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Financial Times 13,451 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on July 30th, 2010


A very entertaining puzzle, my picks for favourites today are 12a, 28a, 20d. I started from the bottom of the grid and worked my way up, with a pause to check the answer for 14a.

I specially enjoyed the penny-dropping moments that came with my last two – 5a and 5d.


1 CANCAN CANCER (stars) – ER (queen) + A N (new)
5 METONYMY ME TONY (Blair), MY (gosh). This made me laugh. The line “Me Tarzan, you Jane” is famously associated with Tarzan although this is apparently one of those non-canonical phrases like “Elementary my dear Watson”; it was never actually said. Metonymy is a figure of speech that consists of using the name of one object or concept for that of another, such as ‘count heads’ for ‘count people’. The word was somewhere in my dormant vocabulary; I’m glad to have this clue remind me of it.
9 WINNOWER WIN (victory) NOW (today) ER (little hesitation)
10 APIECE PIE (food) in ACE (one)
11 WALLOP WALL (barrier) OP (little work)
12 AU GRATIN AUG (holiday month) RATING (classification) – G (good). In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers – had to look this up.
14 LEPIDOPTERAN (POND A REPTILE)*. The class of winged insects including moths and butterflies.
18 MATTER OF FACT MATTE (dull) ACT (performance), around R (top lady i.e. queen) OFF (rotten)
22 INCREASE IN (trendy) CREASE (line). A refreshing treatment to familiar wordplay.
25 ENAMEL EEL (slippery customer) around MAN (fellow)
26 DRIVEL DRIVE (access road) L (left)
27 DEED POLL D (daughter) (ELOPED)* LASS – ASS (fool). A deed poll is a legal document commonly used for name change.
28 SPINSTER dd. Nice play on ‘yarn’.
29 TIDING TIDING[s] (information, inadequately)


2 ANIMAL LAMINA (plate) reversed
3 CANDLELIT d&cd. Regular solvers will see through ‘wicked’ easily but it’s impressive the first time we come across it.
4 NEWSPAPER (WERE N)*, around S (prime bit of ‘salacious’) PAP (trash)
5 MERMAID ME (this person) RM (soldiers) AID (help)
6 TWANG dd
7 NAIRA hidden reversed in ‘vegetARIANs’. Naira is the monetary unit of Nigeria.
8 MICHIGAN (AIMING)* around CH (church)
13 ROT ROTA (cycle of duty) – A // Updated. Thanks to mike04.
15 PLACEMENT (ALP)< CEMENT (bonding)
16 ENTRAPPED ENT (part of hospital) RAPPED (criticised)
17 RAINDROP (IN APR OR + D[ec])*
19 EYE sounds like ‘aye’. The first part of the clue comes from the aphorism about the camel going through the eye of the needle.
20 FIELDER F (female) ELDER (of more advanced age), around I (one)
21 FELL IN FELLIN[i] (Italian director)
23 RAVEN RAVE (wild party) N (prime thing for ‘night’)
24 ALLOT ALL OT (a complete set of religious books)

7 Responses to “Financial Times 13,451 / Bradman”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Shuchi
    You have a typo in 14ac. Your answer doesn’t match the anagram fodder. 😉

    In 18ac I think it is MATT (dull) and ER (top lady).

  2. shuchi says:

    Hi Gaufrid

    Thanks. 14ac fixed :). In 18ac, both MATTE+R and MATT+ER work, don’t they?

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Shuchi
    Regarding 18ac, yes both MATT and MATTE are variants of ‘mat’ but the former is more common in my experience. I also think that ER is more likely for ‘top lady’ but perhaps Bradman will drop by to confirm his intention.

  4. mike04 says:

    Thanks for a great blog, shuchi.

    My initial thoughts on the word play in 12ac were away out. Public Health Inspectors
    had found a RAT IN a restaurant somewhere!

    Re 13dn: I think you meant ROTA – A?

  5. shuchi says:

    Hi mike04, I had actually thought of ROTE but it must be ROTA. Will update, thank you.

  6. smiffy says:

    Hi shuchi – good blog. I agree that 20D fully deserves a place on the podium.

    One query: shouldn’t 6D be “w(eak)in tang”, rather than a double def’n?
    I can see that either possibiliity is valid; but that the word ‘conveyed’ is somewhat redundant unless the wordplay is container/contents.

  7. Scarpia says:

    Thanks shuchi.
    Nice puzzle from Bradman – fairly clued as usual.
    Loved 5 across,the word was new to me but I managed it once check letters were in place,had to laugh!
    Also liked 1 and 12 across and the clever misdirection of 20 down.

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