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Financial Times 12,972 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 22nd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 12 January 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

This is Mudd one octave lower. I suppose Mr John Halpern has to tone down his libertarian ways for the easy start to the week as dictated by FT policy. Nevertheless, quite entertaining and punny in parts. I especially like the wordplay for 5A :-)

ACROSS
1 SOB STORY Ins of B (black) in SOS (distressed call) Tory (Conservative or blue)
5 PLASMA What a beautiful clue. Ins of L (left) in Pa’s ma (father’s mother or granny)
9 BLOCKADE Ins of lock (mechanism that secures) in bade (offered)
10 EGG CUP Cha of EG (for example or say) Ins of C (speed of light, remember Einstein’s E is equal to M C squared) in GUP (rev of Pug, dog)
12 ACORN A corn can be a painful affliction
13 CONTRALTO Cha of CON (opposed as in pro’s and con’s) Trail (track) minus I (one leaving) TO
14 PISTOL P (last letter of close-up) I stole minus e
16 POTTAGE Ins of OTT (over the top or too much) in page (attendant)
18 ENABLED Ena, the girl bled (evidently injured)
20 LAMBDA Ins of MB (doctor) in Lada (Russian car)
22 RECKONING dd
23 REFER Palindrome
24 ISOLDE I solder (fuse) minus R. Tristan & Isolde is an opera but why is Isolde defined as “opera singer”?
25 BURGUNDY Ins of G (girl) in Burundi minus i plus Y (year)
26 GO KART Cha of G (good) OK (reasonable) ART (skill)
27 SLATTERN Ins of latter (second) in SN (partners in bridge)

DOWN
1 SUBWAY Ins of UB (first letters of unions and businessmen) in SWAY (power)
2 BIOLOGICAL CLOCK Ins of IO (looks like 10. ten) Logical (reasonable) C (clubs) in BLOCK (ban)
3 TOKEN To Kenneth
4 RADICAL Ins of C (caught) in Radial tyre
6 LOGARITHM *(or math girl minus R, ‘rithmetics)
7 SICILIAN DEFENCE Sicilian Defence Very punny
8 ASPHODEL *(old heaps)
11 SNAP dd
15 TALL ORDER Punny
17 LEARNING L (fifty) Earning (at work)
19 DAIS Ins of I in DAS (rev of sad or blue)
20 LEG PULL Punny
21 CRAYON Ins of Ray (fish) in Con (kid)
23 RIGHT dd

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,972 – Mudd”

  1. smutchin says:

    The excruciating puns and fiendishly cryptic definitions made this one quite tricky for me (I found the Saturday Cincinnus easier), but what I managed to complete of it, I found enjoyable – including 5a, which I agree is a top clue.

    I also agree that “opera singer” is a strange definition for Isolde but it makes a kind of sense if you consider that characters in operas do tend to express themselves in the form of song.

  2. John in USA says:

    I quickly solved 6 down as ALGORITHM then couldn’t finish the puzzle. Aside from that problem, my answer did fit!

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