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Financial Times 13,670 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 28th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 16

This week Cincinnus gives us three homophones (!) and some typically fine double definitions. My favourite clues here are 11A (RILKE), 24A (GREER), 1D (UNDERWHELMING) and 23D (CLEAR).

Across
1. UNEATEN – U (university) + NEATEN (put straight)
5. SUCKER – homophone (“succour”)
8. DISREPUTE – RE (engineers) in DISPUTE (row)
9. NEIGH -homophone (“nay”)
11. RILKE – [loo]K in RILE (anger)
12. INDECORUM – IN DEC[ember] (at end of year) + O[nes] + RUM (drink)
13. HONDURAS – UR (ancient city) in HONDAS (card and motorcycles)
15. LITMUS – LIT (illuminated) + U (uranium) in MS (manuscript)
17. LLAMAS – homophones (“lamas”)
19. PLATONIC – P[hilanderer] + LA (the French) + TONIC (medicine)
22. ILL AT EASE – [v]ILLA (house, scratching head) + TEASE (guy)
23. COPSE – S (small) in COPE (manage)
24. GREER – [Melbourn]E in GR (king) + ER (queen)
25. LAMPEDUSA – anagram of AMUSED PAL
26. CREDIT – double definition
27. NURSERY – anagram of N SURREY

Down
1. UNDERWHELMING – anagram of WHEN LURED + MING (merciless villain). Ming is the villain in Flash Gordon stories.
2. EPSILON – EP (record) + SILO (store) + N[arrow]
3. THEME – HEM (border) in T[roublesom]E
4. NAUTICAL – anagram of A LUNATIC
5. STEADY – double definition (the second as in, “ready, steady, go”)
6. CONSCRIPT – CON (read) + SCRIPT (text)
7. EPIGRAM – [Wild]E + PIG + RAM (livestock)
10. HOME SECRETARY – double/cryptic definition. Last week Cinephile gave us a HOME SECRETARY clue. Which do you prefer?
14. UNALTERED – anagram of RENTAL DUE
16. ALDERMAN – ALDER (tree) + MAN (feller)
18. ALL YEAR – ALLY (friend) + EAR (audience)
20. NEPTUNE – PEN (swan) backwards + TUNE (strain)
21. HAMLET – HAM (bad actor) + LET (impediment)
23. CLEAR – double definition

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,670 by Cincinnus”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Pete

    As a kid, I used to go to the Gaumont Cinema in Oldham to follow the Saturday morning serial ‘Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars’ – so it was nice to meet up again with Ming.

    Ah those were the days when, I recall, there were 10 cinemas in Oldham but – I understand – these have all disappeared.

    Consequently, I now do Crosswords.

    Thanks Cincinnus

  2. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Pete – and Cincinnus

    I agree with your favourite clues, Pete, and would add 4dn for its surface.

    By another of those strange coincidences, Flash Gordon appears in today’s Guardian crossword and Ming the Merciless in today’s FT.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Bryan, Much as I like crosswords, I would hate to give up movies for them. Here in the US I enjoy lots of films between puzzles, mostly thanks to Netflix.

    Eileen, Yes 4dn is appealing indeed.

  4. Jan says:

    Thanks, Pete, I agree with the favourites mentioned.

    I hope that wasn’t a spoiler, Eileen! I haven’t even looked at yesterday’s Guardian yet, let alone today’s.

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