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Financial Times 13,813 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 13th, 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 1

I believe I am right in saying that Bradman (Don Manley) is a newcomer to the FT Weekend prize puzzle but I know him from his weekday FT puzzles, a few of which I have blogged. I typically find him to be a trickier compiler than the Weekend regulars but I found this puzzle plain sailing — despite two answers that I had only a vague knowledge of (NISEI and SET FAIR). In this crossword I applaud especially the brilliant anagram of 1A (ALL SAINTS DAY), the straightforward but elegant 13A (GUESTS), the snazzy charade in 19A (PASTA), the foxy cryptic definition in 1A (ANDANTE), the perfect semi-&lit. of 6D (AILERON) and the fine surface of 18D (TROUNCE). If Don meant to make a splash with his first prize puzzle, I would say he succeeded in spades. I do have some doubts and quibbles nonetheless. For example, with 2D I wonder if “leavers” is widely accepted to mean what I take to be an abbreviation for school leavers? I hope so but I think I have never heard it. I am not complaining though — the clue is so good. And in 11A there is no indication that ‘future’ is a definition by example.

1. ALL SAINTS DAY – anagram of ID SAY SATANLL. Yes!
8. HYDRANT – “hyde” (fictional murderer) + RANT (rave)
9. GAMBLED – GAM (leg) + BLED (suffered a wound)
11. TENSE UP – TENSE (future) + UP (at Oxford)
12. TANTRUM – TANT (so much French) + RUM (drink)
13. GUESS – GUES[t]S (people at party wasting time)
14. DEFERENCE – RE (about) in DEFENCE (legal team)
16. APPETISER – anagram of TRIPE and PEAS
19. PASTA – PAS (Dad’s) + TA (army). I am well aware of the TV show “Dad’s Army” but never actually watched more than a couple of fragments of it. This may (I hope!) explain why I can make no sense of “not supplied by Jones though!”. I did ascertain that one of the characters on the show was called Jones.
21. HARPOON – HARPO (a funny brother) + ON (performing)
23. TOASTED – O (egg) in TASTED (sampled)
24. RIDINGS – RIDING (traveling) + S (south)
25. ARAPAHO – A (a) + RAP (type of modern music) + HO[use]
26. EXPERIMENTER – EX (no longer) + [reputatio]N in PERIMETER (edge)

1. ANDANTE – AN (an) + DANTE (Italian poet)
2. LEAVERS – cryptic definition
3. ANTIPODES – TIP (extra money) in ANODES (poles)
5. SEMINAR – anagram of MARINES
6. AILERON – anagram of A ROLE IN
7. PHOTOGRAPHER – homophone (“Beaton”). This refers to the celebrated photographer Sir Cecil Beaton but I am unsure how to categorize the clue; it’s some kind of inverse homophone?
15. FIRST MATE – FIR (wood) + M (male) in STATE (say)
17. PARADOX – PARAD[e] (show ending prematurely) + O (nothing) + X (wrong)
18. TROUNCE – T[a]R (sailor heartlessly) + OUNCE (cat)
19. PEASANT – PEAS (vegetables) + ANT (hill worker)
20. SET FAIR – anagram of FT IS REA[d]. I saw the anagram and guessed the answer although I am not sure that I have come across ‘set fair’ before.
22. NISEI – hidden word. ‘Nisei’ is originally a Japanese word meaning a second-generation ex-pat, not necessarily in America but used most there as far as I know.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,813 by Bradman”

  1. scchua says:

    Thanks Pete , and Bradman for an enjoyable prize puzzle.

    You’ve listed the same clues, and for the same reasons, that I liked. Re PASTA I think that Lance Corporal Jones ran a butcher’s shop, and not likely to be supplying pasta.

  2. Rishi says:


    I think your reservation wrt 2d is understandable.

    But our setter being a dictionary person, we could do no better than look it up in the hallowed Chambers, which has:

    leaver, someone who leaves, esp leaves school.

    (BTW, in what other context would we use the word ‘leaver’, I am just wondering.)

    ‘Set fair’ too may be rare but, as you say, the meaning is quite gettable when once you put it in context (say, weather). It could also mean “likely, to all appearances (to do the desired thing)” (Chambers). I may say “Pete is set fair to finish the Bradman crossword in ten minutes.”

  3. Bradman says:

    Thank you, kind sirs. My second Sat. appearance, I think. I suspect this went in exactly one month earlier than intended (given 1 Across) but it didn’t matter!

  4. John Newman says:

    Thanks as always Pete. I found this one quite hard, probably because I am not used to attempting Mr Bradman. I couldn’t get AILERON and can’t see what TANTRUM has to do with pet. Otherwise I got there. But the one clue which I do take issue with is 11 across. Mr Bradman surely has this the wrong way round? Feeling uneasy can make you tense up, not the other way around. I had written in “Going Up” which I feel is a much better answer to the clue as it is written.

    I particulary thought ANDANTE and ANTIPODES clever clues.

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