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Financial Times 12,546 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 6th, 2007

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Yet another beauty from Cincinnus. This one had several words/terms that I did not know but they all proved fairly easy to figure out. My favourite clues are 12A, 24A and 25A.


1. LACROSSE – anagram of SCALES and OR
5. STALAG – S[tric]T + A (key) + LAG (prisoner)
9. BRAINIER – B (bishop) + RAINIER (prince)
10. CRABBY – R (edge of road) in CABBY (driver)
12. AISLE – IS in ALE (beer)
13. DAY RETURN – anagram of READY + TURN (go)
14. HOLDER – double definition. Refers to Noddy Holder, an actor and musician who was a member of the group Slade.
16. STORIES – S (bearing) + TORIES (politicians)
18. ANTIBES – anagram of BEST IN A
20. DAKOTA – KO (decisive blow) in DATA (facts and figures)
22. ATHEISTIC – HE IS in ATTIC (room at the top)
23. CONGO – CON (prisoner) + GO (leave)
24. AMUSED – A MUSE (one of nine goddesses) + D (died after). Great surface!
25. SAPPHIRE – anagram of HIS PAPER
26. AT EASE – A TEASE (a quiz)
27. LEATHERY – LEA (pasture) + THE + RY (railway)


1. LIBYAN – LIB (party) + NAY (no revolutionary)
2. CHATSWORTH HOUSE – a fine estate in Derbyshire while there is a Chatsworth in Devon
3. OUNCE – hidden word
4. SPENDER – double definition. Being not well up on poets, this was a tough one for me. Wanted it to be Spenser but that did not fit with prodigal. I finally figured out that this clue refers to Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, (February 28, 1909, London – July 16, 1995).
6. TURKEY OAK – TURKEY (bird) + OK (up to scratch) around A. Another tough one as I had never heard of this kind of oak. Fortunately, my dictionary had!
8. GUYANESE – GUY (chap) + A (one) + anagram of SEEN
11. DYES – hidden word
15. DUBLINERS – double definition
17. LAVA LAVA – LAVA (hot stuff) + LAVA (doubling)
19. SETT – double definition. (Sett can mean a small block of hard stone, such as granite, used for paving.)
20. DECLARE – DANTE with ANT (worker) removed + CLARE (another poet)
21. COMEDY – anagram of MY CODE
23. COP IT – PI (a couple of pillows) in COT (bed). Took me a while to remember that “a couple of…” can refer to the letters of a word.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,546 by Cincinnus”

  1. Testy says:

    It’s been a while since we’ve had a blog of the weekday FT crossword. Did anyone do yesterday’s Gozo which had an another extensive theme (and an apt one for a setter called Gozo)?

  2. Paul B says:

    Cincinnus = Orlando = Michael Curl = perennially good compiler.

    That’s why there’s little to pick at, but ‘a couple of pillows': that could be any couple, one supposes, like PI, IL or LL – but could it also be any random pairing like PW? Or – since no order is indicated – WP? That’s pedantic for you.

    Think I might have seen the likes of ‘Ballroom’s principal pairing’ among variations on the double-letter indication theme.

  3. neildubya says:

    Testy – we’re down to two regular FT bloggers, plus the occasional contribution here and there from the other bloggers, which is why our coverage is patchy at the moment.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    For various reasons it would be hard for me to do more than one a week. For one thing I don’t value the FT for its primary content (I read The Guardian for news) but like the weekend edition for its supplements and crossword. For another I live in the U.S. where I cannot just pop into my local newsagents or corner shop for a copy.

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