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Financial Times 12,652 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 10th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

Cincinnus again brings us an enjoyable puzzle with a few brilliant clues. I particularly like 4D, 7D and 18D.

Across
1. JOYSTICK – JOYS (delights) + TICK (parasite)
5. CHASER – double definition
9. BACKCHAT – BACK (second) + CHAT (bird)
10. ARCTIC – ARTIC (lorry) around C (central)
12. OCTET – OCT[ober] + E[igh]T
13. SNARE DRUM – SNARED (caught) + RUM (odd)
14. AMIENS – AMIS (friends) about EN (in)
16. PALADIN – LAD (50% of ladies) in PAIN (distress). This one I had to look up.
19. NONPLUS – double definition
21. CLEAVE -double definition
23. MEGAPHONE – anagram of EH MAP GONE
25. TORCH – CH (church) on TOR (high ground)
26. NOTION – IT (it) in NOON (time)
27. EVENSONG – [st]EVEN + SONG (lied — think German)
28. CANADA – CAN (is able) + ADA (woman)
29. FLUTTERBY – FLY (fly) around UTTER (say)

Down
1. JOB LOT – JOB + LOT
2. YACHTSMEN – anagram (singular) of CHEST MANY
3. TACIT – TACIT[us]
4. CHASSIS – CHAS (Charles) + S (Stuart’s head) + IS (is)
6. HARPER LEE – HARPER (musician) + EEL (fish) backwards
7. SATYR – SAT[urday] + Y[ea]R
8. RICHMOND – RICH (wealthy) + MON (Scottish man) + [ba]D
11. RASP – hidden word
15. ELLIPSOID – anagram of SOLID PILE
17. DOVER SOLE – DOVE (bird) + R (river) + SOLE (only)
18. MNEMONIC – MNE (one not employed in mine) + MONIC[a]
20. SHOE – double/cryptic definition
21. CHERVIL – CHER (Sonny’s former partner) + V (versus) + IL (the Italian)
22. SHAGGY – SHY (coy) about A (a) + GG (horse)
24. GET ON – double definition
25. TENET – palindromic doctrine

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