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Financial Times 12,731 (Dogberry)

Posted by diagacht on April 2nd, 2008

diagacht.

Having recently blogged a SHED puzzle from the Guardian, this DOGBERRY was also very enjoyable.

Across
1 MUSTER: ER after MUST
4 CHAMPION: H in CAMPION
9 HERNIA: IN reversed in HERA
10 PART-SONG: PARTS + ON (broadcast) + G
12 GRIDLOCK: GRID (framework) + LOCK (secure)
13 SPRITE: R in SPITE
16 BULLDOG: BULL (herbivore) + DOG (carnivore)
21 PAGE: double definition
25 CLOUDY: LOUD in CY (city limits)
26 HEAT RASH: HE + A TRASH
28 UPSTAIRS: anagram of A PURISTS
29 SCHISM: MS (manuscript, reversed) around CHIS (plural of Greek letter Chi)
30 FALSETTO: FAL (river in Cornwall) + SET TO
31 POMMEL: double definition (part of a saddle; part of a gymnastics horse)
Down
1 MAHOGANY: A HOG in MANY
2 SURBITON: anagram of IRON BUST
6 METAPHOR: PA (reversed) in anagram of MOTHER
7 ICONIC: C in IONIC
8 NUGGET: GUN (reversed) + GET
11 SCOURGE: CO (commanding officer) in SURGE
14 BLOATER: L in BOATER
17 MANDRAKE: MAN + DRAKE (both male bipeds)
18 PARADIGM: A DIG in PARM(a) (Italian city lacking a)
19 BECHAMEL: BE (live) and H (hogshead) in CAMEL
23 MORSEL: MORSE (from Colin Dexter) + L
24 STUCCO: anagram of CUT COS(t) (no end)
27 TROT: double defintion (brief form of Trotsky)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,731 (Dogberry)”

  1. rightback says:

    Ironically you’ve missed out the one I couldn’t solve (until I got BLOATER, anyway) – GANGWAY across the middle. ‘On horseback?’ for ‘after GAN (NAG <=)’ was very naughty.

    I actually had BULLION (bull and lion overlapping) at 16ac, which I still think just about works, although I agree your answer is more likely.

  2. diagacht says:

    Strange you say that about 16ac because I too had BULLION at first but changed my mind in the process of blogging.

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