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Financial Times 12,795 – Armonie

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 24th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday 16 June 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram

1 GELIGNITE Cha of GE (one third of German) LIGNITE (coal)
6 MOPED dd a light motor cycle
9 REENACT *(a recent)
10 GENERIC Cha of GEN (information) and Eric
11 HOARD Ins of O in hard (cold)
12 RESERVIST Ins of E (English) RV (Revised Version or Bible) in RESIST (fight)
14 SAD Rev of Da’s (fathers)
15 OPERATIONAL Ins of E (earl) RATION (helping) in OPAL (stone)
17 BELLRINGERS they do create peals, don’t they?
19 CAN can (e)
20 CONFORMER Cha of CON (mislead) FORMER (one time)
22 ANVIL ha, a bone in the ear
24 INERTIA I + *(retain)
27 ENSUE EN (Rev of NE, Nebraska) SUE (appeal)
28 TIREDNESS TI (rev of It, Italian) Redness (blush)

1 GIRTH *(right)
2 LEEWARD Cha of Robert E LEE & WARD (a charge or pupil)
3 GRAND TOUR Ins of RAND (SA money) in GT (gran turismo) + OUR
4 INTERREGNUM *(run regiment)
5 EGG ha
6 MANOR Cha of MAN (occupy the store?) OR (gold) ; seat of a nobleman in feudal times
7 PORTION Ins of R in POTION (tonic)
8 DECATHLON Ins of ECATHL *(chatel) in DON (university fellow)
13 SLAVE DRIVER Ins of DRIVE (trip) in SLAVER (Chambers : drool vi to slaver; to drivel; to show effusive or lascivious pleasure)
14 SUBSCRIBE subs- crib- e
16 INSTALLED inst – all – ed
18 LANCERS dd lancer n a light cavalry soldier armed with a lance, or a soldier of a regiment formerly so armed. lancers n sing a set of quadrilles, first popular in England about 1820, or its music.
19 CAVIARE Ins of VIA (Roman way) in CARE (be concerned)
I wonder whether the strict rules of Ximenes have been transgressed upon. “Be concerned” would be “cared” and not “care” But I am not a native so I shall wait for some natives to put me right
21 OUTRE *(route)
23 LINES dd I wonder whether they still punish students by giving them lines … in my schooldays, I did do a lot of writing :-)
25 ACT Cha of A (American, see A3 in Chambers) CT (court) In UK and other Commonwealth countries, an Act of Parliament, when passed, becomes the law of the land.

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,795 – Armonie”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    I am not a native speaker of the English language, yet…

    I generally decide on such dilemmas by trying to substitute one expression for the other and see whether they sound aright.


    Be concerned for the poor cats! – Care for the poor cats!

    She is a kind soul; she would be concerned for the ill. – She is a kind soul; she would care for the ill.

    It seems to me that ‘be concerned’ = ‘care’.

    Now the native speakers may correct me if I am wrong.

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    I received this from a good friend –
    I’d say the following are both grammatically correct
    “Will he be concerned about the price?”
    “Will he care about the price?”
    In which case I have substituted one for the other so the clue is OK

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