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Financial Times 13,076/Mudd – Squeal Like a Pig

Posted by smiffy on May 14th, 2009

smiffy.

Slim-pickings for the anagram fiends from Mudd today, but a liberal smattering of compounds and double definitions.

Across
1 DECOCT – Dec + Oct.
4 SPIFFING – s + piff[l]ing.
9 MONKEY – Mon (three calendar abbreviations already!) + key.
10 IMPROPER – punning on “imp roper”.
11 SQUEAL – double def’n. “18” being Napoleon the pig (in the context of Animal Farm). Although, this is probably a more infamous example.
12 DOMINION – do (“party”) + minion.
13 ARM – harm with a dropped aitch.
14 ITALIC – I + (I in talc).
17 SAFFRON – s + affron[t]
21 GALAXY – lax in gay
25 LEG – gel<
26 CIRCULAR – at least the question mark pre-empts too much discussion as to whether this is a watertight double def’n.
27 MORASS – Or in mass. Is the surface reading an allusion to a particular Mr Marsh?
28 ABATTOIR – a + bat + (riot)<. Despite the admirable surface reading, I couldn’t quite justify the wordplay.  To me it suggests either ATABTOIR (“wind back Fight Club“)or ATOIRBAT (wind back Fight, Club).
29 SEWING – ‘e in swing.
30 ETHEREAL – E + there + a + l.
31 INVEST

Down
1 DOMESTIC – (items)* in Doc.
2 CONJUGAL – con + jug + Al.
3 CLEMATIS – c[hoke] + (I smelt a)*.
5 POM-POM – pomp + Om (the archetypal “mantra”).
6 FIRKIN – fir + kin.
7 IMPAIR – I’m + pair.
8 GERUND – hidden
12 DRIFTER – FT in drier (“now under umbrella” – assuming it’s already raining).
15 CAT – talking of rain…
16 DOG – …here’s another 3-letter pair.
18 NAPOLEON – (a pole) in “Non”.
19 MAGAZINE – double def’n.
20 EYESIGHT – yes in eight (rowing crew).
22 SCRAPE – double def’n
23 BREACH – b[ook] + reach.
24 PUTTER – P + utter.
25 LA-DI-DA – [Princess] Di in Lada.

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