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Financial Times 12,746 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 1st, 2008

Pete Maclean.

An easy puzzle from Cincinnus with a few typically brilliant clues (1A, 13A, 18A, 5D).

Across
1. BEANS ON TOAST – anagram of NOT A SNOBS TEA. And a wonderfully English &lit to boot.
10. REEL OFF – double definition
11. EMIRATE – EMI (record company) + RATE (esteem)
12. CATCH – double definition
13. FLAGSHIP – FLAGS (ensigns) + HIP (with it)
15. PLAYTHINGS – double/cryptic definition
16. FAIR – F (fluorine) + AIR (mixture of gases)
18. TOPS – anagram of POST
20. SALAD CREAM – A (a) + LAD (young man) in SCREAM (something very funny)
22. TRUMPETS – E[legan]T in TRUMPS (best suit)
24. TRAIN – double definition
26. ORIOLES – RI (Rhode Island) in anagram of LOOSE. The Baltimore Orioles are a major-league baseball team. I am no sports fan but I know of the Orioles thanks to a friend who lives near Baltimore.
27. SATSUMA – A (a) + MUST (necessity) + AS (when) all backwards
28. GREENFINCHES – GREEN (inexperienced) + F (fellow) + INCHES (measures)

Down
2. ELECTRA – ELECT (chosen) + RA (artist). I did not know that Electra was Agamemnon’s daughter!
3. NEOPHYTE – anagram of THEY OPEN
4. ORFE – hidden word. The orfe is a freshwater fish found across northern Europe and Asia. It occurs in larger rivers, ponds, and lakes, typically in schools. (As I determined from Wikipedia.)
5. THEOLOGIAN – anagram of HOTEL IN GOA
6. AGING – A (a) + GIN (trap) + G (good)
7. TRACHEA – RAC (motoring organisation) in THE + A (articles)
8. PRECIPITATION – double definition
9. TEMPERAMENTAL – TEMPERA (paint) + MENTAL (up the wall!)
14. BIPARTISAN – I (one) in BP (oil company) + ARTISAN (skilled worker)
17. ECSTATIC – E[ton] C[ollege] + STATIC (still)
19. POURING – POUR (for French) + IN (in) + [avi]G[non]
21. ERASURE – ER (queen) + A (a) + SURE (certain)
23. PULSE – double definition
25. ASTI – hidden word

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,746 by Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    THEOLOGIAN (5dn)

    I wasn’t comfortable with this, since it seemed that a theologian is not necessarily a divine, but was wrong: Chambers says it can be.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I learned that when the same thing came up in another recent puzzle.

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