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Financial Times 12,941 by Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on December 3rd, 2008

Gaufrid.

After last week’s slightly disappointing puzzle, this one from Cinephile was most enjoyable. Verging on difficult in places (no pun intended), particularly with some of the Italian towns, but a very good challenge. If you enjoyed this puzzle (and have slightly masochistic tendencies) then I can thoroughly recommend this month’s Guardian Genius by Cinephile’s alter ego, Araucaria.

Across
1 MILANO – MILAN  M1 LAN[e]
4 JUMBO JET  JOB (work) reversed in ME in JUT (stick out)
10 LIVORNO – LEGHORN  LEG (walker) HORN (hooter)
11 TRAILER  dd
12 HEAT  dd
13 SCATTER PIN  *(PRACTISE NT) – a small brooch often worn in groups of two or more
15 NAPOLI – NAPLES  NAP LES
16 PERHAPS  P *(PHRASE)
20 VENEZIA – VENICE  E N (directions) in VICE (bad habit)
21 GENOVA – GENOA  ONE in AG (silver) reversed
24 RED BRIGADE  RED (left) BRIG (ship) A DE[pot] – a communist terrorist group in Italy back in the 1970s
26 ROMA – ROME  homophone of ‘roam’
28 FIRENZE – FLORENCE  F (female) homophone of ‘Laurence’ (saint) and a girl’s name
29 MANTOVA – MANTUA  MAN (person) AUT[omobile] reversed
30 TREASURY  AS (like) UR (ancient city) in TREY (3)
31 TRENTO – TRENT  cd – the River Trent and the Council of Trent, which was the Nineteenth Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church

Down
1 MULCHING  L (line) CHIN (feaature) in MUG (face)
2 LOVE APPLE  LOVE (nothing) APPLE (pupil) – the old name for a tomato (fruit for salad)
3 NARK  N[oah] ARK
5 UNTITLED T (time) in UNTIL (up to) ED (edited) – ‘being’ seems to be simply a link word to improve the surface
6 BRAKE SHOES  B (key) RAKES HOES (garden tools)
7 JULEP  JUL[y] EP (record) – a sweet drink, often medicated
8 TORINO – TURIN  TURIN[g] – Alan Mathison Turing of Bletchley Park (Enigma code cracking) fame and ‘string’ = ‘g-string’, musical or otherwise 
9 COUCH  cd
14 BLUEPRINTS  – I have yet to work out the ‘no connection with Black Prince’ other than the fact that ‘prints’ is a homophone of ‘prince’
17 PROTOZOAN  ROT (decay) OZ (weight) O (zero) in PAN (cooker) – a member of the lowest or simplest of animals, unicellular forms or colonies multiplying by fission
18 KING LEAR  KIN (family) in *(REGAL)
19 GALAPAGO  GALA (celebration) PAGO[da] (temple)
22 PROFIT  PRO (expert) FIT (worthy)
23 ADAMS  A DAMS – Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin and Irish Republican politician
25 DIRGE  G in DIRE – ‘threnody’, an ode or song of lamentation, especially for the dead
27 ONER  [g]ONER

5 Responses to “Financial Times 12,941 by Cinephile”

  1. Octofem says:

    Good afternoon, Gaufrid. What a lovely puzzle. I didn’t get Trento, I’m afraid, and am not too keen on ‘oner’ as an answer, but otherwise it was pure joy.

  2. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    Gaufrid,

    If we consider that “blew” is a homophone of “blue”? Just wondering!

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Well, despite further extensive research I am still no nearer being able to explain 14d.

    If the ‘no’ in the clue is ignored, ‘Black Prince’ could refer to a prototype tank developed in 1944 which had this name.

    Alternatively, if we take ‘prototype’ as the first of something then Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince) was the first person in England to be given the title of Duke (of Cornwall, previously it had been the Earl of Cornwall). He was also the first Prince of Wales who failed to become king because he died before his father (Edward III).

    Apart from that, ‘Black Prince’ is the name of a motorcycle made by Vincent in the 1950s, a warship, a steam locomotive and various other items unconnected with ‘blueprints’.

    At least my knowledge of English history, as well as Italian geography, has been enhanced today.

  4. smiffy says:

    Hi Gaufrid,

    I naively took 14D to simply be a pun on “Black Prince/Blue Prince”. Admittedly a pretty lame one, with no literal/historical sense for “Blue Prince” nor any sign of a homophone indicator (which is bound to raise your hackles!). All the more unfortunate, as BLUEPRINTS lends itself very readily to other devices (re: mucky pictures, or Picasso reproductions, for instance).

    Notwithstanding the above, I agree that this was a nifty and fun theme.

  5. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Smiffy
    I have reluctantly come to the same conclusion regarding 14d. I considered the possibility that ‘no connection’ could indicate splitting ‘blueprints’ into ‘blue prints’ but unfortunately that got me no further.

    I have spent enough time on this one clue and will now add it to the list of Cinephile’s clues that I have been unable to parse to my satisfaction (about one a month recently).

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