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Financial Times 12,768 – Flimsy

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 15th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

This is my maiden post and I will adopt the conventional symbols

* = anagram
“” = homophone
cd = cryptic definition
dd = double definition
ha = hidden answer
rha = reversed hidden answer

On the whole, quite an entertaining puzzle
Across
9 EVAPORATE cd
10 IMAGO Insertion of MAG (magazine) in IO (I circle)
11 SET FREE Insertion of R (end of septembeR) in set fee (usual payment)
12 TAMBOUR (* to rumba)  is a kind of drum. I like the use of dancing as anagram indicator and beat with this as definition, making the whole clue read so smoothly
13 YEN ha
14 TCHAIKOVSKY cd and music lovers will recognise the Queen of Spades as one of Tchaikovsky’s works
17 CURIO Charade of CU (copper) + insertion of I in RO (Romania)
18 TIP dd
19 ARCED (*cedar)
21 LOOSE CHANGE Insertion of HANG (drape) in (*see cool)
23 OVA Eggs are mostly oval in shape
25 FIFTIES dd
27 MACBETH Charade of MAC (Macintosh, raincoat) BETH (Elizabeth)
28 EVENS One in two chances is evens like head or tail on the flip of a coin.
29 OCEANAUTS cd main is a favourite word used by compilers for the deep blue sea

Down
1 FEISTY (*F is yet)
2 FASTENER Insertion of NE (North-East of England, also clued by Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I went to university in the early seventies) in FASTER (more quickly)
3 FOUR-STROKE cd
4 FACE (* cafe)
5 FELT-TIP PEN A punny clue! To upset is to tip (over); so feeling tippen is appearing upset
6 FILM rha Kes is a British film from 1969 by director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett. The film is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave written by Barry Hines in 1968.
7 FAMOUS ha
8 FOUR-EYED Charade of F (fine) OUR EYE (vision) D (daughter)
15 HIT THE SPOT dd
16 OPALESCENT Insertion of ALE (alcoholic drink) in (*ten cops)
17 COLD FEET Another punny clue which I quite like. This reminded me of a car review I read many years ago when the maker lowered the ventilating air-vents, directing the cold blasts from the upper part of the driver to his lower part. The critic’s classic verdict  “… hot head and cold feet”
20 CLOSE OUT (*too clues)
22 OFFSET Charade of OFF (not on) SET (form)
24 AGHAST Charade of A (adult) + insertion of HAS in GT (gran turismo, a motor car designed for touring in luxury and at high speed)
26 INST (*isnt)
27 MEET dd

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,768 – Flimsy”

  1. Octofem says:

    As a newcomer myself, may I venture to welcome you as a blogger?

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    I forgot to append this definition of IMAGO from Chambers
    imago
    noun(pl imagines,or,imagos or imagoes)
    the last or perfect stage of an insect’s development;
    an image or optical counterpart of a thing;
    an elaborated representation of an important or influential person (esp a parent)in an individual’s life,persisting in the unconscious

  3. tilsit says:

    Welcome Uncle Yap!

  4. smiffy says:

    Welcome to the squad Uncle Y!

    I see that we have a reappearance of the FT’s “proprietary” Nina in today’s puzzle.
    This particular one seems to crop up every year or so, and certainly helped to flatter my solving time for this one.

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