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Financial Times 13,447 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 5th, 2010

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Monday Prize Crossword on 26 July 2010
After the weekend excitement of John Henderson’s marriage to Jane Teather, complete with themed crosswords in all the major quality papers, Mudd’s week starter in the FT seemed rather tame. Nevertheless, it is still quite entertaining.

ACROSS
1 BUFFET dd
4 DWELLING D (last letter of abandoned) WELLING (pouring)
9 ASSERT A + rev of TRESS (piece of hair)
10 ASUNCION *(A cousin) the capital and largest city of Paraguay.
12 NOWT *(town)
13 ELDER dd
14 SETH Cha of SET (stiffened) H (hard) third son of Adam and Eve
17 OXFORD CIRCUS Cha of OX (steer) FOR DC (District of Columbia where Washington is) + *(Cruise minus E)
20 CONSIDERABLE Ins of ON SIDE (legal position) + R (right) in CABLE (message)
23 HAIL cd
24 BRICK dd
25 ODER Rev of RE-DO (form again)
28 WARPLANE Cha of WARP (bend) LANE (road) The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber made initially by Avro for the Royal Air Force
29 PILE-UP Ins of LEU (money in Romania and Moldova) in PIP (narrowly defeat)
30 ROAD-TEST *(tread so + T, first letter of tyres)
31 CARTON Tichy way to present Cart on (continue conveying)

DOWN
1 BRAINBOX dd
2 FISHWIFE Ins of *(wish) in FIFE (region of Glenrothes)
3 EARN Sounds like URN (Ashes trophy)
5 WASTE PRODUCT *(cowpat rudest)
6 LAND dd
7 IRISES Cha of I (one) RISES (goes up) for a Vincent van Gogh painting now in J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.
8 GANDHI ha
11 ALICE SPRINGS *(SPECIAL) + RINGS (calls) the second largest town  in the Northern Territory of Australia.
15 ORION Ins of RIO (port) in ON (working) Orion, often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world
16 CURRY dd to rub down and groom (eg a horse) with a currycomb (a comb with metal teeth used to remove hair caught in such a brush)
18 OBEDIENT *(one bidet)
19 TERRAPIN Ins of RAP (crack) I (one) in TERN (bird)
21 SHOWER dd a disparaging term applied to any particular group of people one disapproves of
22 SIERRA SI (rev of IS) + ins of R (last letter of climber) in ERA (time)
26 FLAT dd
27 RIGA RIG (outfit) on top of (north of) A – the capital and largest city of Latvia

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

One Response to “Financial Times 13,447 – Mudd”

  1. rrc says:

    some very clever clueing if I remember corectly, I particularly liked 7d and 16d

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