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Financial Times 13,011 / Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on February 26th, 2009

Gaufrid.

I always enjoy one of the Don’s crosswords and this was no exception. Some clever clues and I particularly liked 28a even though it went in on the first pass. 19a, 22a, 5d, 7d and 20d are also worthy of a special mention.
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Across
1 COUNTERBID  COUNT (noble) *(BRIDE)
7 CORE  homophone of ‘corps’ (division of army)
9 DONG  DON (Bradman) G (good)
10 ON THE CARDS  *(HOT DANCERS)
11 BARSAC  BAR (pub) homophone of ‘sack’ (another, white wine)
12 LOCATION  AC (bill) reversed in LOTION (skin preparation)
13 CALLISTO  CALL (name) I (one) ST (way) O (round)
15 IOTA  O (nothing) in ITA (child’s alphabet)
17 PANG  PAN (face) G[rimace]
19 TOILETTE  TOIL (hard work) TT (avoiding booze) in EE (middle of week)
22 BURNOUSE  BURN ‘OUSE
23 PADAUK  PAD (home) AUK (bird)
25 SEPARATIST  A RAT (a deserter) IS in SEPT (clan)
26 BLIP  B[looming] LIP (cheek)
27 STAY  ST[r]AY (wander off not right)
28 TREE-HUGGER  both ‘Thelma’ and ‘Sasha’ contain the name of a tree

Down
2 ODONATA  O (nothing) N (new) in O (old) DATA (information)
3 NEGUS  hidden in ‘oNE GUSty’
4 EXORCIST  ORC (monster) in EX (no longer) IS [pries]T
5 BATTLE OF THE NILE  *(THEN LET LIFEBOAT)
6 DRENCH  R (river) in DEN (haunt) CH (children)
7 COASTLINE  C[hallenge] *(TO ALIENS)
8 REDCOAT  *(OR CADET)
14 LEGENDARY  *(LAD ENERGY)
16 DISPATCH  SPA (spring) in DITCH (desert)
18 ACUTEST  A CU (copper) TEST (ordeal)
20 TAURINE  TA (army) URINE (water)
21 MUTANT  MUT[e] (almost nothing to say) ANT (little creature)
24 DEBUG  DEB (girl) UG[ly] (not half unattractive)

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,011 / Bradman”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Gaufrid

    Thanks for the blog and the explanation of 28ac -brilliant! I agree with you about the other great clues.

    I got as far as PAD with 23ac but I hadn’t heard of the tree and, to my shame, TAURINE was the other one I hadn’t put in. In defence, I’ll say that ‘going over’ often means ‘going round’, so that’s what I was looking for but it was, after all, a down clue, so I should have known.

  2. Bradman says:

    Thanks guys!

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Eileen
    Like yourself, I had not heard of the padauk tree and had to resort to searching Chambers for PAD???. Fortunately the bird began with an ‘a’ so I didn’t have to go through many entries (only two in fact).

    I also needed Chambers to confirm TAURINE (bull-like) and an on-line reference to verify CALLISTO (Jupiter’s second largest satellite).

  4. smiffy says:

    G’day folks.
    Am relieved to see that I’m in good company with today’s consensus; in terms of both getting a kick out of 28A (and 19A) and of having to look up the second half of 23A online.

    I think this puzzle is a great example of the philosophy “a battle of wits, which the setter aims to lose gracefully”.

  5. Tony Welsh says:

    Is it reasonable that we should need to know Mr. Bradman’s first name?

  6. Gaufrid says:

    Tony
    Don Bradman is/was a famous cricketer, hence the reference in the clue. This setter uses various famous ‘Don’s as his pseudonym (eg Quixote and Pasquale) but it was not relevant in this instance.

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