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Financial Times 13,895 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 19th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 7, 2012

I found this a pleasantly challenging and faultless puzzle. My favourite clues are 16A (VAGRANT), 6D (CHAD), 16D (APARTMENT), and 21D (THREE).

Across
1. WASPS NEST – ASPS (potential killer’s) + N (name) together in WEST (quarter)
6. CROSS – double definition
9. ENEMA – AMEN (last word) + E (drug) all backwards
10. UNLEASHED – anagram of USE HANDLE
11. TURTLEDOVE – V (formation of geese) in anagram of RED LET OUT
12. DRAW – double definition
14. CHOPPER – C[ut] + HOPPER (rabbit perhaps)
15. VAGRANT – VA (state, i.e. Virginia) + GRANT (subsidy)
17. SIDECAR – RACED (having gone quickly) + IS (one’s) all backwards
19. MAYFAIR – MAY (blossom) + FAIR (just)
20. ACTS – double definition (one referring to a book of the Bible, “Acts”)
22. HUMANISTIC – anagram of MUCH IS ANTI. With a splendid anagram indicator.
25. EARTH WIRE – anagram of WHITE RARE
26. THEME – hidden word
27. SWEEP – E[ach] in PEWS (seats) backwards
28. ENTERITIS – ENTER (register) + IT (it) + IS (is)

Down
1. WHEAT – [ric]E in WHAT (question)
2. SWEARWORD – WEAR (put on) in SWORD (weapon)
3. SNAILS PACE – NAILS (those providing security) in SPACE (room)
4. ECUADOR – U (upper-class) in ROD (pole) + ACE (expert) backwards
5. TEL AVIV – VALE (farewell) backwards + I (one) both in TV (box)
6. CHAD – C[orrupt] + HAD (tricked)
7. OTHER – OT (books, i.e. Old Testament) + HER (not his)
8. SODA WATER – SO (so) + {RET (soak) + A (a) + WAD (bundle)} backwards. ‘Ret’ (meaning to soak something like flax or jute) is a handy word to keep in mind for cryptics. Sneaky definition here!
13. UGLY SISTER – anagram of US GIRLS YET
14. CASTANETS – anagram of AS TEN in CATS (musical)
16. APARTMENT – A PART (one of the bits) + MEN (pieces) + T[urn]
18. ROUTINE – TIN (metal) in ROUE (rake)
19. MEANEST – ME (your tormentor) + A (a) + NEST (home). Ha! I like ‘your tormentor’! Shades of Torquemada.
21. THREE – anagram of THERE. A clue with a great surface that might, I guess, prove tricky because it is really so easy!
23. CHESS – double definition. And a musical I have actually seen!
24. CHIP – double definition

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,895 by Mudd”

  1. fearsome says:

    Thanks Pete especially for explaining soda water, I really enjoy this crossword so thanks to Mudd too.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Thank you, fearsome, for your feedback.

  3. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete. I got it out but was left with not knowing how the TER at the end of soda water clued.

    When I write I have trouble knowing when to use a hyphen so word construction is not one of my strengths. SWEARWORD I would not have written as one word, however. I would have thought two separate words.

    I liked 25A.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    I have been surprised a few times by unexpected portmanteau words showing up in puzzles.

  5. Bamberger says:

    Finished with aids but couldn’t work out the wordplay for 1a,3d,8d &14d .

    Not surprisingly ret was an unknown.

    Pretty tough I thought

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