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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,895 by BRADMAN

Posted by Gaufrid on October 10th, 2008

Gaufrid.

Smiffy has had to get his priorities right and put business before pleasure today so unfortunately we won’t be seeing his cheerful avatar.

I found this an interesting and entertaining set of clues from Bradman, some of which required a bit of thought to unravel.

Across

1 PICADOR  homophone of ‘pick a door’ – a mounted bullfighter with a lance

5 DIVERT  DIVER (one taking the plunge) T (time)

8 WAISTBAND  homophone of ‘waste banned’ – I liked the definition!

9 SEGUE  hidden in ‘thoSE GUEsts’ – a musical term meaning ‘to proceed without pause’ or ‘follow on’

11 RUSTY  [t]RUSTY (reliable)

12 THE FIVE KS  *(HK FESTIVE) – the symbols of a Sikh’s spiritual and cultural allegiance to Sikhism (kaccha, kangha, kara, kesh and kirpan), worn by baptised Sikhs.

13 RANDIEST  DIES (passes out) in RANT (wild party) – Collins defines ‘rant’ as a, principally Scottish, term for ‘wild revel’

15 GUN DOG  cd

17 SPLASH  PL (place) in SASH (band) – a slight quibble with the definition here; ‘to trumpet’ is vocal and ‘to splash’ relates to printed material

19 GUJERATI  I TAR (one sailor) E (eastern) JUG (vessel) reversed – the Indian state is Gujerat so the definition must be ‘from region of India’

22 ICELANDER  homophone of ‘I slander’

23 CRASS  CR (Charles Rex) ASS (fool)

24 GHOST  G (good) HOST (entertainer) – usually used in the term ghost-writer but can stand alone

25 STIMULATE  S (second) TIM (boy) U (university) LATE (after the normal time)

26 ANDREA  hidden in ‘mAN DREAms’

27 NEGATED  [o]NE GATED (kept in)

Down

1 POWER DRESSING  *(EDWIN PROGRESS)

2 CRIMSON  CRIM[inal] (villain) SON (boy)

3 DITTY  TT (completely sober) in DIY (activity of amateur enthusiast)

4 ROAD TEST  O in *(STARTED)

5 DODDER  D (day) ODDER (stranger)

6 VESTIBULE  VEST (garment) I (one) *(BLUE)

7 RAGWEED  WE in RAGED (was wild)

10 EAST GRINSTEAD  *(A STREET SIGN) AD (advertisement) – a town in West Sussex

14 INSTANTER  *(TEN TRAINS) – a legal term meaning ‘without delay’

16 GUARDIAN  A RD (a road) I A (one lying on a) in GUN (weapon)

18 LIE DOWN  *(WILD ONE)

20 ADAMANT  ADAM (man ahead of all others) ANT (member of hard working community)

21 ODESSA  [p]ASSED O[n] reversed – a port on the Black Sea in southern Ukrane

23 CLUNG  C (about) LUNG (breather)

3 Responses to “FINANCIAL TIMES 12,895 by BRADMAN”

  1. Octofem says:

    Hi Gaufrid. Surprised to see you today. Could 23a be from RC, Roman Catholic reversed, as the clue says ‘backing C’s enemy’?

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Octofem

    Re 23a, I don’t think so. If ‘backing’ was indicating the reversal of RC the result would be ASSCR. For the clue to produce CRASS, ‘backing’ has to be the indicator that ASS is behind CR.

  3. Octofem says:

    OK! I concede. This was a good puzzle. I particularly liked 12a

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