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Financial Times 13,285 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 28th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 16
I found this puzzle a good bit harder than the average Cincinnus, especially the top-right corner. I got 5A and 7D quickly but the rest of that section took a while. I particularly like 1D, 5D and 21D.

Across
1. DEACONS – anagram of A SECOND
5. JOB LOT – JOB (one biblical character) + LOT (another)
8. THRASHING – RASH (hasty) in THING (article)
9. EDITH – EDIT (work on newspaper) + H[elp]
11. ROBOT – B (British) in ROOT (origin)
12. GRANDPAPA – GRAND (sum of money) + PA (per annum) + PA (ditto)
13. OPTIONAL – anagram of TOO PLAIN
15. LITTLE – IT (Italian) in LT (petty officer) + LE (French article)
17. AMALFI – IF (provided) + LAMA (priest) all backwards
19. DOMESTIC – DOME (head) + STIC[k] (jam not finished)
22. IN GENERAL – anagram of NINE LARGE
23. TRY ON – RT (right) backwards + YON (over there)
24. NAEVI – NAE (no Scottish) + VI (girl). “Naevi” is the medical term for birthmarks.
25. EUPHORBIA – B[otanists] in EUPHORIA (high state)
26. ATTEND – A (a) + [patien]T in TEND (nurse)
27. ENTREAT – hidden word

Down
1. DETERIORATION – DETER (prevent) + I (one) + ORATION (speech)
2. ACROBAT – A (a) + B[ig] in CROAT (European)
3. ONSET – double definition
4. STINGRAY – S (small) + TIN (container) + GRAY (poet). I do not know who the poet is that this clue refers to. I do not recall ever coming across a poet by the name of Gray but Wikipedia lists no fewer than six of them!
5. JIGSAW – JIGS (dances) + A (a) + W[olves]
6. BREADLINE – anagram of DALE in BRINE (solution)
7. OXIDANT – homophone (“occident”)
10. HEAVEN CAN WAIT – anagram of THEN VIEW A CAAN
14. OFFENSIVE – double definition
16. COLLAPSE – ALL backwards in COPSE (wood)
18. AUGMENT – A (a) + U (university) + G-MEN (FBI agents) + T (time)
20. TOYNBEE – TOY (trifle) + anagram of BEEN
21. FRIEND – FRI[day] + END (closing)
23. TROUT – TR[ousers] + OUT (revealed)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,285 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    As always a very good (and precise) offering from Cincinnus, one of the Masters of Beautiful Surface Reading.
    He puts so much thought in it (we think), like e.g. in 10ac (HEAVEN CAN WAIT) where the anagram itself is film-related too.
    Or in 5d: the combination Dances + W(olves).
    Another favourite indeed, Pete, the splendid 21d (FRIEND).
    Inventive to clue TR as a ‘a pair of trousers’ (in 23d).
    Fine anagrind in 1ac (reformation) in a Church-like environment.
    And perhaps, best of all, 16d (COLLAPSE) – good surface, wrong-footing and very apt reversal indicator showing the quality of this setter.

    We didn’t find this crossword harder than on other occasions, but did go wrong in the SW part of the grid.
    We initially had ‘detoriating’ for 1d – and why not?
    Only 24ac wasn’t solvable then.
    We got there in the end with NAEVI, but found VI a bit of an unusual girl – probably it is short for Vivian?

    In short, excellent crossowrd!

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    >> We got there in the end with NAEVI, but found VI a bit of an
    >> unusual girl – probably it is short for Vivian?

    Could be but I think it is more likely to be Violet.

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