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Financial Times 13,309 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 25th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 13

Yet another excellent puzzle from Cincinnus. My favourite clues in this one are 19A, 28A and 2D.

Across
9. BON VOYAGE – anagram of GOO BYE VAN
10. EXTRA – double definition
11. EARLY ON – EARL (lord) + YON (over there)
12. OPTIMAL – TIM (man) in OPAL (stone)
13. TAO – T[aking] A[ccount] O[f]
14. APPOINTMENT – A (a) + PP (very quiet) + OINTMENT (application)
17. ASSAM – MASS (service) + A (area) all reversed
18. CUT – hidden word
19. EQUIP – E (drug) + QUIP (crack)
21. ALTARPIECES – anagram of REPLICATES A
23. AIM – MIA (Farrow) backwards
25. BURBANK – RUB (difficulty) reversed + BANK (mortgage provider)
27. TANTRUM – TANT (dry?) + RUM (alchoholic drink)
28. DODGE – double definition
29. RECLUSIVE – anagram of CURSE EVIL

Down
1. ABLEST – A (ace) + BLEST (happy)
2. ENORMOUS – [h]EN (bird without head) + OR (or) + MOUS[e] (small animal without tail)
3. BODY WARMER – anagram of MY WARDROBE
4. TARN – TA (thanks) + RN (the navy)
5. HEDONISTIC – anagram of IN THE DISCO
6. REST – double definition
7. STYMIE – STY (pen) + I (I) in ME (myself)
8. TABLE TOP – TABLET (medication) + OP (operation)
15. PICKNICKERS – homophone (“pick knickers”)
16. TREASONOUS – REASON (cause) in TOUS (all in Montmatre)
17. ADAM BEDE – A (a) + BED (plot) in DAME (lady)
20. UNAFRAID – anagram of FIND AURA
22. TIRADE – I (upright character) in TRADE (business)
24. MEMBER – double definition
26. APEX – APE (primate) + X (by — as, presumably, in multiplication)
27. TACK – double definition

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,309 by Cincinnus”

  1. smiffy says:

    Hi Geoff,

    I don’t often get the opportunity to do the Saturday FT puzzle, but this one provided an enjoyable distraction while killing time at the airport. I seem to recall 25A and 2D both raising a smile.

    27A is (an in Teetotal [=TT]), via “dry without an”.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    When one is – just like me – a regular solver (and admirer) of Cincinnus’ crosswords, there is a risk of getting too used to the high quality of these puzzles.

    But this one wasn’t just ‘highly enjoyable’, this crossword contained some of the best of this setter’s clues I’ve seen so far.

    Firstly, there is an overdose of remarkable anagrams.
    Starting off rightaway with the excellent BON VOYAGE of 9ac.
    And 29ac (RECLUSIVE) was good as well.
    But the Anagram Champions of this Crosswords are, IMHO, 3d (BODY WARMER) and 5d (HEDONISTIC) – unbelievable surfaces!!

    And what a brilliant surface reading in the TABLE TOP of 6d.
    Or in the MASSA of 17ac, or (maybe, to a minor extent) in 17d.
    And indeed in the ‘whiskey’ clue that gives us TANTRUM.
    [yes, smiffy is right with his explanation of TT around AN]

    The only clue/solution I don’t want to see for a while is OPTIMAL.
    The third time recently, after last week’s Paul (in the Guardian), my own Cryptica entry some weeks ago and this one.
    Maybe, it’s just an old chestnut?

    Apart from that: a truly marvellous crossword.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Thanks for cluing me in on TANTRUM. That is indeed a brilliant clue.

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