
13 OVA  V  in o A
15 PREFLIGHT CD
16 SYSTEMISE MESSY SITE*
17 FOREGONE RE in FOG + ONE
19 ERA  ARE*
20 IMMENSE IM + M + SEEN*
21 GAMETE GET ME A*
23 BASSO A BOSS*
24 TYTHE/TITHE  can’t parse this clue -  thought it might be TY (Man) with THE.
  ”They leave the man with the rent (5)

3 Responses to “FT 12518 / Flimsy – Straightforward(ish)”

  1. Paul B says:

    24dn: I think that is supposed to be THEY without HE plus THE. This variant is in Chambers, but not the most recent Collins.

  2. Paul B says:

    Nice blog by the way – very prompt …

  3. smiffy says:

    Slight correction on 9a. The “Da” is not doing double duty (otherwise we’d have two As). Wordplay is do (“celebration”) after the anagram.

    Relieved to see confirmation of 7d (ELIOT). I had a mindfart on this one, before settling on it via the erroneous route of TS Eliot (a literary all-rounder who wrote pretty much everything except novels. Doh!).

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