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Financial Times 12,618 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on November 29th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Another lovely puzzle from Cincinnus. I particularly like 13A, 19A, 25A and 5D. I found 26A and 20D hard.

Across
1, 28. MAKING TRACKS – double definition
4. THE CHAMP – THE (article) + HAM (bad actor) in CP
9. ADD UP – A (a) + DD (doctor of divinity) + UP (at college)
10. JERKINESS – JERKIN (jacket) + [l]ESS (75% of “less”)
11. LOAFERS – anagram (fantastic) of FOR SALE
12. UNARMED – double definition
13. ASPS – AS (when) + P[oisonou[S]
14. ASTEROID – A (a) + STEROID (drug)
17. DIVISION – double definition
19. HALO – hidden word
22. ORLANDO – double definition
24. RAIMENT – RENT (tear) around AIM (object)
25. ROYAL MINT – anagram of NORMALITY
26. TITAN – hidden word
27. MURMANSK – MURK (darkness) around MAN (chap) + S (seafront)

Down
1. MEATLOAF – double definition
2. KIDNAPPED – “kid napped”
3. NIPPER – NIP (small drink) + PER (for each)
5. HERCULE POIROT – anagram of OUR HELICOPTER
6. CHICAGO – CHIC (elegant) + A (one) + GO (vitality)
7. ABEAM – A (a) + BEAM (shaft)
8. POSADA – PO (post office) + S (small) + ADA (girl)
10. JUST SO STORIES – JUST (only) + SOS (plea for help) + TORIES (right)
15. DIALECTIC – DIALECT (manner of speaking) + IC (one chapter)
16. FORTUNES – “for tunes”
18. VANILLA – ALL IN (comprehensive) + A (a) + V (civic centre) all reversed
20. POGROM – PO (Italian flower) + G (girl’s first) + ROM (memory)
21. BITTER – double definition
23. LAYER – anagram of EARLY

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,618 by Cincinnus”

  1. fgbp says:

    I think it’s wonderful news that HERCULE POIROT is an anagram or OUR HELICOPTER!!

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I think so too! And trust Cincinnus to come up with that.

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