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Financial Times 13,350 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 15th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 3
I enjoyed this Cinephile puzzle, especially 23A and 1&2D. I do not fully understand 18D.

Across
1. NOSE JOB – NOSE (snoop) + JOB (Bible character)
5. SICKBED – SIC (that’s right) + KB (knighthood) + ED (journalist). “KB” is Knight Bachelor.
9. TULIP – anagram of LIT UP
10. REPRIMAND – REP (agent) + RIM (edge) + AND (with)
11. RACONTEUR – CO (company) in RANT (going on and on) + RUE (street in Paris) backwards
12, 13. JOLIE LAIDE – JOLIE (Angelina) + LAID (produced) + E[ggs]. A jolie laide is a woman whose ugliness is part of her charm. (Not that I knew that before solving this clue and looking it up.)
15. DICKINSON – CID (sleuths) backwards + KIN (family) + SON (one born)
18. SANATORIA – anagram of RIOT in SANAA (capital of Yemen)
19, 21. TYCHO BRAHE – H (hard) in COBRA in anagram of THEY
23. REPUDIATE – RE (about) + PUD I ATE (what I had for dessert)
25. LIONISING – O[ffice] + NISI (decree) in LING (heather)
26. ANIMA – hidden word. The clue would read well enough without the “that” and I expect some would consider it better that way.
27. TRESTLE – anagram of LETTERS
28. ELECTED – ETC (and so forth) in DELE (cancel) backwards. “Dele” is a proofreading mark meaning to cancel.

Down
1, 2. NATURAL SELECTION – cryptic definition
3. JAPAN – double definition. I originally entered NIGER and then, when that did not fit with crossing clues, realized it had to be JAPAN.
4. BARTENDER – BAR (anything but) + TENDER (kind)
5. SUPER – SUP (meal) + ER (queen). This bothers me a little because, while there is an obvious connection, I can find no meanings for “sup” and “meal” that are synonyms. The closest meaning to meal for sup that I can come up with is “a small amount of liquid food”.
6. CLIP JOINT – CLIP (cut) + JOINT (the cut)
7. BRAWL – BRAW (fine for Scots) + L (student)
8. DUDGEON – cryptic definition
14. EXTREMIST – [n]EXT (next point taken) + RE (about) + MIST (restriction on visibility)
16, 17. CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST – CHAMP (winner) + AGNES (a girl) + OC (who’s responsible — i.e. Officer Commanding) + I (one) + A (a) + LIST (table)
18. SUBPLOT – anagram of PUB in SLOT (space for program). How does “By-line, perhaps” work as a definition for subplot?
20, 22. OVER AND ABOVE – VERANDA (porch) and V (5) separately in OBOE (pipe)
23. RAISE – homophone (“raze”)
24. DRAKE – double definition (with one referring to Sir Francis Drake)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,350 by Cinephile”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Pete, it’s me again :) [or :( of course].

    I enjoyed this crossword just as much as you did.

    My Clue of that Day would probably be 19,21 ac (TYCHO BRAHE), I especially liked the second part of the clue (‘they worried about that’), so clever ánd at the same time so natural.
    But there were more contestants: 14d, 16+17d and 20+22d.

    I have hardly any quibbles about this Cinephile.
    Only two clues raised questions.

    Yep, ‘raised’ – why is ‘raise’ in 25d linked to salary?

    And I put a question mark to 18d (SUBPLOT).
    Just as you did, but for a different reason.
    I can imagine that a ‘subplot’ is an underlying part of a ‘plot’, so a ‘by-line’ – something additional.
    But a ‘slot’ in a computer is not really ‘space for programme’.
    It is something that has to do with hardware, not software.
    You can connect an external hard drive in a slot, for example.

    That said, still a fine crossword.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Agreed, “they worried about that” is very sly.

    “Raise” is used in the US to mean an increase in salary. The usual term in the UK would be “rise”.

    A slot in a computer is, indeed, not space for a programme. The reference I believe is to time slots for television programmes. Maybe “slot” in this sense is not so common in Britain but it is well known here in the States.

  3. Mike04 says:

    Hi Pete, many thanks for another fine blog.
    In 5dn, I read ‘have queen to meal’ as ‘sup with queen’ giving SUP+ER.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, yes, such a simple twist. Thank you, Mike.

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