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Financial Times 12,636 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 19th, 2007

Pete Maclean.

Last week we had an unusually difficult puzzle by Cincinnus. This week we have an unusually easy one by Mudd.

Across
7. OBITUARY – anagram of TO BURY I A
8. DECAMP – DAMP (less than dry) around EC
11. ORANG – O (premier in office) RANG (called)
12. HAPHAZARD – A + P (soft) + HAZE (mist) in HARD (difficult)
13. FIDDLES – double definition
14. NAIROBI – NB (note) around [c]AIRO + I
15. HERO WORSHIPPING – HE (man) + ROW (line) + OR (or) + SHIPPING (type of line)
18. PRUDENT – PRUDE (old maid) + N[o]T
20. BRAVADO – AD (bill) in BRAVO (word of appreciation)
22. EVENED OUT – EVEN (still) + homophone of DOUBT
23. THROB – TH (th’) + ROB (Sir Peel)
24. SETTEE – double/cryptic definition
25. ULTIMATA – [j]UL[y] + TIM (Henman) + ATA (initials)

Down
1. HOT OFF THE PRESS – cryptic definition
2. RIBALD – RI (Irish reversed) + BALD (smooth on top)
3. BUNGALOW – BUNG (plug) + A (a) + LOW (single-storey)
4. ORCHESTRATION – ORATION (speech) around CHEST (case)
5. NEPALI – anagram of PLANE + I (Italy)
6. MACARONI – anagram of ROMAN around A (a) + C (century) + I (one)
9. PADDINGTON BEAR – PADDING (superfluous material) + anagram of BARONET. The name’s Bond, Michael Bond.
10. SPIN THE BOTTLE – SHE (woman) around PINT (drink) + BOTTLE (courage)
16. ROULETTE – LET (obstruction) in ROUTE (way)
17. PLANTAIN – PLAN (plot) + anagram of AINT
19. ELEVEN – hidden word
21. AIRWAY – [f]AIRWAY (golfer’s aim)

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