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Financial Times 13,084 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 4th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 23
Recent conjectures that Cincinnus is making his puzzles harder seem to me to be denied by this one. I found it fairly easy but very enjoyable as usual.

Across
1. SPECTRUM – [in]SPECT[or] + RUM (suspect)
6. BEREFT – F (fellow) in BERET (cap)
9. NORMAL – NORMA (opera) + L (number of Romans)
10. ROSEMARY – double definition
11. OGRE – GO backwards + RE (about)
12. VIETNAMESE – anagram of IS MEAT EVEN
14. COTTON ON – COTTON (British golfer) + ON (cricket side)
16. DOGS – DO (perform) + G[love]S
18. STET – STET[son]
19. OBSOLETE – SOLE (only) in anagram of TO BE
21. HENRY FONDA – anagram of F[i]NERY in HONDA (car)
22. MOOS – MOOS[e]
24. POINT OUT – PO (flower) + IN (favoured) + TOUT (solicitor)
26. INRUSH – I (one) + anagram of RUNS + H (hydrogen)
27. ADVENT – V (very shortly) in ADEN (port) + T (time)
28. EGG WHISK – EG (for example) + G (good) + WHISK[y]

Down
2. PRONG – [milliga]N in PROG (program)
3. COMMENTATOR – homophone (“common tater”)
4. RELEVANT – ER (royal) backwards + LEVANT (do a runner)
5. MARIE ANTOINETTE – anagram of MEET IRATE NATION
6. BASINS – IN (in) in BASS (fish)
7. RAM – double definition
8. FORESIGHT – homophone (“Forsyte” as in Saga)
13. MIDDLEMARCH – MIDDLE (mean) + MARCH (demonstrate)
15. ON THE ROAD – anagram of DO ANOTHER
17. ASSAYING – A (a) + S (small) + SAYING (saw)
20. AFLOAT – A (a) + FLOAT (launch)
23. OASIS – O (naught) + AS IS (in its present state)
25. NEE – hidden word

One Response to “Financial Times 13,084 by Cincinnus”

  1. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Hi Pete

    Good blog.

    Yes, normal service has been resumed. After struggling with the previous two puzzles, this one I solved with only a couple of minor delays.

    As usual, a great puzzle from Cincinnus, my favourite FT compiler. He really is a very talented clue-smith. I wish his puzzles were weekly rather than fortnightly, as two weeks is too long to wait for his next puzzle.

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