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Financial Times 12,959 by Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on December 24th, 2008

Gaufrid.

A late blog today because this one caused me some problems, particularly in the NE corner. All the across answers are Biblical Characters and most lived BC. A number of them are obscure to say the least, well in my opinion anyway,  and some do not appear in the lists of biblical names that I have found on the web. A copy of the Bradford or Chambers crossword dictionary may have helped but unfortunately I don’t have a copy of either.

I have a query about the validity of 14a and perhaps someone with greater knowlege of the good book can clarify this issue.

Seasonal felicitations to all.

Across
1 BARUCH  RU (game) in BACH (composer)
4 ELIADA  ELIA (essayist) DA (teddy-boy hairstyle) – the pseudonym of Charles Lamb and the abbreviation of ‘duck’s arse’. Apparently Eliada was one of David’s sons
8 ABSALOM  ABS (sailors) A LO (a look) M (maiden)
9 JAPHETH  PH (pub) in JET (black) H (hospital)
11 METHUSELAH  *(THE MULE HAS)
12 NOAH  NO AH
13 AARON  A [b]ARON (lord)
14 ISAACHAR  I (one) SA (oomph) A CHAR (a cleaner) – I can find no reference which indicates that this is an alternative spelling of ‘Issachar’ so is there an error here?
16 THADDEUS  *(DEAD) in THUS (so)
18 MOSES  E (energy) in MOSS (plant)
20 JEHU  HE reversed in JU[mp] (leap)
21 SIMON PETER  *(ONE PERMITS)
23 MICHAEL  MI (motorway) CHA (tea) [g]EL (set)
24 SOLOMON  SOLO (sort of performance) MON (Monday)
25 GIDEON  G (grand) IDE (fish) ON – ‘the menu’ seems to be superfluous
26 ELISHA  hidden in ‘jezebEL IS HAted’

Down
1 BIBLE  B (book) in BILE (anger)
2 REACHER  CHE (revolutionary) in REAR (last)
3 CLOISONNE  I SON (one boy) in CLONE (exact copy)
5 LOACH  L (lake) [r]OACH (another {fish})
6 APHONIC  A *(CHOPIN)
7 ASTRAGALS  cd
10 ALTISSIMO  *(AS LIMIT SO)
13 ACHIEVING  IVE (I have) reversed in ACHING (longing)
15 ALMOND OIL  *(NAOMI DOLL)
17 DOUCHED  DOU[r] (mostly glum) C (cold) HED (he had)
19 STEROLS  ST (holy fellow) *(LOSER)
21 STENO  hidden in ‘almoST ENOugh’
22 EBOLA  A BOLE (rounded lump) reversed

4 Responses to “Financial Times 12,959 by Bradman”

  1. Bradman says:

    The Church Times crossword editor is blushing. Sorry about 14 A.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Bradman
    Thanks for confirming my suspicion about 14a, and so quickly too!

  3. John Newman says:

    I spent my Christmas at Chaung Thar beach, Myanmar, with no internet or dictionary access, but I did take a bible with me. So, Mr Bradman had me pretty perplexed about what edition of the bible he had been reading. Certainly 14 across had me tetchy but I also question the spelling of Thaddeus (Thaddaeus). I couldn’t see how he got the el for Michael and ide as a fish is in the dictionary but in a roundabout way and I agree that “the menu” made this clue very hard to justify the obvious biblical name. The hardest clue for me was astrogals but very clever.

    Elia I remembered from my schooldays but I didn’t know the DA for duck’s tail and my bible had Beeliada as David’s son.

  4. John in USA says:

    As far as I’m concerned Eliada, the duck’s arse, Isaachar (sic), the Vauxhall Astra and astragals are unknown to human knowledge! In the circumstances with three clues unsolved I did brilliantly.

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