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Financial Times 12,657 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 17th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

I had some trouble finishing this one. One reason was that I was unfamiliar with the expression “to wet the baby’s head”. It stems, I understand, from baptism but has come to mean imbibing much alchohol in celebration of a birth! Then there were just several clues that I found difficult: 14A, 1D, 15D and 17D.

Across
9. ONE MAN WENT TO MOW – WOM[an] + OTT + NEW + NAME + NO all backwards. “Went to mow a meadow…”
10. SPROG – S (second) + PROG (TV show). I have one old friend who uses this word a lot (in spite of the fact that she is sprogless).
11. PARSIMONY – PAR (average) + SIMONY (Christian sin). I had to look up “simony”. It refers to the buying or selling of ecclesiastical pardons, offices, or emoluments.
12. PETRIFIED – double definition
14. ELIOT – TOILE[t] (john) backwards. This was tough — probably many people were trying to find an author John somebody to fit.
16. WET THE BABYS HEAD – is this a double definition? Not clear to me.
19. ROUGH – double definition
21. CHEMISTRY – cryptic definition
23. AFTERGLOW – anagram of [blazin]G ROW LEFT A
25. ROUTE – [dir]T in ROUE
26. CINEMATOGRAPHER – anagram of TEAM REPROACHING. This was easy.

Down
1. HORSEPOWER – H (hot) + anagram of OR WORSE with EP (record) inserted
2. HEARST – [S]ucceed in HEART (vital area). I read a newspaper owned by the Hearst corporation, the San Francisco Chronicle.
3. LANGUISH – L[iberal] + ANGUISH (torture)
4. SWAP – PAWS (hands) backwards
5. INCREDIBLE – INEDIBLE (hard to swallow) with C (about) and R (right) inserted
6. STRIPE – anagram of PRIEST. This clue reminds me of a time when I dined in a restaurant called Piret’s and went through all the anagrams of it!
7. IMPOLITE – IM (Mudd’s) + POLE (post) with IT inserted
8. SWAY – double definition
13. IMBECILITY – I (one) + anagram of YET I CLIMB
15. TEDDY BEARS – EDDY (boy) + B[lub] in TEARS (crying), I guess but I do not see the insertion indicator.
17. TRUSTING – T (crown of tooth) + RUSTING (in decay)
18. SLIP ROAD – SLID (skidded) around PRO (crack) + A (a)
20. HAREMS – M[ale] in HARES (flies)
22. TAUGHT – homophone
23. ARCH – is this properly termed a hidden word? I am not sure how else to categorize it but I think it’s a fine clue.
24. WAGE – WAG (shake) + E (note)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,657 by Mudd”

  1. Testy says:

    15D I think that the insertion indicator is implicit, if one is crying one is “in tears”. It’s like that resting/sleeping = in “bed” thing that often gets used.

  2. smiffy says:

    I saw 23D simply as a double def’n. But, now you mention it, I agree that it works as a hidden (or perhaps “&hidden”) clue too.
    At the risk of sounding smug, I thought that this was one of the easiest Saturday puzzles for quite a while. V. enjoyable nonetheless.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Testy, Ah that sounds right! I do not recall coming across such usage before though.

    Smiffy, Perhaps I was trying to see more than was intended but, yes, it could work either way.

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