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Financial Times 13,721 / Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on June 16th, 2011


This was probably my quickest ever solve of one of Don’s puzzles in any of his incarnations. There was only one answer with which I was not familiar (3dn) but this was readily obtainable from the wordplay.

As is usual with this setter, all the clues were scrupulously fair so there is very little for me to comment on other than to say that I enjoyed the puzzle, even though it could have presented more of a challenge. Thanks Bradman.

1 FRIGID F (female) RIGID (stiff)
5 TAILSPIN TAILS (possible word from cricket captain before match) PIN (fix)
10 CANOPY A N (new) OP (work) in C[lass]Y
11 WRENCH WREN (Sir Christopher) CH (companion)
12 HUNTRESS TRES (very French) in HUNS (invaders of Britain)
18 MICHELANGELO I (one) *(CHALLENGE) in [r]OM[e] reversed &lit
22 DUODENUM DUO (two) DEN (squalid accommodation) UM (hesitation)
25 TESTER double def.
26 BITTER BITTER[n] (north avoided by bird)
27 SECURITY UR (old city) in SE (Home Counties) CITY (town of some size)
28 HEADLESS double def.
29 LADING [vesse]L A DING (a sort of noise)
2 RETIRE hidden in ‘aRE TIREd’
3 GREENWASH *(NEW AGERS) H[ypocrisy] &lit – “a specious overlay, or ineffectual display, of concern for the environment” (Chambers).
5 TEE SHOT Cryptic def. – golf.
6 INCAN CA (about) in INN (pub)
7 SENOR SEN[i]OR (high up in the organisation? Not I)
8 IMPOSTOR ST (street) in I’M POOR (I am without money)
13 TEA T[h]E [m]A[n]
16 TROUSERED USER (addict) E (drug) in TROD (walked)
17 FIGURINE FIG (tree) URINE (water)
19 EVE EVE[n] (yet falling short)
21 BEATON BE A[ppreciate] TON (fashion) – Cecil Beaton
23 DATED A T (time) E[cumenism] in DD (theologian)

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,721 / Bradman”

  1. Jezza says:

    A very gentle puzzle from the Don, but most enjoyable. Favourite clues the &lit 18a, and 16d.
    Thanks to Gaufrid for the notes – a typo in the solution to 1a.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Jezza, typo corrected. I was in a hurry to get the blog published before a 9am appointment and didn’t proof read it accurately enough.

  3. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Gaufrid and Bradman.

    This was another very enjoyable puzzle.

    As soon as I saw Bradman’s name, I guessed that we’d get thrown a cricket question but it took me much longer to work it out.

    And then when I hoped to visit this site again to check the FT, my Internet connection was acting up. Very frustrating!

  4. Bamberger says:

    Failed on 21d -didn’t know fashion =ton and never heard of beaton so not much chance of getting that one and also 3d.

  5. Thomas99 says:

    18a is a very fine clue!

  6. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Well Gaufrid, “This was probably my quickest ever solve of one of Don’s puzzles in any of his incarnations”?
    To be honest, for me it was more or less the opposite – that is as far as Bradman is concerned. I didn’t find it that easy at all.

    But what’s more important: the cluing was impeccable as ever.
    Like Thomas99 I liked MICHELANGELO, but 16d (TROUSERED) was very good too. As was 3d (GREENWASH). And 8d (IMPOSTOR).
    Only a pity that in 27ac (SECURITY) the word ‘city’ that had to be entered was also present in the clue.

    It’s always a pleasure to solve Bradman’s puzzles and this one was no exception!

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