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Financial Times 13,156 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 27th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 15

I did this puzzle on a flight from London to the US returning from my summer vacation. I found it good as always although I do have a quibble about 19A. My favourite clue is probably 15D.

Across
1. BACTERIOLOGIST – anagram of REACT in BIOLOGIST (one scientist)
10. MARGE – double definition
11. GREAT OUSE – EAT (swallow) in GROUSE (game bird)
12. LUGGAGE – AG (silver) in LUGGE[r] (vessel, runs away)
13. APOSTLE – anagram of PLEAS TO
14. SENSE – double definition
16. IMPIOUSLY – IOUS (promises to pay) in IMPLY (suggest)
19. WHOLEMEAL – WHOLE (and nothing else) + MEAL (dinner, say). But surely wholemeal denotes a type of bread, not bread per se.
20. HYDRA – hidden word
22. SMASHER – double definition
25. THICKET – THICK (stupid) + ET (alien filmed)
27. AVOIDANCE – anagram of ADVICE ON A
28. SACKS – homophone (“sax”)
29. LONGWINDEDNESS – anagram of NELSONS WEDDING

Down
2. AGRIGENTO – AGRI (rural sort of business) + GENT (man) + O (round)
3. THETA – THE (article) + TA (cheers)
4. RUGGEDISE – anagram of GRIEG USED
5. OPERA – PO (post office) backwards + ERA (time)
6. OSTROGOTH – anagram of TO GO SHORT
7. INUIT – I (one) + NUIT (night abroad — i.e. in France)
8. THEREBY – anagram of BEER in THY (your)
9. SMALLS – MALL (shopping area) in [bru]SS[els]
15. EYE SHADOW – EYE (watch) + SHADOW (dog)
17. POLYTHENE – anagram of TELEPHONY
18. SIDEKICKS – SIDE (party) + KICKS (fun)
19. WASSAIL – ASS (mug) in WAIL (lament)
21. ATTEST – A (a) + T (time) + TEST (trial)
23. ADORN – ADO (trouble) + RN (sailors)
24. RUN-IN – double definition
26. IBSEN – I[ntroducing] + B[oring] + S[cenes] + E[ntertaining] + N[obody]

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,156 by Cincinnus”

  1. John Newman says:

    Can you explain to me the THETA clue. Sure THE = Article and Ta = cheers, but who is the character in Marathon? Don’t tell me it is the letter “H”?

    I looked at 19 across slightly differently. Bread for dinner (say) = wholemeal (ie type of bread one has for dinner). And nothing else (for dinner understood) = whole meal.

    I thought that this clue was very good. I thought the question mark applicable but maybe my answer is to a clue without it. In my comment to you after the last Cincinnus I said that I find his use of the ? somewhat problematic.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I was puzzled for a while by the THETA clue and for two reasons. Firstly I did not see how cheers could clue TA. Secondly I thought that the definition did not quite work. Then I concluded that “character in Marathon” simply meant “a Greek letter”. Finally I decided it might be more subtle than that and have a second defining meaning in that the Greek spelling of Marathon (???????) includes a theta.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    ‘Bread …’ as a definition of ‘wholemeal’ seems OK to me. You can perfectly well clue ‘ide’ using the definition ‘fish': an ide is a type of fish, just as wholemeal is a type of bread. In my opinion there would only be a problem if ‘wholemeal’ was being used to define ‘bread’.

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