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Financial Times 12,722 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 3rd, 2008

Pete Maclean.

Here’s what I like: a puzzle that is challenging but so good I finished it fairly easily. For all that, I fail to fully understand 7D.

Across
1. SPECIMEN – S (small) + MICE (quiet things) backwards in PEN (fold). Oh what a devious clue!
6. SHANTY – anagram of HASNT + Y (yes)
9. SPRAIN – R[ooney] in SPAIN (country)
10. PALATINE – PA (father) + LATIN (old Roman) + [sit]E
11. HEADMASTER – MAST (post) in HEADER (shot)
12. POOP – palindrome
13. COURSE – homophone
15. ANTELOPE – anagram of NEAT + LOPE (stride)
18. LISTLESS – double/cryptic definition
20. TITBIT – TIT (bird) + BIT (pecked)
21. SHOE – O[xford] in SHE (woman)
23. SMALL TIMER – anagram of MILLSTREAM
25. HEADGEAR – anagram of EG HAD + EAR (lateral feature)
26. SPIDER – double definition. A spider is a type of rest used in snooker and billiards.
27. WARM UP – double definition
28. WAR CHEST – ARCH (chief) in WEST (quarter)

Down
2. PEPPERONI – PEPPER (spicy stuff) + ON (on) + I[talian]
3. CHARD – homophone
4. MANGANESE – MAN (chap) + AG (silver) backwards + anagram of SEEN
5. NAPHTHA – NAP (pile) + H (hydrogen) + THA[t]
6. SOLAR – L (line) in SOAR (fly)
7. AUTOPILOT – AU (gold) + TO (to) + PI (religious?) + LOT (Biblical character). Does “religious” clue PI and, if so, how?
8. TANGO – GNAT (pest) backwards + O (love)
14. ROTTERDAM – OTTER (river animal) + D (died) in RAM (force)
16. TOTALISER – anagram of ARISTOTLE
17. PRICELESS – P (Penny) + RICE-LESS (missing paella ingredient)
19. SPARROW – PARR (fish) in SOW (pig)
22. HYENA – YEN (longing) in HA (laugh). Yes!
23. STEEP – double definition
24. IRISH – IRIS (flag) + H[ibernian]

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,722 by Mudd”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    Pi is short for pious in crosswordland.

    In Chambers it is recorded as a word in itself with the etymological note “Short form of pious”.

    A subentry is pi-jaw: sermonizing; an admonition.

  2. diagacht says:

    On 7dn I took PI to be a short form of pious.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Aha! Thanks Rishi and Diagacht.

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