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Financial Times / 12709 by Flimsy

Posted by C G Rishikesh on March 6th, 2008

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1 NESTLE -  two definitions – the accent mark on the final e in the first definition is ignored

PATRIOT – A trip*, to* – charade with two anagrams

11 LAWN TENNIS – lawn, in nest* – in ‘snake’ (to move sinuously) we have a nice anagram indicator. The not-so-obvious def. and ‘snake’ as noun in surface reading delayed the answer 

12 FORM – two definitions – when I was in school I was in ‘form’ but present-day schoolboys in India are in ‘class’  

20 STIR – s(t)ir – ‘finally’ goes with ‘Opponent’, not ‘caught’

23 KILOTON - kil(oto*)n – actually it’s a measure of explosive force        

24 PIE-EYED – pi, E, eyed      


NGANA – from visitiNG AN Abattoir – a hidden clue that is really hidden; Chambers has definition in its variant ‘nagana’  

STRINGY – try sing* – ‘high’ does double duty as anag. ind. and as part of def.        

5 X-RAYS – no fractures here!   

CHAFFED – cha(f)fed; when we embrace someone we had better take care! 
10 INTORSION – in [tors(i)o]n – double container-contained      

15 ADDICTION -  addiction – ‘ground’ is noun in surface reading but verb as anag. ind.; surface reading is not very elegant, though        

17  TURMOIL – t(urm*)oil     


4 Responses to “Financial Times / 12709 by Flimsy”

  1. John says:

    9A Caraway – apparantly cara + way, but where’s the ‘tropical tree almost’? Surely not carob.

    26A Unison, but why, anagram of unions? But that doesn’t appear directly in the clue.

    22D Grein, not a word; what has this to do with ‘long’?

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Re 22dn

    Grein (green) is a Scottish word that means ‘long, yearn’.

  3. C G Rishikesh says:

    Re 9ac

    The tropical tree in question is carap. So ‘tropical tree almost’ gives the component ‘cara’.

  4. John says:

    Thanks. I see that in the OED carap is not a tree, but an oil from the carapa tree, and that grein is found in none of my dictionaries. I can’t say that I’m impressed!

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