Never knowingly undersolved.

Financial Times 12832 / by Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on July 29th, 2008

C G Rishikesh.
I solved Ac 7,10,12,15,18,20,24,25,29 when I had to move to the Dn set where I got 6,7,8,15,25,16,19,29 before all the others. The top left corner was the last to be completed.

Last Tuesday I put down all the answers because it was the day after the puzzle’s publication that I wrote the blog. This week the crossword is alive so I am omitting some answers.


1 CHAIRPERSON – anag. of ‘parishioner, c’ after deleting one I from the anag. fodder

9 VACUA – CD – the very last answer for me – pl. of vacuum – ‘pump’ must be reference to a vacuum pump – anyway not a clue worth sweating over

10 MEANWHILE – anag. of ‘a new h’ in ‘mile’

11 RUDIMENTS – RU, d(I’m)ents – RU: Rugby Union – Good surface reading

13 NANNIES – The penultimate answer for me. Of course, the definition was clear from the beginning. And also the content in the c/c clue. But even now I am doubtful about the┬ácontainer.

20 UNEARTH – anag. of ‘run’ and ‘heat’

24 APPRAISAL – anag. of ‘paris’ in ‘a pal’ (note that here the indefinite article is part of the container but in 10 ac above it is to be overlooked)

26 TURNTABLE – anag. of ‘run battle’ – I have nostalgic memories of 78rpm records.

27 PRANG – (-s)prang – it’s a “vehicle crash” (airmen’s slang, acc. to Chambers)

28 RUT – rev. hidden in ‘lecTURer’, ‘contribution’ being the hidden signal

29 DERANGEMENT – anag. of ‘need garment’ – Woe unto you if you thought ‘garment torn’ was anag fodder, ‘in disturbance’ was the anag. signal and ‘need’ was the def.


1, 21 COVERING LETTER – two def. – I put down the second word of the phrase first. It is by no means a difficult clue, yet I did not get the first word as quickly as I should have got. With C as the first letter, I had to banish ‘circular’ [letter] from my mind before, well, getting round to ‘covering’.

4 ERMINES – ‘min.’ in ‘eres’

5 SWANSEA – ‘sea’ (“the main”) being at the base of this Down entry is a supporter of ‘swan’ (“a bird”). Again the answer was slightly delayed because, with that final letter a in the answer word and the word ‘supporter’ in the clue, I was trying to fit in a bra (size 42 C).

7 APIARY – anag. of ‘pair’ in ‘ay’ (“yes”)

8, 17 SEEING THE LIGHT – two def. – Here I got the first and second words of the phrase quickly enough but not the third – The first def. is new to me.

16 DRESSAGE – dress, age

19 CHAMBER – MBE in ‘char’

20 UMPTEEN – nothing cryptic about this clue

22 CLARET – anag. of ‘article’ after deleting I

25 AMPLE – (-s)ample

6 Responses to “Financial Times 12832 / by Quark”

  1. Magpie says:

    The paper version has it as one of Quark’s puzzles.

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Sorry. That was my mistake. I am making amends.

  3. Geoff Moss says:

    13a “But even now I am doubtful about the container”

    I have this as ‘ANNIE’ (girl) in ‘NS’ (certain extremes, ie North and South).

  4. C G Rishikesh says:

    Thanks, Geoff. I was looking for the extremes of a certain word!

  5. Geoff Moss says:

    Yes, on the first run though I started off with CN for ‘certain extremes’ but quickly had to discount it once 1d was in.

  6. Geoff Moss says:

    On reflection, the ‘certain extremes’ could refer to the first and last letters of ‘nurses’. I am now unsure as to Quark’s intention here.

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

7 − five =