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Financial Times 13,770 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on August 12th, 2011

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Bradman’s characteristically fair puzzle with evocative and amusing clue surfaces. I started with the bottom-right and worked my way upwards, entering somewhat unfamiliar territory in the top-left with a couple of words new to me. I enjoyed the unusual construction of 17a and 26a, and the two India-inspired words in the grid gave me a special kick.

Across

1 CHAFER CHAR (cleaner) around Fe (iron). A chafer is any flying beetle of the family Scarabaeidae.
4 MAHARANI A HAM (poor actor) reversed, RAN (managed – the clue has a typo) I (one) – an Indian princess who was sovereign in her own right.
9 PARIS PARIS[h] (rector’s area, without its east end i.e. the letter H)
10 MATERIALS MATER (mum), IS around AL[l]
11 CAPULET PULE (whimper) in CAT (pet, maybe). This was tough for me – I neither knew the word PULE nor the fact that Capulet is an Italian family name, famously the family name of Shakespeare’s Juliet.
12 UNARMED dd. The ‘member’ in the clue is a part of the body, arm in this case.
13 ISLE AISLE (passage) – A (‘entrance’ i.e. first letter of AISLE, sealed off)
14 NEW BALLS BALL (dance) in NEWS (TV bulletin)
17 SOCIALLY SO (thus) C[uddle] I[ntimate] ALLY (friend at a party, as in a political party) &lit
19 ACRE A CRE[w] (gang cut short)
22 BENGALI BALI (holiday island) around ENG (English) – the language spoken by people in West Bengal, India. The Bengali people themselves call their language ‘Bangla’.
24 ORLANDO OR (golden) LAND (territory) O (nothing) – a major tourist spot in Florida, the home of Disney World.
25 EXCELSIOR EX (lover no longer) (RECOILS)*. Excelsior is a poem by Longfellow published in 1841. This wiki link has some interesting trivia about this poem.
26 BERET Around F (female), BERET would become BEREFT (widow-like). A rare type of clue with its definition in the middle.
27 TWOPENNY (PONY WENT)*
28 GLOWER G[rass] LOWER (cow). A cow moos i.e. lows, therefore it is a ‘lower’.

Down

1 CAPUCHIN CAIN (Adam’s boy) around (UP)< CH (companion) – this monkey.
2 ACROPOLIS A CROP (lot of produce) (SOIL)*
3 ENSILE EN (prefix meaning ‘put on’) (ISLE)* – the answer to 13a, anagrammed.
5 ARTHUR BALFOUR A R (right) (HURT)*, (LABOUR)* around F (fine) – British Conservative politician He served as the PM of UK from July 1902 to December 1905.
6 AIRMAIL AIR (expose) + homophone of MALE (fellow)
7 ALARM AL (gangster, i.e. Al Capone) ARM (gun) &lit
8 INSIDE IN (home) SIDE (team)
10 MATHEMATICIAN (MIT MAN I TEACH A)*. In case you’re wondering what combinatorics means, it is a branch of mathematics concerning the study of finite or countable discrete structures.
15 SECOND ROW SECOND (another) ROW (fracas) – a name for the two lock positions in rugby union.
16 REPORTER RE (about) PORTER (man on station platform)
18 CHARLIE The word comes just after ‘Bravo’ in the phonetic alphabet. Reminds me of another clever clue by Don that won the andlit
Crossword Center’s clue-writing contest: November — then what? Carols being blasted, pounds being spent (5)
20 ABLEST adult in supremely happy state = A (adult) BLEST
21 GLOBAL GAL (girl) around LOB (ball)
23 NACHO NO (refusal) around A CH (Chinese, from the NATO country code)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,770 / Bradman”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Bradman for an excellent puzzle and shuchi for the blog. Favourite clue 18dn.

  2. mike04 says:

    Thanks shuchi.
    Unfortunately I couldn’t find my invented verb ENSILO in the dictionary.
    In 3dn, I think “put on 13″ is ENISLE, then you swap the middle letters.

  3. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Shuchi & Bradman this was another very enjoyable puzzle.

    ENSILE was a new word for me but I guessed it correctly.

    But I really had to dig deep to recall ARTHUR BALFOUR!

  4. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Good and entertaining crossword by the always excellent Bradman.

    I saw 3d slightly different: EN (indeed, the prefix meaning ‘put on’) + {ISLE in which the S on the inside goes one upwards (therefore the ‘internal upheaval’ – giving us: SILE}.

    Many thanks for the blog, shuchi.
    And Bradman for a very enjoyable solve.

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