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Financial Times 13,684 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on May 4th, 2011


A bit of a mixed bag today I thought, some good clues and some that were not so good.  I wondered if this was a ‘Friday Afternoon’ crossword, compiled after a good lunch with the creative juices flowing freely, but the attention to detail a little compromised?   I have quite a few queries, particularly 18 ac, 23 ac and 20 dn.

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1, 5 PRIMROSE LEAGUE The PRIMROSE path (an easy time, the life of Riley) and LEAGUE (3 miles).  How does ‘took’ fit in here?
10 ROAD MAP Definition and cryptic definition
11 AIRPORT AIR (music) and PORT (wine) – people wait around a lot at airports
12 CHURN Tea URN following CHurch
13 ROCHESTER CHE Guevara in ROSTER (roll)
14 RABBIT WARREN RAB (Scots ‘Robert’) and WIT* inside BARREN (infertile)
18 RESPLENDENCE RES (Royal Engineers) with L (pound) at END (last) inside PENCE (money) – RE is an abbreviation for Royal Engineers, so I don’t think it can be made plural twice, REs does not make sense. Have I missed something?
21 KICK START KICKS (hurtful treatment) and TART (bitter)
23 ERICA ‘is rich’ 3rd person feminine singular in Portugese would be ‘e rica‘ – a bit obscure, can anyone suggest better?
25 TWITTER Cryptic definition – social networking website
26 DOTTED Cryptic definition – from the Rufus mould.  The letter I can have a dot on too, thanks to lenny for pointing this out.
27 SOUTHPAW UPSHOT* and AW (expression)
1 PIRACY PI (pious, reverent)and RACY (lively)
2 ICARUS I (one, single) CAR (vehicle) US (American) – the boy who tried to fly too close to the sun
4 SUPERABUNDANCE The SUNDANCE Kid about (BEAR UP)* – the word ‘to’ is unaccounted for in this clue
6 EYRIE I (the setter) in Jane EYRE
8 ENTHRONE tENTH RONEo without ‘to’ – see Roneo Stencil
9 CATCH TWENTY-TWO Definition and cryptic definition. Should this be all hyphenated?
16 BRAKE PAD PAD (residence) following BRAKE (gorse thicket) – would ‘in’ read better than ‘at’ in this clue?
17 ASHCROFT ‘crash oft’ spoonerism, Baron Ashcroft
19 BIG TOP POT (grass) GIB (the Rock of Gibraltar) reversed
20, 22 NARROW SHAVE New ARROWS (weapons) HAVE – I have heard of a ‘close shave’, but not a narrow shave. It is not in my Chambers either.


11 Responses to “Financial Times 13,684 by Cinephile”

  1. malc95 says:

    Thanks PeeDee & the Rev

    9d I think the original title was Catch-22
    20,22d Agree that “close shave” & “narrow squeak” are more common
    27a American slang in the Guradain today as well.
    Thanks for explaining 8d, I couldn’t parse it. My cod 2d

  2. Bryan says:

    Many thanks PeeDee and Cinephile.

    This was very enjoyable but, I thought, rather easier than some others of his.

    Re 1,9 across: The Primrose League was a Tory group. Hence ‘took’ is OK:

    Re 9 down: The book’s title is Catch-22 so another hyphen would be appropriate.

    My COD was RABBIT WARREN where I spent far too long trying to work IAN – our usual suspect – into the answer.

  3. PeeDee says:

    Hi Bryan, my problem with 1,9 is that the ‘Primrose League’, whether defined literally (Tories) or cryptically (3 miles of a path) is a noun expression. Adding the verb ‘took’ makes one part or the other into a verb expression, which then doesn’t match the sense of the remaining part.

  4. lenny says:

    I enjoyed found this very enjoyable despite the sloppy clueing that PeeDee points out. I particularly liked the simple elegance of the clues to Road Map and Airport for example.

    I know the definition of a Spoonerism is a bit variable, but, in my book Ashcroft is not a Spoonerism of Crash Oft because there is no transposition of initial sounds.

    I would put Dotted down as a DD, with “i may be…” as the first definition

  5. walruss says:

    I think you are right PeeDee – I followed Lord JG here after yesterday’s great effort, but this was not as good. I would go along with Bryan re RABBIT WARREN, my best of batch. Thanks for your excellent blog.

  6. Robi says:

    Good blog and puzzle, which I didn’t have time to finish.

    RICA is also the feminine version of rich in Spanish, so maybe as the clue states ‘says,’ it is similar to your parsing, but “‘ER RICA” with elision.

  7. Abu Amaal says:

    23ac works in Italian

  8. Thomas99 says:

    Re 23a –
    I liked this clue. Another way of looking at it is that “e” is in Italian, “rica” in Spanish – “changing languages” in between. I thought it was just Italian at first, but I see that would strictly be “e ricca”.

  9. smiffy says:

    Thanks Peedee.

    I appear to have enjoyed this one more than most. Thought that it was par for the course, in terms of Cinephiliac jiggery-pokery and amusement. I was one of those who didn’t fathom the wordplay for 23A. My only quibbles are 8D (a little too indirect, I felt) and 9D (pedantically on the def’n, I think it’s a ‘paradox’ rather than a ‘dilemma’).

    PS: There’s a slip of the pen in the answer at 3D.

  10. Bryan says:

    Smiffy @ 8

    Yes, of course, 3d should be ROMAN WALL.

  11. PeeDee says:

    Thanks smiffy, slippage of the brain really rather than the pen… …but you are kind not to mention that.

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