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Financial Times 13,634 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 17th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 5
Cincinnus has some unusual clues for us this week, 1A (TABLOIDS), 7D (GEMMA) and 20D (DORY), plus a typical gem of an anagram in 6D (REPTILIAN), and at least one semi-&lit. in 21D (DOWAGER). Some might see 4D as one too (DUKEDOM).

Across
1. TABLOIDS – TAB (bill) + LOIDS (homophone of “Lloyds”). I do not see many part homophones.
5. BRIGHT – B (book) + RIGHT (title)
9. KLONDIKE – K (king) + LOND[on] (two-thirds of capital) + IKE (president)
10. APEMAN – NAME (nominate) + PA (governor) all backwards
12. OSIER – [h]OSIER (stocking-maker lacking aspiration)
13. DUPLICATE – anagram of APT CLUE ID
14. ESTEEM – [clos]E + MEETS (encounters) backwards
16. AMIABLE – “Am I able?” (expression of self-doubt)
19. DELAYED – LAY (amateur) in DEED (action)
21. DONE IN – DON (teacher) + EIN (German one)
23. OVERTHROW – OVER (extra) + THROW (cover for furniture)
25. ANKLE – AN (an) + ELK (animal) backwards
26. IN GEAR – IN (home) + GEAR (personal possessions)
27. IGNORANT – NO (no) in I GRANT (I allow)
29. ARKANSAS – RA[j] backwards (British rule in India mostly rejected) + KANSAS (one state)

Down
1. TAKE ON – double definition
2. BIODIESEL – anagram of BESIDE OIL
3. ORDER – double definition
4. DUKEDOM – anagram MODED UK. I have come across people who think it’s unfair to use an anagram indicator that is part of a larger word, as here. I think it’s okay as long as the indicator word has its indicator meaning in the context.
6. REPTILIAN – anagram of A NILE TRIP
7. GEMMA – “losing her head” would give EMMA
8. TENDERER – double definition
11. APIA -A (a) + PIA[f] (French singer docked). Apia is the capital of Samoa.
15. EGYPTIANS – anagram of I SPY AGENT
17. BRICKBATS – BRICK (good fellow) + BATS (mad)
18. ADMONISH – M (married) in ADONIS (handsome young man) + [churc]H
20. DORY – D[inghy] + OR (either) + [dingh]Y. Unusual and clever clue!
21. DOWAGER – “do wager” (risky advice…), a semi-&lit.
22. DELTAS – anagram of SALTED
24. ELGAR – L (50) in anagram of GEAR (26)
25. AROMA – A (first) + ROMA (gypsies)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,634 by Cincinnus”

  1. bamberger says:

    I got stuck in the North East.
    How I missed the anagram at 13a , I don’t know.
    Unless 7d is an old chestnut, it is fairly ungettable if you don’t have any checking letters.
    10a PA=governor is new to me

    Thanks Pete

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I was not thrilled with 7d. As for 10a, I have seen things like PA=governor before but am unsure what the coincident meaning actually refers to.

  3. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Pete.
    Perhaps not one of Cincinnus’ best but still a good,fun puzzle.
    I liked 4 down and am very happy with that type of ‘split’ clue.
    In 10 across,I think ‘pa’ just means ‘father’ – it is a slangy sort of expression I’ve come across in quite a few 19th century novels http://tinyurl.com/6xrvt3c

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