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Financial Times 13,168 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 10th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 29
I have been a big fan of Cinephile for many, many years — although all these years amount to only a minority of those for which he has been compiling. Recently I have commented occasionally that he can get a little sloppy. But, as this puzzle proves, he can still come up with a real corker once in a while. I found it fairly challenging and impressive. I especially like 1A, 17A, 30A, 11D and 18D.

Across
1. WAPITI – homophone (“wha’ a pity”)
4. ISOLATED – I (I) + O (nothing) in SLATED (was critical)
9. ROLL UP – double definition
10. MARZIPAN – MA (graduate) + ZIP (vigour) in RAN (raced)
12, 13, 14. WEST NORTHWEST – anagram of NEWS THREW TOTS
17. OLD PRETENDER – anagram of DEPLORED RENT
20. FROMAGE FRAIS – FROM (product of) + AGE (years) + FRA (brother) + IS (is). Fromage frais is something I like a lot and have been unable to find where I live in California.
23, 24, 25. EAST SOUTHEAST – anagram of THE STATES USA O (love). Dead easy once one has 12, 13, 14.
28. REUSABLE – anagram of RUE + SABLE (fur)
29. TIPTOE – anagram of OPT in TIE (bond)
30. GEOMETRY – GE[n]OME + TRY (essay)
31. PLEASE – P (piano) + LEASE (hire)

Down
1. WORMWOOD – inversion of WOODWORM (damaging furniture). But “damaging furniture” does not quite define woodworm.
2. PALISADE – homophone (“palace aide”)
3, 27. TRUE WILL – TRUE (authentic) + WILL (Shakespeare)
5. STARTING GATE – STAR (outstanding performer) + TIN (money) + G (1,000) + GATE (for everyone entering)
6. LAZE – [b]LAZE
7. TOPPER – P[int] in TOPER (one who drinks)
8. DONATE – DON ATE (what happened at high table)
11. BOTTOM DOLLAR – anagram of BOLD MORTAL TO
15, 26. DRURY LANE – anagram of [f]LURRY in DANE (Hamlet)
16. DEIFY – cryptic definition
18. SAMANTHA – hidden word
19. AS IT WERE – SITWE[lls] in ARE
21. RED RAG – RE-DRAG (have another pull)
22. ESCUDO – CU (copper) in anagram of DOES

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