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Financial Times 12,870 set by Falcon, Sep 11th 2008

Posted by Octofem on September 11th, 2008



A rather dull and obvious puzzle I am afraid – the sort where you see the answers as the sheet is coming off the printer.  I have struggled to make anything interesting out of the blog.

1.     DIS C JOCKEYS – (d.d.)
7.     RUM – (RU-m)
9      GETTY – (G-etty – JP Getty who gave 50 million to the National Gallery, and saved the Three Graces for
                                  GB. Etty, the 19th century painter , mainly known now for his nudes.)
10.   SKATE OVER – (d.d.)
11.   EMILE ZOLA – ( *email Leo with Z – author of Germinal etc. , and known also for his
                                     involvement with the Dreyfus case – J’accuse!)
12.   MARIA – (m-aria)
13.   RECOUNT  – (re-count)
15.   EDDY  -(T-eddy , the cuddly toy named after Teddy Roosevelt)
18.   WIMP – (W.I.-mp)
20.   TOPSIDE – (d.d.,  cut of beef, most authoratitive)
23.   CHOKE – (c-h-oke)
24.   RAINWATER – ( * i warrant round ‘e’)
26.   ARMISTICE – ( *crimea its)
27.   DWEEB – ( *weed b – slang for a nerd!)
28.   EEL -( hidden in TH-e-elBE)
29.   LLOYD GEORGE  – (two boys’ names.  This statesman’s own name
          was used as a synonym for OA pension at one time.  You collected your
         ‘ Lloyd George’ – about 10 shllings a week)


1.    DAGUERRE – ( D-a-guerre -French for war.  Nineteenth century inventor who perfected the first viable
                                    photographs, known as Daguerrotypes)                                 
2.    SET PIECE – (d.d.)
3.    JOYCE – (joy-ce)
4.    CAST OUT – (c-a-stout)
5.    EMANATE  – (<name *tea)
6.    STEAMED UP – ( s- teamed up)
7.    REVERE – ( rever-S-e)
8.    MORTAR -(d.d.)
14.  UNIVERSAL – (*valuers in – Is the world the universe? However, it IS used as a definition
                                      for ‘throughout the world.’)
16.  RIOT GEAR – (*I got rare)
17.  TERRIBLE – (*beer-litr E)
19.  PORTICO – (port-i-co)
20.  TAIL END -(t-ail-end -‘ ail’ is in ‘tend’.  Not only the end of the batting side, but the Rear Gunner
                            in a bomber used to be called ‘Tail End Charlie’.)
21.  SCRAPE – ( scrap-e.  As in ‘bark one’s shins’)
22.  FORMAL – ( form-a-l)
25.  WEDGE – (w-edge.  A golf club used for lofting the ball out of bunkers etc.)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,870 set by Falcon, Sep 11th 2008”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Hi Octofem

    I read a couple of clues slightly differently:

    10a SKATE (fish) OVER (again) rather than a dd

    20a TOP SIDE as in the highest team in the football premiership and TOPSIDE the cut of beef

    2d SET (series) PIECE (man, in chess) rather than a dd – the ‘rehearsed play’ again being a football (or similar) reference

    As an aside, for 1a Chambers Word Wizard gives disc jockies rather than jockeys which I find rather odd. Also, it is a cd rather than a dd.

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    Post Script

    Before anyone asks, no, I wasn’t using Word Wizard to help solve the puzzle. After completion I merely wanted to see whether Chambers preferred ‘disc’ or ‘disk’ and it came back with ‘no words found’ when I input ‘dis?jockeys’. A search using ‘dis?jock???’ produced ‘disc jockies’.

  3. Octofem says:

    Geoff – I was just being lazy. I read 10a and 2d exactly as you did, just didn’t go into the details. Didn’t go to the football connection in 20a. I must get more sporty – it seems to be a prerequisite for crosswords nowadays. If it isn’t cricket or football it is golf or rugby, and tennis is the only active game I’ve ever played!

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