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Financial Times 12,570 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 4th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Across
1. VERBATIM – anagram (terribly) of BRAVE + TIM (little chap)
6. CUCKOO – double definition
9. SPRUCE – double definition
10. NO LONGER – anagram of GO ON LNER. LNER was the London and North-Eastern Railway, one of four big railway companies in Britain in the early 20th century. If memory serves you will see the letters LNER on many a train in old British movies. And what a truly splendid clue! A Cincinnus classic.
11. STUD – T (beginning to travel) in SUD (the south of France)
12. PHARMACIST – anagram (is painful) of HAS CRAMP IT. Some may think “is painful” makes a poor anagram indicator; I am okay with it.
14. WHERE AM I – anagram (about) of WE HEAR + MI (military intelligence)
16. EGGS – EG (for example) + G[unner]S. For those who may not know, Spurs and Gunners are nicknames for two football teams.
18. URDU – hidden word
19. OPPOSITE – OP (work) + PO (Post Office) + SITE (location)
21. HORSE DRAWN – HORSE (Arab possibly) + DRAWN (portrayed)
22. BONN – BON (good for Frenchman) + N (Pole)
24. WALTZING – WALT (Disney) + ZING (animation). This was the most difficult clue for me. I am not sure that the question mark belongs.
26. APACHE – PA backwards (old man retiring) + ACHE (long)
27. KENYAN – ENYA (Irish singer) in [dar]KN[ess]. This is the second or third clue I have come across recently that used Enya.
28. SIDE DRUM – SIDE (arrogance) + D (duke) + RUM (odd). I had to use my dictionary to confirm this as I did not know that “side” can mean arrogance.

Down
2. EXPAT – PA (Philadelphia) in EXT (extension). This is the first Cincinnus clue I have come across which I think may actually be faulty. I have never heard of PA used as an abbreviation of Philadelphia and, for what it’s worth, neither has Wikipedia. PA is a standard abbreviation for Pennsylvania (the state that encompasses Philadelphia) and that may well explain the oversight if there indeed is one.
3. BLUNDERBUSS – BLUNDER (foolish error) + BUSS (kiss). This easy clue got me a good start.
4. THESPIAN – A (leader of Americans) in THE (the) SPIN (revolution)
5. MANDARIN ORANGES – anagram of IN A ROMANS GARDEN
6. COLUMN – COLUM (Irishman’s name) + N (newpaper)
7. CON – double definition
8. OVERSIGHT – anagram of GIVE SHORT
13. CHEESE BOARD – anagram of COLD ABODES HERE. I bet Wallace got this one right off!
15. HARROGATE – HARRO[w] (school not closing) + GATE (opening)
17. SPANIARD – anagram of AND PARIS. Very easy.
20. ADRIAN – [h]ADRIAN (decapitated emperor). I am delighted that Adrian Mole has become enough of an cultural treasure that he can appear in crossword puzzles. For anyone who may not know, he is the fictional, very English anti-hero of a series of wildly funny books by Sue Townsend.
23. NEHRU – reversed hidden word
25. TAY – T (head of thistle) + AY (yes). Ay to this fine, fine clue!

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,570 by Cincinnus”

  1. smiffy says:

    I’m with you on 2D, PA is definitely the state not the city. Perhaps Cincinnus grew up listening to “Dancing in the Street” by Martha & the Vandellas (or Bowie/Jagger for 80′s types) which contains the lyrics “Philadelphia, PA” – and conflated the two?!

    Thumbs up from these quarters too for the A. Mole reference.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, I had not thought of it in connection with this clue but I grew up listening to the Martha Reeves version of that song (and naively wondering anyone would sing about a city’s public address system).

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