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Financial Times 12,867 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 18th, 2008

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Monday Prize Crossword 8th September 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another entertaining puzzle; nothing too difficult as per FT policy of starting the week nice and easy. Some of Mudd’s definitions are really inspired.

Across
1 GATEPOST *(Tapes got) from the phrase “Between you me and the gatepost”
5 STABLE dd with the second alluding to the state of equilibrium when the centre of gravity of a body lies comfortable within its base
9 LARKSPUR Cha of LARK (bird) SPUR (egg or encourage)
10 BALLET Ins of ALL (the wholoe audience) in BET (a flutter)
11 RED ALERT Ins of LE (French definite article) in REDART (rev of trader, businessman)
12 CAMERA Cha of CAME (arrived) RA (y), a fish. I like the use of snapper as the definition as it went so well with ray, another fish
14 WRONG DOING One of those clever reversed anagram clues – doing being an annie of dingo
18 MONTEGO BAY *(to bogeyman)
22 OXTAIL Ins of XTA *(tax) in OIL (profitable business). Neat ending can stand on its own as a cd
23 ETERNITY Ins of TERN (bird) IT (sex appeal) in EY (y)
24 TIN CAN T (time) Incan (of the South American civilisation)
25 MISHMASH MI (that famous motorway in UK) + ins of H (hard) in SMASH (accident)
26 REEFER dd
27 OFF AND ON A very neat dd

Down

1 GALORE Cha of GA (Georgia) LORE (beliefs)
2 TIRADE Ins of AD (bill) in TIRE (flag)
3 PESTLE Ins of ST (way) in PELE – Edison Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (born 1940 in Brazil), best known by his nickname Pelé, is a former Brazilian football player, rated by many as the greatest footballer of all time.
4 SQUARE ROOT A simple cha alluding to 2 being the square root of 4
6 TEA CADDY Ins of ACA (a current account) in TEDDY – Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), also known as T.R., and to the public as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States.
7 BULLETIN The bullet hasn’t been fired and is still in the gun
8 ESTRANGE *(sergeant)
13 SNEAK THIEF *(If he’s taken)
15 IMPORTER I’M (Mudd’s) Porter (drink)
16 INSTANCE In (popular) Stance (opinion)
17 CELIBATE Ins of ELIB (rev of bile or temper) in CAT (Tom) ‘E
19 BRAHMA Removal of S from brash = BRAH + MA (mother) the first god of the Hindu triad, the creator of the universe
20 WIZARD cd
21 HYPHEN Cha of HY (Henry) – P (prince) – HEN (female)

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