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Financial Times 13,111 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on June 24th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Being Wimbledon fortnight I suppose we might have had strawberries sometime but instead we got a single straw[berry] plus a lot of other berries. Pity there was no cream to go with them!

I found this a mixed bag with some very easy clues and some which took a little time to unravel. There were a few typical Cinephile clues (eg 25a and 19d) and one which I have been unable to parse or even understand fully (17a).

Across
1 LAID PAPER  LAID (ugly, in French) PAPER (journal)
6 BLACK  cd
9 GOOSE  cd
10 AD NAUSEAM  *(AN) USE (custom) in ADAM (first man)
11 NEONATALLY  NEON (gas for lighting) A TALLY (score)
12 CRAN  cd
14 WHORTLE  RT (right) in WHOLE (complete)
15 TROUBLE  T (time) ROUBLE (money)
17 TAYLORS  ??? - there is a ‘Taylor Series’ in mathematics and the merchants’ guild could be the ‘Merchant Taylors’ Company’, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London, but I don’t see where ‘golden apples’ fits in nor can I see what is the definition and what is the wordplay.
19 CATALAN  CAT (pet) ALAN (boy)
20 RASP  cd
22 TRAUMATISM  *(I MUST A) in TRAM (vehicle)
25 EARTHWORK  *(EARTH) = ‘heart’
26 ENROL  hidden in ‘gardEN ROLlers’
27 ROWAN  cd – Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
28 ELEVENSES  LEVEN (loch) in *(SEES)

Down
1 LOGAN  G (good) in LOAN (advance)
2 ICONOLOGY  NO LOG (record) in I (one) COY (company)
3 PRECAUTION  *(A TEN P CURIO)
4 PLACATE  LAC (senior airman) in PATE (head)
5 RINGLET  RING (bells) LET (hire)
6 BLUE  cd – a reference to the Conservative Party (I assume)
7 ANEAR  AN EAR (a listener)
8 KOMINTERN  *(MINOR KENT)
13 CONTRAVENE  *(COVENANTER)
14 WATER BEAR  WATER BEAR[er] (removing hesitation from Aquarius)
16 BILLIARDS  ILL (sick) I (one) in BARDS (poets)
18 SCROOGE  EGO (personality) ORCS (killers) reversed
19 CHUCKLE  CHUCK (Berry, musician) LE (the, in French) and C (caught) HUCKLE[berry] (American berry) – two sets of wordplay
21 STRAW  cd – Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Justice
23 MULES  dd
24 WHIN  H (hospital) in WIN (success)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,111 / Cinephile”

  1. smiffy says:

    Hi Gaufrid,

    Have to admit that I solved many of the thematic answer without recourse to figuring out the wordplay, so thanks for the enlightenment. In contrast, KOMINTERN came purely from the wordplay, as I recognised the word but not the meaning.

    17A is a triple def’n. The two elements you cited, plus a variety of apple.
    See (http://www.allaboutapples.com/varieties/var_t1.htm#taylor)

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi smiffy
    Thanks for the link. I had considered the possibility of a triple definition in 17a but I had no luck googling for a possible link between ‘taylor’ and ‘apple’ (I was either not using the correct search terms or I didn’t plough through sufficient hits). That just leaves the quibble regarding the mathematical reference which is usually referred to as the ‘Taylor series’ rather than ‘Taylor’s series’.

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