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Financial Times 12844 / Jason

Posted by C G Rishikesh on August 12th, 2008

C G Rishikesh.

I solved Ac 26, 9, 31, 30, 29, 12, 13, 14 and 28 first before having to move to the Dn set, where I got 1, 3, 5, 25, 24, 23, 22, 18, 20, and the latter half of 19 (…LESS) before I had to ponder for other answers.

Among the last were Ac 1, 4, 10, 11 and 17 and Dn 2, 6, 8, 12 and 16.

I am not sure about 16 Dn – a three-letter word with just the first letter unknown.

The puzzle engaged me for a while. I would say it is of average difficulty. Some of the answers were delayed not because the words were little known but because of the clueing.


1 SESAME – two def. – ref. to a TV serial and to oil – In India we call it gingili oil

4 TRESPASS – tre(spa)ss

9 ICICLE – hidden in “clinIC I CLEan”

10 SCORPION – I see the son ouside but the rest of the wordplay eludes me.

11 CARESS – cares(cocerns),s (son)

12 SERENADE – anag. of ‘dear seen’ – I am not quite happy with this clue. As it is written,

I think “As Romeo does” leads to ‘serenades’. For the clue to lead to the answer, I think it

has to be something like “What would Romeo do with dear seen frolicking?” Or “As done

by Romeo with dear seen frolicking”. I don’t know if I have expressed myself clearly.

14 SUNBED – anag. of ‘bend us’ – couch with sunlamps to receive tan

17 SAMPLER – two def

23 TIRADE – The wordplay occurred to me just now! – anag. of ‘diatribe’ after I (one) b

(book) is deleted from it

26 FURNACES – anag. of ‘cafes urn’

27 CAMERA – I didn’t solve this in early stages – With “I” I would expect it to be a person,

not a thing.

28 ABATTOIR – &lit – anag. of ‘boar at it’ – Nice.anag

29 DIGEST – g. s. in ‘diet’ – Good surface reading.

30 RHETORIC – anag. of ‘retro chi’ after deleting c from ‘chic’ – I have attended many

forums where rhetoric was not just there.

31 UNUSED – un (one in French), US, Ed. (editor, journo)


1 SUITCASE – suit, case

2 STIRRING – st(Ir.)ring

3 MOLASSES – Mo, lasses

5 ROCKED – roc, k, Ed.

6 SCREEN – two def.

7 ANIMAL – reverse hidden in “razor-cLAM I NAil”

8 SINGER – This was one of the last that I got – I think it’s anagram of ‘siren’ and g (bit of gleemaiden). If so, what is the def.? “gleemaiden” seems to be doing double duty as def. and bit-yielder

12 SURPLUS – sur(-e), plus – extra is the def.

15 DAB – two def.

16 ?ET – I haven’t solved this as I am unable to interpret the clue, which is: “Do place bear with band (3)”

18 RIPARIAN – anag of ‘Apr rain I’ – As the abbreviation does not have the last letter I would expect a full stop after Apr. – Good surface reading, though.

19 DATELESS – With ….LESS, it took some time for me to figure this out – two def. – For “Go out alone” = [to] date less; Unaffected by time – dateless – There is a R. K. Narayan book by the title “My dateless diary” where ‘dateless’ = free from engagements.

20 DEPARTED – de(part)ed

22 AFFAIR – a, ff., air

23 ARCADE – anag. of ‘car’, a, DE.

24 TATTOO – tat, too

25 GEMINI – rev. of in, I, m., e.g. – neat charade.

5 Responses to “Financial Times 12844 / Jason”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    10a PRO (for) reversed (returning) in SCION (young member of a family or ‘son’)

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    8d I agree with *(SIREN G)

    However, a ‘gleemaiden’ was a female minstrel, so not necessarily a singer, whereas a ‘siren’ is a bewitching singer and one of certain sea nymphs, part woman, part bird, whose seductive songs lured sailers to their deaths on rocks.

    The definition is therefore ‘siren’ with ‘possibly’ indicating both the definition and the anagram.

  3. agentzero says:

    I understand what you’re saying about 12a but I actually think it’s OK. If you do “as Romeo does,” you “serenade.”

    No idea about 16d.

  4. Geoff Moss says:

    Unlike Rishi, I was happy with 12a but far less so with 21a where I have been unable to equate the answer ‘tirade’ with the definition ‘slang’.

    I too have struggled with 16d. I think the answer is probably ‘set’.

    set = to place (could ‘do’ be a misprint?)
    set = bear fruit
    set = group = band

    set also means ‘a bend’ or ‘to bend’ which opens up the possibility of another misprint.

  5. Fletch says:

    So that leaves you with To place bear with bend (3). It’s not much of an improvement!

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