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Financial Times 12,848 – Cincinnus

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 28th, 2008

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From FT Saturday Prize Puzzle on 16 August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Not so difficult for a prize puzzle

Across
1 FIFERS Fife (somewhere in Scotland) RS (the extremities of rigorous)
4 SCHOONER dd
9 TENET palindrome
10 FLAPJACKS Cha of FLAP (stew or state of panic) JACKS (children’s game)
11 SHAMPOO *(has mop) + O (middle letter of JOB)
12 BACARDI BA (rev Able-Bodied) Cardi (gan, a garment)
13 EATS E (first letter of England) ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service)
14 ESPRESSO ESPR *(reps) + ESSO (oil company)
17 CENTAURS *(Etruscan)
19  NERO ha
22 DILEMMA Ins of L (left) in Di & Emma (two girls)
24 APPLAUD Cha of A PP (a very quiet) LAUD (William Laud was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 to 1645)
25 LUCRETIUS Cha of LUCRE (money) TIUS (rev SUIT, clothes) Titus Lucretius Carus (ca. 99 BC- ca. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher
26 ERICA Ins of IC (99. a number) in era
27 DETESTED Ins of TEST (trial) in DEED (legal document)
28 ADAGES Cha of AD ages (modern times)

Down
1 FETISHES *(his feet) + S (Davies ultimately)
2 FANTASTIC *(in fat cats)
3 RETYPE ha
5 CHAMBER ORGANS Ins of OR (gold) GAN (rev of nag or jade – see Chambers jade2) in CHAMBERS (dictionary)
6 OBJECTS dd
7 NICER Nice + R (middle letter of Paris)
8 RUSKIN Rusk (something to chew on) IN (at home) John Ruskin (1819-1900), an English author, poet and artist, most famous for his work as art critic and social critic, and for his writing on the architecture of Venice.
10 FOOL’S PARADISE Fool’s (for sap) paradise (ideal)
15 OPERATING *(an ego trip)
16 CORDIALS Cha of Cor (blimey or crikey) + *(is lad)
18 NUMBERS dd
20 ADDLED *(dad) LED (light-emitting diode)
21 SPREAD dd
23 LICIT Ins of I C (one chapter) in LIT (literature)

One Response to “Financial Times 12,848 – Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    Have only just done this one. It seems to me that 26ac is really ER(I C)A, since the clue says numbers not number, so we have to regard I, C as the separate numbers. Not a very good clue in my opinion: simply ‘numbers’ to indicate a random set of Roman numerals seems a bit weak.

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