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Financial Times 13,245 / Viking

Posted by shuchi on November 27th, 2009

shuchi.

A very good puzzle, a shade easier than Viking’s usual.

I would’ve preferred fewer word truncations in the wordplay, but that’s a minor nitpick in an otherwise solid effort.

Across

1 SHEEPISH SHE (woman) + SIP (drink) in HE (man), reversed
5 UPKEEP UP (in court) PEEK (peer)
9 DEBILITY DEBIT (charge) around Li, + Y
10 MISERE MISER (compulsive saver) E[conomist]. A new word for me – ‘misere’ is a term from card games, which indicates that the player has a poor hand.
12 LOOSE LOSE[r] around O
13 INELASTIC IN (SALE)< TIC[k] (credit, mostly)
14 EDGING HEDGING (gardener’s work) – H[oeing]
16 NOISOME NO. 1 SOME (not a little)
19 CURATOR CUR[e] (ROTA)<
21 TOYOTA A TOY (model) OT (books), all reversed
23 CLEARANCE CLAN (sect) around EAR (attention), + CE (church)
25 RANGE STRANGE (surprising) – ST
26 ENFOLD [m]EN (people, almost) FOLD (close). Doubtful about this, as ‘fold’ and ‘enfold’ are too closely related. //Update: FOL[k] (people almost) in END (close). Thanks, Gaufrid.
27 BAD BLOOD (A BOLD)* in BOD (person)
28 MANUAL M AN[n]UAL
29 RESISTOR I’S in REST (surplus), + OR (gold)

Down

1 SADDLE SAD (depressed) D[a]LE (valley, without top grade). Semi-&lit, saddle is ‘a low area between hills’. //Update: See comment#2.
2 EMBROIDER (DIOR)< in EMBER
3 PULSE [re]PULSE
4 SETTING STING (police trap) around ET
6 PRIMARILY PRIMLY (prudishly) around A RI (bible class i.e. religious instruction) //Thanks CGR for explaining RI.
7 EXERT EX[p]ERT
8 PREACHER REACH (succeed) in PER (by means of)
11 SEEN sounds like ‘scene’ (unseemly display)
15 INTER ALIA (AT AIRLINE)*
17 OUT AND OUT dd. Very nice.
18 ICE CREAM (RICE CAME)*
20 RENT dd
21 TEENAGE TEE (support) around E (drug) NAG (worry). ‘adolescent’ switches from noun on the surface, to an adjective as the definition.
22 REDDER Cryptic definition for the political leaning towards communism, and it’s a palindromic word, therefore ‘up and down’. Great surface, great clue.
24 ELFIN hidden in ‘sELF-INterest’
25 RABBI BB (books) in RAI[l] (bar, mostly)

A very good puzzle, a shade easier than Viking’s usual.

I would’ve preferred fewer word truncations in the wordplay, but that’s a minor nitpick in an otherwise solid effort.

Across

1 SHEEPISH SHE (woman) + SIP (drink) in HE (man), reversed
5 UPKEEP PEEK (peer) reversed,
9 DEBILITY DEBIT (charge) around Li, + Y
10 MISERE MISER (compulsive saver) E[conomist]. A new word for me – ‘misere’ is a term from card games, which indicates that the player has a poor hand.
12 LOOSE LOSE[r] around O
13 INELASTIC IN (SALE)< TIC[k] (credit, mostly)
14 EDGING HEDGING (gardener’s work) – H[oeing]
16 NOISOME NO. 1 SOME (not a little)
19 CURATOR CUR[e] (ROTA)<
21 TOYOTA A TOY (model) OT (books), all reversed
23 CLEARANCE CLAN (sect) around EAR (attention), + CE (church)
25 RANGE STRANGE (surprising) – ST
26 ENFOLD [m]EN (people, almost) FOLD (close). Doubtful about this, as ‘fold’ and ‘enfold’ are too closely related.
27 BAD BLOOD (A BOLD)* in BOD (person)
28 MANUAL M AN[n]UAL
29 RESISTOR I’S in REST (surplus), + OR (gold)

Down

1 SADDLE SAD (depressed) D[a]LE (valley, without top grade). Semi-&lit, saddle is ‘a low area between hills’.
2 EMBROIDER (DIOR)< in EMBER
3 PULSE [re]PULSE
4 SETTING STING (police trap) around ET
6 PRIMARILY PRIMLY (prudishly) around A RI (religious instructor?)
7 EXERT EX[p]ERT
8 PREACHER REACH (succeed) in PER (by means of)
11 SEEN sounds like ‘scene’ (unseemly display)
15 INTER ALIA (AT AIRLINE)*
17 OUT AND OUT dd. Very nice.
18 ICE CREAM (RICE CAME)*
20 RENT dd
21 TEENAGE TEE (support) around E (drug) NAG (worry). ‘adolescent’ is an adjective in the cryptic reading.
22 REDDER Cryptic definition for the political leaning towards communism, and it’s a palindromic word, therefore ‘up and down’. Great surface, great clue.
24 ELFIN hidden in ‘sELF-INterest’
25 RABBI BB (books) in RAI[l] (bar, mostly)

9 Responses to “Financial Times 13,245 / Viking”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    6d: ‘bible class’ is ‘religious instruction’ (RI).

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi shuchi

    I read 26a as: FOL[k] (people almost) in END (close).
    In 1d I think the definition is ‘land’ as in if you land someone with a problem you saddle them with it.

  3. shuchi says:

    Thanks for the comments. 26a looks much better with your explanation, Gaufrid.

  4. walruss says:

    I wonder who Viking is. A very good writer I think.

  5. smiffy says:

    I believe that Viking is an even bigger cheese in the world of advanced puzzles than in the realms
    of the FT.

    I can’t let the incredibly prurient clue at 8D pass by completely without comment. A candidate for the annual “Naughty but Nice” awards.

  6. nmsindy says:

    Yes, Viking is a very distinguished name in the crossword world. Inter alia, Viking is the “second vetter” for the Listener series in the Times, ie in the world of ‘advanced puzzles’ as mentioned by Smiffy above. Viking is also the “webmaster” for the Listener website (www.listenercrossword.com)
    Retirement from full time work in recent times, has, I understand, given Viking a little more time for setting, hence these excellent puzzles in the FT, also one recently in the Inquisitor series in the Independent.

  7. Viking says:

    I think I had better put it on record that the surface reading alluded to in 8D was not what was intended, though I admit it now screams out at me. I was trying, rather lamely I fear, to describe someone accessing some part of deepest Africa through a missionary contact. So, apologies to any who might have been offended.

  8. nmsindy says:

    The chances of someone being offended by that are in the range infinitesimal to extremely small, at the very most, I’d say, though it’s always amusing when unanticipated double entendres appear…

  9. Paul B says:

    And ‘creamed rice came for pudding’: well, goodness me, tut tut. I don’t know how they get away with it. I shall now try to write one that ISN’T rude for ‘casement’.

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