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Financial Times 12,977 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 29th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 10th
I had some trouble finishing this puzzle, stumped for a while by 18A and 6D. Having solved it, I think 18A is rather brilliant. And 4D is rather fine as well. However 21A and 24A are too loose for requiring one to extract an indefinite lump out of the middle of a word or phrase.

1. MARQUESS – MARQUE (brand of car) + SS (ship)
6. BLOODY – double definition
9. URGENT – GEN (information) in [y]URT (topless Asian tent)
10. RECKLESS – [f]RECKLES (spots — not first) + S (second)
11. SWAN – double definition
14. CLUB FOOT – CLUB (suit) + FOOT (measure)
16. TYPE – double definition
18. ONER – you spell “harass” with ONE R
19. EAGLE EYE – [cr]EA[my] + GLEE (delight) + YE (solvers)
21. BODY ARMOUR – B (key) + YARM (most of Norfolk port, Great Yarmouth) in ODOUR (aroma)
22. ACRE – double definition
24. TEAR DUCT – ARD[uous] in [archi]TECT[ure]
26. GARBLE – GARB (clothes) + LE (the French)
27. SEA GOD – anagram of DOSAGE
28. MORALISE – ALI (caliph) in MORSE (code)

2. ARROW – AR[cher] + ROW (line)
3, 23. QUEENSBERRY RULES – QUEENS (royal) + BERRY (fruit) + L (student) in RUES (regrets)
4. EXTERIOR – ROI (French king) + T (time) in REX (Latin king) + E (English)
5, 13. SCRAPE THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL – you know this is one of those clues that is so easy to guess but whose wordplay is so arcane that I just cannot be bothered to figure it out. I guess it’s an anagram in whole or part. (See comments below for an explanation.)
6. BICARB – CAR (transport) in BIB (feeder). I had to look up “bib” to see that it could mean feeder.
7, 25. OIL RIG – GIRL (lass) + I (I) + O (love) backwards
8. DYSTROPHY – [somebo]DYS + TROPHY (prize)
15. LONDON EYE – L (left) + ON (acting) + DONE (finished) + YE (solvers)
17. AGAR AGAR – A GARAG[e] (where to keep a car — no point) + [c]AR (car with no roof). Initially I did not understand where the AR came from (see comments below). I find this clue unsatisfactory because “car” seems to be used twice with no indication.
20. GROUND – double definition

5 Responses to “Financial Times 12,977 by Cinephile”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Hi Pete
    5/13 no anagram – SCRAP (fight) BOTTOM (weaver) OFT (often) HE (male) BARRE (rail) in ETHEL

    17d I had this as A GARAG[e] [c]AR

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Thanks, Geoff!

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Only just done this.

    I’m not sure about 21ac. Your explanation can’t be right because Yarm isn’t most of Yarmouth, being only half of it. It looks to me as if he’s trying to have ‘b od(Yarmou{th})r’ but getting mixed up and also intending the surrounding part to be ‘odour’.

    17dn seems fine to me since the first ‘it’ refers to ‘car’.

  4. Geoff Moss says:


    21a The clue didn’t say ‘most’ of Norfolk port but ‘much’ of it. Now whether one defines ‘half’ as ‘much’ is another question.

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    Yes Geoff you’re right, sorry, I should have been more careful. So Cinephile escapes the worst, but it was still pretty weak to say ‘much of’ when he meant ‘half of’.

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