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FT 12,626/Quark

Posted by smiffy on November 28th, 2007


Just when you thought that the FT blogs had become extinct…. Apologies for going AWOL last week, when short-notice travel plans scuppered my schedule again. Incidentally, the FT puzzles seem to have become freely available online (they required a site-subscription until quite recently); for anyone who desperately needs a stash of extra puzzles, the index can be found here.

1 INCOM(-e),MODE –
9 D,RINK – “Place for the ice, to a degree?”. My fave clue of the day….
10 INEF,FABLE (fine)* – Whenever I encounter this word, I can’t help but think of the former colleague who once used it under the misapprehension that it meant “incapable of being effed-up”!
15 DOL,PHIN – (old)*,”fin”.
19 CA(TERE)R (tree)* – “Uprooted” strikes me as a seamlessly tempting, but technically questionable, anagrind for”tree”.
20 FORERUNNER – “four runner”, i.e a cricketer who scores his boundaries via legwork. I’m sure that it must have happened at least once, but I’m no aficionado of Wisden’s Almanack.
25 MESSENGER – cross-referring to the previous clue.
28 PROT,RUDE,S (port)* – the definition “pops” held me up on this one for a while.

1 INDUS(-try) – a relatively familiar construct, but one that always seems to take me longer to spot than it ought to.
3 MAKE A STAND – double def; the “partnership” here being a cricketing one.
6 SOFA – hidden. Interesting that Quark avoids the superfluous United in “States of America”, even though it would arguably enhance the surface. Very restrained of him.
8 S,WEE,TENER (enter)*
13 PLAT DU JOUR – “One-day fare” is cute but did leave me with a nagging suspicion of deja-vu.
14 SUB,NORMA,L – the definition here is “slow”. I did look up to see whether this context was considered pejorative these days, but apparently not. Although the nounal form of subnormal does seem to be reserved exclusively for describing eejits.
21 TEST,Y – a no-brainer clue, but I expect that one of our regular 15^2 correspondents enjoyed the name-check!

3 Responses to “FT 12,626/Quark”

  1. Testy says:

    I did indeed and it went in very quickly (although in my excitement I foolishly wrote it in the wrong place which caused me all sorts of problems).

    The one that I’m still not sure about was
    24D Extremely light (4)
    which I’m guessing might be VERY. Is it just a vaguely Cryptic Definition referring to the fact that the crossword answer is referred to as a light? Can you explain?

  2. Rufus says:

    “Extremely light” for VERY is a 2 meanings clue. “Extremely”=very; the coloured flare fired for signalling at night, esp. at sea, was invented by Edward Very, a U.S. naval ordnance officer, and is called a VERY light.
    I discover that I have also used this very(?)same clue for Very over the last 25 years in the FT, as well as in the Telegraph, Times and Guardian (don’t tell anyone).

  3. Testy says:

    Thanks Rufus. If I’d looked up “very” in a proper paper dictionary I would probably have spotted the “Very light” but the on-line dictionaries just gave the main entry for “very”. I guess that’s one of the drawbacks of using the electric-web-thingy.

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