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Financial Times 12,624 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 6th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

A more difficult than usual Cinephile this time around. I started my puzzle with 30A which gave me a good entree to 5D. The mention of “rose” in the clue and a three-letter word ending in P made me think of HIP, and from that I quickly had the one long answer. I thought that would make the rest of the puzzle a breeze but I was wrong! I found 1A, 6A, 27A and 8D to be tough. I particularly like 6D, 13D and 20D.

Across
1. PREVIOUS – REV (clergyman) in PIOUS (dedicated)
6. JOSEPH – EP[istle] (letter) in JOSH (tease)
9. MAILED – double definition
10. OPERATOR – double definition
11, 22. SHOE TREE – HOE (weeder) in STREE[t] (endless road)
12. RETRENCHES – RE (connected with) + TRENCHES (WW1 scene)
14. LAUGHTER – UGH (expression of disgust) in LATER (subsequent). Clever use of “case” here!
18, 16. POLO NECK – POLO (explorer) + NECK (isthmus)
19. MANCIPLE – anagram of INC (roughly incorporated) in MAPLE (tree). I got this quickly as I happen to know the word but wanted to verify its meaning and was surprised that I had to try three dictionaries before I found it!
21. FOREGATHER – ??? I do not understand the wordplay in this clue but the clear definition still made it fairly easy. (See the Comments section below for more.)
24. BIRDBATH – anagram of BAD (bad arrangement) in BIRTH (origin)
26. DROP IN – double/cryptic definition
27. STIGMA – ST[en] + [en]IGMA
28. PARASITE – PA (opening of pavement) + RA (artist) + SITE (location)

Down
2. ROACH – [b]ROACH
3. VELVET GLOVE – V (another 5 first) + anagram of VO (5-0) and GET LEVEL. In my original posting I wrote that I could not quite get this wordplay to work. I was stuck on thinking that the LOVE must come from the zero (in 5-0). See the Comments section below.
4. OBDURATE – anagram of BAD ROUTE
5. SHOOT FROM THE HIP – cryptic definition
6. JEEVES – JE (French setter) + EVES (women)
7, 25. SEA DOG – cryptic definition with “bark” meaning a sailing ship (more usually, I believe, spelled barque).
8. PROVENCAL – PROVEN (established) + CAL[ifornia] (part of US)
13. CONVICTIONS – double definition
15. APOLOGIST – APOLO (god with L, left, removed) + GIST (point)
17. INTRUDER – anagram of TIN + RUDER (less polished)
20. BANANA – not bananas!
23. EVICT – hidden word

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,624 by Cinephile”

  1. Fletch says:

    Re 21, do you think it could be: Front entrance, fore gate, ending in short time, H(E)R, end of gate in abbreviated hour?

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Fletch, I did think of “gate” for entrance, although not “fore gate”. Your idea is that “ending in short time” means put the last letter in HR, right? Yes, I think that must be it. Thanks!

  3. Fletch says:

    For 3d the anagram is 5-0 = VO, get level, another 5 (V) first, that all comes to velvet glove, you don’t count the nil as love. With fist of iron refers to the two going together, the expression an iron fist in a velvet glove.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Aha! I got stuck on the wrong track because I was fairly sure from crossing letters that the second word was GLOVE and thus decided that the LOVE had to come from the 0. Thanks for setting me straight. The expression “an iron fist in a velvet glove” is not familiar to me.

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