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Financial Times 12,842 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 21st, 2008

Pete Maclean.

Here’s a Cinephile puzzle with a non-cryptic theme – synonyms of “crazy”. While it has a few fine clues (I like 12A, 14A and 27A), it also has a one that I do not understand (16D) and two that I think are rather poor (17A and 27D).

Across
9. ULTRAHIGH – anagram of HUGH TRIAL
10. PLATO – homophone + TO
11. KNEIDEL – ID (I had) in KNEE (joint) + L (plate)
12 METHANE – “me thane”
12, 18, 23, 26: OLD BOY NETWORK – BOYNE (battle) + TWO (two) in anagram of LORD + K (king)
14. NUTCRACKERS – NUT (crazy fellow) + CRACKERS (crazy)
17. SHEET – SHE (female) + ET (cosmonaut)
19. UNLIT – “a bed” in French
21. BANANA SPLIT – BANANAS (crazy) + L (student) in PIT (mine)
25. TURF WAR – cryptic definition
27. TROLLEY – “off one’s trolley”
28. GONER – G (good) + ONE (one) + [yea]R
29. KINGS PAWN – KIN (family) + SPAWN (young produced on a string)

Down
1, 6. CUCKOO SPIT – CUCKOO (crazy) + S[peculator] + PIT (mine)
2. ATTENDEE – A (a) + TEN (ten) + D (old pence) in TEE (letter say)
3. PADDINGTON – cryptic definition (“a ton of padding” is a heavy makeweight)
4. BILL – double definition
5. RHYME ROYAL – anagram of TRULY MERRY
7. DAMAGE – DAM (mother) + AGE (how old she is)
8. SOMERSET – SOME (few) + anagram of REST
15. TUBE STRIKE – U (turn) + BEST (ideally) in TRIKE (three-wheeler)
16. COURTHOUSE – ???. Another one where I fail to grasp the word play.
17. SABOTAGE – A (a) + BOT (larva) in SAGE (herb)
20. LONGLEAT – LONG (extended) + LEAT (millrace)
22. NERINE – hidden word
24. TRYING – double definition
27. TANK – cryptic definition. But a tank does not exactly contain caterpillars; it has caterpillar treads on it.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,842 by Cinephile”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    I think it works like this:

    Setting for tribunal – def
    giving – connector
    old solver – ‘solver’ being you and ‘thou’ being its archaic form
    the runaround – ‘the’ being container
    ? – for the unusual wordplay in this c/c clue

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    Sorry, I have made a mess there.

    It is COUR(THOU)SE

    ‘course’ is from ‘run’ in ‘runaround’

    ‘around’ is the c/c ind.

  3. John McDonald says:

    Re. 29A

    I think the analysis should be KIN (family) + SPAWN (young produced) on G (string — as in G-string).

    John M

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Rishi, thank you once more. I am not surprised I missed that.

    John M, thank you too. Yes, I missed that G although I am used to Cinephile’s using “string” to clue it.

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