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Financial Times 13,427 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on July 2nd, 2010


An enjoyable puzzle with many nice clues (14D, 17D, for example), but I missed something outstanding (like a memorable &lit) as there usually is in Bradman’s puzzles.


1 CROSBY CROS[s] (sorry, reduced) BY. Refers to Bing Crosby, American singer and actor.
4 EDUCATED U (university) CAT (lion), between two EDs
10 MUTILATES anagram of MEAT + IS + ULT. (‘ultimately’ in short supply)
11 PRIAM I (one) in PRIM (small carriage). Priam was the king of Troy during the Trojan War.
12 OLIO O[live] (OIL)*
13 ARBITRAGER A R (right) BIT (scrap) RAGER (one demonstrating anger)
15 INTENSE IN TENSE (future, perhaps – a definition by example of the grammatical tense)
16 EPIGON PIG (greedy person) in EON (time). An epigon is an inferior imitator, follower, or successor of a distinguished writer or artist.
19 BROACH sounds like ‘brooch’ (ornament); ‘in the auditorium’ indicates the homophone.
21 COURIER CRIER (one proclaiming the news) around OU (Oxford University)
23 OPPROBRIUM OP (work) PRO (for) I (head of ‘institute’) in BRUM (a common name for Birmingham). The last time I came across Birmingham = BRUM, I was lost. Not so today!
25 APES GRAPES (fruit in orchard) – GR (place i.e. Greece)? Not convinced about this parsing, is there a better one? // APPLES (fruit in orchard) – PL (place). Thanks to Eileen and Ferret.
27 LANAI (A NAIL)*. New word for me, ‘lanai’ is a Hawaiian-style roofed patio. ‘holds it together’ is just to help the surface, I guess?
28 CHISELLER CHI (Greek character) SELLER (trader)
29 PAYMENTS Y (unknown) MEN (chaps), in PATS (dabs)
30 FREEZE sounds like ‘frees’ (releases)


1 CAMBODIA CIA (spies) around A M (married) BOD (person)
2 OUTFITTER OUT (away from the shop) FITTER (healthier)
3 BULL dd. “Pope’s pronouncement” refers to the papal bull.
5 DESPITE SPIT (long bit of land) in DEE (river). I found this very clever, it took a while to see that ‘for all’ is the definition and not ‘long’.
7 THING THIN (slim) G (good). This raised a smile.
8 DEMURE DEMUR (objection) + EPIC – PIC
9 STERNE STERN (grim) [tal]E
17 ON IMPULSE PULSE (throbbing) after O (love) NIM (game). Nim is a game of strategy in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.
18 PRESERVE P (parking) RESERVE (guard)
20 HARICOT HOT (very warm) A RIC[e] (food, not entirely), with ‘eaten’ put to great use as container indicator.
21 COUSIN COIN (money) around US (America). I like how Bradman chooses connectors like ‘making’ here, or ‘sitting’ in 11A, that add meaning to the surface without interfering with their cryptic reading.
22 COLLOP POLLOCK (fish) – K, reversed
24 PENNY d&cd. A girl’s name, and a reference to the idiom ‘a penny for your thoughts’.
26 BEAR BEARD (hair) – D

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,427 / Bradman”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the blog, Shuchi, and Bradman for an entertaining puzzle.

    25 ac is AP[pl]ES

  2. Ferret says:

    I had 25a as APPLES with PL removed.

    26d is a little naughty as I immedeatly put PONY in!

  3. shuchi says:

    Thank you, Eileen and Ferret.

  4. Scarpia says:

    Thanks shuchi.
    I enjoyed this a lot,some nice misdirections,some unfamiliar vocabulary and a pleasingly wide range of references.Bing Crosby,Laurence Sterne,Copernicus and King Priam all in one crossword – that’s the kind of thing I like!
    Favourite clues – 28 across and 22 down,simple but very effective.

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