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Financial Times 12,675 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 7th, 2008

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A fine, fairly easy (for me) puzzle. I especially liked 1D, 8D and 16D.

Across
1. BRASSICAS – BRASS (money) + I (I) + CAS[t] (almost throw away)
6. PESOS – PE (exercises) + S (spent) + OS (overseas)
9. SCOTTIE – SCOT (payment) + TIE (attach)
10. LONG LEG – N (number) in LOG (register) + L (half-century) + EG (say)
11. EAGER – REG[g]AE reversed
12 SUSTAINED – SU (U.S. reversed) + STAINED (dirty)
14. HIT – double/cryptic definition
15. CHANTICLEER – anagram of EACH CLIENT + R (Robin’s beginning)
17. APPELLATION – A (a) + PP (parish priest) + L (left) in ELATION (high spirits). I had not come across this abbreviation for parish priest before but have determined that it is commonly used.
19. LAY – double definition
22. ERNST – ERN (Wise) + ST (saint). This one had me stumped for a while until I tumbled to the notion that Wise must clue Ernie (Ern’) Wise of Morecombe and Wise.
24. ATTENDS – A (a) + TT (race) + ENDS (finishes)
26. UPSTART – UP (on a horse) + START (set the ball rolling)
27. TORSO – T (elephant’s tail) + OR SO (approximately)
28. WAKE ROBIN – anagram of BROKE WIND. “Wake-robin” and “lords and ladies” are alternative names for a certain plant. I was even dimly aware of that fact.

Down
1. BASIE – BASE (not noble) with I (one) inserted. A lovely semi-&lit.
2. AMONGST – MO (medical officer) in ANGST (worry)
3. SATIRICAL – anagram of RACIALIST
4. CHELSEA WARE – anagram of CASE LAW HERE. A fairly easy anagram to work out after I guessed that the second word had to be “ware” but I had not heard of Chelsea ware before.
5. SOL – S[ign] O[f] L[ife]
6. PANDA – AND (as well as) in PA (Pennsylvania)
7. SILENCE – LE (leaders of law enforcement) in SINCE (as)
8. SAGE DERBY – anagram of BREAD YES G[ood]. I do like Sage Derby!
13. SITTING DUCK – SITTING (session) + DUCK (Bob)
14. HEAD START – HEADS (call as in “heads or tails”) + TART (loose woman)
16. CONFESSOR – anagram of SCONES FOR. Refers to the English king known as Edward The Confessor. (And my history is so poor that I have no memory of why he was given that sobriquet.)
18. PAINTER – double definition
19. LINEAR B – NEAR (almost) in LIB (section of library). This one I had to look up.
21. LENTO – LENT (fast) + O (orchestral overture). Lent is a period of fasting but is it, I wonder, quite correct to define Lent as a fast?
23. TITAN – TA (borders of Transylvania) in TIN (can)
25. SAW – double definition

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,675 by Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    I know this is weeks later, but I’ve only just done the crossword.

    Lent = fast: this is I have always thought pretty standard crosswordese, even if it isn’t strictly accurate.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Wil, it may well be very standard crosswordese. The fact that I blog about crosswords does not mean I am up on every device in the compiler’s toolkit. Some of the other bloggers here may have a more comprehensive knowledge of such things than I. I have been solving cryptics on and off for a long time, about 35 years, but typically doing only one a week.

    I am learning a great deal more as a blogger than I did as a casual solver; that comes both from taking a more analytical approach to solving and from the feedback I get.

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