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Financial Times 13,096 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 18th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 6
A mighty strong puzzle from Cincinnus this time. I am awed by 26A and also like 5A and 13A. It took me some time to complete the right-bottom corner while the rest flowed fairly easily.

And I want take the opportunity to congratulate my colleague Uncle Yap on enjoying such an excellent time on his visit to Britain.

Across
1. INSTANCE – “in stance” (batting position)
5. BUNYIP – BU[n]NY + I[s] + P[ythonesque]
9. PLAINTAIN – ANT (insect) in PLAIN (ordinary)
10. MINUTE – double definition
12. LAYER – LAY (set) + ER (monarch)
13. SENSELESS – SENSE (feel) + LESS (inferior)
14. MAIDEN – AID (support) in MEN (soldiers)
16. EASTERN – E[uropean] + ASTERN (back)
18. NUTTERS – UTTER (say) in N-S (opposite directions)
20. MALICE – MALI (country) + C[ottag]E
22. PERISHING – I (island) in PERSHING (general)
23. LANCE – LANCE[lot]
24. EDISON – SIDE (team) backwards + ON (working)
25. KNITWEAR – K (king) + anagram of A WINTER with a beaut of a cryptic definition
26. TYRONE – ON (on) in TYRE (ancient port)
27. CAROLLER – CA (about) + ROLLER (bird)

Down
1. IMPALA – hidden word
2. SEALYHAM TERRIER – anagram of MERELY TEARS HAIR
3. ASTIR – ASTI (wine) + [ba]R
4. CRIMSON – C[ezanne] + RIMS (borders) + ON (on)
6. UNIVERSAL – anagram of IVANS RULE
7. YOU NEVER CAN TELL – double definition
8. PLEASANT – SAN (Spanish saint) in PLEAT (fold)
11. ONCE – [b]ONCE
15. DRESS DOWN – double definition
17. ANAPAEST – anagram of A PEASANT
19. SKIM – S (small) + KIM (book by Kipling)
20. MAGENTA – M[ark] + AGENT (spy) + A (a)
21. TERROR – as in “holy terror”
23. LET GO – [wes]T in LEGO (bricks)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,096 by Cincinnus”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    I enjoyed this. First FT crossword I’ve done. I found about on a par with Everyman in The Observer. I struggled with the final clue of ‘TERROR’

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Welcome to FT crosswords, Andrew. I have been doing them for about 20 years. TERROR stumped me for a while as well even though I have, as a child, been referred to as a holy terror myself! CAROLLER took me a while too until I dredged up the memory that ROLLER is a kind of bird.

  3. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Another great puzzle from Cincinnus.

    I really liked 7d – “You never can tell” referring to the Official Secrets Act. What a terrific clue!

    It never ceases to amaze me how Cincinnus keeps coming up with such great clues.

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