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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,881 by CINEPHILE

Posted by Gaufrid on September 24th, 2008

Gaufrid.

A themed offering from Cinephile today with the instruction that ‘the parts share the stage’. This meant that having determined the first character (in my case Marcellus) the rest were relatively easy to uncover. All the characters are from Hamlet. I was going to add notes as to the role of each one but why repeat information readily available elsewhere. For anyone interested, details can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_in_Hamlet

A thoroughly enjoyable crossword today with some excellent clues, as is to be expected from Cinephile. I wondered if the inclusion of ‘cannon’ and ‘ball’ in 1a was a deliberate red herring to lure solvers into thinking that they were looking for comedy double acts (also performers who ‘share a stage’), but perhaps it was just fortuitous.

Across

1 POMPOM  POM POM (Brits in Oz) – two definitions, cannon = machine gun = pompom and pompom = a fluffy or woolly ball

4 CLAUDIUS  UDI (revolt) in CLAUS (Santa) – UDI = Unilateral Declaration of Independence

9 LARGE  hidden in ‘simiLAR GEsture’

10 WITHSTAND  ST (street) in WIT (intelligence) HAND (worker)

11 NEEDFUL  *(END FUEL)

12 LAERTES  SET (group) REAL (authentic) reversed

13 UGLY  [sn]UGLY

14 ISABELLA  IS A BELL (requirement on bicycle) A

17 STOPPAGE  STOP (deter) PAGE (attendant)

19 DROP  dd

22 HORATIO  H[orrific] ORATIO[n]

24 OPHELIA  OP (work) HELIA[nthus] (part of sunflower)

25 ILL-GOTTEN  *(LET IT LONG)

26 KIOSK  IOS (tens) in KK (kings) – I like the use of ‘tens’ to indicate ‘I0S’

27 GERTRUDE  G (good) ER (queen) D[eceit] in TRUE (loyal)

28 HAMLET  dd

Down

1 POLONIUS  POLO (game) NI (Ulster) US (American)

2 MARCELLUS  *(CLEAR SLUM)

3 ONE-OFF  dd  -1 indicating subtract 1 or ‘one off’

5 LITTLE BIGHORN  cd – cape = horn

6 UNSTEEL  *(NUTS) EEL

7 INAPT  NAP (drop off) in IT

8 SADIST  SAD (being victim of unhappiness) IS T (time)

10 WELL-SUPPORTED  WELL (supply of water) SUP (drink) PORT (wine) ED (editor, journalist)

15 APRIL FOOL  *(FIR APOLLO) – ‘sucker in spring’ is a delightful definition!

16 UPMARKET  UP (increased) MARKET (traffic)

18 OUTDOOR  OUTDO (excel) OR (gold)

20 SHYING  cd

21 CHUKKA  homophone of ‘chucker’ – a period of play in polo

23 RULER  dd

One Response to “FINANCIAL TIMES 12,881 by CINEPHILE”

  1. Octofem says:

    Gaufrid – I didn’t notice he tiny ‘share the stage’ instruction till you mentioned it. However, the ‘parts’ clues made it obvious quite quickly. Easier than usual from the Rev. but enjoyable just the same.

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