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Financial Times 12,787 – Bradman

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 6th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram

Another varied mixture of clever clues plus a couple of long obscure words which I have never seen and which I am unlikely ever to see again. Good entertainment and fun.

Across
1 LADDER L (lake) ADDER (snake)
4 EMPHASIS *(pies mash)
9 TAMING Cha of TA (thanks) MING (Sir Walter Menzies Campbell, commonly known as Ming Campbell, was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2 March 2006 until 15 October 2007
10 STEADY ON
12 RATS Rev Star (celebrity)
13 TROPHY WIFE cd
15 COOL CUSTOMER corny definition?
18 AUTODIDACTIC Cha of AUTO (vehicle) + ins of ACT (performance) in DID & I C (start to crow). For a formulaic charade clue for a difficult word, the surface reads remarkably smoothly; once again Bradman shows his mastery
21 COMPANY CAR driven by company driver
22 URDU Cha of UR (old city) DU (of the French)
24 NEURITIS Ins of IT & I (one) in NEUR-S *(nurse)
25 RACINE Ins of IN (favoured) in RACE (competition)
Jean Racine (1639–1699) was a French dramatist
26 SUNBEAMS *(as busmen)
27 BLIGHT Cha of B (British) LIGHT (not serious)

Down
1 LITERACY Cha of LIT (fired up) E (English) RACY (smutty)
2 DEMOTION Ins of OT (Old Testament or books of the bible) & I (one) in DEMON (devil)
3 EDNA ha ha ha Dame Edna always makes me laugh
5 METAPHORICAL*(chop material) I wonder about the “The politician is a monkey” You think we should report Mr Manley to the RSPCA?
6 HEAVY METAL dd alluding to the great Freddy. I never get tired of watching the video of him performing The Bohemian Rhapsody at Wembley Stadium
7 STYMIE Cha of STY (filthy place) MI(c)E (rodents not caught)
8 SINNER Cha of S (society) INNER (inside)
11 PRASEODYMIUM *(you admire mps)
14 ACCUSATIVE cd
16 STARLING Removal of second T from startling (astonishing)
17 SCHUBERT *(butchers) I love this clue with its cryptic definition, expert in bars for a musician / composer and its well-disguised anagram fodder. The fact that this was my last clue inked in says it all.
19 SCONES Cha of S (first letter of sandwiches) CONES (ice creams)
20 IMPUGN Cha of IMP (troublemaker) UGN *(gun)
23 GAOL End is goal with oa being interchanged (twisted) to give GAOL
Another very creative clue

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