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Financial Times 13,204 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 22nd, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 10
Cincinnus keeps coming with great clues; witness 1A, 9A, 13A, 2D and 6D. But there is one clue, 11D, whose wordplay I do not completely understand. This happens once in a while but very rarely with Cincinnus. No doubt someone will fill me in.

1. BUDAPEST – DA (Russian agreement) + PE (exercises) in BUST (ruined)
5. OBJECT – double definition
9. TOP-NOTCH – TOP (spinner) + NOTCH (score)
10. CINEMA -[so]CI[al] + anagram of NAME
12. HANDY – hidden word
13. BROOKLIME -anagram of LIKE BROOM. I was not familiar with the plant called brooklime but it was a fairly easy one to guess (once I had crossing letters) and check in a dictionary.
14. ADRIFT – AD (commercial) + RIFT (break)
16. UPRIGHT – double definition
18. LIMITED – MITE (child) in LID (cover)
20. ENDURE – END (last) + URE (Yorkshire river)
22. NEURALGIA – anagram of ALE CURING
23. DUMBO – DUMB (silent) + O (old)
24. OTIOSE – initial letters
25. GREENOCK – NO (number) + C (100) in GREEK (European). I got this one easily as Greenock is the original home of one of my dearest friends.
26. RARITY – R (river) + IT (it) in RAY (fish)
27. STAMPEDE – STAMPED (made impression) + [fi]E[ld]

1. BITCHY – B (bishop) + ITCHY (uneasy feeling)
2. DAPHNE DU MAURIER – anagram of IN PADUA HE IS MURDER. Padua is mentioned in “Don’t Look Now”.
3. PROXY – OX (beef) in PRY (be nosy)
4. SACKBUT – SACK (fire) + BUT (only)
6. BLINKERED – LINKER (joiner) in BED (retired)
7. EVENING PRIMROSE – EVEN IN (regular) + GP (doctor) + RIM (border) + anagram of SORE
8. TRAVESTY – A (a) + VEST (vest) in TRY (attempt)
11. NON-U – ??? (How does American labour fit?)
17. CLANGOUR – homophone (“clanger”)
19. DOGE – EGO (I) + D (‘d) backwards
20. EXCERPT – R[ead] in EXCEPT (bar)
21. ROOKIE – ROOK (bird) + IE (that is)
23. DREAM – D (daughter) + REAM (a lot of paper)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,204 by Cincinnus”

  1. Rishi says:

    Re 11dn:
    Simple! The US spelling of ‘labour’ doesn’t have ‘u’.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Duh! Of course. Thanks, Rishi. I feel I should have got that as I came across a similar clue just a while ago.

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Indeed, again a very good crossword from Cincinnus.
    You can hardly say anything about it that would spoil that feeling.
    My favourites were the really brilliant 2dn, and 14ac (ADRIFT), in which Cincinnus has clearly the edge over Paul (yesterday’s Guardian).
    Unlike Pete, I found 13ac not very good. BROOKLIME is too similar to “like broom”.
    Funny to see the EVENING PRIMROSE turn up again, a word which the setter also used just recently in the Guardian as, of course, Orlando (different construction, but again with “herbal remedy”).
    In a way I find Cincinnus more satisfying than Orlando.
    Maybe that is because the Guardian editor asks for “a higher level” – whatever that is, while the FT gives more room to uncomplicated clues, which allows Cincinnus to sparkle in all his simplicity.
    Like in 20ac, where the dangerous bear by a Yorkshire river is not really thát dangerous …

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