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Financial Times no.13,899 by FALCON

Posted by Ringo on January 12th, 2012


Nothing too devious from Falcon this morning: a decent mix (though perhaps a few too many insertions), a handful of real dollies and only one or two quibble-worthy liberties…


1. CHAPEL MASTER  Elm [wood] + as within chapter [series?]

8. HATCHET  Che [revolutionary, as in Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara] within anagram of that

9. REBECCA  Re [about] + (E [English] + CC [Cricket Club]) within BA [Bachelor of Arts, scholar] to give the novel by Daphne du Maurier

11. WARRANT  War [conflict] + rant [angry tirade]

12. ORIGAMI  O [ring] + rig [fake? As in rig an election, I suppose, but I’d say that’s more ‘fix’ than ‘fake’] + ami [French for ‘friend’] to give the Japanese art of paper-folding

13. NIGHT  Nigh [near] + (fligh)t

14. CATHEDRAL  Anagram of had claret

16. SNARE DRUM  Snared [got hold of] + rum [peculiar]

19. LASSO  Lass [girl] + O [zero, nothing]

21. ODDMENT  D(aughter) within anagram of to mend

23. TAVERNA  Tavern [pub] + a

24. EARMARK  Arm [member] within E [European] + ark [vessel, ship]

25. BARRIER  Barrie [Scottish playwright JM Barrie] + R [right]

26. GARDEN CENTRE  Arden [wooded area in Warwickshire, featured in Shakespeare’s As You Like It] within g [good] + centre [meeting place]


1. CUT A RUG  Reversal of at within guru [teacher] + c [college]

2. AT HEART  The + a [definite and indefinite articles] within art [skill]

3. ESTATE CAR  State [position] within reversal of race [event]

4. MARIO  M(ime) + ario(so) [song in opera] to give the popular tenor Mario Lanza

5. SUBSIDE  Sub [reserve, substitute] + side [team]

6. EN CLAIR  Enc [enclosure] + l(etters) + air [look, manner]

7, 10. WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE  The title of both a TV gameshow and a song: rather a weak clue for a 24-letter solution

15. TIMETABLE  I met [I came across] within table [desk]

17. ANDORRA  Anagram of road ran to give the Pyrenean principality

18. EMERALD  Me within (h)erald [courier]

19. LEVERET  Ever [always] within let [allowed] to give the word for a young hare

20. SERVICE  I [one] + C(hristmas) within anagram of verse to give the tree Sorbus torminalis

22. TOKEN  OK [pass] within ten [number]

3 Responses to “Financial Times no.13,899 by FALCON”

  1. mike04 says:

    Thanks Ringo – and Falcon for a quick, enjoyable solve.

    One of my dictionaries gives:
    “a chapter of accidents” Brit: a series of unfortunate events.
    “fake someone out” N Amer: trick or deceive someone.

  2. MikeC says:

    Thanks Ringo and Falcon. Re 12, Chambers gives rig=trick or fraud (noun). A bit of a surprise to me, as well!

  3. crypticsue says:

    All enjoyable and straightforward for me too thanks Falcon, and Ringo too. I had heard of ‘rig’ before and not just in cryptic crosswords!

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