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Financial Times 12814 / Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on July 8th, 2008

C G Rishikesh.
Not too easy, not too hard. First I solved Ac 15,21,9,1,25,4,13,28 and Dn 5,28,7,23,2,6,22 before a brief holdup. At the end of my allotted time, I have some four clues to go (all in bottom right corner). But I must go.


1 CRUISE – “crews”

4 LACERATE – lace, rate

9 LEDGER – L(edge)R

10 GOODWOOD – Guessable from wordplay. A racing course in England.

12 FALLS DUE – F(all)s due* – “under duress” is the anag. signal.

16 ANTENNA – a, n, tenna (“tenner”) – The def. “provides good feeling” does not point to a noun and maybe that is why there is the question mark at the end of the clue.

20 CHINWAG – chin, wag

26 FREE FALL – f(reef)all – One can solve this clue with just the definition

28 CALORIES – anag. of ‘close air’ – I don’t get the drift of the surface reading.

29 Not solved


31 Not solved


1 COLD FEET – One might have these if one were wearing “inadequate hose”.

2 UNDULATE – un(dulat*)e

3 SPEISS – S(PE is)S – The clue does not really indicate that the word required is a noun. Not an everyday word but easily obtainable from wordplay.

7 ADONIS – anag. of ‘is on ad’

8 ELDEST – anag. of ‘setled’ after removing t (time) from ‘settled’. This raises a question. The word ‘settled’ has two t’s but we are required to remove only one ‘t’. In such situations should the clue-writer give suitable direction?

11, 14 RUNNING REPAIRS – The surface reading is no great shakes. Do repairs bring about improvements, I wonder.

17 THEOCRAT – rather a straightforward def.

18 Not solved

19 Not solved – I do see the stuttering element yet I am unable to get the answer immediately.

24 REFILL – ref.,i’ll

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12814 / Quark”

  1. Octofem says:

    18d – I have ‘malarkey’ for this but can’t see the work-play.
    19d – ‘table top’ – (able in t-top)
    29a – ticket – he is on the train when he checks it.
    31a – play up -(shades of Vitai Lampada at school, play up, play up and play the game)

    I agee with your comments – perhaps not the most satisfying of puzzles. ‘Antenna’ did not seem very exact.

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    “18d – I have ‘malarkey’ for this but can’t see the work-play.”

    ‘malar’ – of or relating to the cheek

    ‘key’ – a set of answers to problems

    IMO a slightly deficient clue in that ‘answer’ should have been in the plural.

  3. Octofem says:

    Thanks Geoff. Malar is a new word for me – if I ever knew the Latin for cheek-bone I had certainly forgotten it!

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