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Financial Times 13,186 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 1st, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 20
Oh, I do like 13A. And 1A and 5D. Thank you, Cincinnus. Had some trouble with 2D and 14D.

Across
1. INSATIABLY – anagram of BY ITALIANS
7. MOCK – double definition
9. TWIG – double definition
10. ROLE MODELS – E (oriental) + MODE (style) in ROLLS (car)
11. DEAR ME – ARM (limb) in DEE (river)
12. AQUATINT – T[urk] in A (a) QUAINT (charmingly old-fashioned)
13. GRAFFITI – G[eorge] + anagram of RAFT IF I. Great word play and a delightfully weird surface.
15. TOLD – TO (to) + L (50) + D (500)
17. KEPI – hidden word
19. IRON DUKE – IRON (press) + DUKE (fist)
22. METHANOL – anagram of AN ELM HOT
23. SEDATE – SE (southeast) + DATE (appointment)
25. CONFERENCE – double definition
26. BADE – BAD (off) + [gam]E
27. FELL – triple definition? Is this a reference to the fictional Dr. Gideon Fell? I had not heard of the character but found him with some googling.
28. MASQUERADE – anagram of MADE + SQUARES

Down
2. NEW YEAR – New Year. This was easy to guess but the word play is unusual and it took me a while to satisfy myself that it worked and I had it right.
3. AUGER – A (a) + ‘UGER (much bigger for a Cockney)
4. ISRAELIS – anagram of LEAR (king) in ISIS (river)
5. BALEARIC ISLANDS – anagram of SAD IBERIAN CALLS
6. YUMYUM – double definition
7. MEDITATED – TATE (gallery) in [war]MED + ID (fish)
8. COLONEL – CO (company) + LONE (with no company) + L (left)
14. FRIGHTFUL – [trans]F[ormer] + RIGHTFUL (just)
16. ROUSSEAU – [t]ROUSSEAU
18. EYESORE – homophone (“I sore”)
20. KATYDID – “[What] Katy Did”
21. ANTRIM – AN (an) + TRIM (orderly)
24. DEBAR – anagram of BREAD

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,186 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thank you, Pete, for the blog.
    From now on I am going to support you in the pro-Cincinnus campaign.
    The clues are so precise & concise, so light & bright.

    Especially, his anagrams are usually of the highest order, because they are part of the clue which makes great surface reading, like 1ac or 5dn (where the Iberian, Spain and the answer all fit together wonderfully).

    Nice wordplay (with ‘company’) in 8ac, too.

    And 9ac: ‘Cotton’ and ‘wood’ are both materials, so linked together that way, but misleadingly so: cotton on = twig). Brilliant.

    Also a favourite: 11ac, in which ‘My’ is the definition.
    Very, very clever.

    No critical words, then?
    I fear, not.

    Everything’s clued so smoothly. If Cincinnus would do it like this (more often – we hardly see his alter ego Orlando nowadays) in the Guardian, people would rave about it, I guess.

    But as it is now, there seems hardly anyone interested in this top-setter.
    UNJUSTLY SO.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hear, hear!

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