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Financial Times 12,693 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 28th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

An easier-than-usual Mudd this week.

Across
1. SHELLAC – HELL (very hot) in SAC (bag)
5. MINARET – ERA (time) reversed in MINT (perfect)
9. GRUFF – [ribbin]G + RUFF (frill)
10. REPUGNANT – UP backwards in REGNANT (ruling)
11. AMPERSAND – [h]AMPERS + AND
12. TOTAL – TOT (little one) + AL[l]
13. REAR-VIEW MIRROR – REAR (bring up) + VIEW (opinion) + MIRROR (newspaper)
18. OUT OF ONES DEPTH – double definition
20. ORDER – double definition
22. SHORTHORN – THOR (God) in SHORN (no wool)
24. STAINLESS – anagram of SALTINESS
25. READY – READ (US major) + [arm]Y
26. LOTTERY – OTTER (swimmer) in LY (limits of lucky)
27. NOWHERE – double definition

Down
1. SIGNAL – anagram of ALIGNS
2. EQUIPMENT – QUIP (joke) in [c]EMENT (Bond with top blown)
3. LIFER – [jai]L + IF (providing) + ER (Her Majesty)
4. CARNATION – double/cryptic definition
5. MOPED – double definition
6. NIGHTLIFE – NIGH (approaching) + anagram of I FELT
7. ROAST – double definition
8. TUTELARY – A[pplicants] in anagram of UTTERLY
14. REFERENCE – [p]REFERENCE
15. WISCONSIN – W[estern] + IS (is) + CON (deception) + SIN (offence)
16. RATIONALE – anagram of ONE TRAIL A
17. COLOSSAL – LOSS (bereavement) in COAL (mining industry)
19. ENZYME – [fr]ENZY (French distanced from outburst) + ME (yours truly)
21. DRAFT – double definition
22. SEEDY – SEE (clock) + D[a]Y (time emptied)
23. THREW – homophone (“through”)

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