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Financial Times 12,794 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 26th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

So, I am getting to know Falcon now. This was a little more difficult than the few of his I have done before. Clue 5A in particular took me a while.

Across
1. CHRONIC – CHRONIC[le]
5. CABOOSE – B + OO (ducks) in CASE (situation). I know “caboose” in the American sense of a guard’s van. I had no idea until I solved this clue that it could mean a galley.
9. TACIT – I (one) in TACT (discretion)
10. ALDERSHOT – ALDERS (trees) + HOT (all the rage)
11. AT PRESENT – anagram of TAP + ENTER + S (son)
12. EERIE – [gr]E[at] in ERIE (lake)
13. LEIGH – s[LEIGH]t. A reference to Vivien Leigh.
15,18. JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON – JUMP ON (attack) + THEBAN (old Greek) + WAG (comedian) + ON
19. ALEPH – anagram of A HELP
21. AMISH – [h]AMISH
23. CHARACTER – double definition
25. CHAIRLIFT – cryptic definition
26. ALERT – R (first of riders) in A (a) + LET (lease)
27. BOOZE UP – BOOZE (audible cries) + UP (at college)
28. NON-STOP – N (an indefinite number) + ON (on) + ST (street) + OP (work)

Down
1. CATCALL – CA (about) + T (time) + CALL (telephone)
2. RECEPTION – double definition
3. NOTKE – anagram of TENKO. I don’t think I had ever heard of him before but Bernt Notke was the most important German painter and sculptor in his times (the late 1400s).
4. CLARET JUG – T (top of table) in CLARE (girl) + JUG (pitcher). The Claret Jug is a golf trophy.
5. CADET – anagram of ACTED
6. BARCELONA – anagram of REAL BACON. Must remember this the next time I am in Spain!
7. OTHER – [m]OTHER
8. EXTREME – double definition
14. HAWTHORNE – anagram of WHO RAN THE
16. MANHATTAN – MAN (fellow) + anagram of THAT + AN (an)
17. TREATMENT – anagram of MATE in TRENT (river)
18. BEAR CUB – BEAR (bring) + CUB (cheeky young boy)
20. HARDTOP – HARD (durable) + TOP (something made for many a spin)
22. IDAHO – I[llinois] D[eny] A[nybody] H[as] O[ne]
23. CHIMP – CH (church) + IMP (devil)
24. AGAIN – A (a) + GAIN (growth)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,794 by Falcon”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    I thought NOTKE was pushing it a bit, but only perhaps because I’ve never heard of him. He isn’t in the lists of sculptors in Chambers Crossword Dictionary or Bradford. Nor is he one of the Prominent People in my copy of Pears Cyclopaedia. Nor is he in my Hamlyn Crossword Dictionary, a reprint of a 1932 book.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I agree, Wil. With the tools available on the Internet today, it is easy enough to track down such an obscure name but, in my book, that does not stand as a good excuse for using it.

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