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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,818 by Cincinnus (12 July)

Posted by Gaufrid on July 24th, 2008

Gaufrid.

Not much to comment about in this one. A couple of relatively obscure words but not too difficult to determine from the wordplay. Some enjoyable clues, I particularly liked 3D.

 

 

Across

IFFIER  IF FI (mid-wIFe forwards and backwards) ER (expressed hesitation)

CARBOLIC  COLIC (complaint) about *(BAR)

10 SYBARITIC  *(CITY BAR IS)

11 WORKS  dd

12 ARIA  *(AIR) A

13 ALL THE RAGE  A G (first letter of genius) inside ALL THERE (of normal intelligence) – the definition was ‘in’

15 CRUMBLE  C (first letter of confectioner) RUMBLE (discover the truth about)

16 CROWDS  CROWS (birds) about D (500)

19 AENEAS  second letters of ‘tAvErN bEcAuSe’ – in Greco-Roman mythology Aeneas ‘travelled’ from Troy to Italy and founded Rome

21 DREAM UP  *(PRAM DUE)

23 CONFERENCE  dd

25 ACOL  A CO (company) L (letterhead ie first letter of letter) – Acol is a method of bidding in the card game bridge

27 EPSOM  P (parking) in *(SOME)

28 LATERALLY  LATER (succeeding) ALLY (partner)

29 SAYONARA  SAY (for example) *(AARON)

30 WOODEN  O (love) in WODEN (God)

Down

INSTANCE  IN (batting, a cricket term) STANCE (position)

FEBRIFUGE  FEB (month) *(FIGURE) – febrifuge is apparently a medicine that reduces fever

EARS  cd – ears are ‘auditors’ and ‘Anthony’s loan request’ is that famous line “Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears …..”

ASCETIC  AS (like) CETIC (Celtic, a Scottish football team, minus ‘l’ the back of fall)

BOWLED OVER  DOVE (bird) in BOWLER (hat)

LORNA  hidden word in ‘isabeL OR NAtalie’

COSSET  COS (lettuce) SET (place)

ATTLEE  TT (empty tent) in A LEE (shelter)

14 ABLE SEAMEN  *(A MALE’S BEEN)

17 DOMICILED  *(OLD MEDICI)

18 APOLLYON  A POLLY (parrot) ON (aboard) – Apollyon was a Biblical destroyer or devil

20 STELLAR  STELLA (woman’s name) R (right)

21 DUCATS  DU (dumb with MB for ‘physician’ removed) CATS (animals)

22 SCREWS  dd

24 NASTY  ST (street) in *(ANY)

26 BRIO  BRI (middle letters of Cambridge) O (first letter of October)

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