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Financial Times 13,013 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 12th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 28
A typically fine Cincinnus puzzle is what we have here.

Across
1. HOT PANTS – anagram of TOP in HANTS (where Jane Austen was at home)
5. AFLOAT – A (a) + FLOAT (delivery vehicle)
9. CAROLLER – CA (about) + ROLLER (wave)
10. PROFIT – homophone (“prophet”)
12. BUFFALOES – BUFF (expert) + ALOES (plants). Good one!
13. ENROL – anagram of LONER
14. APEX – APE (copy) + X (incorrect mark)
16. ELEGANT – ELEG[y] (unfinished poem) + ANT (worker)
19. ORATORY – double definition
21. CITE – homophone (“sight”)
24. AMBLE – [g]AMBLE (risk losing the lead)
25. AFTERMATH – anagram of AT THE FARM
27. SALMON – M (motorway) in SALON (shop)
28. OLD BOOTS – OLD (former) + BOOTS (hotel employee). I had to wrangle this meaning of boots from the deep history of my mind.
29. SHAWMS – SHAW (dramatist) + MS (writing)
20. BAD DREAM – ADD (tot) in BREAM (fish)

Down
1. HECUBA – H[ous]E + CUBA (island)
2. TARIFF – TAR (sailor) + IF (provided) + F[igurehead]
3. ALLOA – ALL (everything) + [devel]O[pment] + A (area)
4. THEROUX – THE (article) + ROUX (fraternal restaurateur)
6. FORCEMEAT – anagram of COME AFTER
7. OFF BREAK – OFF (cancelled) + BREAK (holiday). An off break is a delivery in cricket.
8. TOTALITY – TOT (small child) + LIT (literature) in AY (always). While familiar with “aye” meaning always, I do not recall seeing simply “ay” before.
11. ISLE – hidden word
15. PROSE POEM – anagram of ROME POPES
17. MOLASSES – LASS (girl) in anagram of SOME
18. MARBELLA – BRAM (stoker) backwards + ELLA (girl)
20. YEAH – YE (you) + A (a) + H[ead]
21. CATALPA – CAT (pet) + AL (Alabama) + PA (governor)
22. CAPONE – anagram of A PONCE
23. CHISUM – IS (is) in CHUM (friend). Another beauty.
26. RABID – B[ridgehead] in RAID (military operation)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,013 by Cincinnus”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Pete
    In 10a ‘pronouncement of’ is the homophone indicator so it is just ‘oracle’ = ‘prophet’.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    That was dozy of me. Thank you, Geoff.

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