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Financial Times 13,681 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 12th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 30

Here we have another satisfying, rather easy puzzle from Cincinnus. My clues of the week are 23A (DISROBE), 3D (MANHATTAN) and 22D (NODDY).

Across
1. PANAMA – double/cryptic definition
4. MASSIF – MASS (service) + IF (provided)
8. OBSCENE – OB (old boy) + SCENE (part in play)
9. SAVELOY – anagram of OVAL YES
11. FOREWARNED – anagram of FEAR WONDER
12. ECHO – hidden word
13. FIRST – FIRS (trees) + T (time)
14. HABANERA – A (a) + BAN (outlaw) together in HERA (goddess)
16. TURGENEV – URGE (strong desire) in VENT (opening) reversed
18. RUDDY – RUDD (fish) + Y[ellow]
20. EDAM – hidden word
21. CLEMENTINE – double definition
23. DISROBE – R (right) in anagram of BODIES. I like this clue because it has a great surface but it is also rather obvious.
24. ROTUNDA – anagram of DO A TURN
25. GOPHER – double definition. The biblical Ark was, according to some sources, built of “gopher” wood.
26. GATSBY – STAG (animal) reversed + BY (by)

Down
1. PABLO – BAP (roll) reversed + LO (look)
2. NUCLEAR – [autum]N + U (you say) + CLEAR (distinct)
3. MANHATTAN – A (a) + N (new) + H (hot) all together in MATT (dull) + AN (article)
5. AWARD – A (a) + WARD (sister’s place)
6. SHEBEEN – SHE (woman) + BEEN (visited)
7. FOOLHARDY – FOOL (gull) + HARDY (author)
10. ANCHOVIES – anagram of CHIVES ON A
13. FOUNDLING – L (left) in FOUNDING (establishment)
15. BARCELONA – CRAB (nipper) backwards + anagram of ON ALE
17. GUMDROP – MUG (face) reversed + DROP (little)
19. DATSUNS – hidden word
21. CABLE – C[oncert] + ABLE (skilled)
22. NODDY – ODD (rum) in N[ecessit]Y

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