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Financial Times 13,078 by Cinephile (channeling George Eliot)

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 28th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of 17 May
Cinephile gives us one of his typical themed puzzles, this one touching on the works of George Eliot.

Across
1. MY FATHER – FA[cts] in MYTH (legend) + ER (the Queen)
5. APICES – IC (in charge) in APES (primates)
10. DELTA – double definition
11. EL ALAMEIN – LAME (crippled) in ELAIN[e]
12. LEXINGTON – L (student) + NG (no good) in EXIT (way out) + ON (continuing). According to Wikipedia, there are no fewer than 21 cities in America named Lexington. The Lexington I know is an interesting small city in Virginia and home of a famous military college.
14. ROMOLA – OR (gold) + MOLA[r]
15. RIGHT ON – [b]RIGHTON
18, 23: HITS THE TRAIL – anagram of LIRE THIS THAT
20, 20. DANIEL DERONDA – ???. I guess that the early comic hero here is Dan Dare but I cannot figure out fully how the wordplay plays.
22. FATSO – anagram of A SOFT
24. TYRANNISE – ANN (girl) + IS (is) in TYRE (port)
25. ORANGEMAN – RANGE (scope) in OMAN (sultanate)
26, 9. SILAS MARNER – anagram of SAILS + MAR[i]NER
27. SALUTE – L (left) in SAUTE (lightly fried dish)
28. MASSENET – anagram of SEEN in MAST (nuts)

Down
1, 13. MIDDLEMARCH – double definition
2. FELIX HOLT – FELIX (cartoon cat) + HOLT (otter’s home)
3. TRAINS OF THOUGHT – cryptic definition. Nice one!
4. ELECTRA – ELECT (chosen) + RA (academician)
6. PTARMIGANS NESTS – anagram of PENT GRASS MAST. I solved this easily enough but “ptarmigans’ nests” is not an expression that has any special significance as far as I know. I guess compilers run short of 15-letter terms to use!
7. CLEAR – C (conservative) + LEAR (monarch)
8. SUNSHINE – double definition
16, 17. THE MILL ON THE FLOSS – ILL (sick) in THE MONTH (time with a flavour) + EF (notes) + LOSS (disappearance)
19. ENTOMB – E (note) + TOM (cat) in NB (note)
21. TEA SET – TEASE (arouse feelings) + T (model)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,078 by Cinephile (channeling George Eliot)”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    20ac, 20dn: I think it is
    I, ELDER, ON(-e) (one, earlier, one nearly)
    in DAN DA(-re) (early comic hero nearly)

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