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Financial Times 12,705 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 13th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

A moderately tough one as Cincinnus puzzles go but, as usual, very satisfying. I found 4A, 25A and 23D challenging. I fail to fully understand 4A and 2D. And I was charmed by 17A.

Across
1. BIKINI – BIKIN[g] + I
4. SCANTEST – “maximally minimal” defines scantest and “examination” goes with “test” but I cannot totally figure out how this is supposed to work.
9. ANDES – homophone (Andy’s)
10. BANDICOOT – BANDI[t] (robber) + COOT (bird)
11. PLACIDO – PLACID (calm) + O[peratic]
12. TOOTSIE – double definition
13. LAPS – LAPS[e]
14. SKIRMISH – S (small) + KIR (drink) + M I S H (leads to …)
17. ROUSSEAU – RO (rolled gold) + anagram of USES + AU (gold). An impressive clue. I know the name Jean-Jacques Rousseau and have even stayed in a hotel named for the man. But did I know he was a social theorist? Hadn’t a clue!
19. ANNA – double definition
22. CHAPATI – PAT (bit of butter) in CHI (letter from Greece)
24. IGNORED – IGOR (Prince) around N[orway] + ED (Edward)
25. TARPAULIN – PAUL (boy) in anagram of TRAIN. It took me a long time to get this as it was hard for me to see “boarding” as an insertion indicator.
26. ERROL – [Peter] LORRE backwards. Nice!
27. HASHEESH – HASH (food) + EE (midweek) + SH (empty stomach)
29. STRAIN – double definition

Down
1. BEANPOLE – BE (live) + A (a) + N (Northern) + POLE (European)
2. KIDNAPPER – ???. Now here is a clue that I totally do not understand! Leatherhead is a town in England and also refers to a character known to Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles.
3. NESSIE – NESS (headland) + IE (that is)
5. CONSTERNATION – anagram of INNOCENT SORT A
6. NAIROBI – anagram of BIRO IN A
7. EYOTS – reverse hidden word
8. TETHER – T (type of shirt) + ETHER (medium)
10. BROOKE SHIELDS – BROOKE (poet) + SHIELDS (defends)
15. HONORARIA – HONOR (respect for American) + ARIA (song)
16. MANDOLIN – anagram of ON LAND IM
18. UNAWARE – UNA (girl) + WARE (somewhere in Hertfordshire)
20. SCOTCH – double definition
21. INTENT – double/cryptic definition
23. ARRAS – AR (Central Park) + RAS (Ethiopian Prince)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,705 by Cincinnus”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    2 dn: Leatherhead, read leather head. KID (leather) NAPPER (the head, slang)

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    4ac: My interpretation is:

    Maximally minimal – def
    examinations – examination, examination; SCAN, n, as in medical scans, TEST
    ? – for seeing examinations as above

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Rishi, thanks, I should have seen 4A. As for 2D, however, I have never come across “napper” as slang for head.

  4. Testy says:

    “napper” is known to me largely from the song “Any old iron”:

    “You look neat – talk about a treat,
    You look dapper from your napper to your feet.”

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