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Financial Times 13,940 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on February 29th, 2012


I found this quite difficult, but ultimately a very satisfying solve.  Thank you Monk.

There were lots of good clues, my favourites being 12 across (for the surface), 18 across (which had me completely baffled for a while), 5 down (surface again) and 13 down (the spelling is nothing like the homophone).

Hold your mouse pointer over a clue number to read the clue.

1 GASTRIC STRAteGIC* (manoeuvres=anagram) missing the extremities of ‘the’ – definition is ‘of the corporation’, a fat belly. A slightly stretched definition, since gastric refers to the inner workings of the stomach rather than then the outer appearance of the body, but I like it anyway.
5 ARAL SEA ALSo (too, almost) in AREA (region) – lake between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, now almost dried up.
9 STANDARD BEARERS STANDARD (regular) BEARERS (supporters) – definition is ‘outstanding leaders’
10 ORDAINS cryptic definition
11 LORELEI RE (regarding, about) in LOL (laugh out loud, textspeak) with IE (that is) reversed – water spirit of the Rhine river, tempting river travellers onto the Lorelei rock
12 TEN COMMANDMENTS COMMAND MEN (influence soldiers) in TENTS (under canvas)
13 GLOUCESTERSHIRE A cryptic refernce to the nusrsery rhyme ‘Doctor Foster went to Gloucester in a shower of rain…’ but I can’t say exactly what. The rhyme suggests he was only visiting Glouscester and after the shower incident he never went back again, but I suppose he could have treated patients from the surrounding area.
17 ONASSIS N S (poles) in OASIS (rock band) – Jackie Onassis, wife of President John F. Kennedy
18 HINDLEG HIND (deer) and LEG (on, side of the field in cricket) – what a deer stands on
19 CRIME PASSIONNEL (IMPERSONAL SINCE)* – snuffing out=murder, flame=lover
20 IGNITED campaIGN IT EDified
21 RAMESES RASES (levels) housing ME (yours truly)
1 GO SHORT GOSH (my!) sTeReO (regularly=every other letter) reversed (set up)
3 RODRIGO ROD (crop) coming before (introducing) RIGOr (a cold feeling) missing R=right
6 ANAGRAM cryptic definition
7 SHETLAND ISLANDS (LANDSLIDES SHAN’T)* anagram=hit – I think ‘hit’ is a bit tenuous for an anagram indicator
8 AUSSIES US (American) and E (European) in AS IS (the existing circumstances)
13 GNOCCHI sounds like “knock E”
14 COSIEST COt (bed, no T=time) SIESTa (nap, shortened)
15 SUN ROOM MOOR (heath) reversed following SUN (UK tabloid newspaper)
16 ENGULFS GULF (Arab states) in crimE preventioN officerS (last letters of)


4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,940 by Monk”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Monk for a very enjoyable crossword and PeeDee for the blog. No complaints about the amount of cross-checking or linkage between sections in this grid! Favourite clue 1dn, with the “& lit” at 18ac a close second.

    13ac: My last one in – second last was 16dn, and the ending in S-I-E made things clear. The link to the nursery rhyme is a bit weak, but I was happy with it.

    7dn: I think “hit” here is a good deal better than a lot of the anagram indicators that we get these days. It works for me as past (or, rather, passive) participle of hit vt in the senses “to hurt, affect painfully (fig)” or “to murder (sl)”, both from Chambers 2008.

    Two small typos in the blog as it stands at present – 17ac is N S in OASIS and the answer to 21ac is RAMESES. More substantially on 17ac, I do not think that you need to call N S “magnetic” poles.

  2. togo says:

    Been busy and returned to 225 to see how people had responded to this puzzle, which I very much enjoyed (and thanks for the blog PeeDee). I agree with Pelham Barton that 1d was very good – in fact superb. I’m afraid that, possibly unlike PeeDee, I loved the audacity of 13a – in any case , Dr F went to the county town – and why not from his county practice?

  3. Jon88 says:

    I raised an eyebrow at 17a — it’s very stretchy to link “first lady” and ONASSIS, given that she was clearly not the first lady when she was Onassis.

    Thanks to PeeDee for clearing up my ?s.

  4. Pelham Barton says:

    Jon88@3 re 17ac: The definition is “First lady once”. Her name was Onassis when she died, so that is the correct name to use now to describe her, and she was once first lady.

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