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Financial Times 13,177 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on September 9th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Another one of Cinephile’s ‘X has the same meaning …..’, this time it was ‘P’ for ‘peaks’, made easier for me having climbed all but one of them in my youth.

Some typical Cinephile liberties (eg ‘steamboat, ‘eating place for students’ giving CAFELL and E[l]VIS) but also some smiles along the way (eg 10a) and something new learnt (30a).

Across
1 UNWEPT  PEW (seat) reversed in *(NUT)
4 BEN NEVIS  BENN (Labour politician) E[l]VIS (left off the King)
10 GHERKIN  cd
12 LONE  L (50) ONE (1)
13 FLY SWATTER  FLY (leave) SWAT (part of Pakistan) TER[rorist]
15 TRIPOD  TR[acks] I-POD (where many [tracks] can be stored)
16 GENAPPE  A PP (a very soft) in GENE (heredity factor)
20 GENTILE  GEN (information) TILE (hat)
21 CORNEA  N (new) in CORE (heart) A
24 HERB ROBERT  ROB (steal) in HERBERT (poet called George) – George Herbert (1593-1633), a Welsh poet, orator and priest
28 SNOWDON  SNOW (cocaine) DON (fellow)
29,3 SCAFELL PIKE  CAFE (eating place) LL (students) in SPIKE (Milligan)
30 SUSPENSE  SPENS (Sir Patrick) in SUE (girl) – The Child Ballads No. 58: Sir Patrick Spens or former politician Sir Patrick Spens who later became the 1st Baron Spens
31 SKETCH  S (prow of steam) KETCH (boat)

Down
1 UNGULATE  GNU (wildebeest) reversed U (turn) LATE (after time)
2 WHERNSIDE  HERNS (old waders, herons) in WIDE (extensive)
5 EMBOSSED  ME (setter) reversed BOSSED (being dominated)
6 NORMA MAJOR  NORMA (opera) MAJOR (chief)
7 VAULT  dd
8 SPHERE  hidden in ‘wasP HER Empire’
9,11 INGLEBOROUGH  INGLE (fire) BOROUGH (town)
14 FOOTBRIDGE  FOOT (Labour politician) BRIDGE (game) – Michael Foot, leader of the Labour Party 1980-1983
17 PEN-Y-GHENT  PEN (writer) Y (unknown) GHENT (Belgian city)
18 OLD BONES  O (love) *(BLONDES)
19 RANDOLPH  RAN (fled) DOLPH[in] (swimmer not at home) – the name of Sir Winston Churchill’s father and son
22 THESIS  THE (article) SIS (relative)
23,25 GRASS ROOTS  GRASS (cannabis) ROOTS (cheers)
27,26 PACKAGED  PACK (wolves) AGED (long in the tooth)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,177 / Cinephile”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    The theme is even more tightly defined than just peaks. The three across answers and the three down answers are each collectively know as the Three Peaks.

    The across ones are the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. This set of Three Peaks is often done as a charity challenge with the walkers being driven between them. It’s normally a 24 hour hour challenge. There is also a Three Peaks race that involves sailing beween the harbours closest to the peaks, cycling to the peaks and then running up and down. It takes a few days!

    The down ones are the Yorkshire Three Peaks. These are the venue to a fell race and a cyclocross race. Both races are usually won by Rob Jebb.

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