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Financial Times 13,687 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 19th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 7

Here’s a typically strong puzzle from Mudd with a good variety of clues. My faves are 27A (KRAKATOA), 3D (HEADSTONE) and 22D (LATER).

1. OKLAHOMA – double definition
5. SLIP-UP – PUPILS (students) backwards
10. DENMARK – anagram of MEN in DARK (unable to see)
11. ANAGRAM – cryptic definition
12. ATLAS – AT LAS[t] (finally cut short)
13. LADIES MAN – anagram of A SMILE AND
14. SOLVENT ABUSE – SOLVE (crack) + N (new) + TAB (pill) + USE (exploit)
21. SINGLETON – SINGLET (vest) + ON (on)
23. TEMPO – OP (work) + MET (came across) all backwards
24. BEEF TEA – BEE (worker) + FT (my employer) + E (energy) + A (a). Beef tea is an extract of beef given to people who are ill. It is a term I heard frequently as a boy in the 1950s but very rarely come across today.
25. EMULATE – EMU (bird) + LATE (gone to meet its maker)
26. EXPORT – EX (old) + PORT (drink)
27. KRAKATOA – A (a) + K (grand) + ARK (ship) all backwards + TO (to) + A (a)

1. ORDEAL – OR (or) + DEAL (agreement)
2. LONELY – ON (on) in LELY (artist). Peter Lely was a 17th century Dutch artist — not that I had ever heard of him.
3. HEADSTONE – anagram of ONES DEATH
6. LEAVE – double definition
7. PARAMOUR – A (a) + RAM (force) both in POUR (stream)
8. POMANDER – MA (mother) in PONDER (think about)
9. PADDINGTON BEAR – PADDING (stuffing) + O NB (old note well) in TEAR (rip). Ah, Michael Bond! This clue fooled me for a while as I mentally went through memories of Bond films. But the fact that it clued a character as opposed to, say, a villain or a henchman made me suspicious.
15. AWESTRUCK – A (a) + WEST (quarter) + RUCK (fight). Chambers tells us that RUCK is prison slang for a fight, derived perhaps from ruckus.
16. PASSABLE – BASS (singer) backwards in PALE (white)
17. SKIN DEEP – KIND (sort) in SEEP (leak)
19. IMPART – IMP (devil) + ART (skill)
20. BODEGA – ODE (one must be dedicated) in anagram of BAG. Must an ode be dedicated? I did not know this to be the case although I realize that many are, witness “Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer”.
22. LATER – hidden word

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,687 by Mudd”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks Pete, not sure whether I found this a typically strong Mudd. There were too many cheapish (or at least throwaway) clues to my taste, like for example 26ac (EXPORT), 6d (LEAVE) and 1ac (OKLAHOMA) [which is hardly a dd].

    All in all, enjoyable enough though.
    I share your admiration for HEADSTONE (3d), and I particularly liked the ‘silly men’ that were ‘unable to see’ in 10ac.

    The real name of the artist in 2d is Pieter van der Faes, who came to the UK when he was 23 years old. He is famous for his court portraits. Charles I and Oliver Cromwell are amongst the ones that sat for him. Later he became court painter to Charles II (as indeed Sir Peter Lely).

    Finally, the ONB bit in our friend the bear (9d) is slightly different from your parsing. O is, I would say of course, ‘old’ but NB is the abbreviation for ‘nota bene’ (translated from latin as ‘note well’ which is to be found in the clue).

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi Sil, I agree about the weakness of 1A; I had been considering saying something to that effect. The clue strikes me as hardly cryptic.

    Thanks for the information about Pieter van der Faes. You would be the one to know, of course!

    And I do know the etymology of NB; I was just careless in my write-up.

  3. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Pete – this was very enjoyable and, in my view, rather more challenging than the Paul which appeared in The Grauniad the same day.

    Like you, I recall Beef Tea from my childhood.

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