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Financial Times 12,815 – Cinephile

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 10th, 2008

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

Any Cinephile puzzle is always worth tackling and this one with a smokey theme is no exception. The Master was as devious as ever and I still do not understand certain wordplay below. But thanks to Geoff, I have since become wiser and have incorporated his contributions below …..

ACROSS
1 SKIPJACK Simple cha – jackfish is a fish and so is jack (any of various tropical and subtropical carangid fishes)
5 SPAVIN Ins of H in SPAIN. Spavin is a disease of the hock joint of horses, resulting from inflammation
9 LESBIANS Not a very cd
10 CLERIC *(circle)

12 FORETOOTH Ins of E Too (English also) in FORTH13 SNOUT dd Prison slang for tobacco/cigarette. Nose is snout and Tom Snout is a tinker character from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

14 QUID dd Chewing tobacco
16 GLISTEN G (good) LISTEN (audience do)
19 TWO-STEP The wordplay escapes me but Geoff said ” From a game played with young children “round and round the garden like a teddy bear, one step, two steps, tickle you under there”.
21 WEED Cha of WEE (little) D (duchess) The good Reverend is getting naughty and may be invited by Cyclops to compile a PE puzzle. Weed is of course slang for tobacco product
24 CIGAR Ins of I G (one end of pluG) in CAR for another smokey thing
25 PROSTRATE aIns of ROSTRA (platforms) in PTE *(pet)
27 POISON PO (petty officer or NCO) IS ON (performing)
28 ACTIVATE ACT (a parliamentary bill that has been passed) + ins of VAT (tax) in IE (that is)
29 TO DATE TOD (fox) ATE (had meal)
30 STATUARY dd

DOWN
1 SPLIFF SP (Spanish) L (learner/student) IF (providing) F (note)
A spliff is a West Indian slang for a joint of marijuana
2 INSURE *(I nurse)
3 JOINT dd for another marijuana smoke
4 CONCORD Ins of NCO in CORD
6 PALESTINE Ins of LEST (in case) in PAINE (libertarian)
7 VERMOUTH (ri) vermouth It is abbreviation for Italian vermouth and estuary is rivermouth
8 NICOTINE Ins of I COT (single bed) in NINE
11 SHAG dd for a kind of tobacco cut into shreds
15 UTTERMOST A punny way of saying utter the most
17 STOCKPOT Stock (have ) POT (starred item is anything that is smoked and in this case, pot or cannabis)
18 SONGBIRD Song *(little expense as in He acquired the painting for a song) + jail BIRD
20 PIPE dd for another smokey thing
21 WOODCUT This is a picture and court is woo; so how does the rest of the clue work? Thanks to Geoff, we now know this is a cha of woo + dc + ut
dc is an abbreviation for ‘da capo’ a musical term meaning ‘return to the beginning’
ut is an old name for the first note of the musical scale (now replaced with doh)
22 HAVANA HAV (e) AN A (article) for another smokey thing from Cuba
23 MERELY Me + rely (trust)
26 TWIST dd for a roll of tobacco

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,815 – Cinephile”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    13a Sorry, can’t help with this one. I assumed Tinker was the name of a pig (or similar) in a novel.

    19a From a game played with young children “round and round the garden like a teddy bear, one step, two steps, tickle you under there”. I may not have the words exactly right as it’s been 35 years since my children were of a suitable age.

    7d I had an explanation for the wordplay when I completed the crossword but have forgotten it now. Will post again when I remember.

    22d woo + dc + ut

    dc is an abbreviation for ‘da capo’ a musical term meaning ‘return to the beginning’

    ut is an old name for the first note of the musical scale (now replaced with doh)

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    6d It didn’t take me long to remember! Estuary is not ‘mouth’ but ‘rivermouth’ so:

    (ri)VERMOUTH

    The wordplay ‘take opening from’ is, I think, ‘r’ for ‘recipe’ (take) with ‘opening’ referring to the initial letter of ‘It’. Alternatively it could be a plain instruction though this would usually indicate removal of the initial letter only.

  3. Geoff Moss says:

    13a Please ignore my previous comment. Tom Snout is a tinker in A Midsummer Night’s Dream so the clue is dd.

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