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Financial Times 13,066 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 14th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 2
A good challenge from Mudd. 18D took me a while. And I do not understand the wordplay in 21A.

Across
1. MAIDEN – AID (charity) in MEN (pieces)
4. FLATHEAD – FLAT (still) + BOSS (head)
10. REVERSE – double definition
11. RECOUNT – double definition
12. NOSE – homophone (“knows”)
13. SCHOENBERG – SCH (school) + anagram of ONE + BERG (another [composer])
16. THIEVE – I (one) in T[h]E V[illag]E
17. CRACKER – double definition
20. FAIRWAY – FAIR (quite a) + WAY (distance)
21. BANANA – I do not understand how this works. BA (airline) + NANA (fool)? BAN + ANA (airline)? Or is “fool” a second definition?
24. TOE THE LINE – TO ETHEL (as Ms Merman’s letters were addressed) + IN (in) + E (English)
25. ACME – CAME (arrived) with first two letters switched
27. STRETCH – double definition
30. SCORPION – SC (that is to say??) + P[oisonous] in ORION (hunter)
21. SHAGGY – H (hard) in SAGGY (droopy). Shaggy is a character in Scooby-Doo.

Down
1. MARINATE – anagram of RAIN in MATE (buddy)
2. INVESTIGATE – anagram of GIVE IN A TEST
3. EARL – [p]EARL
5. LARBOARD – BOAR (pig) in LARD (fat)
6. TECHNOCRAT – anagram of TRENCH COAT
7. EMU – hidden word
8. DOTAGE – TAG (name) in DOE (female)
9. PERCH – double definition
14. EYE CATCHING – cryptic definition
15. OVER THE TOP – I am not sure how to categorize this but it’s a great clue!
18. BALLYHOO – BALL (one’s kicked) + Y[a]HOO (thug without A)
19. TAPESTRY – TAPES (records) + TRY (strive)
22. STASIS – STASI (communist police) + S (south)
23. KNOCK – double definition
26. CASH – AS (as) in CH (companion)
28. RIO – hidden word

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,066 by Mudd”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    21a: Your first parsing BA, NANA is valid. I learn that ‘nana’ (sl.) means “an idiot, fool; the head as in ‘off one’s nana’ (Aust.)” (Chambers)

    I knew Nana only as a novel by Émile Zola.

  2. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    30a: The abbr. SC for “that is to say” is also new to me, Pete. I looked up XWD which has the abbr. and this meaning among others, but for an understanding I had to go to Chambers:

    sc. abbrev: scilicet (L.), namely

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