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FINANCIAL TIMES No. 12,828, Set by Orense

Posted by Octofem on July 24th, 2008

Octofem.

DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY, BABY. 
 
An easier puzzle after Gaufrid’s task yesterday with his Tiffany cats.  Rather a lot of anagrams again, but
 some ingenious ways of signalling them.

ACROSS

1.    GO UNDERGROUND  – (double definition)
9.    MASONIC  –  (ma-son- ic {in charge -ruling} )
10.  MODULES –  (-o-d- in ‘mules’ :mule is a term used for a person smuggling drugs on,
                                  or sometimes even in, his or her person.  Heroin or ecstasy may be swallowed.)                                  
11.  omitted
12.  SATURNINE – (s- *nature in)
13.  TALL TALE  – (t-all tail)
15.  MAKE UP –  (double definition.  Reminiscent of the Robert Frost quotation:
                                ‘Good fences make good neighbours.’ )
18.  MODERN – (mode RN)
19.  DISSECTS – (d-is-sects)
22.  GREAT BEAR – (bear – to support.  The Ursa Major constellation)
24.  POLKA  – (* lap- OK    – I felt the clue was slightly inaccurate as the  excitement of OK
                             was not actually within *lap)
25.  EQUABLE – (e-qu-able)
26.  TRUMPET – (double definition, trumpet, part of brass section.)
27.  PREVARICATION – * can top riviera
DOWN

1.   GYMNAST – (*many s, with GT – gran turismo, a high performance car.)
2.   UNSKILLED- (* kid sullen – interesting use of feral)
3.   DANCE – (alternate letters of drawn – d-a-n + ce)
4.   ROCK SALT- (double definitions, Gibraltar being known as ‘The Rock.’)
5.   REMOTE – (as in remote possibility , and the essential appendage for any husband.)
6.   UNDERPASS – ( a pass as in ‘making a pass at-‘, here with some lack of enthusiasm)
7.    omitted
8    ASLEEP. – (* please – ‘out’ in two senses) 
14. TURNTABLE – (double definitions- turn as in: It’s my go now)
16.  EUCALYPTI -(*a pity clue)
17.  LIBRETTI  – *brittle + i)
18.  MAGNET -(*game without e, net to score. )
20.  SPARTAN – (spar- {to box} – tan.  As in:  The room looked rather bare and spartan.
                                The Spartans believed in physical austerity and boys were toughened up
                                 from babyhood for a military future.)
21.  GENERA  – ( Genera-{l}.       Plural of genus, classification of living and fossil organisms)
23.   EQUIP  – (e- quip – a joke or crack. Maybe to load the mule?)
24.   PAULA. – (P-a-ul-a)

3 Responses to “FINANCIAL TIMES No. 12,828, Set by Orense”

  1. JamesM says:

    11 across is ALIVE “A BAD RETURN” is a and evil backwards and alive is quick!

  2. Octofem says:

    Yes, James – I was told I should leave one or two out because of commercial channels which provide answers. I try to pick fairly easy ones to omit, but thanks anyway.

  3. Duggie says:

    14D: ‘go’ seems to be doing double duty here; not that I object, but some might.

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