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Financial Times 13,449 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on July 28th, 2010


There seemed to be more double/cryptic definitions than we are used to in a Cinephile puzzle, and there wasn’t much evidence of his trademark liberties, so I didn’t find this as enjoyable as some of his offerings.

I don’t think there was sufficient material in the linked clues to say that there was a theme, but I rather liked the connection between 11,17 and 22,24 with the 3 of the 29 no doubt unhappy at the loss of tax revenue and probably the 19,17 as well.

As sometimes happens with Cinephile, there are a couple of clues (10ac & 3dn) where I am not entirely sure/happy about the parsing.

9 PLAYHOUSE  dd – the Stock Exchange is also referred to as The House.
10 ALIBI  A LIB (party) I (comes first?) – I see that ‘I’ can be ‘first’ but not ‘comes first’ so what is ‘comes’ doing in this clue?
11,17 CABINET MINISTER  CABINET (piece of furniture) I in MINSTER (church) – SS 11,17 is the name of the ship that sinks in Compton Mackenzie’s novel 22,24.
12 VALIANT  NAIL (fixer) reversed in VAT (tank)
13 EAT  dd
17 MODEL  MO (way of working {modus operandi}) DE (of French) L (pupil)
18 SPA  SPA[ce] (church leaves room)
19 PRIME  dd
23 TAG  dd
25 SLITHER  SLIT (cut) HER (female)
28 ESKER  [w]ESKER (dramatist losing head) – Sir Arnold Wesker
29 EXCHEQUER  EX (old) CHEQUE (way to pay) R (king)

1 APACHE  d&cd – a reference to Les Apaches
2 RABBITED  RABBI (17 down {minister}) TED (boy)
3 CHANCELLOR  CHANCE (fortune) ROLL (come on) reversed – I assume that ‘come on’ = ‘roll’ in the sense of ‘make progress’ though I cannot think of a sentence where the two could be interchanged (but I haven’t tried very hard!). The alternative is that the clue is intended to mean ‘this word’ when put on ‘up’ means ‘come’ (ie roll up = come) but then there is no reversal indicator.
4,6 HUNT BALL  HUNT (seek) BALL (what was struck)
7 HIJACK  HI JACK (call to sailor)
8 DISTASTE  hidden in ‘saDIST AS TEmpting’
15 ROSE GARDEN  NED (small boy) RAGES (is furious) OR reversed – a reference to the Joanne Greenberg novel, and subsequent film and play, or the Joe South song.
16 UNPUNISHED  UN (International body) NI (Northern Ireland) in PUSHED (in difficulties)
20 INTRIGUE  IN (trendy) RIG (outfit) in TUE[sday] (part of day)
22,24 WHISKY GALORE  SKY (heaven) in WHIG (old Liberal) A LORE (lot of information) – see 11,17 for reference link.
26,27 HARDBACK  d&cd

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,449 / Cinephile”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid.

    I share your doubts about 10ac.

    In 3dn, how about ‘Let the good times roll’?

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Eileen
    Thanks, your example for 3dn works if we take roll=come on=start or begin.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi Gaufrid

    Chambers gives ‘get under way’, which seems to be synonymous.

  4. smiffy says:

    Agreed that this was solid, but with no real jaw-dropping moments. 15D gave me most amusement at the moment of solving. I was unaware of the town at 21A, but it was generously clued. And was surprised that there was no attempt to use the answer at 14A in the clue for 5D

    As Gaufrid mentions, 10A is a little questionable, but the intent is pretty unambiguous. Plus I can well imagine that Cinephile has written more clues for the word ALIBI than I’ve had hot breakfasts!

  5. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Gaufrid.
    As you say not one of Cinephile’s best but still pretty good fun.I liked the linked clues which have a local connection for me.Compton Mackenzie having once been the tenant of two of the Channel Islands.
    Favourite clues WHISKY GALORE and HARDBACK,which brought a smile.

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