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Financial Times 12,927 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 27th, 2008

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Monday Prize Crossword on 17 November 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

A slight change from the normal soft start to the FT week and Mudd has given us some delightful but not too tough clues. The dearth of reader’s response to this FT Monday blog is causing me to wonder whether it is because my blog is so clear and comprehensive or very few people bother with the easy Monday FT puzzle or people have forgotten after ten days :-)

1 PARTICIPLE Ins of IP (one page) in PARTICLE (scrap)
7 UNDO Ins of D (daughter) in UNO (Italian for one)
9 LOVE dd
10 AFTERSHAVE Cha of afters (dessert) have (eat
11 TICKET Homophone of “Tick it” (how to indicate it’s correct)
12 RAINLESS (B) rainless. I often wonder why we say a day without rain is fine. Do people in drought-stricken areas also say the same thing?
13 CHAPLAIN Cha of chap (man) lain (buried)
15 TARN Ins of R (river) in TAN (shade)
17 LAST dd
19 TARTRATE Cha of tart (pudding) rate (value) I had some initial difficulty equating tart with pudding until I saw Chambers entry for Bakewell pudding
22 CASHMERE Cha of cash (notes etc) mere (very as in the mere mention of his name brought fear …)
23 STROLL Cha of ST (street) roll (turn)
25 LOGORRHOEA *(a horologer) excessive flow of words, uncontrollable garrulity. Note the similarity to verbal diarrhoea
26 SUIT dd
27 JERK dd
28 RIFLE RANGE Cha of rifle (search) range (mountains)

2 ABOLISH Ins of OLIS (rev of silo or farmer’s store) in ABH (actual bodily harm; honest, this is in Chambers)
3 TWEAK T (temperature) weak (short on power)
4 CLAPTRAP Cha of clap (hand as in applause) trap (mouth)
5 PETER AND THE WOLF Ins of *(down theatre) in PELF (money)
6 EARWIG Cha of EAR (some corn) WIG (rug, toupee, US slang)
7 UPHOLSTER Cha of UP (winning) holster (case for guman)
8 DIVISOR Ins of V IS (victory is) in Christian DI-OR
14 PITCHFORK Cha of pitch (fall) for K (king or sovereign)
16 DRESSAGE Cha of dress (shift) age (time)
18 ABALONE Cha of AB (sailor) alone (The Mary Celeste was a brigantine discovered in the Atlantic Ocean unmanned and under sail heading towards the Strait of Gibraltar in 1872) This edible shellfish is so highly prized by the Chinese that its price is way beyond its nutritional value or tastiness (akin to eating soft leather)
21 BEARER Ins of A R (a right) in BEER (drink)
24 RASTA ha, a member of a W Indian (esp Jamaican) religious movement, which rejects western culture and ideas and regards Haile Selassie, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as divine

One Response to “Financial Times 12,927 – Mudd”

  1. Jake says:

    Very comprehensive Uncle Puck. Maybe easy for some, but definitely not for me.
    I find these the hardest, especially Dante which on his last and this puzzle I managed 5 clues between both of them. And even one of them was wrong. I had 17 across as ‘back’ as in everyone has a back- which remains behind always.

    I find other setters during the week OK, Satori, Gordius, Crux etc, and even Azed 1903 I managed half a grid…

    I want to find FT Monday puzzles easy too…….

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