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Financial Times / 12713 by Highlander

Posted by C G Rishikesh on March 11th, 2008

C G Rishikesh.

An easy puzzle that I finished in less than 30 minutes. The last three were 10ac., 22 ac. and 9dn. Many were solved immediately upon reading the clues, a couple half-way through them.


10 LINEN – line, n – I was looking for a word in plural before I abandoned the idea.

12 FURLONG – fur, long – I am old enough to have lived in a period when this measure was used.

20 THEFT – the, FT

22 BASUTOS – about SS* – Answer was delayed because, first,  the word is new to me  and, second, it took me some time before I realised the clue was  anag., not container-contained.

29  EXPRESS REGRETS – express, Reg, rest*

NIGHT – nigh (near, close, as in the expression ‘well-nigh impossible’), t

CLEFTS– c, left, s – ‘c’ for ‘cycle’  took some time; c/s is abbr. for ‘cycles per second’, so is the use of ‘c’ for ‘cycle’ quite legitimate?

17 FASCINATE – Incas fate* – Is the question mark at the end of the clue absolutely necessary?

24 SPUDS – s, puds – ‘pud’ for ‘pudding’ is indeed in Chambers but I have had no chance of using this.

3 Responses to “Financial Times / 12713 by Highlander”

  1. Pogel says:

    Yes, an easy one. I remember seeing the the-ft clue in the Indie.

  2. diagacht says:

    Without doubt the FT puzzle is less difficult than the Guardian. Nonetheless, surely this site is about helping everyone to understand how to decode clues.

    I too solved this puzzle in double quick time but I think it might have have been useful to explain how most of the clues were decoded.

  3. C G Rishikesh says:

    When I had limited myself to the above answers with their annotations, I had “Phone for today’s answers” service. I would appreciate if some regular poster can advise me how far can we go in a typical puzzle with 30 clues.

    Incidentally, I am the co-owner and moderator of a crossword community on a popular social network that has 900 plus members. Forget the numbers but some dedicated regulars between themselves solve three crosswords from Indian newspapers (two of them sourced from the UK but they are popular ones not tackled on this site or on PB’s TftT): each participant in a thread puts down answers to no more than a specified number of clues (depending upon the popularity of the crossword, the more popular it is the fewer the number of admissible solutions per member). We have had postings for every day in the past three years, with every crossword completed or very nearly completed. Members provide annotations; where they fail or err the moderator, who is looked up to as a sort of mentor, steps in.

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