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Financial Times 13,728 / Mudd

Posted by Gaufrid on June 24th, 2011

Gaufrid.

Mudd seems to have taken a leaf out of Dante’s book today with a third of the clues being double/cryptic definitions. This is too high a percentage for my liking but it may suit others. Apart from that, the cluing was straightforward and fair though for me it seemed to lack some of Mudd’s usual wit and sparkle.

Across
1 HORNPIPE RN (navy) PI (good) in HOPE (expect)
5 PROMPT ROMP (easy run) in PT (exercises)
9 PECULIAR PE[ople] CU (copper) LIAR (perjurer)
10 GUINEA double def.
11 EMULSION S[tallions) in EMU (bird) LION (beast)
12 CHARGE double def.
14 COR ANGLAIS *(OCARINA’S L[on]G)
18 FOR CERTAIN FORCE (drive) *(TRAIN)
22 APPEAR A P PEAR (a f-fruit)
23 DYNAMITE double def.
24 DOODLE OD (overdrawn) in DOLE (social security)
25 CRACKPOT CRACK (break) POT (pocket {snooker})
26 NARROW [catamara]N ARROW (missile)
27 RESTORER *(ERROR SET)
 
Down
1 HOPPER double def.
2 RECOUP O (round) in RE (on) CUP (competition)
3 POLISH double def.
4 PIANOFORTE F (fine) in *(OPERATION)
6 ROUGHAGE HAG (witch) in ROUGE (make-up)
7 MONTREAL MON (a day) *(LATER)
8 TRAVERSE TRAVERS (farceur) [disput]E – Ben Travers
13 FAMILY TREE cryptic def.
15 OFF AND ON double def.
16 TRAPDOOR ROOD (cross) PART (role) reversed
17 SERAGLIO *(ALGIERS) O (love)
19 MASCOT M[ain] ASCOT (course)
20 KIPPER double def.
21 SETTER double def.
 

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,728 / Mudd”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Gaufrid & Mudd

    I did enjoy this but I was made to struggle in the NE corner where for 7d my mind was at first focused on the 2012 Olympics. This was my last entry.

    I did like ROUGHAGE which is my COD.

  2. scchua says:

    Thanks Gaufrid, and Mudd.

    Liked 14A COR ANGLAIS, 6D ROUGHAGE and 9A PECULIAR, where I was held up with interpreting “odd” as the usual odd-positioned letters. As you say, a bit leaner than usual on wordplay.

  3. Bamberger says:

    LHS was ok except for 2d & 11a but made no headway in Tyneside and not much in Kent.

    Shouldn’t 10a “Country with little money” be Greece?
    14a Spotted the anagram material but try as I might, I never thought of “cor” for the three letter word.
    8d Didn’t know what farceur meant and never heard of Ben Travers so not much chance of getting that one.

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