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Financial Times 13,554 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 9th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 27

A merely excellent Cincinnus on this occasion. But with one clue whose working I do not understand (24A, TORSO). It is especially rare that I fail to figure out the wordplay in a Cincinnus clue. My choices for best clues in this puzzle are 17A (IN A WAY), 5D (CROWNS), 18D (AUBERGE) and, perhaps tops, 20D (IMAGINE).

Across
1. SQUARES – double definition
5. CATCHY – C (clubs) in CATHY (girl)
8. MARACAIBO – MARACA (percussion instrument) + IBO (African)
9. AD LIB – hidden words
11. LIVED – DEVIL (Dickens, as an interjection) reversed
12. LEND A HAND – END (objective) + A (a) + H[ead] all in LAND (real estate)
13. KILOWATT – anagram of TALK TO WI
15. GAELIC – G[reek] + anagram of CELIA
17. IN A WAY – IN (at home) + AWAY (not at home)
19. FLASHER – ASH (wood) in FLIER (aviator)
22. HEBRIDEAN – HEB[rews] (brief epistle — referring to the Bible’s “Epistle to the Hebrews”) + RIDE (move) + AN (an)
23. SCAMP – SCAM (fiddle) + P (piano)
24. TORSO – ??? I trust someone can explain this wordplay because I cannot. Presumably “part of body” is the definition but what does “Ford” refer to? A car? I think of a Ford Taurus but getting from TAURUS to TORSO is very rough indeed. — but see comments below
25. FORMATIVE – OR (or) + MAT (tangled mess) both in FIVE (5)
26. HERESY – HERE (present) + S[cener]Y
27. EXPRESS – EX (former) + PRESS (journalists)

Down
1. SOME LIKE IT HOT – anagram of LOOK IT IS THEME
2. UNRAVEL – UN (Nancy’s one — i.e. one in French) + RAVEL (composer)
3. RACED – ACE (expert) in [ga]RD[en]
4. SKILLETS – KILL (butcher) in SETS (puts)
5. CROWNS – CR (King Charles — i.e. C[harles] R[ex]) + OWNS (has)
6. TEARAWAYS – TEAR (speed) + A[l]WAYS (constantly left out)
7. HOLDALL – OLD (no longer used) in HALL (dining room)
10. BODICE RIPPER – anagram of BRIDE IS COPPER
14. WEARISOME – WEAR (clothing) + I (I) + SOME (part)
16. OLD NORSE – anagram of DONS ROLE
18. AUBERGE – AUBERG[in]E (eggplant not in). You will find AUBERGE in English dictionaries.
20. IMAGINE – anagram of I (one) + ENIGMA. A very clever clue and one I have to like as “Imagine” is one of my favourite songs.
21. BELFRY – BEL (sound measure) + FRY (young)
23. SHARP – S (point) + HARP (instrument)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,554 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Pete, my parsing of TORSO was:
    T (Ford’s old model) + OR SO (roughly)

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, that must be it! Thanks, Sil.

  3. Jan says:

    Thanks, again, Pete and Sil. I was playing ‘roughly’ with the Ford Taurus – trying to make a TORSO from it! It’s not even an old model.

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