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Financial Times 13,025 / Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 26th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 14
Cincinnus gives us some particularly splendid double definitions this week (20D, 24D) and a generally excellent puzzle as usual.

Across
1. DOCTOR – CT (court) in DOOR (entrance)
4. ABSEILER – anagram of ABLE RISE
10. OBSERVANT – OB (old boy) + SERVANT (retainer)
11 TITAN – double definition
12. NOUS – N[at]O + US (American)
13. ADAMS APPLE – PP (very quietly) in ADAM’s ALE (water). Hmm, I always thought that water was Adam’s wine.
15. NOISOME – OM (award) in NOISE (row)
16. SLEEPY – LEE (shelter) in SPY (see)
19. PRIMAL – RIM (border) in PAL (mate)
21. SPURRED – [pus]S + PURRED (expressed pleasure)
23. HALF NELSON – HALF (50% of) + L[amp]S in NEON (gas)
25. EMIR – reverse hidden word
27. LANCE – double definition
28. ARGONAUTS – anagram of SANG AT OUR
29. PORTRAYS – PORT (wine) + RAYS (fish)
30. GENTRY – [ni]G[ht] + ENTRY (coming in)

Down
1. DROWNING – [pape]R in DOWNING (a Cambridge college)
2. COSTUMIER – anagram of TOM CRUISE
3. OGRE – ERGO (therefore) backwards
5. BETIMES – BE (British Empire) + TIMES (newspaper)
6. EXTRANEOUS – EXTRA (bonus) + E (point) in NOUS (12)
7. LIT UP – anagram of TULIP
8. RUNNER – double definition
9. HANDLE – homophone (“Handel”)
14. COMMANDEER – [sw]E[et] in COMMANDER (naval officer)
17. PARAMOUNT – PAR (standard) + AMOUNT (sum)
18. I DARE SAY – anagram of YEAR SAID
20. LULLABY – double definition
21. SPONGE – double definition
22. PHILIP – homophone (“fillip”)
24. LINER – double definition
26. ANNE – A (a) + NNE (way to go)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,025 / Cincinnus”

  1. Geoff says:

    12ac: In the NW of England, where I come from, ADAM’S ALE was the expression that was invariably used. ‘Adam’s wine’ was the solution to a clue I remember from a crossword decades ago : “Girl married pig of the first water’

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