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Financial Times 13,252 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 16th, 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 5

I was warned that submission dates might vary from the norm over the holidays but I still managed to be late with this blog. Sorry. (The deadline was Monday.) Perhaps I can put it down to being ill. I was actually in bed for four days with a nasty, nasty bout of flu.

While I was off my feed, Cincinnus was on his best form here. I especially like 14A, 28A, 16D and 23D.

Across
1. CLERIC – CL (century and a half) + ERIC (boy)
5. ESTONIAN – S[chool] in Etonian (scholar)
9. NORTH SEA – anagram of ANOTHERS
10. ALLURE – ALL (wholly) + URE (water in Wensleydale)
11. RUMOUR – homophone (“roomer”)
12. ISLANDER – I (I) + SLANDER (traduce)
14. ASTONISHMENT – anagram of INSTANT HOMES
18. SCREWDRIVERS – CREW (gang) in SD (South Dakota) + RIVERS (Colorado and Missouri, say)
22. MUSHROOM – MUSH (sloppy sentimentality) + ROOM (space)
25. LAUREL – anagram of ALLURE (10A). This refers to Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy.
26. HARLEM – [c]HARLE[s] + M (millions)
27. NARCISSI – NARCISSI[st]
28. WET NURSE – anagram of EWE TURNS
29. THEMES – THE (article) + ME (Middle East) + [crisi]S

Down
2. LOOK UP – double definition
3. RATIONALE – RATION (helping) + ALE (porter)
4. CASTRATED – CAST (players) + RATED (highly regarded)
5. ELATION – NO (number) + I (one) + TALE (story) all backwards
6. TRAIL – double definition
7. NYLON – hidden word
8. AGREEING – A (a) + GREE[t]ING (salutation with no time)
13. ASH – AS (when) + H (hard)
15. SMELL A RAT – LARA (Zhivago’s love) in SMELT (fish)
16. MASCULINE – anagram of MAN CLUE IS
17. ACCURATE – CU (copper) in A (a) + CRATE (case)
19. WAR – W[hen] + A[rmies] + R[eally]
20. IMMENSE – hidden word
21. NESSIE – anagram of IS SEEN
23. HELEN – LE (the French) in HEN (female)
24. ORMER – [d]ORMER

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