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Financial Times 13,219 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on October 28th, 2009

Gaufrid.

A very enjoyable puzzle from Cinephile today, made easier by the horse racing theme which was fairly simple to determine from the first reference in 9a but as I was doing the clues in reverse order it was 23d that gave the game (or rather sport) away.

Quite a few smiles along the way and something new learnt, ‘sport one’s oak’ (13a), but I wonder how fair this is for those who have not been fortunate enough to attend one of these two institutions since the term is not exactly in common usage.

Across
1 FIBULA IF (providing) reversed BULA[wayo] (half Zimbabwean city)
4 SCIMITAR I’M IT (subject identifies with object) in SCAR (trauma)
9 EPSOM *(POEMS)
10 DIRECTION dd
12 ST LEGER ST (street) LEG (walker) ER (queen)
13 OAKS dd – to ‘sport one’s oak’ is an Oxbridge term for keeping one’s outer door shut when one does not want visitors
17,11 THOUSAND GUINEAS THOU (old solver) D (dollar) in SANGUINE (optimistic) AS (like)
19 SWAN S[ing] WAN (pale) &lit
22 RIDOTTO RID (liberate) OTTO[man] (Turk unmanned)
24 AINTREE AIN (Scots own) TREE (genealogy)
25 HORSE RACE RACEHORSE (participant) with parts inverted
26,14 GRAND NATIONAL *(DARLINGTON AN A[ss])
27 MAYFLIES d&cd
28 BAD EGG cd&d

Down
1 FEEL-GOOD GLEE (delight) reversed in FOOD (victuals)
2 BUS TICKET TICKE[r] (heart doesn’t end) in BUST (breast)
3 LIMPET IMP (devil) in LET (permit)
5 CHRISTIAN NAME MANNA (food from heaven) reversed in CHRISTIE (auctioneer)
6 MECHLIN ME (setter) CH (companion) L (left) IN
7 THING hidden in ‘faiTH IN Germany’
8 RUN DRY sUNDRY (divers needing new opening)
10 DISPASSIONATE *(IS AS POINTED AS)
15 LOWER CASE LOWER (cow) CASE (for example)
16 UNDERDOG d&cd
18 OATMEAL O (love) A M (Monsieur) in TEAL (duck)
20 ARNHEM RN (sailors) in AHEM (tactful cough)
21 ENIGMA I (first) in ENG (English) MA (degree)
23 DERBY dd

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,219 / Cinephile”

  1. Tony Welsh says:

    In 6d, why is CH a companion?

    Also, although I got it I thought 15d was a bit naughty because “HR” did not really stand for the same thing as in the other clues as promised. Could just as easily have been “XY” or “ABC”.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Tony
    CH is the standard abbreviation for Companion of Honour and simply ‘companion’ is often used in wordplay to indicate it.

    I didn’t think twice about 15d, it was just typical Cinephile.

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