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Financial Times 13,192 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 8th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 26
I found this a moderately difficult puzzle for Mudd. I especially liked 4D and 25D.

Across
1. CAMISOLE – CAM (river) + I (one) + SOLE (only)
5. CHALET – HALE (fit) in CT (court)
9. MANDARIN – double/cryptic definition
10. PROBED – “pro bed” (a sleepyhead’s vote). Cute!
12. DRIVE – double definition
13. ENTOURAGE – anagram of ROUTE N + AGE (time)
14. CALAIS – C (cold) + I (I) in ALAS (sadly)
16. PIERROT – PIER (jetty) + ROT (nonsense)
19. PIT STOP – POTS (pockets, as in billiards) + TIP (gratuity) all backwards
21. MENACE – MEN (people) + ACE (cracking)
23. AUBERGINE – IN (popular) in AUBERGE (inn)
25. SUPER – REP (agent) + US (America) all backwards (west)
26. ENDEAR – END (finale) + EAR (organ)
26. STAR SIGN – anagram of RINGS AS around [plane]T
28. THEBES – THE BEST[t] (not entirely number one)
29. HOGMANAY – anagram of MAHOGANY. I’ll remember this every New Year!

Down
1. COMEDY – MED (holiday destination) in COY (modest)
2. MENDICANT – “mend I can’t”
3. STAKE – double definition
4. LOITERS – homophone (“lighters”)
6. HERCULEAN – HER (that woman’s) + anagram of UNCLE A
7. LIBYA – hidden word
8. TED HEATH – anagram of HATED THE
11. STEP – PETS (gerbils and hamsters) backwards
15. ALTERNATE – A (a) + TERN (bird) in LATE (behind time)
17. RECEPTION – double definition
18. APPARENT – A (a) + P-PARENT (d-dad)
20. PAIL – homophone (“page”)
21. MAESTRO – anagram of TO SMEAR
22. BRANDY – [a]B[sinthe] + RANDY (eager for another)
24. BADGE – BADGE[r] (bug, as a verb, with ‘tail’ removed)
25. SCRUM – SCUM[p] (to steal fruit, inconclusively). Great word SCRUMP! Generally means to collect windfalls. Presumably related to scrumpy!

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,192 by Mudd”

  1. bamberger says:

    Despite having nothing better to do as stuck in various airports I just could not get some out.
    Seeing the answers I should have got 9a,12a,14a,21a, 1d, 3d.
    28a I’d never heard of thebes so I’ll excuse myself there.
    4d I still can’t get this-are we talking about matches, piezo electtic lighters, fuel lighters, flint lighters or what?
    Thanks

  2. Hamilton says:

    Bamburger

    4d Lighters are flat-bottomed barges (Collins), but also it’s the way someone with a Birmingham accent would pronounce “loiters”, as I well remember from the many months of work training I did in that city!

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