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Financial Times 12,944 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 18th, 2008

Pete Maclean.

FT Weekend Prize Puzzle from December 6
I am in a rush this week so here is my analysis with minimal comments.

Across
1. TOM WOLFE – WOLF (predator) in TOME (book)
5, 4. NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE – anagram of OPPORTUNIST OFFER
9. IDOLATRY – ID (instinct) + LA (the French) + TRY (attempt)
10. ATONAL – hidden word
11. GO ALL OUT – GOAL (end) + LOUT (yobbo)
12. PLATER – P[lay] + LATER (subsequently)
14. UP THE SPOUT – double definition
18. ADDRESSING – A[wkwar]D + DRESSING (sauce)
23. SCHOONER – anagram of HE CROONS
24. NUDIST – cryptic definition
25. PROTRUDE – ROT (corruption) in PRUDE (prig)
26. SAMOSA – SAMOS (Greek island) + A (a)
27. USEFULLY – USE FULLY (exhaust)

Down
1. TWIGGY – TWIG (cotton on) + G[loss]Y
2. MOOLAH – MO (medical officer) + HALO (overhead light!) backwards
3. ORACLE – anagram of LACE OR
6. OUTCLASS – OUT CLASS (not in form)
7. FUNCTION – double definition
8. TOLERATE – anagram of ROLE in TATE (gallery)
13, 22. RHINOCEROS BEETLE – anagram of BOREHOLE IS RECENT
15. SAWBONES – SAW (discerned) + BONES (dice)
16. ADDENDUM – anagram of MEND A DUD
17. CELLISTS – CELL (inside accommodation!) + IS (is) + ST (street) reversed
19. SORT OF – SORT (kind) + [s]OF[t]
20. ANNUAL – ANN (girl) + U (university) + A (a) + L (large)
21. CREEPY – PEER (nobleman) backwards in C[it]Y

One Response to “Financial Times 12,944 by Cincinnus”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    12,944 SET BY CINNCINNUS

    This reminds me of the time some years ago when, despite my lack of playing strength, I used to do a weekly chess column in the local paper. Both my first and second names can easily be mis-spelled (as I may have just done there), so the correct spelling of my name only ever appeared about 25% of the time.

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