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Financial Times 13,216 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on November 5th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 24
Don’t you love 4D? How about 21 and 24D? Thank you, Cincinnus.

Across
1. DABCHICK – BAD backwards + CHICK (young one)
5. WALLOP – double definition. Wallop is a slang term for beer.
9. GIN RUMMY – GIN and RUM (drinks) + M[a]Y
10. UPROAR – PROA (boat) in UR (old city)
12. APHID – A (a) + P[arty] + HID (kept under wraps)
13. REPELLENT – ELL (measure) in REPENT (feel remorse)
14. VARIES – V (V) + ARIES (sign)
16. STOLLEN – TOLL (tax) in SEN (senator)
19. HOKUSAI – OK (fine) + USA (country) in HI (greeting)
21. PLAINT – I (one) in PLANT (factory)
23. COLUMBINE – L (Lake) + U (Superior) in COMBINE (join forces)
25. TARSI – TARS (old sea dogs) + I (island)
26. LIMPID – LIMP (lacking firmness) + ID (I had)
27. STEP ON IT – anagram of NEPOTIST
28. STRICT – [di]STRICT
29. INDECENT – C[astl]E in INDENT (order)

Down
1. DOG-EAR – anagram of GO RED A[ce]
2. BENCHMARK – BENCH (magistrates) + MARK (note)
3. HOUND – H (hot) + anagram of UNDO
4. CAMERAS – anagram of CREAM + AS
6. APPALOOSA – APPAL (shock) + OO (repeated exclamation) + AS (while) backwards
7. LOOSE – double definition
8. PIRATING – PI (sanctimonious) + RATING (sailor)
11. APIS – A (a) + P[haroah] + IS (is)
15. INSOMNIAC – anagram of MONICAS IN
17. LONG RANGE – LON[don] (capital, don abandoned) + GRANGE (country house)
18. CHUCKLES – CHUCK (one chap) + LES (another chap)
20. IRIS – I (one) + R[upert] + IS (is)
21. PRESTON – PRESTO (quickly) + N (name)
22. DIKTAT – KID (child) backwards + TAT (shoddy articles)
24. LEMUR – L (large) + EMU (bird) + R (runs)
25. TEPEE – initial letters

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,216 by Cincinnus”

  1. John Newman says:

    Agree with you on 4d – loved it. I couldn’t get 22d. I think the word arbitrary is a bit unreasonable in the clue

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I had difficulty getting 22D and had the same thought about “arbitrary” come to me. A diktat could well be an arbitrary order but, according to both my sense of the word and Collins, arbitrariness does not define it.

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