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Financial Times 13,452 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on November 25th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 13

Let’s start with wild applause for the brilliant &lit. 20A (IDES). Then another ovation for, collectively, 28A (REPHRASED), 2D (SPIRITUAL), 7D (GRILL) and 18D (PILSNER). Not to mention 22A (BLUETHROAT) and 24D (TEAL). This was a more difficult Cincinnus than most and one where Mr. Curl wows us yet again. What a time to live in!

Across
1. POSTCARDS – CARD[inal] (small church dignitary) in POSTS (positions) with a tough cryptic definition (with one-sided views)
6. SIGMA – G (good) in AMIS (novelist) backwards
9. AMIGO – A (a) + MIG (Russian fighter) + O[msk]
10. VICTORIAN – VICTOR, IAN (boys). Ballarat is a town in the Australian state of Victoria (and happens to be the home town of a dear friend of mine).
11. UNIMPROVED – anagram of OVER IN DUMP
12. CLIP – C[overed] + LIP (sauce)
14. YOU AND I – [q]U and I[z] phonetically
15. TYPICAL – anagram of CLAY PIT
17. MILKSOP – MILKS (gets all possible advantage from) + OP (surgery)
19. CANINES – I (one) in CANNES (Mediterranean port)
20. IDES – ID ES[t] “that is” in Latin (for Caesar) with T removed (time to go)
22. BLUETHROAT – anagram of TABLE OR HUT
25. PASTERNAK – P (page) + ASTERN (back) + AK (Alaska)
26. AGLOW – AG (silver) + LOW (bass)
27. ROYAL – double definition. “Royal” can mean a type of sail.
28. REPHRASED – anagram of HE SPARRED

Down
1. PRAHU – [o]PRAH (TV star missing first) + U (universal). A prahu is an Indonesian outrigger.
2. SPIRITUAL – S[aint] P[aul's] I[nevitably] + RITUAL (proceedings in church)
3. CHOPPINESS – P (piano) in CHOPIN (composer) + ESS (female backing)
4. RAVIOLI – hidden word
5. SICKERT – SICK (off colour) + R (right) in ET (film). Sickert was an English impressionist — and I had to look him up.
6. SHOO – HO (house) in SO (like this)
7. GRILL – [self-raisin]G + RILL (flower — in the sense of stream)
8. ANNAPOLIS – AN (an) + NAPOLI (Italian city) + IS (‘s)
13. UP IN THE AIR – double definition. Skylarks are noted for singing while high on the wing.
14. YOM KIPPUR – KIP (sleep) in MP (MP) together in YOUR (ones)
16. CANOODLES – CAN (cooler) + OODLES (abundance)
18. PILSNER – SLIP (fall) backwards + NE[a]R (almost dropping a)
19. CHECK-UP – CHECK (stay) + UP (out of bed)
21. ESSAY – [b]ES[t] (best middle section) + SAY (for example)
23. TOWED – homophone (“toad”)
24. TEAL – TEA (leaves) + L (lake)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,452 by Cincinnus”

  1. jmac says:

    Thanks for explaining IDES Peter – very clever. I remember doing this at an airport waiting for a delayed flight and it helped pass the time in a very enjoyable way. Failed to get PRABU. An excellent puzzle.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I would not have got PRAHU myself without a dictionary (even though earlier this year I was on a boat off Bali that probably was a prahu!).

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. bamberger says:

    If anyone got prahu without any checking letters, well done. Got there in the end with copious cheating (I don’t enter)

    Thanks for the blog -I just couldn’t see wordplay for 14a

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Hello bamberger, Thanks for your comment. It took me a while to understand 14a.

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Yes, 14ac (YOU AND I), that was exactly one of the clues that made this Cincinnus different from some previous offerings.
    One of the (many) highlights, too.

    14d (YOM KIPPUR) is also a bit un-Cincinnus (IMO) for the way ‘without’ is used. I know, it is standard for ‘coming outside’, but it is more Araucarian than Curlian.

    And yes, IDES, that 4-letter word was clued in a stunning way.
    My Clue of the Day [too].

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