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Financial Times 12,817 – Bradman

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 11th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

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

As Bradman is one of my favourite compilers and nobody has been assigned this, I thought I would blog this before he has his breakfast. (see the Malaysian advantage of the 7-8 hours over GMT)

I hope the folks at FT would do two things:
1. Please be more regular with the daily on-line publication of the puzzles which should be at the same time each day, preferably at GMT 0001 hour
2. Please give us the clues in bigger fonts or make them available in text so that we, old codgers with feeble eyes, can copy them to, say, a Word document and blow them up to say 12 point

Yes, we are mindful that the puzzles are provided free of charge and on behalf of solvers who benefit from this, a big big terima kasih.

Across
1 SPLASH DOWN APLA (rev alps) SH (quiet) DOWN (county)
6 AMMO (g)AMMO(n) cured meat from the hindquarters and leg of a pig
9 MELBA TOAST *(table mat so)
10 PROF pro (favouring) F
12 QUILLER-COUCH Quill (old pen) ER (Elizabeth Regina) Couch (something to sit on) Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863-1944) a Cornish writer, under the pen name of Q is primarily remembered for the monumental “Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900″
15 REMISSION RE (Royal Engineers) Mission (assignment)
17 THRUM TH (2/3 of THE) RUM drink)
18 EPSOM EP’s (extended play) OM (Order of Merit)
19 FIRE-EATER A fire-eater looks for quarrels but the wordplay here escapes me. Thanks to Geoff, a most observant solver, the letters making up f-i-r-e is contained or eaten in “Alf I recall” Bravo Bradman for fooling me. Bravo, Geoff for showing me the light.
20 TEMPORAL LOBE *(a lot problem e)
24 OWNS O plus three points of the compass
25 VIETNAMESE *(mate evvies)
26 EAST (f)east, a bridge or mahjong player
27 INFERNALLY Infer (work out) N (name) ALLY (friend)

Down
1 SIMP S (son) IMP, US abbreviation for a simpleton
2 LULU LU (st) LU (st)
3 STATUS SYMBOL *(boys must last)
4 DROLL Ins of R in doll
5 WESTERNER WE (you and I) sterner (more severe)
7 MARGUERITE M (maiden) Argue (squabble) rite (procedure); the ox-eye daisy or other single chrysanthemum.
8 OFF THE MARK The Germans have been this since the introduction of the Euro
11 SCATTERBRAIN This is one of those reversed anagram clues where “Scatterbrain” as a clue may have indicated “bar in”
13 PRIEST-HOLE *(this eloper)
14 AMUSEMENTS *(man meets us)
16 INFLATION *(inn to fail)
21 LATHE lathe (r)
22 DEAL (i) deal
23 LEVY Ins of V (very) in LEY (or lea, piece of farmland)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,817 – Bradman”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    I was of two minds whether to add this comment since you haven’t acknowledged my comments on your previous two FT blogs, but it may be of use to somebody.

    19a Definition – ‘a quarrelsome type’. Wordplay – ‘Alf I recall being such’.

    ‘Al fire call’ ie the three words have effectively ‘eaten fire’.

  2. Bradman says:

    Many thanks Uncle Yap — but in fact I ate my breakfast at 6.30 BST!

  3. agentzero says:

    Thanks! I was stuck having made an error on 5dn. I was sure that “Thus were Germans taken, having made a run” was a cd for “off the Wall.” That would actually work as a clue, I think.

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