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Financial Times 13,172 / Mudd

Posted by Gaufrid on September 3rd, 2009


Some people may be unhappy with one or two of the definitions (eg 12a & 6d) and the number of double/cryptic definitions but I enjoyed this puzzle because in each corner there were some relatively easy clues to get one started and some more difficult ones to get one thinking. I rather liked 4a and 14d though some of the other surfaces left a little to be desired. In 27a, ‘pond life that’s croaked’ immediately had me thinking of yesterday’s ‘literary washerwoman’ (but not for long).

1 BUFFET  dd
9 ISRAEL IS (one’s) LEAR (king) reversed
10 CHARISMA  IS in CHARM (attraction) A
12 DIURETIC  U (university) in DIRE (awful) TIC (jerk) – definition ‘tea, perhaps’
15 REAR  hidden in ‘motheR EARth’
16 MAYONNAISE  hidden reversal in ‘moviES I ANNOY A Man’
19 SHELLSHOCK  SHE’LL (woman will) SHOCK (hair)
20 SCAM  SCAM[p] (rascal detailed)
23 ARMOUR  R (king) in AMOUR (love)
27 DEAD DUCK  cd&d
28 CANINE  IN (at home) in CANE (stick)
29 ON-SCREEN  *(CENSOR) EN[d] (climax cut)
30 INSECT  IN (among) SECT (body of religious followers)

1 BLINDER  d&cd
2 FORTUNATE  TUNA (fish) in FORTE (strong)
3 EXETER  EX (old) ET (film) ER (The Queen) – the third time (at least) in as many weeks that this city has appeared in one puzzle or another
5 ASHY  A SHY (mousy)
6 PURULENT  RULE (order) in PUNT (bet) – full of puss pus (‘pussy’)
7 ISSUE  [t]ISSUE (topping paper) – another answer (with similar cluing) that has appeared several times recently
8 TRANNIE  T (Tango) R (Romeo) ANNIE (musical)
11 PIRANHA  RAN (managed in A HIP (a joint) reversed
14 POACHER  dd
17 INCENTIVE  IN CENT (money) I’VE (I have, when short)
19 SO-AND-SO  [h]AND (‘elp’) in SO-SO (fair)
21 MAE WEST  EWE (producer of milk) in MAST (post)
22 STRAIN  dd
24 MEANS  dd
26 ACNE  N (north) in ACE (card)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,172 / Mudd”

  1. Paul B says:

    Well, I’m afraid I have to side with the setter on both counts with your ‘dodgy definitions’, Gaufrid.

    First ‘tea’ is undoubtedly a diuretic and, together with ‘perhaps’, avoids dread DBE (definition by example) – I’m sure this would be accurate enough for most editors – and PUSSY, in the sense of purulent as used by this excellent compiler, has a separate entry in Collins.

    PUS, btw, has just the one S according to my references.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    I didn’t say they were ‘dodgy’, in fact I was quite happy with them. However, had these clues appeared in a Guardian puzzle I am sure that there would have been several comments added to the blog by people who were not happy with them, particularly 12a.

    Thanks for pointing out the typo. I ‘copied and pasted’ too many letters.

  3. Paul B says:

    I didn’t say you had said … they … were … dodgy … um, you get my point. And unfortunately we’ll be in the dark as to what people might have thought of these definitions until such time as they *do* appear in The Guardian! All I’m saying is, each was perfectly defensible.

    If you’re saying that a genuinely dodgy definition is more likely to appear in The Guardian than in the FT, then I might be tempted to agree with you.

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