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Financial Times 12,630 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 13th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

This puzzle is the most difficult Cincinnus I can remember tackling, not hard across the board but very challenging in a few places. Did others find it unusually tough as well?

Across
1. CHANCE – hidden word
4. SLACKERS – S (small) + L (large) + ACKERS (Naval slang for foreign currency). I was unfamiliar with this Naval jargon.
9. ADULT – A (article) + DU (of the, French) + LT (lieutenant)
10. BRASSERIE – ER (Eastern recipe) in BRASSIE (club). A brassie, I understand, is a golf club — new to me!
11. SKINFUL -K (knucklehead) in SINFUL (wrong)
12. HUNDRED – double definition
13. CLIP – double definition
14. NEBRASKA – anagram of A BANKERS
17. MAGELLAN – anagram of LEGAL in MAN (isle)
19. ZERO – double definition
22. EXTINCT – EX (former) + T (Tory) + IN (in) + CT (court)
24. KINKING – KIN (family) + KING (royal). Another one that took me a good time to figure out.
25. DESERT RAT – anagram of RESTARTED
26. QUITO – QUIT (leave) + O (Oscar)
27. MEATLESS – anagram of SET MEALS. Yummy!
28. VERSED – VERSE (poetry) + D (hardback)

Down
1. CLASSICS – double definition.
2. ALUMINIUM – cryptic definition referring to the American “aluminum”.
3. CUT OFF – CU (copper) + TOFF (swell)
5. LEATHERJACKET – double definition
6. COSINES – COSINES[s]
7. ERROR – R (end of race) + OR (or) + RE (start and end of race) all reversed
8. STEADY – double/cryptic definition
10. BELLES LETTRES – LET (allowed) in anagram of BEST SELLERS
15. APERITIFS – anagram of A SPITFIRE
16. LONGFORD – LONG (marathon) + FOR (pro) + D (Duke). This was the most difficult clue for me. Longford is, I think, well known as an aristocratic name but still I had not heard of the Earl, actually a member of the Irish peerage.
18. GONERIL – anagram of ONE GIRL
20. SELDOM – S (singular) + DO (party) in ELM (wood)
21. UNIQUE – UNI (university) + QUE (that in France)
22. TOSCA – hidden word

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,630 by Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    A bit late in the day (I’ve only just done the crossword).

    I thought this was unusually easy. Certainly my time suggested this. The more crosswords I do, the more it seems to me that there always turn out to be just one or two clues that one may or may not get easily and they make all the difference to how easy everything is.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Interesting. The same kind of thing happened with the following weekend’s FT puzzle. I also found that unusually difficult but someone else posted that he “thought that [it] was one of the easiest Saturday puzzles for quite a while”. This weekend’s one I am finding moderately easy.

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