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Financial Times 12,780 – Flimsy

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 29th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

Just a reminder about the common abbreviations that I use
*() = anagram (fodder)
cd = cryptic definition
dd = double definition
ha = hidden answer
ins = insertion
cha = charade

Two weeks ago, I made my blogging debut with Flimsy and I come back to Flimsy again. It was overall a very enjoyable puzzle with some brilliant clues.

Across
1 SET PIECE Cha of SET (tv) PIECE (part) Who can forget the many number of times that David Beckham has curled a ball from a free kick to move tantalisingly out of the reach of the goalkeeper into the corner of the net
5 RAGTAG Cha of RAG (tease) TAG (children’s game) The best part of my British education was the rag week at the beginning of each academic year and my discovery of this wonderful pastime called cryptic crosswords (In my first year, while waiting for a Professor Dennison lecture, I saw a group of students huddled over a Guardian newspaper. I approached them to find out what was the attraction and that was how I discovered crosswords and when the rot started – talk of misspent youth!)
10 THIN AIR *(this rain minus s)
11 SULTANA cha of SULTAN + A
(Chambers sultan n a Muslim ruler, esp () the former head of the Ottoman empire; a despot; a small white (orig Turkish) variety of domestic fowl with feathered legs and feet.
12 FLING dd
13 SHELTERED I can see COSY but the rest of the clue didn’t do much for me
14 PROMISED LAND Cha of PROMISED (assured) LAND (come down to earth)
18 HIGHLY STRUNG dd
21 HANDCLASP Somehow this clue left me unmoved
23 ELIDE *(lied) E (electricity initially)
24 SUSPEND Ins of US (America) in SPEND (invest)
25 INSIDER Cha of INSIDE (porridge or prison … I simply love that British TV series starring one of the two Ronnies; who is the one with the hairy legs?)
26 SISTER ha
27 EGG TIMER *(get grime)

Down
1 SET OFF One of those reversed anagram clues. This device has often been done with earth-shattering and heart-breaking
2 TRIVIA Ins of I (one) V (very) in TRIA (l) test mainly
Do you know that crossword aficionadoes are the people with the greatest amount of totally useless information aka trivia? You and I know the name of Don Quixote’s horse. We also know the names of all the Three Musketeers and what RURITANIA is. We know that PO, EXE and OUSE are names of rivers and SKUA is a bird and spelt backwards, AUKS are also birds. But come quiz-time and all the people want us on their team…I wonder why?
3 INAUGURAL *(a gun I) URAL (river)
4 CHRISTMAS CARDS cd
6 ALLOT Cha of AL (boy or most time clued as gangster Al Capone) LOT (a great deal)
7 TEA BREAK Ins of *(bear) in TEAK (wood) Brilliant clue with a superb imagery which reminded me of the song that starts “If you go down to the woods today…” Wasn’t that a teddy bears’ picnic?
8 GRANDADS Cha of GRAN (old woman) D (diamonds) ADS (advertisements or notices)
9 ASSET-STRIPPING An excellent cd harking back to the 70′s when many poorly-performing companies were taken over and their underlying assets (including prime real estate being used for mundane activities that could be transferred to cheaper land) disposed to realise capital gains (Sorry if I sound like a Chartered Accountant but I am one)
15 DINNER SET Another clue that didn’t do much for me
16 PHTHISIS *(this hip’s) Excellent &lit clue. It’s a good thing that I was once the Treasurer of the Malaysian Association of the Prevention of Tuberculosis to recognise this affliction.
17 AGONISES Ins of NIS (town in Serbia) in A GOES (one advances)
19 DIADEM Cha of DI (Princess) *(made)
20 TERROR dd
22 CREPE Ins of P (softly) in CREE (native Americans)
Chambers -
n any of several finely wrinkled fabrics similar to crape (qv); rubber rolled in thin crinkly sheets (cr*pe rubber); (usu cr*pe) a thin pancake.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,780 – Flimsy”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    Re 13ac: Chambers has “sheltered housing”: flats or bungalows designed specially for elderly or disabled people, especially in a safe enclosed complex, allowing them to live as independently as possible, but with a resident warden.

    In the dd clue, one definition appears to be left dangling.

    Would rewriting the clue “Cosy sort of housing for the elderly” help, I wonder.

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    How did I get into crossword solving? Way back in the early Sixties I and some half a dozen cousins were sitting on a swing (a large wooden plank hanging from the ceiling) in the verandah of our grandfather’s palatial house here in Madras and taking part in what R. K. Narayan would call a palaver. The topic suddenly veered to crosswords with the eldest among the group mentioning a clue for ACID and anatomising it. That was when I came to know what a crossword was.

    Over the next few years I bought a copy of an eveninger and did the cryptic crossword in it. (I later came to know that it was a lift from a London eveninger.) At first I would get less than half the number of clues but each day I checked the solution assiduously and worked out the answers for all the clues that I did not get. Those were the days when no crossword aids existed and so I had to do lot of dictionary work.

    Alas, that cousin who introduced me to the enchanting world of crosswords is no more. I could hardly share my joy with him for within a short time thereafter the IAF officer died in the treacherous north-east during a war with a neighbouring country.

  3. Rufus says:

    Regarding 25 acr.: which Ronnie has the hairy legs? Possibly this refers to another great comic duo, Morecambe and Wise, Morecambe “the one with glasses” and Wise “the one with hairy legs”.

  4. Uncle Yap says:

    Of course, Mr Squires, you are absolutely right. I am confusing the two Ronnies (Barker and Corbett)with Morecambe and Wise. All great comedians.

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