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Financial Times 13,913 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 9th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 28, 2012

Here is another impeccable and highly enjoyable puzzle from Cincinnus. My top-ratings go to 25A (FLEECE), 28A (ATHERTON), 7D (STOMA), 16D (KILLER BEE) and 17D (SOMEWHAT). There were several references that I had to look up to complete it (for 27A, 28A and 2D).

Across
1. GAMBIT – hidden word
5. ENVISAGE – ENV[y] (sin, not entirely) + I (one) + SAGE (wise)
9. INITIATE – “IN IT (i.e. trattoria) I (the setter) ATE”
10. ROOKIE – ROOK (fleece from 25A) + IE (that is)
11. CLIENT – LIEN (right) in CT (court)
12. ADENAUER – N (new) in anagram of AREA DUE. Konrad Adenauer was German Chancellor from 1949 to 1963.
14. FOR ALL WE KNOW – anagram of POOR OR NEW FOLK
18. HOLY MACKEREL – HOLY (homophone of ‘wholly’) + MACKEREL (something fishy)
22. DECIPHER – anagram of H[a]RD PIECE
25. FLEECE – double definition
26. CHISEL – HIS (man’s) in CEL[l] (room wanting last)
27. TROUBLED – ROUBLE (bread in Moscow) in TD (Irish member). I had not come across this TD before but guessed that it is the Irish equivalent of MP. It stands for Teachta Dála meaning a member of the Dail, the lower house of the Irish parliament.
28. ATHERTON – anagram of HATTER NO. I gather this refers to Mike Atherton, a cricketer I had not heard of.
29. THE END – THEE (you) + N[ee]D. Nice to have this as the last clue in the puzzle.

Down
2. ARNOLD – R[ugby] in AN (an) + OLD (elderly). I had to look up this Victorian headmaster who turned out to be one Thomas Arnold.
3. BUTTERFLY – double definition
4. TRATTORIA – AIR (display) + OTT (outrageous — over the top) + ART (paintings) all backwards
5. EYEBALL – homophone (“I bawl”)
6. VERSE – V (five) + ERSE (Gaelic)
7. STOMA – hidden word
8. GUIDE DOG – GUID (good Scots) + DO (party) in EG (say)
13. NEE – N[i]E[c]E
15. WARM FRONT – W (with) + ARM (weapon) + FRONT (battle zone)
16. KILLER BEE – anagram of REBEL LIKE
17. SOMEWHAT – [flaming]O in anagram of WEST HAM
19. MOP – double definition
20. KERATIN – anagram of A TINKER
21. SCREEN – C[avalie]R in SEEN (spotted)
23. ISSUE – double definition
24. HOLST – L[ondon] in HOST (army)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,913 by Cincinnus”

  1. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete. Agree with you again about this puzzle. Actually 2D deserves a mention as Cincinnus has got Rugby into the clue where Arnold was. I was stuck for a long time in the top left corner and in fact didn’t really understand why for INITIATE until your blog.

    A couple of typos – HIS not HES in 26A and 11A is LIEN = RIGHT in CT = COURT.

    I have some difficulty with 5 down, EYEBALL. Is that really in orbit? I had EYEWALL which is certainly in orbit but I don’t recall WALL sounding like shout or cry. WAIL is the nearest – I thought maybe you Americans pronounce it worl?

    cheers
    John

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi John, Thanks for pointing out those errors of mine. HIS not HES was indeed a typo. The explanation of 11A was not! I took that clue as a double definition since there actually is something in legal practice referred to as a “client’s right in court”. I like your explanation much more though and have little doubt but that it is what Cincinnus intended.

    I do think that 5 down works well. ‘Orbit’ can refer to the cavity in the skull in which the eye sits.

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