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Financial Times 13,798 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on September 14th, 2011


Nice stuff from Cinephile: varied, not to hard and not to easy.

The D of the special instructions stands for DREAM, mostly in relation to to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare.   Not too obscure as I had heard of all the characters, though I had to look in Wikipedia for the finer details.  My favourite clue was 13ac, for the convolution of ‘turns’ and ‘coming ins’.

Hold mouse over clue number to see clue, click a solution to see its definition.

1 BASE RATE BASTE (pour fat) over (covering) ERA (period) – ‘interest’ in a financial sense
5 AMENDS AM ENDS (the morning is over at noon)
9 TREMBLER My (first letter of) inside TREBLE R (the three Rs) – vibration sensetive switch
10 ADAGIO A GI (soldier, general infantry) inside ADO (bother) – slow music tempo
12 ORLON hidden inside fOR LONg – fabric from DuPont. Either ‘stock’ or ‘periods’ seems superfluous to me, I can’t manage to fit them both in an interpretation of the clue.
13 ENCOUNTER NCO (sergeant) and U (turn) inside (to come in) ENTER (to come into) – definition is ‘meeting’
14 RICHES ostRICHES (big birds, a lot of the letters) – lolly=money
16 DOMINGO DO (to perform) MIN (minute, time) GO (to leave) – Jose Placido Domingo Embil well known Spanish tennor
19 SLEEPER Railway sleeper and one dreaming.
21 THRIVE wiTH RIVEt (without wit=intelligence) – definition is ‘flourish’
23 TIT FOR TAT OFT (frequently) IT reversed RT (the right) A T (model T Ford)
25 SCRUB Double definition
26 EMBRYO (BY ROME)* anagram=destroyed – definition is ‘potential being’
27 IN FAVOUR Double definition – pro=in favour of
28 MERMAN RM (jolly=Royal Marine) inside MEAN (average) – definition is ‘fishy character’
29 GALILEAN GAL (young woman) I LEAN (rely on) – region beside lake Galilee
1 BOTTOM Fundamental=bottom – Nick Bottom is a weaver who gets turned into a donkey in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2 SHELLFIRE L (student, learner driver) in SHELF (place of books) and IRE (rage)
3 ROBIN Robin Goodfellow also known as Puck is the servant of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
4 THESEUS THE South East US – Theseus is the Duke of Athens in A Midsummer Nigh’t Dream. Not sure why Theseus would be ‘in authority’ particularly, maybe some Shakespeare scholar out there can enlighten me?
6, 7 MIDSUMMER NIGHT (D TIME MINUS MR GH)* – time for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8 SHOWROOM SHOWeR (missing e=ecstasy) and OOM (uncle, respected elderly person Afrikaans) – definition is ‘scene for displaying’
11 ACID A CID (Criminal Investigation Department, lot of policemen)
15 HIPPOLYTA HIP (leader of ‘hip hip hooray’) and (TO PLAY)* – The Queen of the Amazons in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
17 NEVERMORE If there can’t be more then there has to be either the same or less – quote from The Raven, poem by Edgar Allen Poe
18 ISOTHERM IS (exists) with OTHER (different) M (number, 1000 Roman numeral)
20 RITE Sounds like “right”
21 TITANIA TIT (bird) AN I (island) A (one) – queen of hte fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
22 OBERON OBE (honour) and RON (small boy) – king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
24 TUBER ER (the Queen, Elizabeth Regina) following TUB (bath)
25 SWAMI SWAM I (did I swim?)


One Response to “Financial Times 13,798 by Cinephile”

  1. Thomas99 says:

    Theseus is very much “in authority” in MND – he’s the head of state, and when Hermia asks him what will be her fate if she refuses to marry Demetrius (she’s in love with Lysander) his answer is “Either to die the death or to abjure / For ever the society of men.” Pretty authoritarian stuff. And the mechanicals are terrified of getting hanged if their play doesn’t go down well. It’s true that he seems a lot more liberal in Act V, though…

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