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Financial Times 13,210 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 29th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 17
My favourite of these clues is 9A. Then there are a few that I do not completely understand (3D, 4D, 15D) and one, 4D, that I have a misgiving about.

Across
1. TOMMY GUN – anagram of NOT MY MUG
6. SUPINE – PIN (fastener) in SUE (girl)
9. SANDRA – SAND (name of George, writer) + RA (artist)
10. TWO BY TWO – double definition
12. UNFAMILIAR – anagram of FUN + “AM I LIAR” (isn’t the setter telling the truth)
14. DRAMATIC – DRAM (drink) + ATIC (“attic” homophone)
16, 18. TAKEOVER – OVERTAKE (pass) inverted
19. NOBILITY – MOBILITY (competence at travelling) with M changed to N
21. ARCHPRIEST – R (river) in anagram of CHAPTER IS
22, 11. WINDFALL – WIND (compress spring) + FALL (autumn)
24. HOUSETOP – HOUSE (give shelter to) + TOP (spinner)
26. COMEDY – COME (approach) + DIY (my work) without I
27. STUPOR – anagram of PROUST
28. TWEENIES – WEEN (old think) in TIES (bonds). We think of tweenies today as referring to youngsters between childhood and teenagery but the word also refers to a kind of maid.

Down
2. OBAMA – O (zero) + BA and MA (two degrees)
3. MIDDLEMARCH – ??? I do not see the wordplay here. (See comments below.)
4. GRADUATE – A[nne] + D[ustin] + U (anyone can watch??) in GRATE (fireplace). How does “anyone can watch” clue U? Or do I have this wrong? While it is clever to bring in Ms. Bancroft and Mr. Hoffman, I think this clue is faulty because the title of the movie is “The Graduate”.
5. NOT IF I CAN HELP IT – NOTIFICA[tion] + [heave]N + HEL + PIT (repeated hell)
6. STORMY – [pa]STOR (pastor orphaned) + MY (setter’s). Clever.
8. NEWMARKET – double definition
13. LITTLE WOMEN – LIT (inflamed) + WELT backwards (German world rising) + OMEN (sign)
15. RIVER BOAT – R (take?) + I (one) + VERB (part of speech) + TO A backwards
17. OBSTACLE – OB (passed away) + CATS (pets) backwards + LE (the French)
20. CRATER – CRATE (container) + R (river)
23. NUDGE – G (key) in NUDE (uncovered)
25, 7. SUPPLY – SUP (drink) + PLY (wool)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,210 by Cinephile”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Pete. I agree with you about 9ac.

    In 3dn, the ‘Little Women’s’ surname was March, so, here, Beth is the middle one.

    In 4dn, U is the British Board of Film Classifications ‘Universal’ – for all to see.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Aha! Thanks, Eileen.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    As tends to be the case with Cinephile, some I’m not sure about:
    1ac: is ‘showing’ really the anagram indicator? Really?
    26ac: I thought that Ximenes had said quite clearly, and that it was well recognised by virtually all setters, that you can’t have ‘I abandon’ when you mean ‘I abandons’, and so you have to use a circumlocution like ‘I must abandon’.
    5dn: How is ‘hel’ = ‘hell’?

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    >> 1ac: is ’showing’ really the anagram indicator? Really?

    Must be!

    >> 26ac: I thought that Ximenes had said quite clearly,
    >> and that it was well recognised by virtually all setters,
    >> that you can’t have ‘I abandon’ when you mean ‘I abandons’,
    >> and so you have to use a circumlocution like ‘I must abandon’.

    I have read Ximenes but had forgotten this. Thanks for pointing it out.

    >> 5dn: How is ‘hel’ = ‘hell’?

    Good question. I wondered too and figured there had to be some sense to this that I was unaware of. Guess I was wrong!

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