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Financial Times 13,297 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 11th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 30
Another beauty from Cincinnus and one that I found easy. 2D should be a classic while 23A, 26A, 29A and 3D are also gems — especially 3D.

Across
1. CONTENTS – CONTENT (satisfied) + S (second)
5. CHA-CHA – CHA[p] (penniless man) repeated
9. WISE GUYS – rhyming words
10. IMBIBE – hidden word
12. REEVE – RE (about) + EVE (first offender)!!!
13. TALKING-TO – KING (top man) in anagram of TOTAL
14. DARWIN – D[inosaurs] + A[nd] + R[eptiles] + WIN (success)
16. PEGASUS – PEG (a girl) + AS (like) + US (you and me)
19. TRUCKLE – double definition. (To truckle means to cringe while a truckle refers to a wheel of cheese.)
21. MORELS – MORE [extra] + L[eeks] + S[pinach]
23. COAL-FIRED – anagram of I FEAR COLD
25. VOILA – VO (very old) + ALI (boxer)
26. PUTTER – P[ro] + UTTER (say)
27. ESOTERIC – anagram of TORIES in E[ton] C[ollege]
28. TIRADE – homophone (“Thai raid”)
29. ONE-LINER – ON (on) + E (English) + LINER (ship)

Down
1. COWARD – COW (supplier of beef) + [l]ARD (fat not left)
2. NOSFERATU – anagram of TO FEAR SUN. By the way, I know a woman who uses the handle “Nurse Feratu”.
3. EAGLE – [b]EAGLE (dog scratching its head)
4. TRY IT ON – double definition
6. HUMDINGER – HUM (murmurous sound) + DINGER (bell)
7. CLING – C (cold) + LING (fish)
8. ALEHOUSE – HE (he) backwards in A LOUSE (a blighter)
11. CLIP – double definition
15. WAKEFIELD – WAKE (come to) + FIELD (play cricket)
17. SOLDIER ON –
18. STOCKPOT – STOCK (standard) + TOP (highest) backwards
20. ECRU – hidden word
21. MADISON – MAD (lunatic) + IS (is) + ON (working)
22. DANCER – C (caught) in DANE (European) + R (river)
24. ALTER – [h]ALTER (rope for Cockney)
25. VITAL – [linimen]T in VIAL (bottle)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,297 by Cincinnus”

  1. verbose says:

    Thanks Pete. I liked this puzzle too. You haven’t parsed 17d; I’m guessing it’s E (energy) in SOLD IRON (was metal trader)?

  2. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Pete.

    I agree with all your favourites and would add the missing 17dn and 22dn. Great stuff!

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Thanks, verbose.

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