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Financial Times 12,569 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 22nd, 2007

Pete Maclean.

I believe this is the first Bradman puzzle I have attempted. It took me a while — longer than I would generally want to spend on a daily puzzle — perhaps because I am unused to the style, but I found it satisfying and challenging in parts. I was unable to get one answer (20D), am unsure about a second (27A) and cannot fully explain a third (12A). My favourite clues are 1A, 5A, 1D, 7D and 9D.

Across
1. BAD TASTE – reverse clue for STATE
5. FRESCO – AL FRESCO (outdoors) with AL (a litre) removed. I do not care for removal clues unless they work very well as this one most certainly does.
10. LARAMIE – anagram of ALARM + IE (that is)
11. ESSENCE – C (cold) in ESSENE (ascetic type)
12. GUILD – ???. I am unsure how this clue works but figure the answer must be GUILD. Is there a type of fish that is a homophone for guild? I cannot find one.
13. IN A LATHER – anagram of THEIR ALAN. This was the clue that got me started.
14. CLASSIFIED AD – C (Chelsea’s leading) + LASS (girl) + IF (if) + IE (that is) + DAD (old man)
16. NEUROSCIENCE – anagram of NICE CURE ONES
21. POLITICAL – cryptic definition
23. RACER – ACE (star) in RR (car — Rolls Royce)
24. EL GRECO – ELG[a]R (composer) + E (English) + CO (company). Ah, one of my favourite artists!
25. UTOPIAN – U (University) + TOP (leading) + IAN (bloke).
26. TREPAN – REP (agent) in TAN (brown). Devious but not too difficult because brown often clues tan.
27. NEW STYLE – ???. Or is it? I fancy this refers to a radio station but I am unsure and cannot fathom the wordplay.

Down
1. BELUGA – anagram of A BULGE. A semi &lit. and yummy to boot!
2. DARWIN – R (river) in DAW (bird) + IN (home)
3. ARMADILLO – A (a) + MAD (frenzied) in RILL (stream) + O (duck)
4. THE FIRST CUCKOO – anagram of SHOUT OF CRICKET
6. RASTA – RA (artist) + ST (street) + A (a)
7. SUNSHADE – SUNS (paper’s) + anagram (improvised) of HEAD
8. OVERRIDE – OVER (maiden perhaps) + RIDE (journey)
9. RELATIVE CLAUSE – self-referential cryptic definition. I love this type of clue!
15. INCURIOUS – INCUR (be subject to) + IOUS (notices about debt)
16. ANAPAEST – anagram (broken) of A PEASANT. An anapaest is a metrical foot — I had to look this one up in my dictionary.
17. DUOLOGUE – cryptic definition.
19. ACUITY – U (upper classes) in A (a) + CITY (place like Winchester)
20. _R_N_E – PRINCE??? I cannot satisfy myself about this one.
22. THECA – THEA (girl) catching C (cold). A theca is a biological term meaning the case of a spore or pupa — something that, again, I had to resort to my dictionary to find.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,569 by Bradman”

  1. Bradman says:

    I’m most grateful for this, Pete. Many thanks. Just to clear up those three clues. A fish is ‘gilled’, Prince=N in price (as in what’s the damage?), and New St(reet) is the Brum station to be added to the reverse of our old friend Ely

  2. Kewlchap says:

    Bradman,

    I agree with Pete that this was slightly more challenging than a daily puzzle. That combined with the fact that it appeared on Friday made me wait till Sunday to solve it. I was unfamiliar with 16D and 22D answers. Also I think it had slightly more “?” clues than what I care for. Overall a good puzzle and nicely done; I always enjoy the ones which introduce new words to me. Could you please explain 27A again? Why is old friend = Ely?

  3. Bradman says:

    Thanks, K. See about = reverse of Ely (a very familiar crossword see = diocese).

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    I think I should have got 20D; my father used to use “damage” in the sense of price a lot. On the other hand, I feel comfortable about failing with 27A.

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