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Financial Times 12,953 by Monk

Posted by Gaufrid on December 17th, 2008

Gaufrid.

I used to approach Monk’s offerings with a degree of apprehension but fortunately I have now become used to his style. Some fine clues today (I particularly liked 14a and 17a, amongst others), though initially I did have a concern regarding the definition in 22a but this has now been resolved.
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Across
1 ACT OUT A (area) C (about) TOUT (every, in French)
4 BLUE CHIP BLUE (obscene) CHIP (flaw)
9 IMPUGN I (a single) PUG (dog) in M[a]N
10 ON THE RUN N (new) in OTHER (separate) U (university) N (name)
12 TREADMILL TREAD (tramp) MILL (box) – ‘mill’ is ‘a snuffbox’ or ‘a boxing match’ or ‘to beat severely with the fists’ (ie to box) – some new meanings of the word ‘mill’ for me
13 MOIRA I in MORA[l] (lesson)
14 SERVICE CHARGES CHARGE (accusation) in SERVICES (some court actions, tennis!) – a very cleverly constructed clue
17 BATTING AVERAGE cd – a reference to cricket (and it’s not even a Cinephile!)
21 CLEAN C (about) LEAN (bank)
22 SATIRICAL *(RACIALIST) – from dictionary definitions ‘bitter’ and ‘satirical’ do not appear to equate, however Chambers Thesaurus gives ‘bitter’ as one of the synonyms for ‘satirical’
24 AB INITIO IN IT (enjoying success) in A BIO (a short life story)
25 CICERO ICE (cool) in CRO[p] (cut)
26 EARL GREY G[o]R[g]R[d] in EARLY (too soon)
27 BOW TIE B (black) O (ring) W (with) TIE (bond)

Down
1 ACID TEST cd
2 TOP GEAR cd – a reference to a vehicle’s gearbox
3 URGED [s]URGE (sweep) [swor]D
5 LONELY HEARTS *(HONEST REALLY)
6 EPHEMERAE HEM (border) in EP (record) ERA (time) E (eastern)
7 HEROINE O (love) IN in HERE (present)
8 PEN PAL PEN (stall) PAL (china, mate)
11 RISE AND SHINE H (horse) IN in *(READINESS)
15 INTENDING INDENTING with D and T reversed – I think the ‘double twist’ works as follows: indenting-intneding-intending
16 WELL DONE ELL[a] (short girl) D (duke) in W ONE (Westminster) – the London area in which Westminster is located is ‘W1′
18 ATELIER *(ELITE RA)
19 ANCIENT ANC (Mandela’s party) [or]IENT[al]
20 ICE AGE I E (drug) in CAGE (cage)
23 RHINO dd – surely a rhinoceros would normally be referred to as ‘it’ rather than ‘he’

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,953 by Monk”

  1. Octofem says:

    Guess which one held me up ? Yes, that’s right the cricket one.
    I got the average bit but didn’t think of ‘batting’, although I can see it in the clue now of course.15d was tricky too.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Octofem
    I have a feeling that 17a may have stumped (pun intended) a number of solvers but it was a neat clue.

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