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Financial Times 13,369 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 6th, 2010

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Monday Prize Crossword on 26 April 2010
A gentle week opener with many different devices and mostly with lovely surface reading. Easy but enjoyable.

1 STUBBORN Cha of STUB (dog-end, small piece of cigarette) BORN (delivered)
5 OCELOT Ins of E (last letter of Siamese) in O (old) CLOT (fool)
10 ENIGMA Ins og G (first letter of gold) in ENIM A (Rev of A Mine, pit)
12 COMBO Cha of COMB (search) O (ring)
13 ARTILLERY Ins of ILL (weak) in ARTERY (vital route)
14 ON FIRE Ins of FIR (tree) in ONE (individual)
16 GALLOWS G (first letter of Government) ALLOWS (authorises)
18 OUTFLOW *(TOFU) + LOW (small)
20 BITTER cd
22 PTARMIGAN *(IN TRAP GAMe) a mountain-dwelling species of grouse (Lagopus mutus), which turns white in winter
23 SKIMP SKIM (pass over) + P (first letter of precipice)
24 AKIMBO Cha of A KIM (novel by Rudyard Kipling) BO (body odour, stench)
26 TRENDY Ins of END (bottom) in TRY (go)
27 HEIGHTEN Ins of EIGHT (figure) in HEN (layer of eggs)

2 UNDEMONSTRATIVE *(started menu vino)
3 BANJO Cha of BAN (don’t sanction) JO (b)
4 ROULADE Ins of LAD (boy) in ROUE (Lothario, the rake in Nicholas Rowe’s play, The Fair Penitent) dish of meat, cake or souffle mixture served rolled up, usu with a filling
6 CANDLELIT Ins of N (first letter of numbskull) in *(CALLED) + IT (IdioT)
7 LEG BEFORE WICKET *(Feeble wig rocket)
8 TOADYISH Ins of (L) ADY I (individual) in TOSH (nonsense)
11 STAG STAG (e)
15 ISLAMABAD Ins of LAMA (priest) in IS BAD
17 POT PLANT Cha of POT (drug) PLANT (works or factory)
19 WAGE W (wife) AGE (a woman’s secret)
20 BANSHEE Ins of SHE (woman) in BANE (poison)
21 SPLEEN dd
23 SPRIG S (son) PRIG (goody-goody)

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

One Response to “Financial Times 13,369 – Mudd”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap, for blogging another Mudd.
    Immaculately clued crossword, yet on a different level than his Guardian ones.
    Even so, I’m glad (??) to see that his ‘smutty’ clues [as people use to call them] do creep in here as well.
    What about 26ac (TRENDY) with the inescapable ‘bottom’, or 6d (CANDLELIT) in which the innocent solution is clued with all kinds of nuts?

    (More) Highlights for me: the splendid surfaces of 5ac (OCELOT) and 2d (UNDEMONSTRATIVE), plus the witty 19d (WAGE).

    But Clue of the Day: LEG BEFORE WICKET (7d).
    I don’t know anything about cricket [and I don’t wánt to know], but the clue is very clever, because – even though it’s more or less clear that it is an anagram – it is nót instantly clear what the anagrind is – Feeble? Blown Off? Off?
    So, clearly my Clue of the Day.
    [if only Mudd/Paul would reanimate his Clue of the Week …. :(]

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