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Financial Times 13,240 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 3rd, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 21
Another splendid puzzle from Cincinnus this time. I especially like 16A, 20A and, most of all, 21A.

Across
1, 4. WILLOW GROUSE – WILL (is going to) + anagram of GROW + OUSE (river)
8. VERBOSE – BO[y] (lad not unknown) in VERSE (poetry)
9. ACIDITY – CID (police) in [l]AITY (laymen)
11. STANDING UP – STANDING (seeking election) + U[nionist] P[arty]
12. ROAN – RO[m]AN[y]
13. SENNA – ANNES (Queen’s) reversed
14. MNEMONIC – anagram of MEN + MONIC[a] (girl needing a)
16. SONDHEIM – anagram of HEDONISM
18. HANDS – double definition
20. EMMA – EM (Forster) + MA (mother)
21. BLOOMSBURY – BLOOMS (flora) + BURY (inter)
23. SKIPPER – S (second) + KIPPER (fish for breakfast)
24. BROKERS – BROKE (with no resources) + R[emaining] S[olvent]
25, 26. RINGED PLOVER – anagram of GLIDER PROVEN

Down
1. WHEAT – WH[y] + EAT (consume)
2. LEBANON – BAN (outlaw) in NOEL (Coward) backwards
3. OBSTINATE – OB (old boy) + IN (home) in STATE (say)
5. RECAP – PACES (walker’s) backwards
6. UNDERGO – ERG (measure of work) in UNDO (ruin)
7. ESTUARIES – ES TU (are you abroad) + ARIES (sign)
10. AGAMEMNON – GAME (brave) + [iliu]M in ANON (soon)
13. SHOEMAKER – anagram of RAKES HOME
15. EPHEMERAL – anagram of ME A HELPER
17. DEADPAN – DEAD (late) + PAN (Greek god)
19. NABOKOV – N (name) + A (a) + anagram of BOOK + V[ladimir]
21. BREVE – EVER (always) + B (note) all backwards
22. RARER – hidden word

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,240 by Cincinnus”

  1. Jake says:

    Thanks for the blog.

    I found this rather pleasant to solve, and I learnt a few new things. [The birds].

    Thank-you for the cluing explanations. I managed to complete the puzzle but
    was still unaware of how a few clues worked.

    Ta.

    Jake.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I am not sure that I had heard of the Willow Grouse before but I had come across the Ringed Plover.

    Before I started blogging I would frequently answer clues without fully digesting and understanding them, especially for example with Cinephile’s long anagrams. Now I occasionally find it a nuisance, not to mention a challenge, that I have to figure them all out!

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