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Posted by Gaufrid on September 5th, 2008


After yesterday’s slog, a more enjoyable offering from Sleuth for my scheduled blog this week. One or two words or usages I had not come across before (boss, Jewry) but otherwise fairly straightforward.



1 BOSSA NOVA  BOSS (excellent) A AVON (a river, a flower) reversed

6 RECAP  RE (about) CAP (international) – in many sports an international player receives a cap

9 TARTLET  ART (skill) LE (the, French) in TT (dry, tea total)

10 HALIBUT  [m]ALIBU (surfing place without money) in H T (hard time)

11 NOVEL  V (verse) in NOEL (festive celebration)


14 EEL  LEE (General) reversed – take your pick between General Robert E Lee (American Civil War) or General Lee, the Dodge Charger in the Dukes of Hazzard. This probably depends on the era in which you were brought up.

15 CHARISMATIC  *(SMART CHIC A I) – the ‘I’ being ‘a touch of individualism’

17 REDISCOVERY  SIDE (team) reversed C (caught) in ROVER (car) Y (unknown)

19 SIR  hidden word in ‘ethicS I Revered’

20 LONG EATON  LONG (extensively) EATON (a homophone of ‘eaten’, enjoyed by diners) – you have either heard of this town about 9 miles SW of Nottingham or you haven’t. Despite extensive travelling around the UK in my younger days, I hadn’t so I had to resort to Google for confirmation.

22 LEMUR  LE MUR (the wall, French)

24 EN SUITE  SUIT (clothing) in [r]ENE (Frenchman not right)

26 JEWELRY  E (English) L (Latin) in JEWRY – to save you looking it up (as I had to), ‘Jewry’ is ‘the Jewish world, community or religion’

27 THYME  homophone of ‘time’ (season)

28 HEYERDAHL  HEYER DAHL (two authors) – Georgette Heyer, known for her historic romance novels and detective fiction, and Roald Dahl, the writer of many children’s books. Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, archaeologist and anthropologist, probably best remembered for his 4300 mile trip from South America to the Taumotu Islands (Polynesia) in 1947 on a raft called Kon-Tiki which was made from balsa wood.


1 BATON  NO TAB (without loop) reversed

2 SHRIVEL  SHRIVER with ‘R’ changed to ‘L’ – Pam Shriver is probably not the first former tennis star to come to mind, even if you have been a fan of the sport

3 ALL BLACKS  A LL (couple of lines) L (league) in BACKS (defenders) – The All Blacks are New Zealand’s Rugby Union national team. Now we’re talking, a ‘proper’ sport! It’s a pity this had to be spoilt by an association football reference :-)  Backs in football generally defend but in RU they are primarily there to attack.

4 ON THE WAY OUT  *(TONE H) WAY OUT (eccentric)

5 ASH  [b]ASH

6 RULER  cd

7 CABINET  TEN (figure) I BAC[k] (largely support) reversed

8 PATROL CAR  cd – hands up those who initially put in ‘police car’ and then found the NE corner impossible to complete :-)

13 PRIDE AND JOY  P (quiet) DEAN (college official) in RID (free) JOY (woman)

14 ENROLMENT  *(LEN MENTOR) – initially I though that ‘registration’ would have been a better clue definition but Chambers does give ‘register’ as one of the definitions of ‘enrolment’

16 MAYFLOWER  cd – MAY FLOWER (potential to reach peak)

18 DYNASTY  DY (drearily empty) NASTY (unpleasant)

19 SOMALIA  SO (very good) MALI (African country) A

21 ELITE  E (back of fridge) LITE (not high in calories)

23 ROYAL  LAY (amateur) OR (men) reversed

25 ETH  [m]ETH[s] – meths is an abbreviation for methylated spirits

6 Responses to “FINANCIAL TIMES 12,865 by SLEUTH”

  1. Octofem says:

    26a – cf the Christmas hymn : ‘Unto us a child is born.’
    One verse reads-
    ‘A prince’ he said , ‘in Jewry.’
    All the little boys he killed
    In Bethlehem in his fury.’
    Thank you for Heyerdahl – he had me stuck.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks for educating me Octofem. I won’t go into my religious beliefs (or rather lack of them). Suffice to say that, apart from the occasional wedding or funeral, it has been 40+ years since I have been in a church, yet alone attended a carol service.

  3. agentzero says:



    The General Lee was, of course, named after General Lee, so they’re really the same.

    And Roald Dahl was, of course, the British “sex spy” tasked with seducing various highly placed American women in the effort to persuade the US to enter the war (per the fascinating recent article in the Telegraph). Yes, the same as the children’s author!

    More seriously, why is it appropriate to clue “so” as “very good” rather than simply “very” in 19d?

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Because one of the definitions for ‘so’ in Chambers is ‘very good’ not simply ‘very’.

  5. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle, on the easy side, and yes, I did enter POLICE CAR first.

  6. NewssyLee says:

    Thanks to you

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