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FT 12,924, Set by Aardvark, November 13, 2008

Posted by Octofem on 13th November 2008


I found some of this puzzle quite tricky, and could not discern anything in the way of a theme.  Sharper minds  may discover one.  The bottom right corner held me up longest, with 17d and 21a the last to be discovered.  Could do with some confirmation on one or two, as mentioned below.

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Guardian 24,545 – Paul

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 13th November 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

A fairly topical theme, with the Turner Prize nominees being exhibited at the moment.  Like a lot of people I find this sort of puzzle, with a large set of related answers, fairly frustrating.  If you’re not familiar with the subject you’re stuffed and need to resort to cheating, while if you’re able to spot the answers from the grid it becomes too easy!

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Independent 6889/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 13th November 2008

8 MAC’S (reversed)
9 SOMERSAULT – sounds like “summer salt”, which are both types of “season”. Not sure about “pouring out” as the homophone indicator though.
10 PRET,(AIR,O reversed) – PRETORIA. “Rene’s ready” is the French word for “ready”, PRET (as in “pret a porter”).
11 TEN[-n]ANT – David Tennant is the current Doctor Who, although he recently announced he’ll be leaving the show after filming next year’s specials.
12 CLIPS in DEE (reversed) – ECLIPSED.
14 (TH[I for E]GYM)* – MIGHTY.
16 L in SALAD (reversed) – DALLAS.
20 F(A,SC,I)A – I’m a bit puzzled as to where SC,I comes from – SC would seem logical enough for “self-contained” but it’s not in Chambers or COED (I’m guessing it’s in Collins though). That leaves I – which is the symbol for electric current but is that a “unit” of electric current?
22 [-b]ET(ERNI[-e])TY
24 T(REM,END)OU[-t]S
25 [-d]AIRY
26 LAUNDRY BASKET – now that’s what I call a cryptic definition. Excellent.
1 RICER – “crier” with the C moved down (“drop of cold water”).
3 O,F(S)ORTS – “type of map” is OS (Ordnance Survey).
6 [-g]AGA,IN
7 [-w]ELLINGTON – excellent definition, “popular with cats” (cat being a term for a jazz fan).
13 CH,A(PAR)RAL – Brian LARA is the cricketer.
15 GREE(NB,AC)K – in cricket a no-ball (NB) is an extra (a run scored without hitting a ball).
19 LE< in (CHASE)* – CHELSEA.
21 hidden reversed in “honoUR MY Cousin”
23 AR in TOT

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Independent on Sunday 978 by Quixote (9 Nov 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 13th November 2008


Not too difficult. Solving time, 16 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 12,915 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 13th November 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword on 3 November 2008

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Financial Times 12,914 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 13th November 2008

Pete Maclean.

Mudd stretches a couple of things here to make some good, interesting clues (13A, 20A, 26A, 11D). I finished most of it fairly quickly but the upper right-hand corner took me a while. I am not sure I fully understand the wordplay of 2D.

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