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FT 12,969 by Orense. 8 January 2009

Posted by Octofem on January 8th, 2009

Octofem.

KATZENJAMMER or GUEULE DE BOIS – A hangover in any language from this alcoholic puzzle with drinks
 from many lands.  At least it ended with a coffee!  Only 20A was a new word for me  and there were no bones of contention  as far as I  could see.

ACROSS

1.      ADAM’S ALE – (a-dam -sale )
5.      SCOTCH -(s-cot-ch)
10.    CIDER – ( d within *rice)
11.    SMALL BEER – ( dd)
12.    SHORT LIST – ( cd)
13.    STEIN -( st – ein (German for ‘a’ masc.)
14.    SYPHON – ( sAYING -yES-phonE)-
15.    COOPERS – (‘o’ within ‘copers’, people who manage.  Craftsmen who make barrels).
18.    CLEAN UP – (dd)
20.    PULQUE – (<up-l-que ( Spanish for ‘what?’  Memories of Manuel!) A Mexican alcoholic drink, made from fermented fruit juice.)
22.    PUMPS – (ps around u-mp)
24.    SOMMELIER – ( somme-l-i-er.  Continuing the drinks theme, a wine steward.)
25.    RACKETEER – ( racket-eer)
26.    INANE – (hidden in ‘in an eMERGENCY’)
27.    SHANDY – ( s-handy)
28.    STAGGERS – ( dd)
DOWN

1.      ACCOST. ( a-c-cost – to do something at great cost)
2.     ANDROGYNE -( *Donna Grey – a person of ambiguous gender)
3.     SCRATCH  ONE’S  HEAD -( dd)
4.     LESBIAN – ( le-*banis – Sappho was born in Lesbos)
6.     COLD SHOULDERING – ( cold-shoulder-in-g.  cd.)
7.     THEME – ( t-hem-e)
8.     HARDNESS – ( ‘d’EFENDERS within ‘harness’)
9.     MASTIC – ( ma’s ticK)
16.   ELUCIDATE – ( *clue-i-date)
17.   SCEPTRES – ( *secrets with p-RESSURE)
19.   POSSET- ( pos-se-t. A hot drink usually made with milk heated with wine)
20.   POMFRET – ( pom-fret. various species of fish from North Atlantic and Pacific. Australians refer to Brits as Poms,usually of the whingeing variety.)
21.   ORDERS – B-orders)
23.   MOCHA – (mo-cha)

2 Responses to “FT 12,969 by Orense. 8 January 2009”

  1. smutchin says:

    20a was new to me too – I worked it out but hesitated to fill it in because it sounded wrong.

    A neat, well-crafted puzzle with some clever clues. Is it wrong to admit I enjoyed the booze theme?

  2. ACP says:

    Re 20dn explanation : there’s still a fair smattering of the word ‘pom’ about but there’s very little ‘whingeing’ attached anymore except for references to that particular stereotype. That all came out of the ’50s – a long time ago.

    Wait until The Ashes – someone will surely bring it out of retirement (much like Warney needs to do).

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