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Financial Times 13,174 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 17th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 5

Another Cincinnus that, for me, is as impeccable as it is satisfying.

Across
9. PATRIARCH – ATRIA (courts) + RC (Catholic) in PH (parish boundaries)
10. MIAMI – I (I) + MAIM (injure) backwards
11. ABANDON – double definition
12. COAL TIT – A (a) in COLT (youngster) + IT (it)
13. GIG – palindrome
14. BEAVERBROOK – BEAVER (animal) + BROOK (stand)
17. MORSE – MORSE[l]
18. PIT – TIP (bit of advice) backwards
19. CONES – CO (taking care of) + NES (points)
21. DOWN-TO-EARTH – anagram of ONE WORD THAT
23. ERA – [h]ERA
25. APRICOT – APRI[l] + COT (bed)
27. PENDING – P (piano) + ENDING (finale)
28. OMEGA – hidden word
29. CYPRESSES – C[over] + PRESS (crowd) in YES (certainly)

Down
1. SPRANG – S (seconds) + PRANG (crash)
2. STRANGER – double definition
3. WILDEBEEST – anagram of EDIBLE STEW
4. BRAN – R (right) in BAN (outlaw)
5. CHICHESTER – CHIC (very smart) + HESTER (girl)
6. EMMA – reverse hidden word
7. TATTOO – T[weedledum] + A[nd] + T[weedledee] + TOO (also)
8. MISTAKES – MI (I’m about) + STAKES (betting slips)
15. APPRENTICE – I[roni]C in anagram of PETER PAN
16. BACKHANDER – H[ell] + AND (and) in BACKER (angel)
17. MEDIATOR – anagram of IM TO READ
20. NEEDIEST – anagram of DIET SEEN
22. WARRED – homophone (“ward”)
24. AUGUST – AUGUST[a]
26. CRAM – double definition
27. PAPA – double definition with the second referring to the phonetic alphabet

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,174 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Some people see Araucaria (and Cinephile – to a lesser extent) as the Ultimate Thing.
    An increasing number of people go for Paul (and Mudd) – rightly so.
    But, like you, I think Cincinnus is just as, indeed, impeccable and satisfying.
    There is a lightness (and brightness) in his way of clueing that appeals to me.
    Furthermore, for me, he is the master of the anagram.
    He always makes use of them in a natural and intelligent way, like in the Peter Pan clue (15dn).

    I think, not many people will respond to this crossword, but for me Cincinnus is surely one to look forward to.
    In the Guardian blog there’s lots of ‘comments’ on his Orlando entries, but they forget about Cincinnus.
    Unjustly so!

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Thank you for commenting. I like what you say very much.

    As I mentioned in the blog last week, I have a fondness for Cinephile largely because I have been doing his puzzles for so long — over 20 years. I don’t have much of a feeling about Mudd. I remember when he started and, at first, I did not like his puzzles although, with time, I grew to appreciate them and like them well now. But still Mudd does not stand out for me. Cincinnus does. There is such a freshness and sparkle to his puzzles that, when I open my FT and see his name, I am particularly happy.

  3. Eileen says:

    I agree with everything you’ve both said. [I have a soft spot for 'Orlando', because my first blog was one of his puzzles.]

    The anagram of this puzzle, for me, was 17dn – but my all-time favourite Cincinnus anagram [also blogged by you, Pete] is ‘a climber of rocks somewhere in Devon’ [10].

  4. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Eileen,

    I can, understandably, not have an all-time favourite Cincinnus anagram, but when not so long ago, I saw LANGOUSTE being anagrinded into EAT NO SLUG, it cheered up my Saturday brunch!
    (Although I must admit, that I rather wouldn’t think of slugs during a meal …)

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