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Financial Times 12,522 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 9th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Another beauty from Cincinnus.

Across

1. ARTIST – anagram of TRAITS with slightly cryptic definition
4. SCOTTIES – SCOT + TIES
9. CIGAR – C.I. + GAR (fish)
10 BANKROLLS – BANK on ROLLS [Royce]
11. POTOMAC – PO (river in Italy) + TOM + A C[ruise]
12. INERTIA – IN (home) + ER (hesitation) + AIT (small island) backwards
13. NAPA – hidden word. I was a little surprised to see Napa defined as a city in a British puzzle. Americans certainly call Napa a city but it is of such a size that I imagine most Brits would think of it as a town.
14. ARDENTLY – anagram of RENT LADY.
17. TOCCATAS – anagram of STACCATO. Easy but elegant.
19. FARO – double definition. This was tough for me because I was unaware of the game-of-chance meaning and took a long time to think of Faro even though I have been there.
22. ELASTIC – anagram of ICE and SALT
24. INVERSE – IN + VERSE. Lovely!
25. MIDDLEMAN – cryptic definition
26. WOUND – double definition
27. SOCIABLE – ELBA and COS backwards around I
30. GLIDER – anagram of GIRDLE

Down
1. AL CAPONE – CAP in ALONE
2. TIGHT SPOT – TIGHTS (hose) + POT (grass)
3. SHRIMP – SH (quiet) + RI (smallest state – Rhode Island) + MP (politician)
5. CONSIDERATION – double definition
6. TORMENT – MEN (people) in TORT (wrong)
7. INLET – IN (admitted) + LET (obstruction)
8. SASHAY – SASH (band) + AY (yes)
10. BACTRIAN CAMEL – anagram of BEAR CANT CLAIM
15. YEAR ROUND – anagram of DOUNREAY (a reactor site) + R
16. TOREADOR – TO READ (to study) + OR (soldiers). I had to look up Escamillo.
18. CATALPA – CAT (lion, for example) + ALP (mountain) + A
20. HERMES – HERM (one of the Channel Islands) + SE[as] reversed
21. AVOWAL – LAW (legislation) + OVA (eggs) all backwards
23. ASDIC – AS (arsenic) + CID (detectives) reversed. I knew the term asdic but had to look it up to learn that it is an acronym for anti-submarine detection investigation committee.

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