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Financial Times 13,345 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 8th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 27
Cincinnus has some very artfully fashioned clues here: 1A, 21A, 24A, 6D and 17D.

Across
1. OPERATIC – ERA (long time) in OPTIC (viewer)
6. CHROME – C[zec]H + ROME (capital)
9. GOALIE – GOA (Indian state) + LIE (remain)
10. RALLYING – double definition
11. HYPE – hidden word
12. SHOT-PUTTER – SHOT (fired) + PUTTER (club)
14. BRASILIA – anagram of BLAIR IS + A[ll]
16. ONUS – [b]ONUS (extra payment not initially)
18. RIGA – A (a) + GI (soldier) + R (runs) all backwards. Originally I had this as: LIMA – A + MIL (soldier) backwards. I think Sil’s answer (see comments) fits much better.
19. ENROBING – ROBIN (bird) in ENG (English)
21. SAFE-BLOWER – SAFE (secure) + BLOWER (means of communication)
22. NAVY – NA[v]VY (disheartened labourer)
24. HILL FORT – anagram of OF THRILL
26. GO-SLOW – OSLO (capital) in G[overnment] W[orkers]
27. ON EDGE – ONE (individual) + D[e]G[r]E[e]
28. RHEOSTAT – anagram of HATTER SO

Down
2. PROXY – R[otten] in POXY (rotten)
3. ROLLER-SKATE – ROLLER (flier) + SKATE (swimmer)
4. THESSALY – LASS (girl) backwards in THEY
5. CARBONATED WATER – anagram of BARE ACTOR WANTED
6. CALIPH – A (a) + LIP (mouthpiece) in CH (church)
7. RAY – A[thlete] in RY (line)
8. MANNEQUIN – MANN (German writer) + EQUIN[e] (short horsy)
13. TROMBONISTS – anagram of MOST BRITONS
15. RUINATION – [feb]RU[ary] + I (island) + NATION (state)
17. PROROGUE – PRO (one side of argument) + ROGUE (knave)
20. ALCOVE – A (a) + C[hild] in LOVE (darling)
23. VIOLA – double definition
25. LAD – L[eicester] + A[nd] + D[erby]

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,345 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Pete, nice to meet you again in the Wondrous World of Cincinnus :).

    There was even a mini-theme today, very unusual for the FT.
    Four across clues (6, 14, 18 and 26) with the use of capitals (Rome, Brasilia, …. and Oslo).

    As you can see, I put dot-dot-dot-dot for the third one, because we didn’t have LIMA here, but RIGA, capital of Latvia.
    A (a) GI (soldier) R (runs) – backwards.

    A very even, well-balanced crossword, immaculately clued.
    Hard to find clues that stand out [I mean, that are even better than the other ones].

    If I had to choose my Clue of the Day, there would be two, I guess, both splendid anagrams:
    5d (THELONGONEFROMTOPTOBOTTOM) and 13d (TROMBONISTS) [btw, the first word we found]

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, I think RIGA fits a lot better than LIMA. Thanks, Sil.

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