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Financial Times 13,162 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 3rd, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 22
I enjoyed Mudd’s slightly unconventional 11A. I also like 3D and 20D.

Across
1. ASSEMBLE – MESS (disorder) backwards in ABLE (has the tools)
5. ENIGMA – G (good) in A MINE (source of gems) backwards
10. CHAIR – I (one) in CHAR (cleaner)
11. GRANULOSE – U win some, U lose some!
12. VINDICATE – V (against — as in versus) + INDICATE (point)
13. EVERT – double definition. Yes, I remember Chris Evert!
14. BEAGLE – B (black) + EAGLE (bird)
15. ROLL BAR – ROLL (bread) + BAR (chocolate)
18. EPSILON – anagram of ONES LIP
20. SOCIAL – SO (thus) + I (one) in CAL (a state)
22. OPTIC – P (quietly) in OTIC (ear). This seems a bit faulty since otic means relating to ears, not simple ear.
24. PRURIENCE – anagram of I RUN CREEP
25. PLAINTIFF – PLAIN (ugly) + TIFF (row)
26. INEPT – I (I) + P[ig] in NET (catch)
27. ROTTER – R (river) + OTTER (mammal)
28. STRESSED – dual/cryptic definition (italics indicating that “anxious” should be emphasized)

Down
1. ALCOVE – A (a) + C (Conservative) in LOVE (nothing)
2. STAINLESS – TA (tantalum) in SINLESS (virgin)
3. MARRIAGE LICENSE – cryptic definition
4. LUGGAGE – GAG (funny) in LUGE (winter sport)
6. NOUVELLE CUISINE – anagram of IN ON ELUSIVE CLUE
7. GNOME – hidden word
8. APERTURE – A (a) + [love]R in PET (smooch) + URE (flower — meaning river)
9. CAREER – double definition
16. BRAINLESS – B (book) + RAINLESS (dry)
17. BELOW PAR – double definition
19. NAPKIN – NAP (pile) + KIN (nearest people)
20. STUFF IT – double definition
21. NETTED – TT (two times) in NEED (requirement)
23. TOAST – cryptic definition I suppose

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