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Financial Times 13,126 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 23rd, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 11
I enjoyed this puzzle from Cinephile. Had to look up a couple of words (CUMAE and PRETERITE). I particularly like 1A, 14A and 24-26A.

Across
1. DOWNTOWN – double/cryptic definition
5. BESTOW – hidden word
9. DRAMATIC – DRAM (Scotch) + ATIC (“attic”)
10. FEDORA – FE (iron) + DORA (lady)
12. CHIPS – double definition
13. SHORTHORN – THOR (deity) in SHORN (fleeced)
14. ASH PAN – syllable-reversed homophone. Unusual — shows panache!
16. PARADOX – PARA (airborne soldier) + DOX (“docks”)
18. ALL YEAR – ALLY (friend) + EAR (audience)
22. SHAKE A LEG – KE (kinetic energy) + ALE (drink) in SHAG (tobacco)
23, 20. COEUR DE LION – COE (Olympic runner) + anagram of RUDE + LION (cat)
24, 26. ATOMIC KITTEN – A (a) + TOM (cat) + IC (in charge) + KITTEN (little one)
27. DEVEREUX – DEVERE (Earl of Oxford) + U (turn) + X (cross). I actually knew this one!

Down
1. DEDUCE – DE (from French) + DUCE (Mussolini)
3, 2. THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT – anagram of ASSAULT BATH WITH TOTAL
4. WHITSUN – WHIT (a little bit) + SUN (light)
6, 19. ELECTORAL ROLL – O (ring) + R[evolutionary] in ELECTRA (complex girl) + ROLL (movement)
7. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE – TO (to) + O (love) + O (love) in GOD (God) + TO (to) + BET (gamble) + RUE (repent)
8. WHAT NEXT – WHA (Scots who) + N (pole) in TEXT (send phone messages)
11, 20. COUP DE GRACE – U (high class) in COP (policeman) + DEG (degree) + RACE (people)
15. PRETERITE – PRET (Parisian ready) + E (oriental) + RITE (ceremony)
17. BAR SNACK – CANS (containers) backwards in BARK (ship)
21. PROLIX – LI (51) in PROX (next month)
23. CUMAE – CU (copper) + MAE (West)

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