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Financial Times 12730 / by Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on April 1st, 2008

C G Rishikesh.

Indian wrestling

Across

1 Omitted on purpose

10 CHAMOIS – anag. of a, h, si(-t)com

11 STAPLER - L. (“line”) in anag. of ‘paster’

13 DEMIJOHN – appears to have no cryptic element in it; in early stages I was thinking OS goes into a word meaning ‘wicker’; though familiar with the word, I learnt only now that a demijohn is enclosed in wickerwork.

15 HOMECRAFTS – anag. of ‘forms teach’ – Till a couple of decades ago parents in India seeking bridegrooms for their daughters used to say in matrimonial ads that the latter were “domestically trained”.

20 NEGOTIATOR – solved at a later stage from def. and crossings but I am unable to parse it fully; I can see “possessed” = GOT IT, “gold” = OR. I rarely feel the need to use a scribble pad for breakups or even anagrams. Here I give up even after some jottings.

22 RESERVED - two definitions – ignore that “started the game again” is ‘re-served’

27 ANILINE – a Nil(in)e – “all the rage” = fashionable = in

28 Omitted on purpose
 

Down

2 REALISM – anag. of R A, smile

3 SHOELACE – CD – “Oxford” refers not to the University but to shoes; can “I” in such clues be an inanimate thing?

4 WEST – W (“the centre of NeWry”), est, L. for “is”
 
6 KHAKI – marginally cryptic – “material” being fabric not equipment
 
8 Omitted on purpose

9 Omitted on purpose

17 FILTHIER – anag. of “hit” with “rifle”, “inaccurate” being the anag. signal – I knew the word must end in -er, yet I solved it only at the finishing stage; that is because I was not on the same 14dn as the setter’s.

21 TANKING – t(-h)anking – ‘tank’ is slang for ‘thrash’

23 ROOST – roo (“animal”, short for kangaroo), ‘s, t (“time”)
 

6 Responses to “Financial Times 12730 / by Quark”

  1. diagacht says:

    20ac is NEGOTIATOR = GOT I in NEAT OR

    I can’t see why 28ac is DUTCH COURAGE – what was your reasoning?

    Also 26ac is surely ERELONG but is this not one word rather than the two indicated?

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Thanks for your anno. for 20ac.

    I have always known “ere long” as two words. After your query I looked up Chambers, which records it as “ere long or erelong”.

    As for reasoning for the answer to 28ac, I am still thinking! Maybe someone else can help!

  3. diagacht says:

    Thanks, I should have looked it up.

  4. C G Rishikesh says:

    “Dutch courage”, as we know, is “artificial courage induced by drinking alcohol”. Is it, in any British TV show, a character that drinks perpetually?

  5. C G Rishikesh says:

    What I meant was “Is Arry’s missus a character etc. etc.”

  6. petebiddlecombe says:

    In popular tradition, “My old Dutch” = “my wife” for a Cockney = ‘Arry. Apparently rhyming slag slang from “Duchess of Fife”, as reported at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Chevalier – A C had a song ‘My Old Dutch’. Please don’t ask where the ludicrous middle names came from!

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