Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Financial Times 13,102 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 25th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 13
I found this Mudd a bit of a challenge, especially the top-right corner. I particularly like 16A and 14D.

Across
1. DEFECT – double definition
4. SANSERIF – anagram of FAIRNESS
10. LISSOME – L[eg] + IS (is) + SOME (a bit)
11. TWO-TIME – EMIT (send) + OWT (anything) all backwards
12. VIEW – double definition
13. MERSEY BEAT – ERSE (language) + BY backwards all in MEAT (flesh)
15. REMARK – double definition
16. BAHRAIN – BAH (damn) + RAIN (miserable weather) :)
20. GNOCCHI – hidden word
21. SKIMPY – KIM (Philby) in SPY (agent)
24. LACKLUSTRE – anagram of REACT + SKULL
26. IDOL – LIDO (swimming pool) with L shifted to end
28. CARRY-ON – CAR (vehicle) + [traile]R + YON (that)
29. FORWARD – cryptic definition (“for ward”)
30. ENTIRETY – RE (about) in ENTITY (to be?)
31. OGRESS – S + S + ERGO (so) all reversed

Down
1. DELIVERY – E (drug) + LIVE (as it happens) in DRY (shrivelled up)
2. FISHERMAN -IF (if) reversed + SHERMAN (US general). Sherman was, I believe, famous for his march.
3. CLOT – double definition
5. ARTESIAN – A (a) + anagram of IN TEARS
6. STONY BROKE – anagram of TYSON + BROKE
7. RAISE – [b]RAISE
8. FIESTA – [absinth]E in FIST (punch with this) + A (a)
9. BERET – R (right) in BEET (source of sugar). Is “it’s felt” a really suitable definition for beret? Berets may be made of felt but are not necessarily.
14. BRICKLAYER – anagram of LICK in BRAYER (donkey)
17. IMMEDIATE – MEDIA (newspapers etc.) in anagram of TIME
18. CHESTNUT – double definition
19. CYCLADES – A (a) + D (daughter) in CYCLES (bikes)
22. CLOCHE – LOCH (Scottish water) in CE (church)
23. CRAFT – double definition
25. CARAT – A (a) in CART (haul)
27. BRAG – GARB (dress) backwards

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


× 2 = eighteen