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Financial Times 13,114 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 9th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 27
Often when solving a puzzle, I just see what is clearly the right answer to a clue without figuring out how it works. This is particularly true with Cinephile’s puzzles, perhaps because I have been doing them for so long, and was particularly true of this one. I particularly like 27A and am unsure about 3D.

Across
1. SHOOT-EM-UP – TO (to) backwards + EMU (bird) in SHOP (store)
6. FRANC – hidden word
9. MITHRAS – MI (“M1″ motorway) + THRAS[h] (nearly beat)
10. OARSMAN – anagram of A ROMANS
11. ATLAS – double definition
12, 14. PERMANENT WAY – cryptic definition
15. OUT OF SEASON – anagram of TO SOFA NO USE
17. SILVER MINES – VERMIN (nasty creatures) in anagram of ISLES
19, 20. PAY AS YOU EARN – anagram of UP ON A YEAR SAY
22. CROUP – R (right) in COUP (revolution)
24. LITHIUM – LIT (caused fire) + U (universal) in HIM (the man)
26. IMAGIST – I (first) + MAGI (wise man) + ST (way)
27. REEVE – RE (concerned with) + EVE (former transgressor)
28. LAGER LOUT – anagram of ROGUE TALL

Down
1. SAMBA – SAM (boy or girl) + BA (graduate)
2. OUTPLAY – P (penny) in OUTLAY (expense)
3. TURNSTONE – ??? Is this correct? I cannot figure out the wordplay.
4. MESOPOTAMIA – anagram of SOME + AIM AT OP (aim at work) backwards
5, 6. PRO FORMA – PROF (academic) + OR (or) + MA (graduate)
7. AIMLESS – anagram of MILE in ASS (fool)
8. CONSTANCY – CONS[ul]TANCY
13. REFINANCING – ANC (South African party) in REFINING (dealing with oil)
14. WASSAILER – WAS (used to be) + anagram of ISRAEL
16. EASY CHAIR – EASY (no problem) + PRESIDENT (chair)
18. LAYETTE – YET (still) in LATE (not before time). I have never clearly known what this word means but I got it easily as I know it has something to do with babies.
19. PROVISO – PRO (expert) + V (5) + IS (is) + O (0)
21. UNITE – NIT (fool) in [d]UE[l]
23, 25. PETIT MAL – TITM[ice] (birds without ice) in PEAL (ring)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,114 by Cinephile”

  1. dr b says:

    I also had turnstone for 3d. The only thing I could figure was to “explore” is to “leave no stone unturned.” If stone = paving stone (of which avenues are made)….

    I’m not entirely convinced, however.

  2. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    There is this famous phrase that many Indians are fond of using: “to explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned” (I think this was often used by PGW in his writing).

    It was this phrase that came to my mind between the time I saw your post and returned here for writing this (meanwhile dr b’s note has appeared).

    The clue seems to allude to the second part of the colourful phrase and glance at the first part.

    to leave no stone unturned = TURN STONE. Along with this ‘explore avenue as well’.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Dr b, Thank you for commenting. I am glad to learn I was not the only one to have trouble with that clue.

    Rishi, thank you for that explanation. I think that has to be it.

  4. Liz says:

    A turnstone is a kind of bird as well: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/t/turnstone/index.asp. Not sure if that helps or just makes it more confusing!

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