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Financial Times 12,958 by Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on December 23rd, 2008


Rishi is away at a family gathering so I am covering for him today. A ‘liquid’ theme from Gozo, apt for the time of year. Having at one time run my own public house and restaurant, most of the thematic entries were well known to me but I cannot say I have ever served mate, tisane or crusta (and there wasn’t much demand for sake! :-)

My only concern with this puzzle was in 16a where ‘esso’ was clued as ‘petrol’. Surely ESSO is a company that refines and supplies petrol, not the product itself.

My thanks to Chambers (11th Ed) for the definitions.

1 SHERRY SHE (the woman) R (left opposite) RY (railway) – a fortified wine from the neighbourhood of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain
4 GRAVES  dd – a white (or red) table wine from the Graves district in the Gironde department of France
8 SANGRIA  SANG (performed) AIR (melody) reversed – a Spanish wine punch with fruit and soda water or lemonade
9 STINGER  dd – a cocktail containing brandy and white crème de menthe
11 CHARDONNAY  DONNA (Spanish noblewoman) in CHARY (cautious) – a wine made from the chardonnay grape
12 SAKE  dd – a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice
13 VODKA  *(DVO[r]AK) – a Russian spirit, properly distilled from rye, but sometimes from potatoes, etc
14 CALVADOS  L (lecturer) in CAVA (wine) DOS (parties) – a brandy made from cider or apple-pulp, esp in the Calvados department of Normandy
16 ESPRESSO  *(REPS) ESSO (petrol) – coffee made by forcing hot water under pressure through ground coffee beans
18 G AND T  G[ilbert) AND T (time) – gin, a spirit distilled from grain or malt and flavoured with juniper berries or other aromatic substances, made chiefly in Britain and the USA, and tonic water
20 MATE  MATE[r] (mother) – an infusion of the leaves and green shoots of a South American species of holly, Paraguay tea
21 SINGLE MALT  *(ALL STEM GIN) – a whisky that is the product of one distillate of malted barley, etc, not a blend of several
23 LIMEADE  MEAD (honeyed drink) in LIE (stay) – a non-alcoholic drink made from the juice of limes and water, often carbonated
24 RETSINA  *(STAINER) – a Greek resin-flavoured wine
25 TISANE  hidden in ‘sweeT IS AN Elixia’ – an infusion of eg herbs or flowers
26 CRUSTA  CRU (vineyard) STA (station) – a cocktail served in a glass, its rim encrusted in sugar

1 SMASH  dd – a tennis stroke
2 ENGORED  *(GONE) RED (blushing)
3 RHINO-BARS  *(O RR IN BASH) – an East  African equivalent of bullbars
5 RATTY  dd – of Wind in the Willows fame
6 VANESSA  dd – an easy one for me as the butterfly meaning was used in another crossword I blogged a few weeks ago
7 SPEAKS OUT  PEAKS (mountains) in SOUT[h]
15 LEGAL YEAR  cd – Hilary term, the Spring term or session of the High Court of Justice in England
17 REEFERS  dd
21 SEDAN  D (duke) in SEAN (Irish lad)
22 LINDA  hidden in ‘periL IN DAnger’

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,958 by Gozo”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Gaufrid

    I have no problem with ESSO = ‘petrol': it sounds as if you’ve pulled many a pint of Guinness in your time!

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Eileen
    One or two, yes, but only when stored properly and when at the correct temperature.

  3. smiffy says:

    A late solve for me today, so surprised to see only a pygmy-sized thread at this hour.

    I tend to agree on Esso, as it’s merely a homophonic corporate abbreviation (from Standard Oil). It didn’t strike me as a cardinal sin though, as the intent was unambiguous. Just a tad slapdash.

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