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Financial Times 13,043 by Cinephile (meaty but puzzling)

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 16th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 3
Usually I find Cinephile’s strongly themed puzzles to be fairly easy; this one was more challenging for me than most. Took me a while to finish the top-right corner.

Across
1. RAILROAD – RAIL + ROAD (two ways to travel here)
5. ECCLES – ECCLES[iastic]. I got this immediately being fond of Eccles cakes.
9. VISIGOTH – hidden word
10. ENIGMA – double definition (referring to The Enigma Variations)
12. SOLITAIRE – [l]OLITA (beheaded nymphet) in SIRE (father)
13. NOTED – double definition (“minute” as in the minutes of a meeting)
14. VEAL – hidden word
19. TWO-STEP – PETS (cats and dogs) all backwards + OWT (anything)
21. LAMB – [c]LAMB[ake]
24. CURVE – V (five) in CURE (treat)
25. RECEPTION – double definition
27. MUTTON – MUTT (fool) + ON (continuing with)
28. CRUSADER – [o]U[r] in anagram of SCARRED
29. NICKEL – NICK (steal) + EL (the Spanish)
20. BEFRIEND – FEB (month) backwards + RIEN (nothing from abroad) + D (daughter)

Down
1. RAVISH – VI (half a dozen) in RASH (spots)
2,3,16. IT’S ALL RIGHT FOR SOME – IT’S ALL RIGHT (so none left!) + FO[u]RSOME (non-U game). Tricky.
4. ANTHILL – anagram of HINT in ALL (everything)
6. CONUNDRUM – CO (fellow) + NUN (sister) + DRUM (instrument)
7. LEGATION – AT (at) in LEGION (military unit)
8. SPANDREL – SPANIEL (dog) with DR replacing I (me)
11. BEEF – double definition
15. ENTRECOTE – COT (bed) in ENTREE (course)
17. STOCKMAN – anagram of MONK CAST
18. SOCRATIC – anagram of ACTOR in SIC (orthographical reassurance)
20. PORK – PORK[ie]
21. LUCERNE – double definition
22. RIDDLE – double definition
23. INGRID – IN GRID
26. POSER – double definition

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