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Financial Times 13,474 / Mudd

Posted by smiffy on August 26th, 2010

smiffy.

Please excuse the later than usual post; a plumbing emergency kiboshed my morning routine.  But now that an 18A has been successfully issued and implemented on the pipe in question, I got to belatedly enjoy one of Mudd’s rare weekday outings.

Across
1 ANTELOPE - ante lope.
5 AMORAL - a M + oral.
10 CASH COW - I didn’t much care for this one, as it’s simply a reverse engineering of the phrase’s punning/metaphorical origins.
11 HANDBAG (and b[lack]) in hag.
12 NEEDS - D[emocrat in seen<.
13 RHEUMATIC - (hurt, I came)*.
14 MICROCLIMATE- (croc + Lima) in mite.
18 DEATH WARRANT - war in (threat and)*.  Some may take issue with ‘veiled’ as an anagrind, but I’m feeling indulgent as it affords an irresistible surface reading.
21 BUTTERFAT - (utter + f) in bat.
23 RHINE - r + in in he.  Another tidy and oh-so-innocent looking surface.
24 LAWLESS – {f}lawless.
25 IMITATE - it in (I mate). ‘Do’ as in “The office jokester does a great Frank Spencer, you must hear it”.
26 SKYLAB - Ky in slab.
27 OKEY DOKE - (key + do) in {y}oke.  A phrase that I’m partial to over-using.

Down
1 ASCENT - a scent.
2 TASTER - s{een} in tater (‘something eyed = potato).
3 LOCKSMITH - def’n/punning cryptic.
4 POWER BREAKFAST - brew< in (partakes of)*.  In my youth a power breakfast would have been construed simply as having three Shredded Wheat!
6 MINIM - cryptic allusion to the palindromic structure.
7 REBUTTAL - butt in real.
8 LEGACIES - cage< in lies.
9 THREE-CARD TRICK - (There)* + card + (R in tick).  A little prolix, but a strong contender for clue of the day.
15 INNER CITY - (nice tiny r{esidences})*.  Isn’t, strictly speaking, ‘urban sprawl’ the overspill of suburbs into green belt land though?
16 ODDBALLS - odd + balls.  A generously similar definition in the clue.
17 CASTAWAY - “When the cat’s away….” with a minor tweak to the s. An original idea, albeit tough to implement coherently.
19 FIGARO - GI< in Faro.  Re: The Barber of Seville.  Good to see ‘Iberian’ meaning Portuguese for a change.
20 SEVERE - sever + {knif}e.
22 ENEMA - hidden reversal.  I’ll leave you to decide whether or not it’s a semi-&lit…

7 Responses to “Financial Times 13,474 / Mudd”

  1. tupu says:

    Thanks Smiffy and Mudd

    I’m new to FT puzzles and was happily tempted by the weather to try this one. I understand Mudd may be none other than Paul whom I am used to seeing in the Guardian.

    An enjoyable puzzle. I was nearly tripped up on 26 across mistakenly first plumping for NY instead of Kentucky but otherwise it went straight forwardly. As you say, 16d was generous – almost unbelievably so.

    Amoral = unethical in 5a seems slightly
    ‘iffy’ since it is used in distinction to immoral and there is no similar neutral term for unethical which usually means unscrupulous.

    I liked 13 and 14a and 18 but my favourite was 17d.

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks Smiffy. In 15dn, surely “sprawl of” is the anagram indicator; the definition is just “Urban” (giving the adjectival sense of INNER CITY).

    22dn – oh yes!

  3. rrc says:

    Completed this on the Severn Valley Railway Didnt like screwballs /oddballs, and not sure how power breakfast actually works Otherwise a very pleasant way to spend a very damp day!

  4. smiffy says:

    Hi folks – thanks for stopping by. I’m guessing it’s a rainy day over in Blighty?

    During my attempts at smart-arsery, I omitted the parsing for 4D. It’s a reversal of brew (“tea”) in an anagram of “partakes of”. Now updated in the main body above.

    Andrew, you are quite right on the role of ‘sprawl’. Shame on me: blog in haste, repent at leisure.

  5. rrc says:

    thanks for the parsing of 4d

  6. Arthur says:

    I think the clue for 24ac should use Anarchic to match the adjectival nature of lawless.

    Otherwise, strictly speaking , the result would be lawlessness.

  7. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Arthur, I think in 24ac the definition is “Anarchy is so [like that]“, which justifies the adjective.

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