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Financial Times 13,705 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 9th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 28

More gems from Cincinnus this week. I especially like 1A (APPENDICES), 7A (FADO) and 8D (DETOURS). Then there is one of his brilliant long anagrams in 5D (COUNTERMARCHING). This puzzle was more difficult than most and, as usual, very satisfying.

Across
1. APPENDICES – anagram of PINE SPACED with a snarky cryptic definition
7. FADO – F (fine) + ADO (song and dance). Now, if fado had a dance component, this clue would be a lovely partial &lit. But it does not; it is music only. All the same, I think this is a brilliant one.
9. ACRE – [S]ACRE[D]. It took me a long time to see this!
10. ADULTERATE – ADULT (fully-fledged) + E (English) + RATE (judge)
11. USED TO – anagram of DUO SET
12. TARTARUS – TARTAR (salts) + US (American)
13. CONSIDER – CON (vote) + SIDE (party) + R (Republican)
15. HOST – double definition
17. OGRE – reverse hidden word
19. ABNORMAL – AB (sailor) + NORMA (girl) + L (lake)
22. DRAMATIC – DRAM (drink) + homophone (“attic”)
23. OSCARS – anagram of A CROSS
25. SANDERLING – anagram of LENINGRADS. A sanderling is a small sandpiper.
26. PLOT – P[i]LOT (aviator with i[sland] dropped)
27. KEEP – double definition
28. HIGHTAIL IT – HIGH (soaring) + AIL (trouble) in TIT (bird)

Down
2. PICASSO – PIC (film) + OSSA (Greek mountain) backwards. I had to look up Ossa to confirm that it is the name of a mountain in Greece. And I am not sure I fully understand the wordplay indicators here.
3. EMEND – MEN (staff) in ED (editor)
4. DIAMONDS – cryptic/double definition
5. COUNTERMARCHING – anagram of CHRONIC ARGUMENT
6. SATURN – SAT (test) + URN (vessel)
7. FORGATHER – anagram of HAT in FORGER (criminal)
8. DETOURS – D[rivers] + anagram of ROUTES
14. STEAMED UP – S (son) + TEAMED UP (co-operated)
16. UNSOUGHT – U (university) + NS (poles) + OUGHT (should). Sir Percy Blakeney being the Scarlet Pimpernel — “We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.”
18. GERMANE – GERMAN (European) + E[urovision]
20. A PRIORI – A (article) + PRIOR (religious leader) + I (one)
21. STARCH – STAR (one good in parts, perhaps) + CH (taps — cold and hot)
24. CAPRI – CAPRI[corn]

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,705 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks Pete.
    Agree with your highlights (APPENDICES [what a fine surface], FADO and DETOURS [almost &Littish]). For us, GERMANE (19d) was another clue that stood out, because one can look at it in different ways (which we did before cracking it!).

    I look at 2d as the upcoming ‘ossa’ (ASSO) forming the basis for PIC, so coming under PIC as a kind of support.

    Looking at your blog, I am not sure whether you saw the right parsing of 12ac (TARTARUS). ‘Tartar’ should be seen as one ‘Tar’ plus another one. As ‘salt’ is a word for sailor, we have here two ‘salts’.

  2. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Pete & Cincinnus.

    This was wonderful and a marvellous example of why I like doing Crosswords.

    Although UNSOUGHT, HIGHTAIL IT and STARCH now seem obvious, they each gave me a kick when I sussed them out.

    I particularly liked the allusion to the Scarlet Pimp.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    I had the same experience with HIGHTAIL IT and STARCH. And also with ACRE. I was perhaps not so taken with UNSOUGHT just because I happen to know almost nothing about the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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