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Financial Times 12,764 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 22nd, 2008

Pete Maclean.

Mudd gave me a very satisfying challenge this week. I especially like 13A, 20A, 24A, 6D and 18D. I found 4A tricky; I guessed the answer quickly but took a while to figure out the word play.

Across
1. POTENT – TEN (figure) in POT (crucible)
4. SPLATTER – PS (rider) backwards + LATTER (second)
10. CABINET – double definition
11. OIL WELL – [t]OIL (heading from work) + WELL (fine)
12. LEEK – homophone
13. FAR EASTERN – FARE (food) + ASTERN (at the back)
15. CLIMAX – C (cold) + LIMA (capital city) + X (cross)
16. MONARCH – ON (on) in MARCH (Spring)
20. KETCHUP – KETCH (boat) + UP (finished)
21. LAUNCH – A (article) in LUNCH (eat)
24. LOCOMOTIVE – LOCO (illogical) + MOTIVE (reason)
26. ONUS – [b]ONUS (extra pay, although not originally bringing)
28. CRICKET – double definition
29. CHAGRIN – CHA (drink) + GRIN (something cheesy)
30. REPORTER – RE (on) + PORTER (booze)
31. PROMPT – double definition

Down
1. PICKLOCK – PICK (best) + LOCK (shut up)
2. TABLE WINE – BLEW IN (wasted) in anagram of TEA
3. NONE – NO (unknown???) + N (number) + E (ecstasy)
5. PHONE BOX – P (president) + HONE (better) + BOX (fight)
5. ABLE SEAMAN – anagram of MABEL + SEAN + A
7. THERE – double definition
8. RELENT – RE (about) + LENT (40 days)
9. STRAP – PARTS (bits) backwards
14. MATCHMAKER – MATCH (equal with) + MAKER (God)
17. CONUNDRUM – CO (fellow?) + NUN (sister) + DRUM (beat)
18. SUBTITLE – IT (it) in SUBTLE (faint)
19. CHESTNUT – double definition
22. SLICER – ICE (rocks) in SLR (camera)
23. EVICT – E (European) + VICT[or] (champion stripped of gold)
25. CHIMP – M (male) in CHIP (golf shot)
27. FAIR – double definition

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,764 by Mudd”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    Re 3d: NONE.

    Maybe it is N,ON,E

    on = taking, as in “he has been on anacin for the past four days”.

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Re 17d:

    co must be co- (fellow) as in ‘co-worker’.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah yes, Rishi, thanks. You are a good co!

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