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Financial Times 13,007 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 5th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 21
I had trouble finishing the bottom-right corner of this puzzle and have a quibble about one of the clues there.

Across
1. SCRAPE BY – double definition. But is “scrape by” a fair definition for “use a rake”?
5. SOFFIT – SO (very) + F (very) + FIT (strong)
10. CHATEAU – CHAT (bird) + EAU (water)
11. UTTERER – UTTER (absolute) + ER (monarch)
12. NOOSE – O (love) in NOSE (feature)
13. SEROTONIN – anagram of INERT SOON
14. WELL-INFORMED – anagram of REMIND FELLOW
18. SHILLY-SHALLY – S (second) + HILLY (far from fat) + H[usband] in SALLY (woman)
21. ECCENTRIC – C (clubs) + CENT (US cash) in ERIC (man)
23. AROSE – A (a) + ROSE (beautiful girl)
24. TABLEAU – ABLE (fit) in TAU (Greek character)
25. UNKNOWN – hidden word
26. SWEDEN – WED (joined) in SEN (foreign currency)
27. STARKERS – K (king) in STARERS (ogling spectators)

Down
1. SECOND – double definition. My first attempted answer, given S_C___, was SUCKER even though I could not relate it to “silver”.
2. REASON – double definition
3. PIECEMEAL – PIE (food) + CE (church) + MEAL (spread)
4. BRUSSELS SPROUTS – anagram of SLURS PRESS in BOUT (fight)
6. OCTET – C (chapter) in OT (religious texts) + ET (and translated)
7. FORENAME – NERO (emperor) backwards in FAME (stature)
8. THRENODY – DONE (accomplished) + R (reading) in THY (your)
9. CURRENT ACCOUNT – CURRENT (topical) + ACCOUNT (story)
15. OIL TANKER – “TOIL ANCHOR”
16. ASBESTOS – AS (while) + BEST (most desirable) + OS (huge)
17. VINCIBLE – anagram of BE CIVIL N[azi]
19. MOROSE – R (right) in MOOSE (hunted ungulate)
20. DENNIS – SINNED (broke the law) backwards. While I think it clever to refer to Dennis the Menace here, I must suggest that it is not done in an apt way. That Dennis is a character who is a menace but hardly a menacing character.
22. NIECE – E (English) in NICE (supposedly nasty word)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,007 by Mudd”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Hi Pete
    I parsed 5a as SO (very) FF (very strong) IT.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, yes, that’s a bit better. Thanks.

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