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Financial Times 13,380 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 20th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 8
My favourite clues in this puzzle are 9A (WENDY), 25A (BOW STREET) and 16D (WORKMATES).

Across
1. SOMEHOW – anagram of HOME in SOW (pig)
5. STEERED – T (time) in SEE RED (lose one’s rag)
9. WENDY – NEW (novel) reversed + D[estin]Y
10. NARCISSUS – C[rimea] in anagram of RUSSIANS
11. IN THE PINK – IN (popular) + EP (record) in THINK (figure)
12. RAISE – cryptic homophone (“rays”). I do not recall seeing “tanners” used in this clever cryptic sense before.
13. LIMBO – double definition
15. GO WITHOUT – GO WITH (escort) + OUT (in the open)
18. SANDPIPER – SAN (treatment centre) + anagram of RIPPED. “San”, short for sanatorium, is, I fancy, getting to be a bit old-fashioned. San Jose, where I live, is not a giant hospital!
19. SOFAS – hidden word
21. CORPS – CORPS[e] (not completely stiff)
23. HUMBLE PIE – cryptic definition
25. BOW STREET – anagram of WROTE BEST
26. AMIGO – A (a) + MIG (plane) + O[verhead]
27. TUNISIA – IS (is) + I (one) together in TUNA (fish)
28. SLEIGHT – homophone (“slight”)

Down
1. SAWBILL – SAW (spot) + BILL (check). This is a word that I had to look up.
2. MINUTEMAN – cryptic definition
3. HOYLE – [galax]Y in HOLE (space)
4. WINDING UP – double definition
5. SHREK – SHR[i]EK
6. EMIGRATES – G (George the First) in EMIRATES (Arab lands)
7. RISHI – R[ajasthan] + IS (is) + HI (greeting)
8. DESCENT – double definition
14. OPPOSITES – double definition
16. WORKMATES – anagram of WREAK MOST (with a nice cryptic definition)
17. OFFSPRING – OFF (start of race) + SPRING (bound)
18. SACKBUT – SACK (fire) + BUT (only)
20. SHE GOAT – EG (say) in SHOAT (young pig). I solved this clue easily enough based on the definition but it took me a while to figure out the wordplay as I was unfamiliar with “shoat”.
22. ROWAN – ROW (argument) + A (a) + N (name)
23. HYENA – YEN (longing) in [catc]H[ment] + A (area)
24. LEAVE – double definition

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,380 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Pete, thx for your blog again.

    For us, a good [as ever] but mediocre Cincinnus.

    In your blog there’s a typo in 6d (GR should be G).

    And could someone, please, explain 2d (MINUTEMAN) – especially the ICBM part?

    Stand-out clues for us: 16d (WORKMATES) [so, agree!] and 23d (HYENA).

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    > Hi Pete, thx for your blog again.

    Thank you, Sil, for keeping me straight and honest :-)

    > For us, a good [as ever] but mediocre Cincinnus.

    Agreed.

    > In your blog there’s a typo in 6d (GR should be G).

    Corrected. Thanks.

    > And could someone, please, explain 2d (MINUTEMAN) – especially the ICBM part?

    ICBM stands for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile of which class of weapon the LGM-30 “Minuteman” is a well known example. And a Lilliputian could be termed a minute (in the sense of tiny) man.

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks again, Pete.
    Didn’t know about Minuteman being a weapon.
    Well-known? Maybe.
    But I don’t anything about weapons.
    [and to be honest, don’t want to know about weapons – hate them]

  4. nmsindy says:

    Good puzzle and good blog. Agree with the explanation of MINUTEMAN – for better or worse, I’d heard of both ie the weapon and the wordplay based on Swift. SHOAT was new to me too, but easy to verify afterwards with the definition giving the answer.

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