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Financial Times 12,798 – Sleuth

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 19th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

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

Quite a challenging puzzle with many varied devices. Very enjoyable
1 HARROW Cha of har(d) row
4 STOPPARD Stop par (normal) d (director)
10 MILKSOP Ins of ILK (sort) in MO (instant) P (piano / quiet)
11 TURMOIL Cha of TUR (n) crisis largely MO (b) IL (heartless petrol producer)
12 HOOK dd
13 SACRAMENTO Ins of A CR (a councillor) AMEN (final word) in ST (street or road) O (round)
16 LOTION Cha of LOT (French for area) ION (rev of NO I, number one or top)
17 WANTAGE Ins of ANT in WAGE. Wantage is a town and civil parish in the Vale of the White Horse, near the Thames Valley, in the English county of Oxfordshire (historically in Berkshire)
20 SUBLIME Sub (substitute on the bench) LIME (green colour)
21 WRITHE Writ (legal document) HE (His Excellency, honorific for an ambassador)
25 SNOB s – nob (wealthy fellow)
27 WARRANT war rant or sabre-rattling
29 ENCLAVE ENCL (osed) AVE (nue)
30 RED ALERT Ins of EDALER *(dealer) in RT (rev of TR, transactions)
31 BEDECK Ins of ED (boy) in Beck (remember at his beck and call?)

1 HOME HELP H (hard) ins of HEL (l) lot of suffering in OMEP *(poem)
2 RULE OF THUMB punny clue, quite witty
3 OUSE (m) OUSE, a river in Yorkshire
5 TUTORIAL *(lout Rita)
6 PEREMPTORY Cha of PER (rev of rep, salesman) E MP (English politician) TORY (rightwinger)
7 ADO bAnD nOt
8 DOLLOP DO (party) LLOP (rev of POLL, head, see Chambers)
9 SPEAR S (special) PEAR (conference pear, a bell-shaped green pear)
14 NIGHTINGALE *(healing Tring minus R)
15 VOLLEYBALL Volley (outburst of cannon fire?) BALL (sounds like bawl, cry)
18 IMPOSTER IM (road) POSTER (notice) The main road in the north of England is the A1M
19 TEA BREAK Te (note) A + ins of R in BEAK (magistrate)
22 SHOWER dd, take your pick from Chambers
23 ASHEN Ashe (court hero, a marvellous misleading definition) N (close to exhaustioN)
I am sure we have not forgotten Arthur Ashe who beat Connors at the 1975 Wimbledon finals. He contacted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a heart surgery and died in 1993 at 49.
26 ACHE ha
28 ROD dd

One Response to “Financial Times 12,798 – Sleuth”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Excellent puzzle, as you say. In 18 dn, I think the northerly road may be the M1 (reversed – expressed by northerly in this down clue).

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