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Financial Times 13,332 / Sleuth

Posted by shuchi on March 12th, 2010

shuchi.

Straightforward solve today with most answers entered on first pass through the clues. I had to look up a couple of wordplay components that involved people’s names, but this didn’t pose much difficulty.

Across

1 RELUCTANCE (TRACE UNCLE)*
6 OBOE O (old) BOER (a South African of Dutch descent)
9 VOCABULARY V (verse) (BUOY CARLA)*
10 TALC hidden in ‘meTAL Container’
12 MAD AS A HATTER MADRAS (Indian city) – R (rule), A [c]HATTER (rumour initially dismissed). Madras is no longer the name of the city now called Chennai, perhaps the clue needs to indicate that to be accurate.
15 BOULEVARD B[usy], DUO (pair) around RAVEL (from Joseph-Maurice Ravel, French composer) reversed.
17 EXCEL sounds like ‘XL’ (40 in Roman numerals)
18 QUASH SQUASH (drink) – S (sun)
19 PORCELAIN FORCE (power) – F (fellow), in PLAIN (unadorned)
20 INEXTRICABLE CABLE (communication), after I (one) NEXT (immediately following) (IR)< (taxmen i.e. Inland Revenue, reversed). As I understand, IR is now HMRC and many setters use ‘former taxmen’, ‘taxmen once’ for IR. I wonder if IR = taxmen is still considered valid, what do other solvers think?
24 ODDS ODD (additional e.g. two weeks and a few odd days) S (son)
25 SALAMANDER (ALAN’S DREAM)*
26 SANE sounds like ‘Seine’
27 STREET CRED (SECRET)* around T[his], RED (a variety of wine)

Down

1 ROVE GROVE (wooded area) – G
2 LOCK dd. To lock is to secure; lock is also an enclosed chamber in a canal.
3 CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE (dull person) WHITE (naturalist – Gilbert White). A butterfly found in agricultural areas. Also called The Large White or Cabbage Butterfly.
4 ALLOA hidden in ‘tALL OAks’
5 CORIANDER (A DINER)* after COR (my!, when used as interjection)
7 BEAUTICIAN cd
8 ENCIRCLING (NICE)*, CL (clergyman) in RING (precious item). Haven’t come across CL = clergyman before.
11 BAKEWELL TART BAKEWELL (Joan, perhaps. Joan Bakewell is an English journalist) TART (cutting)
13 UBIQUITOUS U (superior) BUS (transport) around I (island) QUITO (the capital of Ecuador)
14 MUJAHEDDIN M U (leaders of ‘militants undertaking’)  (JIHAD END)*
16 APPLICANT PP (very soft) in ALICANT[e] (Spanish city, largely)
21 AMAZE A MAZE (state of confusion)
22 ODER [m]ODER[n] (present, without outer parts). Regular solvers will know that in cryptic parlance, flower=river. Oder is a river in Central Europe.
23 GRID INGRID (a woman’s name) – IN (fashionable)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,332 / Sleuth”

  1. Brian says:

    Didn’t find it that easy, got stuck on 6 and 7. How could I not get boer?

    14 starts with MU (leaders of ‘militants undertaking’, by the way, and in 8 CL is the abbr for clergyman, I think.

  2. shuchi says:

    Thanks Brian, fixed that.

  3. Steve says:

    Hi Shuchi,

    Re 20 Across: government department names/abbreviations are always changing – regardless of what they call themselves this week, they will always be the ‘Infernal Revenue’ for me so I have no issues with IR! Also, ‘Inland Revenue’ is still in popular usage, as exemplified by this headline on Portsmouth FC going into administration: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Inland-Revenue-supports-Pompey39s-decision.6147397.jp

  4. Sleuth says:

    Thanks for your review, Shuchi. Hope it was not too much of a doddle for most solvers!

  5. shuchi says:

    Thank you for dropping by, Sleuth, and for the crossword. The Friday was a busy one for me and I knew I didn’t have much time for the blog; I was in fact pleased to find the puzzle on the simpler side. :)

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