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FT 12,703 by Viking

Posted by nmsindy on February 28th, 2008


An excellent puzzle, with great manipulation of letters in anagrams in many cases to give &lit clues where the whole clue, as well as providing the wordplay, also gives the definition of the answer.   The highish proportion of anagrams made it a reasonably fast solve for me, 22 mins.

* = anagram   < = reversed


1 SATELLITE TOWNS    (Estates will not)*     The first &lit.

12 ENCODES    D (diameter) for R (radius) in encores (repeats).      You know a diameter is twice the length of a radius, don’t you?

13 TR (ACHE) A   art<    The windpipe.

14 STAVE, I think.   This was my last entry, toyed with SOAVE for a bit, but I think it’s a double reference to wood used in barrels and staves in musical bars.

16 APPLE JACK    The Garden of Eden’s temptation

19 FRESCOERS    (socer refs)*    Half-hearted = only one of the cs

20 TITHE    (i = one  tenth less n = number)*     Subtle

25 HO (T SP) TO    tsp = teaspoon(ful)

29 SELF-EXPRESSION      This, if I’ve interpreted it right, refers to Descartes’ famous saying – Cogito ergo sum (Latin) = I think, therefore I am


1 AUTOCLAVE    (a cute oval)*    Used in cooking and also in science.

3 E(ng)LAND

6 TEST AMEN T     Another &lit

7 WRATH    hidden


9 LEVEES     (sea-level)* less al(l)    Another excellent &lit


21 E STEEM    Meets<

23 NASA L(middle letter)

24 (An) TWERP

26 TRAMS   smart<

2 Responses to “FT 12,703 by Viking”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    The last word for me too was STAVE. While I do know that ‘staves’ are thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel, the latter part of the clue eludes me.

    A dictionary lookup reveals that ‘stave’ is also a crosspiece between the legs of a chair; so is the reference to bar chairs? Not too sure.

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Oh, I didn’t think of musical bars.

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