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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,853 by VIKING

Posted by Gaufrid on August 22nd, 2008

Gaufrid.

It’s now well past 7pm and the scheduled blogger hasn’t put in an appearance so here is a substitute. As this has been prepared in some haste there are not many comments.
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Across

1 PLIANT  I in PLAN (scheme) T (time)

4 MASSACRE  A (one) in *(SCREAMS)

10 NEPTUNIUM  *(IMPUTE NUN) – the next element in the periodic table after uranium

11 MOTET  OT (Old Testament, religious text) in MET (encountered)  – a ‘motet’ is a choral composition, usually unaccompanied, with a biblical or similar prose text – a very well constructed clue!

12 AMOK  A (answer) O (zero) in MK (mark)

13 TELESCOPIC  *(CLOTS PIECE)

15 LOITERS  L (left) *(SORTIE)

16 SORDID  RD (road) I in SOD (turf)

19 BEREFT  REF (umpire) in BET (gambling)

21 ATLANTA  dd

23 LEADERSHIP  READERSHIP (newspaper’s clientele) with initial R changed to L

25 MENU  MEN (army) U (uniform)

27 CREDO  saCRED Order – hidden word

28 EPISCOPAL  OP (work) in *(SPECIAL)

29 REASSESS  ASS (idiot) in SEER (fortune-teller) reversed S (son)

30 SMARMY  SM (sadomasochism) ARMY (forces)

Down

1 PENTACLE  EL (the in Spanish) CATNEP (mint) all reversed

2 IMPROVISE  IS (island) in IMPROVE (rally, or get better)

3 NOUS  NO US[e]

5 AIMLESS  IM in ALES (drinks) S (beginning of service)

6 SEMICIRCLE  cd

7 CUT UP  CU (copper) T (ton) UP

8 ENTICE  E (bridge player) NT (no trumps) ICE (diamonds)

9 BICEPS  BI (ac/dc) SPEC (specification) reversed

14 REDEVELOPS  *(PEEVE LORDS)

17 INNKEEPER  PEEK (look) reversed in INNER (secret)

18 CASUALTY  CASUAL (careless) T Y (last letters of at and DIY)

20 TASTERS  T[o]ASTERS

21 ACIDIC  CID (police) in AI (first-rate) C (clubs)

22 SLICER  S[p]LICER

24 ARENA  A N (new) ERA (age) all reversed

26 SCAM  SCAM[p]

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