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Financial Times 12,773 – Io

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 21st, 2008

Uncle Yap.

A most entertaining puzzle

Across
1 WHINGE Charade of W (women) HINGE (joint)
4 CINNABAR C (clubs) insertion of A between INN & BAR (pubs)
9 AMAZON Insertion of AZ (limits of the alphabet) in A MON (Scotsamn)
10 PRIVATES dd
12,13 FOUR-LETTER WORD *(free world tutor)
15 GORDON SETTER Charade of G (good) insertion of ONSET (starting) T (time) in ORDER (practice)
16 ENTRANCEMENT Charade of ENT (Ear nose & throat aka hospital department) RAN (managed) CEMENT (fix teeth)
21,22 MOCK TURTLE SOUP The Mock Turtle is a character in Alice Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and SOUP is so up (very well informed) Chambers defines MTS as an imitation of turtle soup, made of calf’s head or veal.
24 RENMINBI *(miner) + RENMI + NB (nota bene or note well) I (one)
25 CASEIN Lest is in case; just reverse the order
26 LICHGATE Insertion of CH (church) GAT (gun) in LIE (position
27 ADVENT Charade of AD (poster) VENT (opening)

Down
1 WHARFAGE *(a few argh)
2 IN A HURRY Charade of IN (not out) HURRAY (I applaud) with A (one) being moved up to form AHURRY
3,14 GOOD-FOR-NOTHING This is a clue where you get the answer from the simple definition and have to think hard to parse. Nothing for good is another way of describing a transient thing (ephemerality)
5 IRRITATINGLY Charade of IR (Irish) RITA (girl) TINGLY (with thrills)
I wonder what’s the function of the word education in the clue
6,23 NEVER-NEVER LAND The Flying Dutchman is a black ghostly Dutch ship, or its captain, condemned to sweep the seas around the Cape of Good Hope for ever. Thus it can never-never land, which is an imaginary place. BTW, Neverland is the name of the private theme park which used to belong to Michael Jackson, the Gloved One
7 BOTTOM What a delightful clue! The donkey character from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is featured as though it were an American spelling of the familiar term for the backside.
8 RESIDE Charade of RE (on) SIDE (11 in a football team)
11 WELSH RAREBIT Charade of WELSH (fail to pay) RARE (undercooked as opposed to well-done) BIT (portion)
16 FELO DE SE Charade of LODES (veins of gold?) in FEE (the price paid). Chambers defines this as a suicide from Latin, literally, felon of himself
17 STEP ON IT *(nepotist) => IN A HURRY (from 2D)
19 AMORAL “am oral”
20 ICONIC Charade of I (one) CONIC (section)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,773 – Io”

  1. Octofem says:

    Congratulations on a clever blog – you helped me with this one – some tricky clues. I couldn’t find the Gordon Setter, although I did try. The Education bit comes from the film Educating Rita.

  2. smiffy says:

    To use a 12/13A: Phew!
    I don’t recall the last occasion that the FT took me more than twice as long to solve as the same day’s Times, but that was certainly the case today (even before accounting for the fact that I had to throw in the towel on 16D).

    Incidentally, I wasn’t aware that Jacko no longer owned Neverland. Now you have me worried that Bubbles is no more either!

  3. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    Mock turtle soup: the source explains why the Tenniel picture of this creature has a bovine head (use Google images to search ‘mock turtle’ if you’ve never seen the pic in question).

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