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Financial Times 12,687 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 21st, 2008

Pete Maclean.

Another beauty from Cincinnus. Don’t you love 27A? Also great are 12A and 26D.

Across
1. ABOVE SUSPICION – anagram of OBVIOUS IN SPACE
10. ALGOL – hidden word
11. NARRATION – ARR (arranged) in NATION (people)
12. ESTATES – double definition
13. SHINGLE – anagram of ENGLISH
14. YALTA – LAY (deposit) reversed + TA (cheers)
16. ELEGANTLY – A (a) + NT (midwinter) + L (lake) in ELEGY (poem)
19. FREIGHTER – RE (engineer) in FIGHTER (aircraft)
20. YIELD – double definition
22. RESOLVE – double/cryptic definition
25. PILOTED – LOT (a considerable number) in PIED (sort of Piper)
27. UNTOUCHED – UN (one in Nancy) + TOUCHED (batty)
28. GROWL – GR (Greek) + OWL (bird),
29. AUDITORY SYSTEM – anagram of A MYSTERY STUDIO

Down
2. BAGATELLE – GAT[eau] (a cake cut in half) in BELLE (beauty)
3. VALET – VALE (farewell) + T[o]
4. SENESCENT – SE (area of Kent) + NE (area of Northumberland) + SCENT (fragrance)
5. SARIS – [a]S[i]A[n] R[a]I[l]S
6. IMAGINARY – I (island) + MARY (girl) with GIN (drink) inserted
7. ICING – double definition
8. NUNNERY – NUNN (director — Trevor) + ER (Queen) + [mar]Y
9. BARELY – BA (graduate) + RELY (bank)
15. ANGEL DUST – ANGEL (backer) + DUST (clean)
17. EURIPIDES – PI (constant) + RUE (regret) reversed + IDES (date in Rome)
18. TWENTY ONE – double definition
19. FORTUNA – FOR (in favour of) + TUNA (fish)
21. DODDLE – DD (divine) in DOLE (benefit). I think of DD as meaning Doctor of Divinity and am unsure how just “divine” clues DD.
23. SATED – hidden word
24. ESHER – [fr]ESHER
26. LAGOS – LA (US city) + GO (try) + S (South)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,687 by Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    DD – divine (21dn)

    Divine as a noun makes it just about OK I think, although a “perhaps” or some such was perhaps needed.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, yes, I see. Should have looked it up. I was thinking of divine only as an adjective or verb. Thanks, Wil!

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