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Financial Times 13,150 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 20th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 9
Cinephile is in good form here with a puzzle that I found moderately easy but very satisfying. I particularly like 17A.

Across
9. POORHOUSE – POOR HOUSE (not many at the play). The definition here seems very weak to me. Am I missing something?
10, 26. CHAFFINCH – CHAFF (banter) + IN (in) + CH (church)
12. FURNISH – URN (a lot of tea) in FISH (drinkers)
14. INTERREGNUM – anagram of ME RETURNING
17. BLIND – double definition
18, 23. BIT OFF – double definition
19. GRAIN – double definition
21. ADAMS NEEDLE – his and hers!
25, 11. SPECIAL EFFECTS – SPECIAL (temporary policeman) + EFFECTS (belongings)
27. SUNBELT – anagram of LET BUNS
28. COLIC – COL (the officer) + IC (in charge)
29. TRANSPIRE – T (model) + RAN (managed) + SPIRE (prominence in church)

Down
1. APPEAL – homophone (“a peal”)
2. CONFETTI – anagram of TO INFECT
3, 24, 8. THE CHILD IS FATHER OF THE MAN – FAT (obese) + HERO (protagonist) + FT (foot) all in THE (the) + CHILDISH (puerile) + EMAN (name backwards)
4. WUSS – hidden word
5. PERFORATED – ER (head of state) + FO (government department) in PRATED (talked)
6, 13. SCARLET – SCAR (mark) + LET (small extent)
15. TABLECLOTH – ABLE (talented) + CLOT (fool) in TH[e]
16. EAGLES NEST – anagram of SEAS GENTLE
17. BRASSICA – BRASS (money) + I CA[n]
20. ALOPECIA – OP (work) in ALE (drink) + CIA (people of intelligence)
22. AGE-OLD – GEOL[ogy] in AD (our epoch)
27, 7. STAGNATION – STAG (men only) + NATION (country)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,150 by Cinephile”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    Well it’s long enough now and nobody will see this apart from you, Pete, so I can speak: in my opinion this is a typical Cinephile: several clues that don’t seem comfortable (although I have to admit I may be failing to see something) like 6,13 {let = small extent ???) and 17ac (apparently loose), and some shocking things, like the homophone in the definition (16dn), the superfluous words like ‘carries’ in 19ac, and the highly dodgy anagram indicator in 2dn.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi Wil, I am often critical of Cinephile but saw nothing to complain about in this puzzle at the time — although I did wonder about let = small extent. Perhaps because I was on vacation and having a great time I was more forgiving than usual!

    I completely missed the flaw in 16D but, now you point it out, agree that it is egregious. Shocking, indeed. I see no problem with 17A (but maybe I am missing something?). I think that your issue with 19A is debatable. And I acknowledge your point about 2D.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Thanks for replying so fully, Pete. Perhaps I’m being a bit picky about 17ac, but defining ‘blind’ as ‘roll-up’ is a definition by example. There are several other types of blinds. As for 19ac, it seems wrong to me because you can define ‘grain’ by ‘One’s natural inclination’ and also by ‘very little weight’, but ‘carries’ is doing nothing so far as I can see apart from making for a nice surface. It has no role whatsoever in the wordplay — it surely can’t be seen as a link-word.

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