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Financial Times 12,981 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on January 22nd, 2009

Gaufrid.

Not a lot to say about this one. One minor quibble (16a), a few neat clues but nothing that really stands out.
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Across
1 INCOME  IN (popular) CO (firm) M[assiv]E
4 TRAGIC  *(TRACI[n]G)
8 DEANERY  *(YEARNED)
9 ACQUIRE  homophone of ‘a choir’
11 BLOODY MARY  *(BY OLD MAYOR)
12 MINT  hidden in ‘calM INTellectual’
13 BREED  RE (about) in BED – ‘about to enjoy retirement’ = ‘in bed’
14 LIPSTICK  LIP (backchat) STICK (criticism)
16 DIPLOMAT  DIP (creamy mixture) MA (master) in LOT (crowd) – MA is the abbreviation for ‘Master of Arts’ not simply ‘master’
18 ARGUE  R[egatta] in AGUE (fit)
20 VAIN  homophone of ‘vein’ (humour)
21 GROGGINESS  GROG GIN (drinks) [m]ESS (dining area)
23 CROESUS  *(COURSES) – the king of Lydia renowned for his wealth
24 SOJOURN  JOUR (day, in French) in SON (child)
25 CUTLET  CUT (economy) LET (allowed)
26 SPRAIN  [tou]R in SPAIN (country)

Down
1 IDEAL  I DEAL (admission by trader)
2 CONDONE  DON (river) in CONE (solid figure)
3 MARTYRDOM  ARTY (creative) in MR (gentleman) D (degree) OM (honour)
5 ROCKY  cd
6 GOURMET  GOUR[d] (a lot of fruit) MET (satisfied)
7 CHRONICLE  CHRONIC (deplorable) LE (article written by Hugo)
10 BALLOT BOX  cd
13 BRIC-A-BRAC  hidden in ‘ruBRIC ABRACcadabra’
15 PLAYGROUP  P (piano) LAY (song) GROUP (set)
17 LENIENT  *(LINE) ENT (part of hospital)
19 GONDOLA  N (new) DO (complete) in A LOG (a record) reversed
21 GAUZE  U (university) in GAZE (look)
22 SIREN  RE (engineers) in SIN (error)

One Response to “Financial Times 12,981 / Sleuth”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    23a took me back by many years. In the late Sixties Panther Books published a series of Croesus Book of Crosswords – these previously unpublished puzzles were by an anonymous compiler. I liked them.

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