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Financial Times 13,392 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 3rd, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 22
Another impeccable beauty from Cincinnus and one that I found a little more difficult than usual. My favourite clues are 9A (REDSHANKS), 28A (ASTIR), 29A (DOS PASSOS), 5D (ESCALATION) and 24D (MORASS).

Across
9. REDSHANKS – anagram of SHARK ENDS
10. APRIL – PR (pair) in AIL (trouble)
11. ALLOWED – “all owed” (nothing’s been paid)
12. ALL OF ME – ALL OF (whole) + ME (note)
13. SKI – hidden word
14. UNFLAPPABLE – LAPP (Scandinavian) in UN (a French) + FABLE (story)
17. SWEEP – S[urrey] + WEEP (cry)
18. OBI – O[kinawa] B[uying] I[nstruments]
19. ETHOS – THOSE with E shifted to the front
21. VICEREGENTS – anagram of GIVEN SECRET
23. RUM – double definition
25. NOVELLA – NOV (month) + ELLA (girl)
27. SCHOLAR – CH[ap] in SOLAR (of the Sun)
28. ASTIR – ASTI (wine) + [waite]R
29. DOS PASSOS – DO (do) + SPAS (health resorts) + SOS (help)

Down
1. DREAMS – REAM (paper) in D[angerou]S. I like the slightly weird but excellent surface!
2. ADELAIDE – DIAL (face) backwards in A (a) + DEE (river)
3. SHOWJUMPER – SHOW (appear) + JUMPER (garment)
4. ENID – DINE (eat) reversed
5. ESCALATION – anagram of A COASTLINE
6. EARL – [n]EARL[y]
7. PREFAB – PRE (before) + FAB (cracking). Cracking indeed!
8. SLEEPERS – anagram of PEERLESS. I did not remember this movie.
15. FOOT GUARDS – anagram of A SORT OF DUG
16. PRESS AHEAD – PRESS (urge) + A (a) + HEAD (leader)
17. SAVANNAH – A VAN (a vehicle) in HANS (a German) backwards
20. HARMLESS – H[ellenism] + ARMLESS (like the Venus de Milo)
22. CAVITY – IT (it) in CAVY (rodent)
24. MORASS – OR (gold) in MASS (bulk)
26. LARK – L (left) + ARK (boat)
27. SO-SO – SO (therefore duplicated)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,392 by Cincinnus”

  1. Richard says:

    Thanks for the blog, Pete.
    I agree with you. It was a good one.

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