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Financial Times 13,422 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 8th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 26
I found this a slightly difficult Mudd with a couple of sterling anagrams: 1A (SIGMUND FREUD) and 5D (FATBOY SLIM). I also like 10A (AUSPICE).

Across
1. SIGMUND FREUD – anagram of MUDD REFUSING
10. AUSPICE – reverse cryptic (a U [Posh] Spice)
11. THROUGH – HR (hour) in TOUGH (ruthless)
12. LIGHT – double definition
13. TOGETHER – TO (to) + GET (understand) + HER (woman)
15. WATERHOUSE – WATER (spray) + HOUSE (theatre)
16. TYRE – double definition
18. HEMP – HEM (edge) + P[lant]
20. BEHINDHAND – double/cryptic definition
22. MANITOBA – MAN (bloke) + I (one) + TO (to) + BA (a degree)
24. OSIER – ROSIE (cider drinker) with R moved to end
26. UTRILLO – RILL (stream) in anagram of OUT
27. ORIGAMI – MAGI (wise guys!) in IRO[n] (press almost) all reversed
28. HANDKERCHIEF – D (daughter) in HANKER (long) + CHIEF (principal)

Down
2. INSIGHT – S[ee] in I (I) + NIGHT (dark)
3. MOISTURE – anagram of ITS MORE U[sual]
4. NEED – homophone (“knead”)
5. FATBOY SLIM – anagram of IF ALMOST BY
6. EYRIE – RI (state — Rhode Island) in EYE (look)
7. DOUGHTY – DOUGH (money) + TY[rant]
8. GALLOWS HUMOUR – cryptic definition
9. CHARLES DARWIN – L (Liberal) in anagram of DRAWERS in CHAIN (series)
14. TOWER BLOCK – TO (to) + BREW (develop) backwards + LOCK (secure)
17. ADMONISH – M (married) in ADONIS (handsome youth) + H (hard)
19. MONARCH – ON (working) in MARCH (spring)
21. ANIMATE – AN (an) + I (individual) + MATE (final move in board meeting, i.e. chess)
23. TALON – hidden word
25. MOOR – double definition. (I missed this originally.)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,422 by Mudd”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Pete, for another fine blog.
    I agree with you on a lot of points [see below].
    Although it doesn’t make that much different, your 2d should read I + S[ee] in NIGHT, and in MANITOBA you forgot to mention the word TO.
    My solution for 25d was MOOR (dd).

    Anyway.
    Most of the time I qualify a Mudd crossword as a Paul Lite, but this one had all the ingredients that make Mr Halpern for many one of the all-time favourite setters.

    Fabulous use of U SPICE for ‘Posh Spice’ (Victoria Beckham) in 10ac.
    I liked ‘By’ as the definition in 11ac (THROUGH), and the lightness of 20ac (BEHINDHAND), too.
    Splendid misdirecting surface in 21ac (ANIMATE) , but above all three of his most appealing anagrams ever: SIGMUND FREUD for ‘Mudd refusing’, the extremely natural MOISTURE and the, in my opinion, stunning 5dn (‘If almost by magic’ for FATBOY SLIM).
    Also contender for the Clue of the Day: TOWER BLOCK (14d) – beautiful combination of construction and surface.

    Only two minor quibbles, both about ‘connecting words’.
    I didn’t like ‘gets’ in 15ac [in fact, it’s the other way around: WATER+HOUSE ‘gets’ the artist as a result] and ‘to seek’ in 7d.

    Yet, one of the best Mudds I have solved so far!
    [wish I could have said a similar thing of yesterday’s Paul :)]

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi Sil, Thanks for the 25d correction and the rest of the comments. For me this puzzle as a whole may not stand out for me as much as for you but I am deeply awed by those two great anagrams.

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