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Financial Times 12,534 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 23rd, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Tougher than usual Cincinnus perhaps with some challenging clues (for me 1A, 1D, 17D and 25D) and a couple of beauties (28A, 15D).

Across

1. LOBELIAS – ELIA (essayist) in LOBS (throws). It took me a while to figure this one out. “Essayist” immediately made me think of Charles Lamb whose writings I had enjoyed as a schoolboy but it had somehow escaped me that he was also know as Elia. Probably a good thing to remember for future crossword puzzles.
5. AGATHA – hidden word
9. VILLAGER – VI (6) + L (50) + LAGER (beer)
10. MINTON – MINT (perfect condition) + ON (aboard)
12. NIECE – E (egghead) in NICE (scrupulous)
13. REPELLENT – LEPER (outcast) backwards + LENT (advanced)
14. TIN CAN – INC (incorporated) in TAN (belt)
16. SYMPTOM – anagram of TOMMYS around P (platoon leader)
19. OVARIES – O (nothing) + VARIES (changes)
21. BETRAY – BET (wager) + RAY (fish)
23. ALBATROSS – A + L (large) + BAT (mammal) + ROSS (Polar explorer)
25. YIELD – double definition
26. DEGREE – DE (of French) + GREE[d]
27. DISCOVER – ISC (International Sales Conference) in DOVER (port)
28. RING UP – cryptic definition
29. PROTESTS – PRO (for) + TESTS (cricket matches)

Down
1. LIVING – double definition
2. BALLERINA – ERIN [poetic country] in BALLA[d] (unfinished poem)
3. LEASE – hidden word
4. ANEURIN – double definition
6. GUILLEMOT – I in GULL (bird) + TOME (book) backwards
7. TITHE – THE (article) about IT
8. AT NO TIME – anagram of TIE MAN TO
11. OPUS – O (overhead) + SUP backwards (drink up)
15. COINTREAU – anagram of A NEUROTIC
17. TEA LEAVES – TEAL (duck) + E (last of game) + AVES (birds). Tea leaves is a rather rare reference for thieves.
18. COLANDER – anagram of LARD ONCE
20. SHOT – S (small) + HOT (very attractive)
21. BUSTIER – cryptic definition
22. ADORES – anagram of SO DEAR
24. BEGIN – double definition
25. YACHT – AC (current) in THY backwards (your capsized)

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